The land Down Under also moonlights as a great destination for music festivals. With its summer season just kicking in, the continent has some fantastic and out of the box festivals lined up for you.
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Here’s The Sherp’s hand-picked list of his favourite festivals in Australia:
As the largest festival in the southern hemisphere, Stereosonic took it a step further this year by revealing a massive roster for their 5 city mega event. Calvin Harris, Tiesto, and Skrillex are among the huge names at the top of this year’s bill. The 5 cities (including Sydney) will be treated to sets and performances from the likes of Carl Cox, Ferry Corsten, Laidback Luke, Cosmic Gate, homegrown heroes Peking Duk, Porter Robinson, Nina Las Vegas and many, many more.
Southbound is Australia’s quintessential indie summer fest along with camping, cultural arts and everything. This annual festival is held every January in the beautiful and carefree Southern Australian town of Busselton. If you’re looking to get away from the city and are up for a road trip, this festival is perfect for you. As for the line-up, this years is the best we’ve seen with bands like Alt-J, Glass Animals, Cold War Kids, Jagwar Ma, Jamie XX & John Butler trio among the many performing.
This three-city touring festival has a lot to offer for those interested in discovering new acts from Australia and around the world. It’s the perfect festival to unwind at and makes some new buddies or even catch up with your old ones. Apart from a line-up that boasts of the best indie talent, there is also an interesting line up of comedy acts to look out for.
Australia’s progressive music and arts festival is back with a huge line up of experimental Aussie and international acts pushing the boundaries of hip hop, R&B, rock, punk, electronica and pop. After three years at The Forum, Sugar Mountain will hit Melbourne’s VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) in January next year, expanding to include five stages, inside and out. Organizers have announced the line-up which features a diverse range of bands and artistes, including a headlining spot from hip-hop legend Nas, who’ll be performing his classic album Illmatic in full, as well as Ariel Pink, Body/Head, ODESZA, Swans, and more.
Field Day is Sydney’s biggest and longest running New Year festival. Rescuing new years since 2002, it’s the NICE way to do new years in the city! From the team that brings you some of Australia’s best music events, including Listen Out, Harbourlife, Shore Thing and Parklife!
Known as Australia’s major hard rock event, Soundwave is an annual music festival held in major cities around Australia. The festival originated in Perth, Western Australia and began travelling to the other Australian capital cities in 2007. It features a number of international and Australian music acts, from various genres including rock, metal and punk. The festival has been headlined by Deftones, The Offspring, Nine Inch Nails, Faith No More, Iron Maiden, System of a Down, Slipknot, Green Day and Metallica in the past.
Laneway Festival 2015 line-up, may just be one of our favourites yet. Expanding over four cities in Australia, Laneway will feature BANKS, Benjamin Booker, Caribou, Connan Mockasin, Future Islands, Jon Hopkins, Lykke Li, Jungle, Little Dragon and SO MUCH MORE!
As Australia’s only regional touring festival and incepted in 2007, Groovin In The Moo has gained notoriety in being one of the most eclectic and fun festivals to be at. Team GTM is a festival community dedicated to bringing awesome music to many awesome locations in Australia. Definitely one to scribble into your bucket list.
The Riverboats Festival, 2015, to be held in the scenic Echuca-Moama, Victoria, will feature Sarah Blasko, Dan Sultan and The Whitlams, among many other artistes. Australia is home to some mean festivals – be it the multi-city Big Day Out, the hardstyle gathering Defqon.1 or the New Year’s Eve music mecca Falls Festival. Alongside these biggies, there are several smaller festivals that appear on the calendar. One such fest, The Riverboats Festival, is held by the bountiful Murray river and in a natural amphitheatre. Its laid-back, easy-going vibe, not to mention inexpensive tickets, has made it a popular destination among people looking to spend a relaxing time at a music festival.The three-day event will be held from February 13-15, 2015.
With luxurious camping being its USP, this new festival has caught our eye with it’s fantastic options and of course, its line-up. Ever wanted a jacuzzi, a mini bar, and a massage parlour to go with your boutique music festival camping experience? Well then Beyond The Valley, the new festival that’s launching this New Year’s Eve at Phillip Island, is the event for you.
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