When you’re a standalone country/continent like Australia it’s not quite as easy to travel for big music Festivals as it is in say the United States or Canada, but Australians love their music none the less. To satisfy that need for killer tunes and great times there are many music festivals that go on all around the country. These cater to music fans of all types from blues and roots all the way through to hard-core EDM fans. Several festivals take the show on the road, traveling to a few different cities so the country’s spread out population has the chance to hear their favorite artists, while others can only be found in one place. Come with us as we take a trip through the 10 best music festivals in the land down under.
10. The Big Pineapple Music Festival
Taking place in late May, The Big Pineapple Music Festival is the coolest 1-day music festival on the Sunshine Coast and features an awesome array of Australian musical talent. Festival-goers party and move to the music set against the backdrop of the fruitiest landmark on the Sunshine Coast…the Big Pineapple! This relatively new festival just moved across the highway to a more accommodating site space so we expect to see some big growth for the Pineapple in the years to come.
9. Woodford Folk Festival
And now for something completely different: The Woodford Folk Festival is a 6 day, 6 night mash up of music, dance, street theater, comedy, social dialogue, children’s entertainment and much more. Think peace, love and tie-dye. This massive magical festival takes place over the Christmas/New Year’s break on the land called ‘Woodfordia’ which is a 500-acre parkland about an hour north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast. If you’re looking for something a little different to do with your family over the Christmas holidays check out Woodford and prepare for a whirlwind experience.
If you’re a metal head or just like your music loud and heavy, Soundwave is the festival for you…as long as you can tolerate a fair bit of moshing. The fun goes down each summer near the end of January and takes place in major cities including Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. This festival has switched to a 2-day format to accommodate an expanding lineup of rock royalty and past years have seen the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson. Get your tickets early and prepare for an extreme experience!
7. Melbourne Jazz Festival
Jazz, Blues and Funk fans will definitely want to check out Australia’s biggest ode to the soulful music stylings that happens in Melbourne each year in April/May. The Melbourne Jazz Festival is an 11-day showcase of world-class musical talent which takes place in the concert halls, clubs and art galleries of the city of Melbourne. This festival is perfect for those that would rather enjoy a quiet set with a glass of wine rather than battle crowds in a giant field.
6. Byron Bay Bluesfest
Easter weekend is for family dinners and church services right? Well not if you want to attend Australia’s premier blues and roots festival in Byron Bay, New South Wales. Byron Bay Bluesfest is a massive 5-day festival pays homage to all things bluesy with a good amount of folk and grassroots music thrown in for good measure. The fun all takes place on the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm and tends to draw a more mature crowd, but hey, it’s on Easter weekend after all so why not bring the whole family along!
5. Groovin the Moo
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane tend to get a lot of attention from performers when it comes to shows within Australia but what about the little towns? Just because you live in regional Australia doesn’t mean you like music less. The answer? Groovin the Moo! This traveling music festival takes place in April and May each year and rolls through some of the countries smaller cities like Townsville, Bendigo, Maitland and Canberra. With impressive line-ups each year, this festival has been selling out since its inception in 2005.
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