The hero of our hot, dense summer is the music. Music festivals, gigs galore and long afternoons that turn into evenings of listening to tunes with bev in hand. Summer pulls acts that almost make you forget about those way too expensive drinks you’re downing at the festival. Almost. Here’s everything worth attending over the next few months and a specially crafted playlist to make sure you don’t miss a single sound.
Camping, drinking and dancing, oh my. Falls is the holy grail of New Year offerings. With three outposts depending on your location, Lorne, Marion, Freemantle or Byron take your pick. Catered for by the wonderful sounds of Childish Gambino, Catfish and The Bottlemen and The Avalanches. Go on drop the cash and have the time of your life.
For Sydney-siders this one is located so close, yet far enough away to warrant packing. Bliss. Expect to hear some amazing tunes while dancing about in the lush Peats Ridge grounds. Sticky Fingers and Flight Facilities take the stage this year which is sure to be good times.
Laneway manages to break new artists each year and curate an expertly done festival. Artist you’ve never heard of? Tick. Laneway is all about listening to what’s up next. That little guy called Flume played here a while back, you owe the organisers a few of thanks. Tame Impala, Jagwar Ma and a whole host of newbies are on the roster.
Taking place in the seaside town of Forster, Grow Your Own is a little known festival whose lineup will blow your socks off. Angus Stone’s new endeavour Dope Lemon (what’s with all the name changes?) will be there, and a handful of other little known superstars. Check the playlist to get a taste of what’s to come.
What type of music are you into? Well guarantee Southbound has something just for you. Perth’s answer to Splendour is a wealth of artists worth grooving to. Over three days camp with the crew and take in the sounds of Zhu, The Cat Empire, Peking Duk and everything in between. If your east coast based like myself, I’m seriously considering making the trip.
Gosh the Opera House steps are a wow venue. Crowded House will take over this harbourside spot and recite every well known tune you can muster. Practice your hey now, hey now, you’ll be needing it. Bellowing Better be home soon at the top of your lungs is also totally acceptable here. You might even see your parents there but hey, no shame.
Newcastle will be hosting a fine array of artists for its annual street party. Expect some Aussie hip hop and plenty of beats going wild in the small but choice festival. Boo Seeka, Lyall Moloney and Bootleg Rascal will all be about.
Allday, Elizabeth Rose, The Bennies and a whole host of upcomers take The Plot to a place no other festival has gone before. Diversity. There’s no huge name soaking up the budget, instead it’s a whole host of quality artists coming together in one place. Excellent. The lineup is so good you can expect a clash or two.
If you’re after something a little easier, a place where the soft sway is the dance of choice. Look no further than Josh Pyke and Bob Evans on tour together, ukulele in hand. Each have a suitcase full of hit tracks and lesser known gems. Bonus points if you know all the words to the Summer.
Origin NYE is your party playlist brought to life. There’s a bit of rap, a bit of beats and whole lotta fun to be had. A$AP Rocky, Chance The Rapper and ultimate Denzel Curry will be there to rhyme the night away. Die Antwoord, What So Not and Ryan Hemsworth bring the party vibes. Seriously Perth, how’d you get it so right?
One stage, no clashes. Seriously. Ever look at a lineup and love it then cry at the schedule? Us too. But FOMO is bringing Empire of The Sun, Flosstradamus, JME (that’s Skepta’s little brother) and so many more to one big party together. Taking on Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane with their epic band of travelling artists, don’t miss out.
The twang of the guitar, the easy vocals and the odd shake of a tambourine; Boy and Bear sing as if only to you. Their songs are made to sing along to, making a concert environment just one big choir practice. Go practice the lyrics now in prep.
Have a listen to every headliner and emerging star on our Spotify playlist, you might even hear something new you love.
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