Top five summer music festivals you can’t miss
Australian summer music festivals are the pinnacle of a good time for many a punter. Whether you’re shredding for Stereo, soaking up the #vibes at Harbourlife or ringing in the New Year at Falls Festival, the infectious atmosphere at these dance festivals is what keep us coming back year after year.
If you haven’t already ticked these five festivals off your list, you better start marking your calendars for the next influx of #goodtimes and banging tunes.
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Falls Music and Arts Festival – Byron Bay (New Year’s Eve)
Reigning in the New Year has never been better thanks to Falls Festival, which has quickly become one of the most important events of the year for music lovers. The tickets are infamously hard to get a hold of, but if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, you’re in for a treat! This year the North Byron Parklands will play host to a range of artists from Alt-J, DMA’s and Jagwar Ma to Jamie XX, Joey Bada$$ and Vance Joy. The beauty of Falls is, there’s something for everyone, ring in the New Year with a wide-ranging bunch of people and tunes!
Field Day- Sydney (New Year’s Day)
If you’re feeling adventurous post New Year’s Eve celebrations, Field Day is the perfect event for those taking part in the classic ‘hair of the dog’ method. Kick off the first day of the year in style at one of Sydney’s most beautiful and iconic locations, The Botanic Gardens. Field Day always boasts a beautiful sunny day, with puntersflocking to overhead sprinklersbefore fighting their way through crowds to see their favourite acts. Some of the world’s biggest acts head Down Under to play for their eager fans and this year we’re treated to the likes of Danny Brown, Jamie XX, Dillon Francis as well as our homegrown heroes like Peking Duk, Rufus and Touch Sensitive.
Stereosonic – National (late November)
A few years ago, the brains behind Stereosonic thought just one day wasn’t enough for this juggernaut of a festival and increased it to two solid fist pumping days of beats, sun and dance music fiends. Year after year, Stereo boasts the crème de la crème of dance artists. In the past, they’ve hosted some of the world’s highest paid DJs like Calvin Harris, Tiesto, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso and deep house veteran Carl Cox. Props to those who can sustainably enjoy two hectic days of non-stop dance beats, only the strong (and unburnt!) survive.
Secret Garden Festival – shh it’s a secret (February)
While this is probably the lesser known festival on the list, it’s not an event to be under estimated. Party goers flock from all around the country to soak up all the care-free, hedonistic vibes that Secret Garden encourages. You won’t know where it is until the very last minute, nor will you know who’s playing, but who cares?! The two day secluded getaway allows you to wear what you want and be whoever you want as you navigate your way through secret corridors in the surrounding forests which echo with the sound of live tunes and epic DJ sets.
Future Music Festival – National (Feburary- March)
Send summer off in style with one final hoorah at Future Music Festival. Always known for pulling the big names, Future is that one festival guaranteed to give you a healthy dose of dance, hip hop, drum and bass and anything else in between. This year there’s an eclectic bunch of artists ranging from Avicii (let’s hope he’s not too sick this time around) Drake (for the first time EVER in Australia), The Prodigy (welcome back boys), South African rap rave duo Die Antwoord and Martin Garrix. With a second dump of names to be announced, we’re getting goosbumps just thinking about this one.