Australia is a truly remarkable continent with an abundance of incredible views and locations to visit; from the breathtaking sight of Alice Springs through to the long and indulgent sandy beaches of the gold coast; you’re spoilt for choice and that’s even before we get on to the music festivals. What makes Australia a great country for festival experiences is the various terrains and locations on offer to events organisers. We’ve picked out six of our favourite festivals happening throughout the year.
Pitch Festival returns to Mafeking, a small Victorian town that’ll be home to the four-day party in 2019, running from Friday 8th through to Monday 11th of March. It’s been a groundbreaking last few editions for Pitch and has certainly been a buzz for all of those who’ve attended previously; the fresh harvest of local and international acts is sure to continue with its wow-factor; expect an unforgettable few days when Pitch Festival returns.
28th December – 1st January
Tickets have just gone on sale for this one with Lost Paradise returning for a three-day bush doof, in true aussie style. The diversity in its lineup is admirable with a deluge of talented artists on display from The Kooks and Bob Moses through to Bontan and Peggy Gou. All this aside, the festival takes place from December 28th, 2018 and finished on January 1st, 2019 – ring in the new year in spectacular fashion by attending Lost Paradise!
November 14th – 15th
The annual Electronic Music Conference returns to Sydney for two days of enthralling performances from the best talent in the Australian electronic scene. The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS Ultimo, is a state of the art, multi-purpose venue that’ll become the perfect setting for a new era of exciting conferences, aimed at discussing all things electronic music and emerging technologies. The conference has also developed a reputation as the bedrock and voice of the industry, coming up with initiatives to integrate music into Sydney’s nightlife.
30th November – 2nd December
Subsonic Festival has been a staple in the Australian festival season over the last couple of years, hosted in the heart of Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley. A plethora of internationally acclaimed artists will again, be mixing it with the bustling local talents like Klue and Clare Morgan; this really is a recipe to be one of the most beautiful music experiences you’ve ever had. We’re counting down the days until the festival kicks off at the end of November.
25th – 28th January
The Rainbow Serpent festival just had to be included in this feature. Based in Lexton, Victoria, the four-day event offers more than just music entertainment with a considerable amount of art-based activities on site. From galleries and installations through to live performers and a vast array of visual LED displays – we just love the variety. Elsewhere the organisers introduce Bazaar; a marketplace for extravagant clothing, massage therapies and of course, a collection of authentic food stalls that bring together foods from every corner of the globe.
December 1st – 2nd
Hardware and Onelove, the creators of Australia’s biggest electronic music festival Stereosonic, have again joined forces and partnered with the world’s leading live entertainment company, Live Nation, to create FestivalX. A brand new music world that is said to be ‘a multi-stage festival experience’ that will ‘showcase hip hop, pop, EDM and electronica’. December 1st is Sydney and the following day will be hosted in Melbourne.