30 Music Festivals in Australia To Experience Before You Die 2023

Searching for the best music festivals in Australia in 2023 & 2024? Well, look no further, because I’ve compiled the ultimate bucket list of Australian Festivals that’ll keep you dancing, grooving, and partying all year long! 

Something I’ve realized about living in this amazing country is that there is always something fun to do, and that includes music festivals! Every weekend there seems to be some big event or party to check out, and new festivals are popping up all the time! 

While it’d be near impossible to list ALL of the Music Festivals Australia 2023 & 2024, I’ve selected what I think are the best Festivals in Australia that you should check out this year and in years to come! 

So whether you’re from Australia, backpacking through the country, studying abroad for a semester, or currently on a working holiday visa — definitely check out my list of Australian Festivals for the best parties to attend in 2023! 

From the massive EDM raves, boutique camping festivals, and epic bush doofs — Australia has all the festival junkies covered.

Australian Festivals 2023


1) Splendour In The Grass 2024

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When: July 2024

Where: North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, NSW

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https://www.facebook.com/splendourinthegrass

Easily one of the biggest festivals in Australia, Splendour In The Grass is at a stunning location, and always brings a top-notch line-up covering a wide variety of genres.  This will be a festival experience you’ll never forget.  They always deliver incredible production, fantastic camping facilities, and features local arts and crafts and delicious cuisine.  While I haven’t personally attended Splendour yet, everyone I know who has says nothing but good things about it!!

In 2024, Splendour in the Grass is celebrating their 22 year anniversary and if the 2023 edition was any indication, the 2024 lineup is sure to be stellar.

Join this fan-moderated Facebook group to connect with fellow attendees and answer any questions.


2) ULTRA Festival Australia 2024

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When: April 2024

Where in Sydney – Paramatta Park

Where in Melbourne – Sidney Myer Music Bowl

https://www.facebook.com/ultraaustralia

www.ultraaustralia.com

“The iconic Ultra Music Festival remains the biggest and most successful music festival brand in the world. Together with the global team, we strive to deliver a unique, first-class music festival experience with stand-out production at premier venues. We are excited to bring ULTRA Australia back”

The festival will once again feature both the mammoth Main Stage, and the hub of underground sounds with the Resistance Stage.  Following the success of this year’s events, the 2024 installments are expected to welcome 50,000 attendees across both the Sydney and Melbourne festivals.

From the jaw-dropping technological marvels that are the various, custom-designed stages, to the unbeatable festival atmosphere, to the beautiful backdrop of the inspiring and conveniently-located venues chosen to host the festival, ULTRA Australia takes pride in creating an all-encompassing entertainment experience for fans. These factors and others combine to allow the world’s top musical artists a canvas to create some of the best performances in the history of live music.”

Follow Ultra Australia Festival for more info!


3) Lost Paradise Festival 2023

Lost Paradise - Music Festivals in Sydney, NSW, Australia

When: December 28, 2023 – January 1, 2024

Where: Glenworth Valley, New South Wales (75 minutes outside Sydney)

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https://www.facebook.com/LostParadiseAU/

Don’t know where to spend New Year’s Eve in Australia? Well, then make your way up to Lost Paradise for a truly one-of-a-kind festival experience!

This 3-day camping festival is loaded with a top-notch line-up spanning nearly every genre, amazing food, art, and yoga, all lovingly wrapped in a beautiful community. It’s definitely my favorite of the new years eve music festivals in Australia, but I’m obviously biased since it’s the only one I’ve personally attended!

I was actually one of the photographers for the 2016 edition, so make sure you read my Lost Paradise Festival Review to get a full understanding of what to expect! It’s one of my personal favorite Australia Music Festivals, and needs to be added to your bucket list!


4) Wide Open Space 2024

Wide Open Space Festival in Australia 2024

When: May 3-6, 2024

Where: Central Australia (1 Hour from Alice Springs)

WIDE OPEN SPACE Festival 2023

https://www.facebook.com/wideopenspacefestival/

Head to the heartland for Australia’s most central festival. 3 Days of Music, Art and Desert Culture!

Three days of Australia’s best underground beats held in a resort at the foot of the MacDonnell ranges, about an hour’s drive out of Alice Springs.  This sounds like the ultimate outback experience and one of the best music festivals Australia has to offer and 2024 tickets are on sale HERE.

Vice even referred to Wide Open Space as Australia’s best-kept festival secret!? “Everyone is there for the music, the vibe and has usually traveled a hell of a long way to be at the festival site. Comprehensive statistical surveys have been made, and we can safely say, in mathematical terms, Wide Open Space = No F*ckwits.  To back this up, I’ll even quote the festival’s official management policy: “DON’T BE A DICKHEAD…General douchebaggery will not be tolerated.” That’s my kind of festival, right there.”

Follow Wide Open Space Festival for more info!

Wide Open Space Festival Australia 2024


“The WOS  team invites you head to the heartland to the incredible MacDonnell Ranges for a feast of music, arts and performance. Deeply inspired by desert culture (both traditional and contemporary) and the ancient landscape, WOS is a celebration of creativity, connection and the irrepressible human spirit!”

WOS is held at Ross River Resort, a scenic hour drive from Alice Springs and has been attracting audiences to this stunning desert paradise hideaway for 10 years.  The venue hosts cabins, showers, shady River Red Gums, epic views, a well-stocked licensed bar, and even a pool… Warm days, cool nights. Just perfect.

3 stages, multiple performances and play spaces, kids space, cranking pool party, licensed bar, an ancient landscape and camping under a billion stars.”

This really does sound like the Ultimate Australia festival experience, and I can’t wait to experience this for myself someday!


5) Strawberry Fields Festival 2023

Strawberry Fields - Australia Music Festivals

When: November 2023

Where: Australian Bush, 2-3 hours outside Melbourne

http://www.strawberry-fields.com.au/

“Strawberry Fields is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression held for three days each November, a few hours outside of Melbourne, Australia. Each year we bring you a diverse selection of both renowned and breakthrough electronic music from both Australia and overseas.  Indulge yourself in a sensory feast, including soul-shaking sound, world-class decor, dozens of eclectic market stalls, artistic installations, live performance art, workshops, forum discussion and more.”

When I first moved to Australia, Strawberry Fields was one of the first festivals that I heard about! While I have yet to attend, all of my friends who have been have said it’s a spectacular bush doof, and would highly recommend it! I’m hoping to move to Melbourne in November for a few months, and attending Strawberry Fields Festival 2023 is at the top of my list! 

This eclectic event is coming up soon, and you can follow updates here.

Strawberry Fields Music Festival Australia 2023


6) Groovin The Moo Festival 2024

Groovin The Moo Festival in Australia

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When: End of April / Beginning of May 2024

Where: Wayville, Canberra, Sunshine Coast, Maitland, Bendigo, & Bunbury

http://www.gtm.net.au/

https://www.facebook.com/groovinthemoofestival

A three weekend journey of road-tripping and memory-making moments in six regions across Australia.

Groovin The Moo is a key player in the Australia festival scene, and each year they produce six one-day festivals across six different cities. I had the pleasure of attending their Canberra edition back in 2016 and had an incredible time (although I didn’t like it ended at 10:30 P.M, that’s unfortunately pretty standard for one-day festivals in Australia).

“On the cusp of winter, Groovin the Moo has become a place for those seeking warmth, a space for like-minded people to gather and open their ears to both new and familiar sounds. It’s a tradition for local host communities to participate in and celebrate.”

Follow Groovin the Moo to stay updated.


 

7) Return to Rio 2023

Return to Rio Festival Australia 2023

When: October 27-29, 2023

Where: Wiseman’s Ferry, New South Wales

https://www.facebook.com/ReturnToRio/

https://www.facebook.com/events/431154387765951

I’ve now attended two different Return To Rio’s, and I would 100% recommend it to everyone looking for an epic weekend of camping, dancing, boozing, and incredible vibes. 

While it may be a smaller and more intimate event compared to many of the other Australia festivals on this list, I guarantee it’d be a weekend you’ll never forget! I first attended “Rio” when I lived in Sydney on my Working Holiday Visa, and simply had the most amazing experience. From the fancy dress outfits, top-notch music, and adult summer camp vibes, it’s an event that will always keep me coming back for more. 

Tickets are hard to come by for their events (as they’ve got a pretty loyal fanbase), so keep an eye out for those golden tickets! I just noticed or Return to Rio 2023 they’re doing a Halloween special, and I’m hoping I can make it! 

Read my full festival review for a fun read about my experience this many years ago – Return To Rio; The Ultimate Weekend Away


8) Rainbow Spirit Festival (fka Rainbow Serpent) 2024

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Rainbow Serpent Festival 2024

When: TBA January 2024 

Where: Lexton, Victoria (2 Hour Drive from Melbourne)

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This is one of Australia’s top fests for many reasons, and they’ve recently rebranded! Rainbow Spirit, formerly known as Rainbow Serpent, is easily one of Australia’s most popular festivals/bush doofs, and has been around for over twenty years! With its wonderfully colorful stages, incredible art installations, awesome camping experience, and electronically diverse line-up – attending “Rainbow” is a MUST for your Australian Festival bucket list!

“It’s a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like-minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony.  No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual discussion, relaxation and healing.”

“After a difficult few years due to bushfire and the pandemic, we are excited to be returning for the full multi-day Rainbow Serpent Festival experience in late 2023. More information will be release soon, but in the meantime register your interest in pre-release tickets, and don’t forget to come along to our O.Z.O.R.A One Day event for a little taste of Rainbow in the meantime.”


9) Rabbits Eat Lettuce 2024

Rabbits Eat Lettuce Festival Byron Bay Australia

When: 28 March – 1 April, 2024

Where: Landcruiser Mountain Park (150km North of Brisbane in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland)

https://www.rabbitseatlettuce.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/events/578445921130771/

Perhaps the best way to summarize this transcendental event is to include to a couple of brief quotes from the organizers themselves:

“4 Days of Camping, BYO, 24-Hour Sound, Yoga, Workshops, Awesome vibes, & Good music. 

Open your Heart. Develop your Mind. Move your Body.

“Rabbits Eat Lettuce is a place of Freedom, Love & Dance Music. Come and camp in a beautiful natural environment and form a community of like-minded souls who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life. Rabbits Eat Lettuce lets us be human again.  We can dissolve the social barriers and dance together.”  

REL has been on my radar for a long time now, and if you can’t tell from their description, it’s a real proper “bush doof”, and everyone has told me it’s truly a magical experience! So if you find yourself around Brisbane during Easter, then you gotta check it out!

Join the Rabbits Eat Lettuce Music Festival 2023 Facebook Event for more information, announcements + more!

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10) Harbourlife Festival 2023

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When: November 2023

Where: Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney

https://www.fuzzy.com.au/events/

The one-party a year with the view people travel 20,000km to see, Harbourlife brings quality house music to the best-located dance floor in the country. 

“Harbourlife is Sydney’s spectacular waterside party brought to you by Fuzzy. Situated at Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Harbourlife creates the best-located dance floor in the country and plays host to a hand-picked selection of international and local house music artists.

With an iconic venue, killer soundtrack and the best vibes, it’s no wonder it’s renowned as the quintessential Sydney party to kick off the summer season.”


11) Byron Bay BluesFest 2024

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When: March 28-March 31, 2024 (Easter Long Weekend)

Where: Tyagarah (Byron Bay), NSW

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Australia’s multi-award winning and internationally renowned festival has already announced 2024 dates and lineup!

“Each year the Byron Bay Bluesfest attracts some of the world’s biggest blues and roots performers for five days over the Easter long weekend (March or April). The festival delivers more than 200 gigs across multiple stages, as well as camping, food stalls and children’s entertainment. Over 105,000 music lovers attend to enjoy a diverse array of artists, gorgeous weather and the happy vibe around the festival.” 

Join the Bluesfest 2024 • Byron Bay Facebook Event for more details


12) Beyond The Valley 2023

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When: December 28, 2023 – January 1, 2024 (New Years Eve Festival)

Where: Barunah Plains, Victoria

http://www.beyondthevalley.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/beyondthevalley/

“A distinctive, unique and most of all carefully curated music festival over the New Years’ Eve period. From December 28th to January 1st, thousands upon thousands of people make their way to the spectacular site in Lardner Park, Victoria to see what’s in store for them each and every year.  

Our beloved main stage is a whopping 60 metres in width, housing truly breathtaking visuals, lighting, stage production and decor to bring the performances by our nationally and internationally acclaimed artists to life.”


13) Burning Seed (Burning Man Australia) 2024

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When: March 2024

Where: Matong State Forest, NSW

http://www.burningseed.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/burningseedaustralia/

Red Earth City will rise once more in 2024 in the beautiful Matong State Forest location.

Burning Man is one of the most amazing events I’ve ever experienced, and a large part of that is because of the “burner” community! There are “regional burns” all over the world throughout the year, and in Australia, the main regional burn is called Burning Seed.  

“Burning Seed event is one-week experimental gathering dedicated to creativity, collaboration, festivity, music and creative arts and events by Australian theme camps and communities…”

While it should be said that Burning Seed is NOT a festival, but more so a community event that is put on by its attendees! Expect lots of fun art cars, friendly people, amazing music, and so much more! While I haven’t been able to attend yet, I can’t wait to visit someday! 

GO Prepared:  30 Perfect Burning Man Accessories, Costume Ideas, and Outfit Essentials


 

14) Mushroom Valley 2023

Mushroom Valley - Australia Music Festivals 2023

When: September 2023

Where: Near the Whitsundays

https://www.mushroomvalley.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/mushroomvalleyfestival

A 3-Day Music, Art, & Lifestyle festival near one of the most beautiful destinations in Australia (The Whitsundays)

“Mushroom Valley is an amazing psychedelic wonderland where we pride ourselves on creating a friendly and fun environment where people from all walks of life can connect with people from all communities and demographics.

Here we join together by a shared desire to celebrate life and to learn and experience new things. Festival goers can expect to see a variety music genres, including progressive trance, electro, house, breaks, dub, glitch and ambient, featuring some of the freshest acts from around the world alongside Australia’s finest talent. A truly magical experience, Mushroom Valley offers a chance to escape from the pressures in our day to day lives and connect with like minded people, in a safe and truly awe inspiring natural environment, set in a beautiful location under the clear blue summer sky.

The festival has a vast range of creative activities, dance, theatre discussion, conscious sound and the latest healing modalities to provide a place for growth and personal wellbeing. In an increasingly fast and demanding world, the festival is created to provide a place to nurture oneself, communicate ideas, find personal power and increase wellbeing through a variety of multi concurrent holistic activities designed to expand the mind, awaken the spirit and heal the soul.”


 15) St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2024

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Photo via St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Facebook

When: February 2024

Where: Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney 

https://lanewayfestival.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lanewayfestival

St. Jerome’s Laneway is an incredible festival brand that tours all over Australia, New Zealand, and even parts of Asia! Every year they deliver a stacked and diverse line-up and produce epic one-day summer festivals across the country.

While they’ve had to take a break in recent years, Laneway is returned to Australia in 2023 and is sure to make 2024 another year of epic festival shenanigans and top-notch music.


16) Pitch Music & Arts Festival 2024

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When: TBA March 2024

Where: Moyston, Victoria

https://www.pitchfestival.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/pitchmusicfestival

PITCH may be one of the newer Australian festivals on the list, but I personally think they bring the BEST line-up out of al of them! For the fellow techno addicts, this is simply a no-brainer, and I’ve been dying to attend this festival ever since seeing their very first line-up announcement! 

I’ve had several friends attend who have said it’s an incredible atmosphere filed with people who love underground house and techno, awesome stages, and top-notch production. Every year they announce a HEAVENLY TECHNO LINE-UP, which is why I think It’s probably the best techno festival in Australia! In 2021, things were a bit different as they hosted a one-night festival event in the city, but the festival plans returned in 2022 and marched on strong in 2023. 2024 date have yet to be announced but I’m expecting big things from these professional party producers.

“A fount of sound.  Four mercurial days of contemporary electronic music steeped in visual arts and landscape. A yearling community assembled in Victoria’s wide and promising plains – oracular international and local artists in the effervescence of plein-air.”

Stay updated and follow Pitch here.


17) Elements Festival 2024

Elements Festival Australia 2023

When: January 25-28, 2024

Where: Sunshine Coast Hinterland, South East Queensland, Australia

https://www.elementsfestival.com.au

Not just another Australia music festival and definitely not your average doof, Elements is an ever-growing adventure not to be missed.

“Elements Festival is rebooting for 2023, and though you can always rely on us to deliver luminous days and starry nights filled with music, fresh air, and natural beauty, our redrawn map will be brimming with new adventures, upgraded items, and super-charged secrets to unlock!

We cordially invite you to enter our world for an unforgettable ride through some of the world’s best electronic music, art, performances, workshops, and markets.”

New dates have just been announced for 2024, and you can stay updated by registering here. Offering both Spring & Winter festivals, be sure to follow Elements for all of their incredible events!


18) Listen Out Australia 2023

Listen Out Festival Australia 2023

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When: End of September 2023

Where: Brisbane (9/23), Perth (9/24), Melbourne (9/29), Sydney (9/30) – Four separate shows/dates

https://www.listenout.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/ListenOut/

“Listen Out is the antidote to many of the things you don’t like about bigger music festivals. It is a carefully handcrafted party, with a killer lineup of the hip-hop and dance music that matters and a philosophy of best, not biggest. Say goodbye to endless timetable clashes, long hikes to the 12th stage and spending your day with several thousand people you can’t relate to.”

Touring four cities every year, Listen Out is a massive name in the Australia festival scene, and I have many friends who attend every year!

Be sure to follow Listen Out for updates – you won’t want to miss this one.


19) WOMADelaide 2024

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When: March 8-11, 2024

Where: Botanic Park, Adelaide

Genre: Global music

https://www.womadelaide.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/WOMADelaide/

The iconic open-air festival set in Adelaide’s stunning Botanic Park is an award-winning celebration of the very best of the World of Music, Arts & Dance.

“WOMADelaide is a four-day festival of Music, Arts and Dance celebrating cultural and creative diversity held since 1992 in Adelaide’s beautiful Botanic Park. The festival has become a truly unique part of the Australian festival landscape, showcasing the best, the essential – and the surprising – in global music, dance, art and ideas.

WOMADelaide attracts around 18,000 – 20,000 people per day, (not including children 12 and under who are admitted free) with over a third of attendees generally coming from interstate and overseas.”


20) Electric Gardens Festival 2024

Electric Gardens - Sydney Music Festivals 2023

When: TBA April 2024

Where: Various cities across Australia & New Zealand!

www.electricgardens.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/electricgardensfestival

Electric Gardens Festival is widely regarded by electronic music fans thanks to the directors’ careful curation skills when it comes to their line-up. Their hugely successful debut event in 2016 was hailed by many as a return to the lost glory days of outdoor Australian summer dance music festivals. And since then, year on year, they have built on that success with a diverse line-up combined and an up-for-it crowd.

From the epic 2023 edition: “In previous years, Electric Gardens Festival has seen the likes of Fatboy Slim, Eric Prydz, Gorgon City, Sigma, Armand Van Helden, MK, Sasha, John Digweed, Basement Jaxx and Jamie Jones to name just a few. This year, we’re bringing you three epic stages with our most diverse line-up for our 5th season. The finest, global electronic music producers and DJs will descend on Centennial Park on our new date Saturday 22 February – and to celebrate our 5th anniversary, do we have a stage or two full of surprises this year!”

While Electric Gardens does throw editions in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane as well, Sydney will always be it’s home base. I personally attended the inaugural 2016 edition, and had an absolutely incredible time.  It’s well organized, excellent production, and it attracts the perfect Sydney party crowd. Read more: Electric Gardens Festival Review.


21) Woodford Folk Festival 2023

Woodford Folk Festival Australia 2023

When: Dec 27 – Jan 1, 2024 (New Years Eve Festival)

Where: Woodfordia, Queensland

 https://woodfordfolkfestival.com/

“Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia’s largest and most iconic events (and one of the largest ‘folk’ festivals in the world). It is also the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia.

The programme encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children’s festival and many special presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day.”


22) The Town 2024

The Town Festival Australia 2023

When: December 2023

Where: Strathbogie Ranges (2 Hours Outside Melbourne)

https://www.culturejam.com.au/events/the-town/

A quirky village in a far away land.

Who mock the real world and explore sustainable plans.

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“The town is a mock interactive village that parodies society in a creative, family friendly, interactive and totally absurd themed village.

It is full of immersive buildings, activities, characters + shenanigans around every corner! It also explores what makes a sustainable Town and focuses on healthy and sustainable living, connection over consumption, and sustainable solutions.

The theme this year will be Summer Vacation, taking a long needed vacation from life and landing in a quirky, sustainable destination called The Town.” (via Culture Jam)


23) Field Day Festival 2024

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When: January 1, 2024

Where: The Domain, Sydney

https://fieldday.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/events/103264552873168

Set on the first day of the year at its beautiful iconic Sydney venue, The Domain. Field Day is the smart way to celebrate New Years and is also our city’s most popular boutique music festival. It’s known for a super-friendly atmosphere and quality line-ups mixing hip-hop, house, indie, and electronic artists from around the world.  It’s definitely one of the best music festivals in Sydney and a truly fantastic way to begin the new year!!

Check the video below for the Field Day 2024 line-up, and start your year off with an incredible party!


24) Mona Foma Festival 2024

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When: TBA February 2024

Where: Hobart, Tasmania

https://www.monafoma.net.au/

https://www.facebook.com/monafoma

25 Venues. One Festival. Museum of Old and New Art

“Welcome to one of Australia’s hottest summer festivals—Mona Foma! Prepare for Launceston’s iconic destinations, like the Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery, the Gorge and the banks of the Tamar River, to be taken over as the city comes to life with a feast of new experiences.”


25) Let Them Eat Cake 2024

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When: New Years Day, January 2024

Where‍: Werribee Park, Werribee

https://www.ltecnyd.com/

https://www.facebook.com/letthemeatcakenyd/

https://www.instagram.com/letthemeatcakenyd/

LTEC is Australia’s premier NYD dance music festival. A cultural mecca formed to explore the union of music, art and cuisine. Held on the heritage-listed grounds of Werribee Mansion, LTEC returns NYD 2023 to celebrate a decade of dance for its 10th Anniversary Edition.

“Blitz through your New Year’s Day hangover with art, electronica and eats at Werribee Park. You’re citybound and missing out on New Year’s Eve festivals like Falls and Beyond The Valley this year, don’t fret. Let Them Eat Cake is your inner city solution to satisfy those festival urges.

Held on New Year’s Day at Werribee Park, LTEC is not only great for the music, but also plays host to installation art, open-air exhibitions and some killer food offerings.”


26) Golden Plains Festival 2023

Golden Plains Festival 2023 Australia

When: March 9-11, 2024

Where: Meredith, Victoria (110 Minutes from Melbourne CBD)

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“Two days and two nights in the Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, in glorious Autumn. The sun like honey on the trees, afternoon goes on all day. Giant spikes of excitement at any time; an overnight funderland.”

Golden Plains is a Premium Music Festival on an Epic Long Weekend in the Greatest of Outdoors. It is staged in Autumn so the weather is warm and stable. Afternoon goes on all day, the sun like honey on the trees, then a giant spike of excitement goes kabloooey at nightfall.  Join for an electric line-up, amazing food, and solid festival atmosphere (because of their renowned No Dickhead Policy.)


27) Adelaide Fringe 2024

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When: February 16 – March 17, 2024

Where: Various locations across Adelaide

Genre: Music, dance, performance

https://adelaidefringe.com.au

Last, but certainly not least, you can’t write an article about Australia festivals without mentioning the amazing Adelaide Fringe! 

“We were born 58 years ago (although we don’t look a day over 25) and we’ve grown up to become the Southern Hemisphere’s largest, and Australia’s biggest ticket selling open access arts festival! We completely take over Adelaide, her surrounding suburbs and even some regional areas of South Australia for 31 magical days and nights each year. The city practically pulses with creativity.”


28) Bleach Festival 2024

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When: TBA 2024

Where: Botanic Gardens, Gold Coast

https://bleachfestival.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/bleachfestival

BLEACH* is the Gold Coast’s annual contemporary arts festival. The festival has a growing national and international reputation for creating experiences and telling stories that are out of the box, authentic and uniquely connected to place. BLEACH* is proudly local, celebrating the city’s best artists, and welcoming renowned Australian and international artists through a range of art experiences.


29) Subsonic Festival 2023

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When: December 8-10, 2023

Where: Riverwood Downs, Monkerai

https://www.subsonicmusic.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/subsonicmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/subsonicmusic/

Subsonic, one of Australia’s best curated festivals, makes a triumphant return for its winter 2023 edition! The lineup

“The Rumours Are True! Subsonic Music Festival is ON this December 8-10, and we couldn’t be more excited! Save the date and pre-register NOW.
We are set to bring you an INCREDIBLE lineup of international and local artists you won’t want to miss! 🎵🌍

Set in the breathtaking Riverwood Downs, nestled in the foothills of the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops along the sparkling Karuah River, this natural wonderland is the perfect backdrop for a festival like no other! 

We can’t wait to celebrate life and share epic music with you.”


30) Dragon Dreaming

When: September 28 – October 2, 2023

Where:Wee Jasper, NSW

https://www.dragondreaming.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/DragonDreamingFestival

https://www.facebook.com/events/3432287743708084

https://www.instagram.com/dragon_dreaming_festival/

After a difficult hiatus following 2019/20, Dragon Dreaming has returned in recent years and it’s safe to say Australia’s best doof is BACK with its 12th official edition in 2023! It’s sure to be intimate and memorable.

“We are over the moon to announce our 12th edition of the Dragon Dreaming Festival in 2023 in collaboration with our REGEN partners.

With our approvals in place for our 10th year at Lake Burrinjuck, we are excited to be landing back to our original dates of the October Long weekend.

The Dragon Dreaming Festival is a unique 4 to 5 (5th event day sold separately) day camping festival escape blended with lush, rugged nature, presenting elaborately themed stages, quality sound-systems and top-level sustainable event practices. Hosting 5 days of live bands & live electronic music from around the world, our festival community dedicates a component of the potential energy existing at the festival to RE-GENerate the land and help heal the planet by planting 1000’s of native trees and shrubs at the festival site during the event, and you get to be involved!”


Possibly Returning Festivals in Australia 2024

The Australia Music Festival scene has had a rough couple of years and is finally recovering post-COVID and wildfires from 2020 onward. With ridiculous governmental roadblocks and the wildfires causing multiple festival cancellations, there have certainly been many problems.

There are a few festivals I wish I could keep on my list of best Australian festivals, but I’m not sure if they’ll be returning. The first one is…


Big Pineapple Music Festival

Big Pineapple Music Festival Australia 2023

When: May 2024 (TBC)

Where:  Sunshine Coast, Queensland 

https://www.bigpineapplemusicfestival.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bigpineapplemusicfestival

The Sunshine Coast’s fave festival is currently on hiatus but should return in 2024.

“Whether it’s the magical energy that radiates from the pristine, treelined surroundings or the laid back atmosphere that brings out the best in the performers and crowds alike, there’s a special vibe to the one-day camping event that continues to attract punters from all corners of the country.

Those that make the Pineapple pilgrimage can shack up in the Pineapple Fields Campground for both Friday and Saturday for the full BPMF immersion experience by purchasing a camping ticket.”


Falls Festival 2024

falls festival melbourne

When: TBA December/January 2024

Where: 3 Locations. Melbourne. Byron Bay. Fremantle

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The Falls Music & Arts Festival is one of the best, longest-running, boutique music events in Australia. Organizers have announced that they will take 2023 off to ‘recalibrate,’ and plan to make an epic comeback in 2024. More info HERE.

The festival is based on European style events, featuring a diverse mix of over 70 renowned bands, DJs and comedians from throughout Australia with over 20 international acts. 

They always bring a star-studded line-up that will please just about everyone, and it’s definitely one of Australia’s Best New Year’s Eve Music FestivalsIt’s been on my Australian festival bucket list for as long as I can remember!


Festival X Australia 2024

Festival X Australia 2023

Photo via Nathan Doran

When: TBA November – December 2024

Where: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide & Gold Coast

https://www.festivalx.com.au/

While Festival X only made its debut to Australia (and New Zealand) in 2019, it’s already become one of the largest and most talked-about festivals in Australia! In its first year, they produced three massive events at Showgrounds in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. The line-up was absolutely stacked with some of the world’s biggest artists, but that’s no surprise as Festival X is a collaboration between Australia’s leading festivals, concerts and events, Hardware (Piknic Electronik, Babylon), Onelove (Stereosonic) and Live Nation (Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Download).

While the organizers have yet to announce 2023/24 lineups and official dates, I’ll be keeping a keen eye on updates. You can too by checking the Festival X Facebook and Insta accounts. Word on the street is that 2023 was a hiatus year, but in 2024 we should see the event back in full force.

“Committed to bringing a quality event across multiple stages as well as a safe, friendly and well-priced experience for their guests, Festival X caters to fans from all genres and styles of music with a line-up which reflect this.  Whether you’re into dance, hip-hop or pop – get ready – as this is THE music festival to kickstart your summer and to celebrate with your friends.”


Am I Missing Any Music Festivals in Australia…?

There really is no shortage of epic Australian Music Festivals to choose from spread all over the country, and I consider myself lucky for having checked out several of these myself.  Australia is one of my favorite countries to travel through, and I really do miss living in Sydney so much!

I’m planning on making a return soon though, and definitely looking forward to crossing a lot of these off my Australia festival bucket list within the upcoming years! 

Have you been to any of these?  What was your experience like? 

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