Festival season is gearing up to kick into overdrive as Australia finally makes its way into the warmer months.
Gig guides for Australia are already overflowing.
We’re getting international artists melding with the Aussie stars across so many fantastic and diverse lineups, so there really is something for everyone… including your mate with that super niche taste in music.
From rock to electronic to hip-hop - we’ve got you covered. So don’t miss these huge events on the horizon, because you’ll want to get your ears around these in the next month.
Listen Out - Multiple Cities - 23 September - 2 October
This lil’ baby is one of the most far-reaching festivals in the country. Listen Out will return for the first time since 2019 and will boast top dance and hip-hop international artists as well as several debut Australian performances that you can’t afford to miss.
Spanning almost every major city in Australia, the likes of Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane will be set for a major party in September.
Oh, and Adelaide and Auckland will be hosting the condensed version of the festival ‘Listen In’ on dates in October.
British duo and house music dons Disclosure will headline the festival and will finally tour their 2020 album ‘Energy’. It’ll be their first time performing in the country since the 2019/20 Falls Festival season. We can hardly wait.
Disclosure will be joined by Swedish singer Tove Lo, Canadian rapper bbno$, and English legend AJ Tracey as headline acts. Young Thug is also billed to appear having canceled tours in 2018 and 2019 due to visa issues.
Dance music legends Chris Lake and Chris Lorenzo will also be on the bill, teaming up for their side project Anti Up which will surely pack out the tent stage.
But don’t forget about the locals. There’s plenty of Aussies in the mix for ListenOut’s top-notch lineup.
Brisbane quartet The Jungle Giants will be following up their iconic Splendour In The Grass set, while singer-songwriter Miiesha, and electronica/pop duo Electric Fields will be joining them among others.
If you’re heading to Listen Out make sure to get in early and catch the likes of Dameeela, Memphis LK, and Pretty Girl who will undoubtedly be getting the party started early with some stellar house tunes.
Grapevine Gathering - Western Australia / South Australia / Victoria / NSW / QLD - October 1-16
Love wine? Love music? Well, this is the perfect festival for you.
Taking over more wineries than ever before the festival will be held in multiple states. You can head to Swan Valley, McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley, and Mount Cotton to get the ultimate pairing with your wine… no, not cheese. We mean sick beats. So, if you’re partial to a tipple or two, we’re sure all of those places are very much on your radar.
But don’t be distracted by the wine wines. Despite being held in vineyards across Australia’s epic wine regions, the music is what will really make your palette sing.
Heading up the event is English rockers The Kooks. They’ll be in the country for the first time in four years, playing out nostalgic hits from their iconic 2006 album ‘Inside In / Inside Out.
Joining them will be an Aussie lineup of Peking Duk, Ball Park Music, Confidence Man, Jack River, and more - so you’ll be sure to rock out and dance with a belly full of wine. Maybe have some cheese as well, just to be safe.
On top of the music and wine, it’ll be hosted by The Inspired Unemployed, so expect some wine-filled shoeys and other shenanigans across the various dates.
Head to your closest festival for the weekend and hit up a few wineries the day before for the ultimate Grapevine experience.
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Transmission Melbourne - Melbourne - September 17
If you’re an EDM fan or perhaps a trance connoisseur - then we’d put a bet on Transmission winding up as one of the festivals of your dreams.
The world’s premier trance music festival will be making its return to Aussie shores on September 17. So you’d better be prepared for an absolutely killer laser show.
Originally based in the European trance hotbeds where you’re guaranteed to find some cracker tunes - think Prague and Ibiza - the event takes place over three continents.
That’s right, three. You can attend in Slovakia, Germany, Thailand, China, and now Melbourne.
The event hasn’t been held in Melbourne since 2017 so Victorians have been snapping up tickets like they’re bloody hotcakes. But don’t fret, there are still a few left available.
The festival will be headlined by some of the biggest dance names in the world, the likes of Markus Schulz, MaRLo, Vini Vici, and Giuseppe Ottaviani.
Good Day Sunshine Festival - Busselton Foreshore - 24 September
This epic day out is set on the iconic coast of Western Australia, so be prepared for great tunes, fantastic views, and sunshine galore while you soak up some of the best Blues and Folk acts in the world. Makes sense that it is called Good Day Sunshine, really.
The day will be headlined by American soul-inspired R&B singer Leon Bridges who has toured with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Harry Styles.
Joining Bridges will be Australia’s finest in the Teskey Brothers, Thelma Plum, and Josh Pyke among others.
Combining the ocean, music, fine beverages and foods, it will be one of the most soul-fulfilling festivals Australia has to offer.