Music festivals are a great place to see artists you love all in the same place. Thankfully, with the pandemic slowing down, many of Australia’s music festivals are opening back up for 2022 and 2023. 

Read on to learn about 7 of the most popular Australian music festivals you need to experience. 

 

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Splendour in the Grass

For three days, Splendour in the Grass will take over the North Byron Parklands with several huge acts from all around the world. Headlining acts include Tyler, the Creator, Gorillaz, and The Strokes. While these world famous artists perform there will also be aboriginal performers, a science tent, kids events, and much more. This is one of the biggest music festivals taking place in Australia and it’s bound to be a great time. 

 

 

DJ playing in front of a crowd

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Festival X 

Reaching five cities, Festival X showcases electronic, EDM, and Hip-Hop musicians. This summer event features artists such as Calvin Harris, Megan Thee Stallion, Don Toliver, and more. This festival will be Megan Thee Stallion’s first performances in Australia. If any of this sounds appealing, you can catch the festival in Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Sydney, or Perth. 

 

 

Rock band playing on a stage

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Good Things Festival

If you aren’t into pop or hip-hop, Good Things Festival might be more to your taste. Featuring punk, metal, and emo artists such as Bring Me The Horizon and Deftones, Good Things is geared toward the alternative crowd. After being unable to put on the festival for three years Australia’s leading alternative music festival is back and ready to put on some great shows. 

 

 

People on festival grounds

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Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest is a laidback celebration of Blues and Roots Music. The most highly awarded music festival in Australia, Bluesfest is a safe, and fun event for the whole family to attend. If you are a gifted Aussie yourself, this festival also hosts a busking competition for unsigned Australian artists to showcase their talents. Going into their 35th year, the Byron Bay Bluesfest is a staple of the Australian festival scene

 

 

Girls posing in festival outfits

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Lost Paradise

For both a festival and healing experience, check out Lost Paradise. Aside from a great lineup of artists such Arctic Monkeys and Lil Nas X, this festival has the Shambhala Fields. Here, you can escape the excitement of the festival and relax with activities running throughout the day. Watch your favourite artists, then head over to Shambhala for guided yoga and a psychic reading. This festival is quite the experience.

 

 

Concert crowd from back

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Listen Out

Another travelling festival worth attending is Listen Out. This festival hits Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney in just over a week. This festival is known as Australia’s primary national dance festival meaning the music is primarily electronic, indie, and hip-hop. As a part of the festival Listen Out also focuses on sustainability and charity initiatives, so you know your ticket money is going to a good place. 

 

 

Crowd walking down hill

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Falls Festival

What better way to celebrate the new year than with a music festival? See Lil Nas X, Chvrches, Arctic Monkeys, and even The Wiggles this new year in Birregurra, Byron Bay, or Fremantle at Falls Festival. Falls also hosts dance, comedy, circus, cabaret, and many more performances alongside their musical lineup. Ring in the new year while having a great time at this festival. 

 

These are only a few of the wonderful music festivals put on in Australia. To learn about another festival in Darwin, click here.

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