Australia loves its outdoor life, whether it is pottering around down at the beach or partaking is some sport, you cannot keep the Aussies indoor. One really popular occupation is attending music festivals, there is nothing better than seeing and hearing your favourite band live with thousands of other adoring fans. In this blog we take a look at the best music festivals in Australia, the old traditional ones and some of the new kids on the block.
Tamworth Country Music Festival
If you want the oldest and biggest festival you should head down to the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Tamworth was founded in the early 1970’s and today it is very much an international festival, both in terms of artists appearing and for many of the overseas music lovers it attracts. Held in January every year, the festival lasts for ten days and attracts 50,000 people each and every day. Combined there are nearly 3,000 different events and concerts with the streets of Tamworth rocking every day and night. Tamworth is for Country Music lovers and appearing in 2018 will be: Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley and John Williamson.
Falls Festival has grown from its simple roots back in 1993, and now has expanded into an international music festival in its own right. Falls has always featured new bands and stars for the future, and is ready to give the newcomer a chance. The 2018 line-up looks exciting with acts that have already confirmed being: Run the Jewels, Fleet Foxes, and Liam Gallagher.
Splendour in the Grass
This is Australia’s biggest alternative rock festival on the same lines as Lollapalooza and Coachella. This four-day event pulls in around 30,000 music fans from all over the world. Splendour in the Grass is growing bigger every year and is attracting the heavyweight bands that you would expect to see at America or European festivals. The 2017 festival featured: LCD Sound system, Sigur Ros, Queens of the Stone Age and Haim.
Almost thirty years ago this popular Blues festival started life as the East Coast International Blues & Roots Music Festival, try saying that after one or two beers! But thankfully now it is simply called Bluesfest and is the premier festival in Australia to feature blues, rock and roots music. The location of Byron Bay is fabulous, and the Easter festivities are always celebratory at this popular festival. It has been confirmed that Robert Plant will headline the 2018 Bluesfest, which will guarantee a sell-out crowd, especially for Led Zeppelin fans.
Beyond the Valley
What better way to celebrate New Year than at a music festival, and if you are looking for a different way of saying goodbye to the old, and welcoming in the new, then head along to Beyond the Valley. The music is a clever mix of hip-hop, rock and electronic and the 2017 line-up showed this: Stormzy, 2ManyDJs, The Presets, and Matt Corby.
If you like your music and you are going to be in Australia for one of these events, then you must go along and see how good they really are. The Aussie love of music and the open air is a marriage made in heaven, and they certainly know how to party.