The best music festivals around Australia you need to go to
From the coastline to stunning wineries, to the breezy bliss of Byron Bay: Australia is home to some of the most epic festivals going around. Whichever setting you choose, you’ll be soaking up some of the absolute best local and international music when it comes to these memory-making music festivals.
Where: Lorne (Vic), Byron Bay (NSW), Marion Bay (SA), Fremantle (WA).
When: Across New Years (dates TBC, and vary slightly for each location).
We can all agree 2020 hasn’t started the way we expected. Fortunately though, we can make sure it ends on the best of terms, thanks to Falls Festival! Falls has confirmed their New Year’s Festival will go ahead over 2020/2021, with an all-Australian line up for their Lorne, Byron Bay, Marion Bay and Fremantle stops. This home-grown edition will continue to be the epic show it always is, showing off some of the most exciting acts in the world. If you’re thinking of attending Falls, let this be a word of warning: it’s addictive, and you’ll want to keep going back year on year.
Looking for accommodation to rest your head at during Falls? Wake Up! Byron is your perfect oasis away from the festival.
Where: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, approximately 10 minutes north of Byron Bay.
When: Thursday 1 – Monday 5 April, 2021.
A celebration of blues and roots music, the Byron Bay Blues Festival sees over 100,000 people attending over the five days each year. Bluesfest is set on the spectacular 300-acre Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, a mere 11km north of Byron Bay. And it delivers nothing short of good vibes, we guarantee you. This multi-award winning and internationally renowned festival sees a tonne of awesome names come through. You might’ve heard of some of their featured artists, like Bob Dylan, Angus & Julia Stone, John Mayer, and Alabama Shakes, just to name a few? Get a taste of what to expect: listen to the Bluesfest Spotify playlist.
Looking for affordable, stunning accommodation to get you through Bluesfest? Check out our slice of paradise at Wake Up! Byron.
Where: North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay.
When: 23 – 25 October, 2020.
If you’d planned on heading to Coachella or Glastonbury, consider this your Australian equivalent. There isn’t any festival quite like Splendour In The Grass. This year has a lineup that features headliners Flume, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator, as well as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Midnight Oil, Duke Dumont, Glass Animals, Denzel Curry… ok, we could keep going. But you get the picture! Along with the non-stop dancing, enjoy exploring the other ins-and-outs of SITG. There’s the Bohemian Lounge (an eclectic hideaway to unleash your inner boho child), the Rainbow Bar (their first ever LGBTQI space) and the Temperance Bar (serving up an enviable array of non-alcoholic bevvies for the sober-rockers out there!).
Need amazing accommodation for Splendour In The Grass? Wake Up! Byron is your perfect oasis away from the festival.
Where: Botanic Park, Adelaide.
When: March, 2021.
Discover the very best of the World Of Music, Arts & Dance at the iconic, award-winning WOMADelaide. This open-air, four-day festival is held during Adelaide’s ‘Mad March’ and transforms the city into a truly global village. If you’re looking for a place to let your hair down and shake it off to some of the coolest and most unique beats from around the world, then this is the festival for you!
Where: Hunter Valley, NSW.
Round up your Pinot pals and Grigio girls for a corker of culinary delights and brilliant beverages, whilst getting Merlot to the ripest musical talent on the vine. Yep! Always a barrel of fun, Grapevine Gathering pairs up wine with music, as you boogie on down to awesome acts at a picturesque winery. Although the upcoming lineup is yet to be released, you can be confident it’ll be impressive. Past artists have included Two Door Cinema Club, Flight Facilities, Client Liaison and Mallrat.
Need affordable accommodation for before and after your cabernet getaway? Wake Up! Sydney is conveniently located right by Central Station: right next to where the Grapevine Bus picks up and drops off from. Winning!
Where: Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane.
Listen Out is Australia’s primary national dance music festival and has sold out in all cities since 2016. It’s a hip hop and electronic music one-day event, that never fails to disappoint. Past lineups have included Dom Dolla, A$AP Rocky, Diplo, Denzel Curry, Wafia, Schoolboy Q, Anderson Paak, Travis Scott and Tash Sultana… say no more.
Where: Various regional towns across Australia.
When: April – May, 2021 (dates vary across cities).
Presented by Triple J, GTM is a three-weekend journey of road tripping and memory-making moments in six regions across Australia. Generally held in Autumn each year, it’s the kind of festival where you can don your gumboots and overalls, and expect the very best of party vibes. Rain, hail or shine.
Have your eyes on the Maitland or Canberra GTM festivals? Why not make an epic road trip out of it. Wake Up! Sydney and Wake Up! Bondi will have the best beds in Sydney for you to rest your head along the journey.
Where: Various cities across Australia, including Manly, Noosa and Newcastle.
The Drop Festival is a national touring festival that follows the waves, celebrating the quintessential Australian road trip & following the Australian leg of the World Surf League Championship Tour. It’s dedicated to community, culture, local food and beverages and above all, a shared love of the ocean… all of our favourite things.
Keen to soak up festival action at their Manly festival? Need accommodation? We have a bed with your name on it at Wake Up! Bondi, so you can really make the most of the Sydney surf.
Featured image credit: Scott Bruce