Ajay Junaid
January 17, 2019
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Haven’t decided on what Aussie festival to attend? Not to worry. The insights team has compiled a list of 10 festivals taking place across Australia ranging from eco-friendly festivals to EDM festivals and nye festivals to blues. Let us run through the best music festivals happening down under.

Rainbow Serpent

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Ticket Price: $$

Dates: January 25 - 28, 2019

2019 Line-up Highlights: Patrick Topping, Oliver Koletzki, and Super Flu

Location: Lexton, Victoria, Australia

Attendance: 10,000+

Rainbow Serpent is a unique amalgamation of music, art, spiritual education, relaxation, and healing. Having come a long way from there early years of hosting small gatherings to an internationally recognised, multifaceted weekend of dance, colour, expression, and celebration. Operating with a mission for stability and bringing together local and international artists to play on a stage for 24 hours a day and displaying a remarkable effort in combining aboriginal culture with the western culture.

Price Range: $230 - $315

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St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: January 28, 2019.

Line-up: Florence + The Machine, Robinson, Denzel Curry and many more.

Location: 7 Cities across 3 Countries - Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore

Attendance: ???

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is back! What originally started out as a series of weekly shows at a tiny Melbourne bar has blossomed into one of Australia’s most beloved festival institutions. Auckland’s Albert Park will host St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2019, this years line-up will feature UK indie icon Florence Welche’s Florence + The Machine, Kiwi sensation Robinson and rising US hip-hop star Denzel Curry. Explore the full line-up here.

Price Range: $125+

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Ultra Australia

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: February 23 - 24, 2019

2019 Headliners: Adam Beyer, Dubfire B2B Nicole Moudaber, Illenium, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and The Chainsmokers

Location: Melbourne and Sydney, Australia

Attendance: 50,000+ Across two days

2018 saw the first ever edition of ‘Road to ULTRA Australia’ which was a sold-out spectacle, which brings us to Ultra Australia 2019 - taking go hard or go home to a brand new level for 2019! A two-day, two-city festival featuring the world’s top EDM DJ’s with mesmerising stage designs and top-tier production. Headlining the Main Stage all weekend will be the Dutch wunderkind Martin Garrix, international superstars The Chainsmokers and the ever-present Marshmello, all who will be making their Ultra Australia Debuts.

Price Range: $125 - $275

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Bluesfest Byron Bay

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Ticket Price: $$ - $$$

Dates: April 18 - 22, 2019

2019 Line-up: Iggy Pop, Norah Jones, Hozier, Gary Clark Jr., David Gray, Ben Harper, Tash Sultana and Jack Johnson

Location: Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Attendance: 100,000+ Across four days

Byron Bay where it’s the vibe that counts. Bluesfest Byron Bay has self-proclaimed itself as “Australia’s premier contemporary Blues & Roots music festival,” and the self-proclamation is 100% deserved as they continue to welcome crowds of 100,000 annually. This year’s line-up is nothing short of spectacular featuring “Godfather of Punk” Iggy Pop, the soulful Norah Jones as well as Hozier, David Gray and many more.

Price Range: $50 - $3000

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Groovin the Moo

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: April 27 - 12 May 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: Duke Dumont, Portugal. The Man, Royal Blood, and Lady Leshurr

Location: Wayville, Maitland, Townsville, Bendigo, Canberra, and Bunbury - Australia

Attendance: 21,000+

Three weekends across 6 regional centres - Wow! For music fans who don’t happen to live in the bustling cities of Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane - Groovin the Moo takes place because of you. Featuring impressive line-ups in the time of year when big names aren’t otherwise booked. One big touring festival with a vibe of its own.

Price Range: $85

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Splendour in the Grass Festival

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: July 19 - 21, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Vampire Weekend, Khalid, The Wombats, CHVRCHES, Miguel, Franz Ferdinand, Ben Howard, MGMT, James Bay, and PNAU.

Location: North Byron Parklands, New South Wales, Australia

Attendance: 90,000+ Across three days

Splendour is one of Australia’s most popular and respected festivals - last year’s line-up most certainly reflects that. Possessing Australia’s best line-up isn’t the only reason to attend this ‘grandeur’ festival - they also have The Tipi Forest, an immersive outdoor space full of interactive space.

Price Range: $130 - $300

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Return to Rio Festival

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Ticket Price: $$

Dates: November 9 - 11, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: Sasha, Lee Burridge, Skream, Greg Wilson, and Roni Size

Location: Webbs Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Attendance: ???

Prepare for a party, for friendships to blossom, for sunshine and swimming and all other things awesome! Return to Rio takes place at the beautiful Del Rio Riverside Resort, the goal is to bring a taste of the Brazilian city to down under. Inviting festival-goers from all over to dance the weekend away to house, reggae, soul, and funk music.

Price Range: $180

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Beyond the Valley

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: December 28 - 1 January 2020

2018 Line-up Highlights: The Kooks, Duke Dumont, Tash Sultana, Joey Bada$$, and PNAU

Location: Lardner Park, Victoria, Australia

Attendance: 15,000+

A boutique Australian music festival - delivering a crafted selection of world-class artists to perform atop the parklands of Lardner every New Year’s Eve. Beyond the valley alumni; Chance the Rapper, Stormzy, Mura Masa, The Kooks, Schoolboy Q and many more. A festival that is all killer, no filler.  

Price Range: $125 - $360

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Lost Paradise

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Ticket Price: $

Dates: December 28 - 1 January 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: The Kooks, M.I.A, Tash Sultana, Joey Bada$$, and Peking Duk

Location: Glenworth Valley, Australia

Attendance: 10,000+

A giant party in the bush! Taking place at the picturesque Glenworth Valley Forest with a refreshing and cooling river flowing adjacent to take a dip in the scorching Aussie heat. A three-day camping festival combining music, food, art, and yoga. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

Price Range: $100+

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Origin Fields Festival

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Ticket Price: $$

Dates: December 30 - 31, 2019

2018 Line-up Highlights: Cardi B, Migos, Khalid, Kooks, Tash Sultana, Chase & Status, Hayden James, and M.I.A

Location: Langley Park, Perth, Australia

Attendance: 40,000+ Across two days

The biggest new year’s eve music festival in Western Australia. Over two days and three stages, 40,000+ festival-goers gather at Langley Park to rave to the biggest hip-hop acts, dance artists and Australian favourites. They may have expanded the festival and switched up the location, however, what it hasn’t changed is its dedication to booking the very best artists.

Price Range: $200 - $375

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