Summer, what’s that again? Whilst the rest of the world starts to prepare for winter – quadruple layering, bulk buying food ‘in case of emergencies’ and slowly watching the waistline expand “for winter padding” – the Australian summer is just getting started. Summer BBQ’s, sunrise surfs and endless sunshine are all on the agenda for the next few months, alongside a key ingredient to any awesome summer – music festivals!
Over the last few years, Australian music festivals have pulled in some massive international headline acts, as well as working tirelessly to support local talent. Mumford and Sons, James Blake, Arctic Monkeys and Of Monsters and Men have all played poll position, as well as incredible Australian bands such as Empire of the Sun and The Presets. Despite the media currently speculating on a dip in festival ticket sales, the 2013/2014 season is still shaping up to be show stopper. Here are 5 festivals we reckon will rock your summer:
What once started as a small celebration of Melbourne CBD’s claustrophobic urban lanes has since grown into one of Australia’s most popular music festivals. Laneway takes place in small laneways and urban passages across Australia’s major cities, including Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, and over the years has become a firm favourite on the festival circuit. Cloud Control, Daughter, Four Tet, Haim, Jamie XX and Kiwi sensation Lorde are all on the bill for this year, so we can only imagine this iconic Australian cultural event getting bigger and better!
Field Day Festival
When it comes to one day festivals, Australia pretty much rules supreme, with Field Day as an absolute casing point. Nurturing the growing trend to go out and party on New Years Day (New Years Eve – you’re so over), Field Day is the perfect ‘mini festival’ option – great music, great weather, great food, and no camping in sight! Always securing an eclectic mix of bands, hiphop, electro and techno acts, this year sees the likes of A$AP Rocky, Solange, London Grammar, Julio Bashmore and The Wombats all taking to the stage. A word of advice – take suncream – otherwise (like this red faced writer) you may wake up the next day with terrible tan lines to match your terrible hangover!
Meredith Music Festival
The festival for the discerning hipster, which runs on three simple rules “no glass, no bean bags, no dickheads”. Meredith is one of Australia’s oldest festivals, and is a complete world away from the lager swilling, inflatable throwing, stag do replicating events many associate with festivals. The emphasis is placed on an equal balance between experimental acts and more mainstream headliners, think Chic feat Nile Rogers, Derrick May and Deerhunters playing alongside Vance Joy and LE1F, who are all confirmed for this year. To sum it up in Meredith’s own words ‘music, nature, nonsense, humanity at its most wonderful’.
Future Music Festival
If you’re a raver, D&B head, two stepper, trance addict or house fanatic, you’ll find your new favourite thing at Future Music. Undoubtedly Australia’s biggest dance music festival, Future challenges you to ‘Get Your Brave On’ as it travels, circus like, on its Tiki national tour, stopping off in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Always scoring some of the biggest names on the dance music circuit, from age old ravers right through to up and coming DJ’s, this years line-up includes Sven Vath, Luciano, Deadmau5, Chase and Status, Netsky and Maya Jane Coles.
Splendour in the Grass
OK, so this isn’t necessarily a ‘summer’ festival, but it never really gets that cold in Byron anyway, so we’re keeping it in! Happening every July, Splendour is so much more than just a music festival. Yes there’s incredible music (2013 line-up included Mumford and Sons, The National, Klaxons, Laura Marling and James Blake), but there’s also an arts program, craft workshops, a (small) shopping mall, food venues and even a SPA. Yes, A SPA. We told you it had it all. The line-up hasn’t yet been revealed for 2014, but judging on the rate at which tickets sold out this year, we can hand on heart say it will be spectacular!