Summer festival guide

Grab your friends and your denim cutoffs, festival season is here…

By Edwina Carr
Summer festivals guide

It’s that time of year again, ladies! The weather is heating up and some of the best international acts are gearing up to head Down Under to perform at festivals around the nation. All you need is a crew of mates, some cold bevvys and a ticket to one of these awesome festival so you can get your dance on…

The festival: Big Day Out

Who’s playing: The BDO line-up never disappoints and this year there’s a stellar range of artists from pop to R ‘n’ B to rock. Look out for rock legends Pearl Jam, alt-rockers Arcade Fire and the Aussie contingent made up of Bliss And Eso, Rufus, Flume and more. Oh, and did we mention Snoop Dogg (AKA Snoop Lion) will be there? Yep, it’s going to be awesome. Set around Australia Day, this festival is as Aussie as Vegemite.

How much: From $185

When: From 19 January – 2 February 2014

The festival: Future Music Festival

Who’s playing: If you’re up for some serious jumping around as opposed to sitting on the grass chilling, this festival is for you. Expect pumping performances from Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, French rockers Phoenix, Rudimental, Kaskade and Aussie electro-pop trio Cut Copy. And you’re in for a sensory experience, the event organisers have promised “state of the art audio [and] crystal clear sound.”

How much: From $165.20

When: From March 1 - 10 2014

The festival: Laneway Festival

Who’s playing: Laneway is the ultimate hipster’s festival – you won’t find any gym junkies in muscles tees here. And the line-up is equally as laidback; American sister trio Haim will be making an appearance and so will New Zealand music prodigy Lorde. Aussie rockers The Jezabels, Cloud Control and Jagwar Ma will also be bringing the beats. #fun

How much: from $150

When: From January 27 – 8 February 2014

The festival: Falls Festival

Who’s playing: Whether you’re up for serious partying or you just want to enjoy the tunes in a sunny spot with your mates, this two to three day festival that falls over New Year’s Eve is for you. Plus, it’s expanding to Byron Bay this year – awesome! Artists like MGMT, Vampire Weekend, The Wombats, Grizzly Bear and Solange will be headlining. And expect stellar performances from The Preatures, Emma Louise and The Cat Empire.

How much: From $306

When: From 28 December – January 3 2014

The festival: Field Day

Who’s playing: The best way to get over your NYE hangover? Field Day music festival of course! Held in Sydney’s Domain, the festival is usually accompanied by beautiful sunny weather. Check out Aussie DJ Flume, A$AP Rocky, London Grammar, Solange, Hermitude, Flight Facilities, Alison Wonderland and The Wombats.

How much: From $118

When: 1 January 2013

The festival: Stereosonic

Who’s playing: This nationwide festival kicks off at the end of this month and right through into December. Festival-goers can expect awesome sets from David Guetta, Calvin Harris. Empire of the Sun, Nina Las Vegas, Armin Van Buuren, The Bloody Beetroots and more. Translation: wear your dancing shoes.

How much: From $229.95.

When: From 30th November to 8 December.

The festival: Southbound

Who’s playing: Western Australia’s biggest camping music festival, Southbound promises to be a seriously big party. And with the The Cat Empire, Anna Lunoe, Big Scary, Chet Faker and Grizzly Bear ready to rock, it’s going to go off with a bang.

How much: From $129.

When: 3 to 4th January 2014.

The festival: Festival of the Sun

Who’s playing: if you’re looking for the ultimate camping festival experience, this is it. Festival of the Sun is hosting You Am I, The Rubens, Ash Grunwald, Glass Towers, Stonefield, The Good Shop, Gang of Brothers, DJ Healey and more. The festival site has free camping and bring your dress up clothes – you’ll need ‘em.

When: 13 – 14 December 2013

Will you be heading to any of these?