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14 Australian Music Festivals You Have To See In Your Lifetime

Australia is known for wild creatures, beautiful scenery and glorious beaches. It is a country full of fun that is further forecasted through its Australian music festivals every year.

However, Australian also has a rich and storied musical culture. Between indigenous, local, and international flavors, there is more to Australia than stunning beaches and surfing.

If you live in Australia or plan on traveling there soon, you need to checkout at least one of the following Australian music festivals.

Just remember to consult our official music festival packing list before setting off for your next outback adventure 😉

1. Ultra Australia

Ultra Music Festivals are some of the most well known music festivals in the world. There are Ultra experiences across the globe, including the United States, Europe, and South America..

However, two Ultra Music Festivals take place in Australia, and there’s a reason Ultra has made the list of Australian festivals you have to see.

These one day events are packed full of dance music all day long that will keep your energy going. Ultra truly is a premier experience with some of the best acts, best venues and best production offerings in the world.

Be sure to check out Ultra Australia to get a piece of the global experience.

Ultra Australia 2020 Lineup: Afrojack, DJ Snake, Zedd, Eric Prydz, Brookl;yn, Tigerlily, Parker, Soul T, Wild Fox and many more.

Ultra Australia 2020 Dates: March 7, 2020 Sydney, Australia and March 8, 2020 Melbourne Australia.

Locations: Parramatta Park, Sydney, Australia and Flemington Racecourse Melbourne, Australia.

Attendance: 40,000

2020 Ultra Australia Ticket Prices: Sydney General $125, Melbourne General $125.


2. Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields is a celebration of art in all aspects of the word. International and regional electronic dance music stars are featured at this beautiful festival.

There are also markets and vendors to browse among to purchase local artwork or food. Strawberry Fields is definitely a smaller, more intimate experience, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have the chance to vibe and party.

There are workshops, performances and shows displaying art as well throughout the festival. It truly is a beauty to see for yourself in its celebration of art, culture and nature outside of Melbourne, Australia.

Strawberry Fields 2020 Lineup: The 2020 lineup has not yet been announced, but previous years have included Young Marco, Eris Drew, Derrick May and others.

Strawberry Fields 2020 Dates: November 19-22, 2020.

Location: The banks of Murray River in Tocumwal, Australia.

Attendance: 7,000.

2020 Strawberry Fields Ticket Prices: Low Income Tickets around $165, General Tickets around $295.


3. Lost Paradise

Lost Paradise is a great way to celebrate the New Year at one of the largest international New Year’s parties. This is a festival that encourages camping that not only includes music, but also yoga, art and food culture during the 3 days of festivities.

Community is so important to the individuals that host this music festival, and you can expect something bigger and better this year after the devastating cancellation in 2019 due to Australia’s wildfires.

Be sure to experience this once in a lifetime festival for yourself if you are in Australia for New Year’s Eve!

Lost Paradise 2020 Lineup: Rufus du Sol, Golden Features, Hilltop Hoods, Green Velvet, Denis Sulta, Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers, Nelipot and many, many more.

Lost Paradise 2020 Dates: December 28, 2020-January 1, 2021.

Location: Glenworth Valley, New South Wales, Australia.

Attendance: 11,000.

2020 Lost Festival Ticket Prices: 4 Day General and 1 Day General Tickets are available.


4. Festival X Australia

Festival X Australia occurs in three cities throughout the country, and 2020 will only be the festival’s second year.

Festival X comes from a collaborative effort on the part of many other popular music festivals in Australia such as OneLove and Hardware to bring some of the top names in music to the festival stages.

The festival’s goal is to be friendly to all and to highlight many genres of music including EDM, pop and hip-hop. The past lineups for Festival X have been incredible, so this event definitely deserves a spot on the list of best Australian music festivals.

This is one of the largest musical events in Australia, so don’t miss out on this incredible music festival!

Festival X 2020 Lineup: The 2020 lineup has not yet been announced, but 2019 included names such as Calvin Harris, Lil Pump, Godlands, Vini Vici and many more.

Festival X 2020 Dates: November 2020.

Locations: Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

Attendance: 100,000.

2020 Festival X Ticket Prices: 1 Day General around $360 for each city.


5. Rainbow Serpent Festival

Rainbow Serpent Festival meets in the bush and is one of the most well attended music festivals in Australia. This festival has been around for twenty years, and features some of the best features of music festivals worldwide.

Rainbow Serpent offers bright light shows, art displays, camping areas and electronic dance music stages. The 2020 event has been pushed back to April due to wildfires, but pay attention to announcements and don’t miss this Australian staple.

Rainbow Serpent Festival 2020 Lineup: Ozzy, Father Funk, Dub FX, Ben Coda, Space Tribe, Kasey Taylor, Mad Maxx, Major 7, 4i20, Mortisville and Friends, Niko Schwind, Tim Healey, M.A.N.D.Y., John Monkman and many more.

Rainbow Serpent Festival 2020 Dates: April 10-13, 2020.

Location: Lexton, Victoria.

Attendance: 12,000.

2020 Rainbow Serpent Festival Ticket Prices: General Presale $360.18, General Weekend Only $297.54.


6. Return to Rio

Return to Rio’s multi-day music festival event this year is centered around Halloween. It features some of the greatest partying venues and vibes offered at music festivals around the world. There are camping amenities, plenty of booze, and great music, of course.

There are great outfits and an overall stellar events ground at this smaller-scaled, laid back music festival in Australia.

It is difficult to obtain tickets as the festival has a very loyal following, so be sure to grab them as quick as possible. This is an escape that you simply do not want to miss this year, especially as it will be a Halloween party full of exciting costumes and vibes.

Return to Rio 2020 Lineup: The Halloween special lineup has not yet been announced, but the 2019 lineup included The Martinez Brothers, Acid Pauli, David Scuba, Lost Desert and more.

Return to Rio 2020 Dates: October 30, 2020- November 1, 2020.

Location: Del Rio Resort, Wiseman’s Ferry, New South Wales, Australia.

Attendance: Thousands.

2020 Return to Rio Ticket Prices: General $250-$300.


7. Big Pineapple Music Festival

Big Pineapple Music Festival is a one day experience with great laid-back vibes and beautiful surroundings. Dressing up is encouraged to celebrate the theme of pineapples, so be sure to get in on the best dressed action.

Experience the joy and excitement that comes from this festival firsthand. Plus, when you’re done, take some time to visit the beautiful Sunshine Coast and get some time in at the beach!

Big Pineapple Music Festival 2020 Lineup: The Amity Affliction, Alison Wonderland, Dune Rats, Kwame, Jawbreakers, Maddy Mooda and many more!

Big Pineapple Music Festival 2020 Date: May 30, 2020.

Location: Pineapple Fields, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Attendance: 16,000.

2020 Big Pineapple Music Festival Ticket Prices: General 2nd Release $127.75, General Final Release $136.44.


8. Harbourlife

Harbourlife focuses on the joy and excitement of electronic dance music and has been doing so for seventeen years. It occurs in the capital city of Sydney, on the waterfront for beautiful views while partying the night away.

The acts are hand selected to make sure fun and enjoyment is experienced by all guests. The dance floor is the premium venue for all electronic dance music lovers. Make sure to get your tickets quickly as they sell out fast.

Harbourlife 2020 Lineup: The 2020 lineup has not yet been announced, but 2019 included Duke Dumont, Weiss, Cassian, Human Movement and others.

Harbourlife 2020 Dates: November 2020.

Location: Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, Sydney, Australia.

Attendance: Thousands.

2020 Harbourlife Ticket Prices: General First Release around $128, General Second Release around $133.


9. Beyond The Valley

Beyond the Valley is a very unique New Year’s Eve music festival. This is another great way to celebrate the New Year in a way you never have before.

The setting is simply beautiful, and the production team puts in immaculate effort to host this music festival. The main stage itself is sixty meters wide!

There are also beautiful decorative items and lighting effects at each musical stage seen there. This is an event you absolutely have to see! Plus, the Beyond the Valley lineup is always a premium one, so add this to your travel plans if you’re near Victoria!

Beyond the Valley 2020 Lineup: The lineup for 2020 has not been announced yet, but 2019 hosted Rufus du Sol, Tyler, the Creator, Denis Sulta, Claptone, Hayden James, Noir and many others.

Beyond the Valley 2020 Dates: December 28, 2020-January 1, 2020.

Location: Lardner Park, Victoria, Australia.

Attendance: 16,000.

2020 Beyond the Valley Ticket Prices: General 4 Day $435, General 3 Day $395, General 2 Day $355, General New Year’s Eve 1 Day $199.


10. Byron Bay Bluesfest

Byron Bay Bluesfest is a bit unique on this list as it hosts international superstars in the rhythm and blues industry. It also allows attendees to see some of the biggest names in the bluesy rock genre. There are also camping amenities, food amenities and children’s amenities. 

If you are a Blues fan, this is probably the best Australian music festival you could ever attend.

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020 Lineup: Dave Matthews Band, Lenny Kravitz, Alanis Morissette, Allen Stone, Kool and the Gang, Tori Kelly, Frank Turner, George Benson and many more international and regional stars.

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020 Dates: April 9-13, 2020.

Location: Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Attendance: 105,000.

2020 Byron Bay Bluesfest Ticket Prices: General Thursday $175.35, General 1 Day Friday-Sunday $216.13, General Monday $205.94, General 3 Day Saturday-Monday and Thursday-Saturday $440.42, General 3 Day Friday-Sunday $476.11, General 5 Day $639.23.



11. Pitch Music and Arts Festival

Pitch Music and Arts Festival offers a newer experience, but it has one of the best lineups in the electronic dance music genre, specifically in techno.

There are great production teams making for great stages and lighting displays as well as art displays to enjoy the culture. There is a beautiful landscape surrounding the space as well for a festival you absolutely cannot miss.

Pitch Music and Arts is fairly small. However, as mentioned, it’s a must-see even for any techno fan. Even if you don’t love techno, it’s worth seeing for the rest of the lineup and art displays.

Pitch Music and Arts Festival 2020 Lineup: ANNA, Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, Moopie, Nina Kraviz, Papa Smurf, Skin on Skin, Whiskey Houston and many more.

Pitch Music and Arts Festival 2020 Dates: March 6-10, 2020.

Location: Moyston, Victoria, Australia.

Attendance: 8,000.

2020 Pitch Music and Arts Festival Ticket Prices: General range from around $350-$372.


12. Elements Festival

Elements Festival offers a mysterious atmosphere to their event. They are always including features with new secrets to solve and new adventures to behold. The beauty of nature and the earth is of top priority as individuals celebrate.

Psychedelic and electronic dance music are the heart of the genres of this festival. There are elements to explore with electrifying music, great food, vendors and markets, art displays and workshops.

The lineup isn’t as premium as an event like Ultra, but for the price and venue, you can’t go wrong.

Elements Festival 2020 Lineup: No lineup for 2020 has been released yet, but 2019 included Brooks, Atmos, Zikore, Paul Abad, Doppel, Handsdown, Leigh Boy and many others.

Elements Festival 2020 Dates: October 15-18, 2020.

Location: Sunshine Coast Hinterland, South East Queensland, Australia.

Attendance: Thousands.

2020 Elements Festival Ticket Prices: General 3 Day $238.33, General 4 Day $268.85.


13. Splendor In The Grass

Splendor In The Glass is a fairly large Australian music festivals. Plus, this renowned event has been going on for 20 years!

With a world-class lineup, stellar festival grounds, and plenty of art and food to go around, expect an unreal 3 days at this festival.

Splendor In The Grass is unfortunately sold out for 2020, but be sure to keep this music festival in mind for your future days in Australia.

Splendor In The Grass 2020 Lineup: Flume, The Strokes, Tyler the Creator, Glass Animals, Duke Dumont, King Kruel, and dozens of other local and international artists.

Splendor In The Grass Dates: July 24-26, 2020.

Location: North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay, Australia.

Attendance: 45,000.

2020 Splendor In The Grass Tickets: Sold out, unfortunately.


14. Electric Gardens Festival

With a name like Electric Gardens, there’s zero chance you should miss this festival if you’re a fan of electronic music.

This music festival is only 5 years old. However, it is widely regarded as one of the highest quality, premier music festivals in all of Australia. Plus, since this is a single-day festival, it’s rather affordable!

Electric Gardens takes place in several cities, and the organization also runs Electric Island (which is pretty damn cool). However, if you can only attend on Electric Gardens event, make sure it’s in Sydney.

Electric Gardens 2020 Lineup: Included Craig David, DJ EZ, Ann Clue, Wild Fox, and plenty of other stellar DJs and artists.

Electric Gardens Dates (Sydeny): February 22.

Location: Centennial Park, Sydney, Australia. This event also occurs in Perth.

Attendance: Thousands.

2020 Electric Gardens Tickets: Roughly $70 per adult.


Final Thoughts

Though most of the featured music festivals feature electronic dance music, there truly are music festivals in Australia for everyone.

If you live in Australia, these events are a great way to indulge in musical and art culture for just a few hundred dollars.

In contrast, if you’re visiting Australia, these music festivals can turn your trip into the trip of a lifetime.

Enjoy the beaches, Australian wilderness, new cities and people, but don’t miss out on some of the very best music festivals that happen in the world.

Thanks for reading out list of the best Australian music festivals!

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