A Guide To The Summer Festivals Announced… So Far
It may still be chilly outside but the festival announcements have been coming in steaming hot this week!
Check out what all the Summer festivals have to offer below and decide the best way to roll through the heat into a cool new year. Stay tuned for updates as more line ups drop.
WHERE: Parramatta Park, NSW
WHEN: 18 November 2017
Priding itself on uniting the best emerging artists from around the country, The Plot have unleashed a ripper list of cool up-and-comers for this November. Songwriting sweetheart Dean Lewis will be sharing the magic from his debut EP Same Kind Of Different and if you’re not crying enough already you can catch some soaring indie-folk ballads from Byron Bay’s Kyle Lionhart. If you’re looking for something with more guts make sure to see sleepmakeswaves as they smash out their latest post-rock masterpiece Made Of Breath Only.
A Weekend In The Gardens
WHERE: Royal Botanic Gardens, VIC
WHEN: 17 – 19 November 2017
Surround yourself with nature and gourmet food for a blissful weekend of diverse, Australian-led icons. Songwriting legend Paul Kelly is heading up the bill, sharing moments from his 23rd studio album Life Is Fine. Sharing the remaining top spots are Melbourne rapper ILLY and super songstress Missy Higgins. Also on the line up are some of the best up-and-coming artists such as NT rapper BIRDZ whose punchy, personal and political debut album is out now.
WHERE: Commonwealth Park, ACT
WHEN: 25 November 2017
Spilt Milk pack a lot into one day, always bringing the most dazzling, cutting edge music, art and food to a sunny afternoon. This year is no different, with a spiffy line up including Sydney’s EDM queen Alison Wonderland, the darling Dean Lewis and pop-hip-hop master Illy. Experience the freshest tunes as Lorde triumphs with newly released Melodrama, Bad//Dreems smash out their new album Gutful and the ever-beautiful Vance Joy comes back with his latest track ‘Lay It On Me’.
WHERE: Berry, NSW
WHEN: 9 – 10 December 2017
Fairgrounds are kicking off the summer with a super sweet line up, including U.S. indie legends The Shins who’ll be sharing tunes from their 5th studio album Heartworms which dropped earlier this year. Joining the party are world-touring party starters Client Liason, iconic Aussie band You Am I and Castlemain’s most wanted D. D. Dumbo.
WHERE: Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, VIC
WHEN: 8 – 10 December 2017
This favourite summer escape promises plenty of timey-time and spacey-space for the massive line up it’s announced. Atmospheric rock angels Warpaint will be soaring over from Los Angeles to share their sweet snappy tunes from last year’s tasty album Heads Up. Also on the bill is prolific Aussie icon Mark Seymour (maybe you’ve heard of Hunters & Collectors?) ready to share a few decades of classics.
Beyond The Valley
WHERE: Lardner Park, VIC
WHEN: 28 December 2017 – 1 January 2018
For its fourth year the boutique New Years music festival is packed with talents including some of our favourite Aussies. The ever sparkling Jack River will hit the stage to perform tracks from her acclaimed debut EP Highway Songs No. 2 and latest shimmering single ‘Fools Gold‘. Along for the ride are Sydney favourites DMA’s and Brisbane boys The Belligerents whose debut album is dropping next month. Local songwriter Dean Lewis will be sharing his debut EP and Mura Masa will also be making the trek across from Guernsey to share his crisp debut with the Aussie crowd.
WHERE: Lorne (VIC), Marion Bay (TAS), Byron Bay (NSW), Fremantle (WA)
WHEN: VIC 28 – 31 December 2017, TAS 29 – 31 December 2017, NSW 31 December 2017 – 2 January 2018, WA 6 – 7 January 2018
Falls never lets us down and this New Years they’ve hooked us up with a whopper line up of uber cool local and international superstars. DZ Deathrays will be smashing the stage with their new single and Julia Jacklin will bring all the feels with the moody follow up track to last year’s acclaimed debut album. Alt pop master D. D. Dumbo, indie kids Methyl Ethyl, rock larrikins Bad//Dreems and floor-fillers Total Giovanni are just some of the Aussie talent set to get us grooving, whilst Jungle will be flying across to bring us a tasty dose of atmospheric funk.
WHERE: Glenworth Valley, VIC
WHEN: 28 – 31 December 2017
Make this NYE a big one with our favourite indie trio DMA’s who will finally be resting on home soil for a bit after countless international tours (maybe they’ll even have time for album #2). Girl-power goddess Jack River will light up the night with sparkling alt rock like her latest single ‘Fools Gold‘, Tiny Little Houses will be rocking out with their angst-anthem ‘Garbage Bin’, and Client Liaison and Dean Lewis will be paradise to your ears regardless of how early or late it is.