We come from a land Down Under where women glow and men plunder, and we have an endless supply of incredible music festivals. Diversity is the key so there is a festival somewhere in our great southern land to suit all tastes. Where to begin? Why not start with a campervan rental and book a holiday park to park your wheels before getting in tune with one of these five for the summer of 2017-2018.
The Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth (19-28 January 2018)
TEN days, 700 performers, 2800 events and more than 50,000 country music lovers. Clearly there are big numbers behind this giant country music fest which this summer showcases the likes of Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Harvey, Amber Lawrence, Beccy Cole, John Williamson and more. From free shows every night in the park, to buskers, stalls, children’s activities and street performers there is a helluva lot going on. Choose from thousands of free and ticketed shows over the journey of the festival in the pubs, clubs and hotels around Tamworth.
Rainbow Serpent (26-29 January 2018)
A monster electronic music, arts and bush festival in Lexton, in country Victoria, the Rainbow Serpents clearly is one of Australia’s most popular festivals. The event is revved up for its 21st celebration, a long way from its humble beginnings of a small gathering in a secluded clearing to become an internationally renowned weekend of dance, colour, expression and celebration. People now travel from all over the world to Western Victoria to experience what some have said is the best outdoor festival of it’s type in the Southern Hemisphere. As the organisers say, it’s a “fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony.” No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual discussion, relaxation and healing.
Falls Festival (New Year’s Eve)
The Falls Music and Arts Festival celebrates 25 years this year and is one of the longest running, boutique music events in Australia. The festival is inspired by European style events, with a great selection of talented bands, DJs and comedians from throughout the world. Set in four venues including Lorne, Byron Bay, Marion Bay and Fremantle. Some big name artists this year include Flume, Peking Duk, the Kooks, Glass Animals, Daryl Braithwaite and more.
Woodford Folk Festival (27 December 2017 to 1 January 2018)
Woodford Folk Festival is one of the largest folk festivals in the world. The program taps into Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with music, cabaret, dance, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, circus and visual arts, including an entire children’s festival and spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day. More than 2000 performers and 438 events are programmed featuring local, national and international guests. This year will be the 31st Woodford Folk Festival and the 23rd held at Woodfordia.
Mona Foma (12-22 January 2018)
Tasmania’s annual eclectic music and arts festival, Mona Foma (aka MOFO) is set in Hobart and curated by Brian Ritchie, bass player from the rock band Violent Femmes. The 2018 instalment of Mona’s popular festival will see the event branch out into Launceston for the first time, with a three-day “Mini Mofo” weekend to feature Grammy-winning Australian star Gotye and culminate in a free block party at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Mofo then returns to Hobart for several events before the big “Weekend at Walshy’s” features dozens of performances on-site at Mona from January 19-21.