Queensland is home to some of the most exciting music festivals in Australia. Every music lover can find a festival to suit their tastes – from country and rock ‘n’ roll in the outback to jazz and blues by the seaside.
Here are five of the best music festivals that Queensland has to offer in 2019, starting mid-year, so there’s plenty of time to get organised. (And if you need a set of wheels checkout DriveNow for the latest bargains on car hire in Brisbane).
Blues on Broadbeach
14 – 17 May, 2020
Take this chance to get moving to some of the best of the blues – old and new. Travel own to the Gold Coast for this free event, where international and Australian acts will appear across 20 outdoor stages and venues. The artist line up includes Aussie favourites like the Tommy Emmanuel, Karise Eden, Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers, Bondi Cigars and The Mason Rack Band.
Birdsville Big Red Bash
7 – 9 July, 2020
Venture into the Simpson Desert for what has become known as the world’s most remote music festival. As you’d expect, this one would be a decent trip by car – 1582 km from Brisbane, to be exact. But every kilometre is definitely worth it. Paul Kelly is set to headline the desert festival this year, with other Aussie rock bands also taking centre stage. There’s no other music festival like it thanks to the backdrop of the red sands of the desert, right in the heart of Australia.
Gympie Music Muster
27 – 30 August, 2020
Camp under the stars and enjoy rock, country and blues performances at this true blue Aussie music festival. The Gympie Music Muster takes place at the gorgeous Amamoor Creek State Forest, which is about 190 km north of Brisbane. Interestingly, the festival started in 1982 as a community fundraiser and has grown to a four-day festival that enables mates to enjoy top tunes while helping the community.
1 – 4 September, 2020
Organisers proudly say BIGSOUND is “the place where tomorrow’s stars are uncovered.” The event has helped strengthen the profile of talented artists like Rufus, Flume, The Temper Trap and Gang of Youths, to name a few. BIGSOUND Festival runs for four days in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. This makes it a convenient way to be part of discovering tomorrow’s up and coming talent.
Caloundra Music Festival
2 – 5 October, 2020
Head to the beautiful Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast to enjoy four days of sun, surf and soul. The area comes alive with world-class music, food and culture. Expect a line up of impressive local and international musicians. The Caloundra Music Festival has previously attracted artists like Birds Of Tokyo, Daryl Braithwaite, John Butler Trio and Lisa Hunt.