3 Australian music festivals to attend this summer
When summer rolls around, it can only be the start of one thing: music festival season. In Australia, we’re lucky enough to have a whopping 346 epic music festivals to choose from (Music In Australia data).
To help you narrow it down, we’ve compiled a list of a few of our favourite music festivals to ensure you get the most out of the summer.
Jorja Smith, What So Not and Courtney Barnett at Laneway Festival
After its initial launch in Melbourne in 2005, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival has grown in tremendous popularity and now covers five of the country’s biggest cities, including Brisbane.
On Saturday 2 February 2019, Brisbane Showgrounds will play host to this one-day music festival extravaganza and a lineup boasting a selection of local talent and international show-stoppers. Here are some must-see acts to catch at next year’s St Jerome’s Laneway Festival:
Gang of Youths
Laid-back indie rockers Gang of Youths are set to take to the stage at next year’s festival – much to the delight of the quintet’s strong fan base. With a captivating on-stage presence, gravelly tones reminiscent of an early Bono and an enigmatic glint in his eye, frontman David Le’aupepe was certainly destined for rock stardom.
Get ready to tap your feet along to the likes of ‘The Heart is a muscle’, ‘Magnolia’ and ‘Heroes’ as the boys from Sydney make your festival one to remember.
At the admirable age of 21, English-born singer songwriter Jorja Smith has already rubbed shoulders with some of R&B’s biggest names such as Drake and Kendrick Lamar. In part, this can be put down to her soulful sound and empathetic lyrics.
As well as her international collaboration success, Smith’s solo career is soaring high, and fans of the songstress can enjoy singing along to hits such as ‘On My Mind’ and ‘Blue Lights’.
Festival-goers can also dance along to the likes of Rex Orange County, Courtney Barnett and What So Not.
Jack Johnson, Ray LaMontagne and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at Bluesfest
From 18 – 22 April 2019, the sleepy coastal town of Byron Bay will come alive with the sounds of some of Blues and Roots biggest names as it plays host to the highly anticipated Bluesfest. Drawing in crowds of 100,000 attendees from all around the globe, the festival is a colourful congregation of people soaking up the sun, partaking in various activities and of course, listening to more than 200 live performances. Next year, Bluesfest welcomes names such as:
- Jack Johnson
- Julia Stone
- Paul Kelly
- Ray LaMontagne
With 120 hectares of beautiful grounds to explore, there’s so much to do and see when attending this great Australian music festival.
Alice in Chains, Rise Against and Ozzy Osbourne at Download
Are you ready to rock Australia? UK-born music festival Download Festival is bringing its heavy riffs and hard-hitting line up back to Australia in March 2019. Playing at Sydney’s Parramatta Park on 9 March and Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse on 11 March, fans of all things hardcore have more chance to get amongst the moshing action and this jam-packed lineup featuring the likes of:
If you’re looking to catch one of the most iconic thrash metal bands live in concert, Download Festival is your chance. That’s right, American thrash metal legends Slayer are playing their last shows before hanging the leathers and guitar straps up for good. With more than 10 studio albums in their repertoire, the old boys from Cali are well-versed in knowing what it takes to put on a show. Head bang along to the likes of ‘Raining Blood’, ‘Disciple’ and ‘Silent Scream’.
Download is one lucky festival. Next year, the Sydney and Melbourne events will be the only Australian shows heavy metal legends Judas Priests play, making Download a must-visit event for any Judas fan. Since forming in the 1970s, the English metal group have gone on to earn legendary status that other heavy metal bands can only dream of. When the opening riff of ‘Breaking the Law’ plays, we expect all hell to break lose as they rock the night away.
Other acts on the exclusive bill include Halestorm, Alice in Chains and Anthrax.
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