No matter what type of music you’re into, Australia has a festival for it. From big international acts to emerging local talent, it’s easy to find something to suit your taste.
When: 27 January 2020 – 9 February 2020
Where: Throughout Australia and New Zealand with main event in Melbourne, Victoria
Even if you haven’t been to Laneway Festival, you’ve likely heard of it. Starting in Melbourne in 2005, the event has spread quickly. The following year, there was a Sydney event and since then there have been three other locations added across Australia as well as two international venues.
The heart of the festival remains in Melbourne, but you can also catch Laneway in 2020 in Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Fremantle. Predominantly an indie festival, the core of the lineup is the same across all cities, although New Zealand attendees will notice a few variations. No matter where you go, you’ll be able to experience music from top artists like Charli XCX, Hockey Dad and King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, among others.
For those going to Melbourne, it’s a city that has more to do for tourists than most. Whether you want to enjoy the country’s best cafes, admire incredible street art or have a day at the MCG, you’ll never run out of ways to fill your day.
When: 20-22 March 2020
Fans of country music will be well aware of CMC Rocks, but it’s worth highlighting regardless. Australia’s largest country festival is in its 13th year and growing bigger and better each time.
Headliners for 2020 are Americans Kip Moore and Miranda Lambert, as well as Aussie favourite Morgan Evans.
Held in the Ipswich, on the outskirts of Brisbane, there’s plenty to do before and after the festival. Go back in time and enjoy the drive-in cinema, watch drag racing at Willowbank Raceway or simply head into Brissie for the delights of a big city.
When: 5-7 June 2020
Where: Northern Territory
Held every year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend since 1985, the Barunga Festival is a three-day celebration of indigenous music, sports and culture.
Acts for this year’s festival are still to be announced, but the 2019 festival included performances from Archer, Wagilak & Aao, Rayella and more.
Barunga is around 80km away from the Northern Territory town of Katherine, home of some of Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders. Visit Nitmiluk Gorge, hike the Jatbula Trail and explore the Cutta Cutta Caves.
Splendour in the Grass
When: 24-26 July 2020
Where: Byron, New South Wales
Splendour in the Grass is undoubtedly one of Australia’s top music festivals and this year sees the 20th event celebrated.
The 2020 lineup is yet to be announced, but you can expect to see some of the top names from the international and Australian scenes in attendance: 2019’s lineup included Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett, for starters.
Outside of the festival, Bryon is a beautiful place to visit. Enjoy the beaches, the natural health practitioners and the incredibly laid-back vibe.
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