Australia’s Top Music Festivals of 2018
Bucket List Worthy
These are the must-attend festivals to rock your heart out.
The music reverberating through the air. The bass pounding below your feet. The stimulating energy from the crowd. There has to be no better place than at a music festival of your wildest dreams where you can let inhibitions go and become a free spirit. Here at Flight Network we also believe in the adrenaline pumping fun one can find at a music fest. The Australian festival scene is world-renowned for its epic sights and sounds where leading musicians and singers grace the stage to create a musical phenomenon.
Global music lovers and Australian locals converge upon cityscapes and countrysides to lose themselves to the beat of the best, heart-pounding music. From pop heaven and classical grooves to EDM dances and headbanging rock, there is a concert for every person to love. Need proof? Look below to find the top Australian music festivals of 2018 and find your list of must-sees. Check out the article, pack your bag (yes, festival clothing is a must), and share this article with your friends on social media as music fests are enjoyed with the best company.
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Dates: April 7
Entrance Price: AUD $55 adult, $40 concession/senior citizen, $25 child (7-16 years), Free child (0-6 years)
A celebration of the best local music, wine, beer, food, and craft in a world-class setting – AutumnFest definitely tops a list for best festivals in Australia. Mayfield, a stunning cool climate garden, plays host to a music fest which celebrates creativity and uniqueness in a setting that parallels these values. Attendees will be serenaded by an amazing mix of folk, country, and blues while the golden-hued trees create a beautiful autumnal scene. This festival is bound to create lasting memories you won’t soon forget.
Dates: April 20-22
Entrance Price: AUD $110
Perth lights up in a flurry of folk, world and roots music when the Fairbridge Festival comes to town. Fairbridge is hallmarked as a favourite family camping festival and a unique environment to celebrate the beat of the music and beautiful views of the Darling Escarpment. A family-friendly atmosphere, Fairbridge has all ages covered to thoroughly enjoy the best folk in the world.
Dates: August 31- September 2
Entrance Price: AUD $109
Dates: September 14-16
Entrance Price: AUD $80
As the last remaining hippie town in Australia, Nimbin is the perfect location to gather roots music loving individuals for the Nimbin Roots Festival. This is the only roots musical festival which embraces alternate culture, up and coming musical acts, and the rich lifestyle of peace and love. The ‘All You Need is Love’ Peace Rally is sure to cement itself in your memories as you march down Nimbin’s main street and cry out for love with other attendees.
Dates: October 26-28
Entrance Price: AUD $100
Folk lovers and free spirits unite in Yungaburra when the Tablelands Folk Festival comes to town. A vibrant and imaginative festival, Tablelands features incredible musicians, spanning genres from folk and world music to blues, flamenco, reggae, gypsy jazz, and rock. The uniqueness of the village itself is brought to life in a new way with a celebration of music, friendship, culture, and the arts.
Dates: November 9-11
Entrance Price: AUD $110, including camping
A festival designed with all attendees in mind, Majors Creek Festival mixes incredible musicians and charming surroundings with themed performances, craft stalls, and child-friendly activities. An eclectic mix of folk, bluegrass, Americana, and world music meld to create a vibrant musical atmosphere. Enjoy mouth-watering food vans while you check out dance displays, or learn something new in a workshop, and fill your days with the fun of a boutique-sized festival.
Dates: April 20-22
Entrance Price: AUD $170
The most iconic and stunning landscape will act as the backdrop for the Undara Outback Rock and Blues festival – the “biggest little festival” in Australia. Undara features the oldest volcanic lava tubes (190,000 years old, in fact) and some of the best natural surroundings you can imagine. We couldn’t think of a better place to enjoy easy rock and blues music while basking in the glories of nature.
Dates: April 6-8
Entrance Price: AUD $85
WOW at Festival 2018 had to make an appearance on this list of top festivals for its amazing mission – to bring together women from over 20 countries in the Commonwealth of Nations to celebrate their passions, learn about their cultures, and talk about the social issues affecting them. WOW gathers an amazing variety of artists and thought leaders who serious reflection on hard-hitting issues affecting females while also cultivating a call to leadership, wellbeing, inspiration, artistic creativity, and laughter.
Dates: April 21-22
Entrance Price: AUD $25
With a lineup including the Veronicas and San Cisco for its 2018 schedule, Wind on Water Festival is a must-attend when its next festival season comes around. This festival highlights an exhilarating environment of creative artists and fun water sports, beach busking, large-scale kite flying, and much more. WoW is a family-friendly environment with every year getting better and better.
Dates: April 27-29
Entrance Price: AUD $165 adult, $140 senior, $80 teenager, $45 child, $20 6 and under
Escape to the countryside with friends and family and enter a music lover’s paradise with The Gum Ball festival. Australian and international musicians gather to create the perfect mainstage while attendees further enjoy delectable food, top beers and wines, free morning yoga, children’s entertainment, and so much more. Venture into the middle of Hunter Valley the next time this festival comes around and experience paradise for yourself.
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Dates: April 29
Entrance Price: AUD $40
In the Pines has been called one of Perth’s best local musical festivals, and this is a title it wears proudly. This year, they featured over 20 incredible bands who filled the atmosphere with head-banging rock and dancing pop music for over 10 hours. Thousands of attendees found themselves swaying to the beat or hanging around the gorgeous banks of the Swan River to enjoy picnics and experience a true cultural must.
Dates: May 4-6
Entrance Price: AUD $180
Wide Open Space Festival is hallmarked as Australia and New Zealand’s most out there festival. This musical 3-day event finds attendees enjoying a diverse array of musical talent, creative workshops, desert culture and lifestyle, and energetic performance. The festival is nestled on the East MacDonnell Ranges and creates a sensorial backdrop to enjoy stunning music and the best of creativity and amusement.
Dates: June 1-3
Entrance Price: AUD $120 and 150 (Presale); $180 (On the Gate)
The Happy Daze Festival will have you in the happiest daze of all with its eclectic musical genres, electrifying acts, and vibrant atmosphere. This festival calls for individuals to bring their uniqueness with them and connect with other attendees over music, food, dance, and other activities. Mackay and the Whitsundays come to life in a new way while drums and bass fill the air and everyone walks in a happy daze.
Dates: June 22-23
Entrance Price: AUD $60
Kuranda Roots Festival is an experience which celebrates vibrant music, creative cultures, and energetic passions as the connecting force which brings together communities. The Billabong plays home to this fest, a stunning ranch with sprawling campgrounds and surrounding forest. The serene atmosphere, the incredible bands and DJs, and the market village and workshops will blossom your imagination and shape you into a creative being. Local Bama, Djabugay and Bulwai people will share their culture to add even more incredible elements and make you say yes to going.
“Great food everywhere, a beautiful historic setting, workshops and seminars, free entertainment in the streets and parks, great people and great music… Bello could just be our new favourite festival.” (Marty Jones, RHYTHMS MAGAZINE)
Dates: July 12-15
Entrance Price: AUD $50-75
Bello Winter Music festival is sure to dazzle your music-loving nature with a lineup showcasing Australian and international musicians. Come to hear Caiti Baker, Z Star Trinity, the Tangents, William Crighton, and so many more grace the stage with their awe-inspiring voices and heart-pounding beats. The picturesque town of Bellingen will steal your heart as street theatre, marketplaces, and a New Orleans style street parade will color your world in festival wonder. With something for everyone, Bello Winter Music is a must attend.
Dates: September 28-30
Entrance Price: AUD $150
Be moved by lively rhythms and sway to beautiful beats at the Wallaby Creek Festival, a 3-day celebration of music and the arts. A lush tropical rainforest is home to this festival where you can swim, become enraptured by live dances and circus shows, take part in healing spaces and workshops, and so much more. A family-friendly event, the Wallaby Creek Festival is as unique as it sounds and a must for any music lover.
Dates: October Long Weekend
Entrance Price: AUD $100
Yours and Owls Festival knows how to capture the attention of thousands of festival-goers – with incredible live music from local bands, national acts, and international stages featured next to the stunning Australian coastline. The beach plays backdrop to an eclectic festival with a lineup and programming to appeal to any audience. The 18+ and Under Ages events also make this festival accessible to all ages.
Dates: October 14
Entrance Price: AUD $79
The Grass Is Greener is top in its new and exciting aspects which compose this musical fest. Top artists and the best production quality combine with interesting decor and electrifying mindsets to create a praise-worthy festival. It welcomes musicians from a variety of genres to fill the stage with heart-pounding beats and attendees from all walks of life to fill the experience with wonder and passion.
Dates: October 26-27
Entrance Price: AUD $30-80
Kyneton Music Festival is known as a party in the park for a reason: Australia’s best bands and local acts create a symphony upon the stage while the intimate relaxed country surroundings are the prime location to spend a picturesque afternoon. Kyneton is the best festival for those searching for amazing music, friendly festival-goers, and endless countryside days of celebration.
Dates: November 29- December 1
Entrance Price: AUD $199 (First Release GA)
Jungle Love Festival attracts attendees from around the world not only from its incredible, quality music lineup but also for its fairytale-like settings. All set along the Yabba Creek, Jungle Love will dazzle with an artful assortment of stages, live murals, performance art, and even a relaxation tent. Jungle Love is an intimate “celebration of all art and life” and is begging to be explored by you. Grab your rainbow bicycles and camping equipment and get your ticket today.
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Dates: November 30- December 1
Entrance Price: AUD $160
With a name like “fairgrounds,” you absolutely know that Fairgrounds Festival will perfectly combine amazing music, a fun carnival atmosphere, and laid back summer vibes. Fairgrounds is a great way to start the summer and discover international and local artists while you enjoy mouth-watering food, art workshops, and artist talks. The rural setting in Berry only furthers the call for relaxed enjoyment of music with family and friends, escaping the busy world to discover oneself amongst the music.
Dates: December 1-3
Entrance Price: AUD $180 (no single day tickets)
Hopkins Creek stays strong to its mission to create a diverse group of artists who use the unique setting of this music festival for self-exploration and expression. Attendees truly feel the power of the carefully curated artist programming as they are led on a 3-day celebration of music and mate-ship. An extinct volcano crater only heightens the experience of this festival and calls upon our inner explorer as we become surrounded by the inspirational beats.
Dates: December 9
Entrance Price: AUD $60-99
The Pleasure Garden festival is a totally immersive and sensorial experience you will be hard to find anywhere else. The organizers remain true to their desires of creating a music festival which turns magic into real delight and imagination into tangible wonders. A variety of musicians grace the stage while theatrical performances, art installations, carnival rides, and delectable food enrapture your every second.
Dates: June 1-4
Entrance Price: AUD $0-150, depending on the event
Australian and international jazz players unite at the Jazz by the Bay festival to delight audiences in the smoothest sounds and most immersive atmospheres. Jazz, soul, and funk music fills the air of wineries, caves, green spaces, and lively streets. You will feel like a cool local when you arrive at this festival.
Dates: June 8-11
Entrance Price: AUD $95
Castlemaine Jazz Festival keeps the love of jazz performance alive and thriving with its 4-day festival, bringing talented musicians to Victoria to perform, collaborate, and further improve their skills. Attendees will travel between 6 stunning and historic venues dated from the gold rush to sit in utter peace as they listen to the smooth jazz which nips at your very soul.
Dates: June 8-11
Entrance Price: AUD $30 half day pass, $50 day pass, $90 weekend pass
The Merimbula Jazz Festival has been convening in Australia for 38 consecutive years and knows a thing or two (or many) about how to throw the best jazz fest around. Hundreds of bands and musicians gather to show their best talent and dazzle the audience with the coolest of sounds. The Saturday Jazz Street Parade and Concert and the Saturday Night Jazz Quest add additional layers of musical exhilaration and will have the attendees partying until the sunrises.
Dates: July 26-29
Entrance Price: AUD $0-80
16 years of past successful jazz festivals mean that Devonport Jazz’s 17th year will only be better with the smoothest jazz, social ambiance, and delicious food and wine. The cosy venue combines with the light jazz and blues to be the ultimate comforting vibe to fully relax and enjoy. Attendees are welcomed to come party with others and really experience the beat of the music.
Dates: December 31- January 1
Entrance Price: AUD $110
Bluestone Blues Festival knows how to gather top blues musicians along with local talent or enthusiasts to an intimate setting in Geelong in order to celebrate musical creativity and passion. The festival is proud to be large enough to welcome international blues musicians yet small enough so that all attendees engage with one another. Who knows, you may just set up your tent next to a renowned blues player and finesse your talent even more.
Dates: September 27-30
Entrance Price: AUD $TBA
With a lineup including classical guitarist Karin Schaupp, world famous saxophone ensemble the Sandy Evans Trio, and the Taikoz Quartet, the Bellingen Fine Music Festival 2018 is a must-see for all those who crave a unique mix of classical and fine music styles. Bellingen champions local artist talent throughout the festival, promoting young musicians and setting the stage for talent to flourish.
“One of the best chamber music festivals in the world… and it just keeps getting better.” (ABC Classic FM, 2012)
Dates: November 17-18, November 21-25
Entrance Price: AUD $335
Held in the architecturally stunning Barrel Room of the winery, the Huntington Estate Music Festival features some of the finest musicians with some of the best acoustics in the world. Australian and international acts take to the stage to fill the winery with stunning music while attendees experience the best of refreshments, gourmet meals, Huntington wines, and immersive sounds.
Dates: April 19-22
Entrance Price: AUD $30
The Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival proudly gathers together ukulele lovers and aficionados to Queensland to enjoy a fiesta meant to cherish this musical instrument. Attendees come to listen to incredible musicians, learn new skills, try out the drums, and just maybe finesse their dancing all while reveling in the company of others.
Dates: October 12-14
Entrance Price: AUD $40
Australian and international acts flock to the stages of Foggy Mountain Music Festival to bring to life a unique and culturally rich musical experience in the stunning Kinglake Ranges. Bluegrass is the main genre highlighted, yet this festival has music and other activities for every attendee to enjoy. A relaxed atmosphere begs for laid-back days spent swaying to the music while the low cost, family oriented fest makes it a must visit for all.
Dates: August 8-19
Entrance Price: AUD $0-99
The Sydney Guitar Festival welcomes top guitarists from around the globe to Sydney to partake in 11 days of musical talent and inspiration. With an already bounteous lineup set to take mainstage, guitar lovers will be awe-struck by the wonder of carefully curated shows and special spectacles meant to highlight the musical achievements of all.
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