If you’re anything like us and you’re longing for the times when you could don your best festival outfit and spend a few days camping in the sweltering sun (ok, maybe we don’t miss that part), then you’re in luck because much to our surprise there are a number of festivals going ahead this summer that are worth braving the heat for.
Music lovers rejoice, because the annual Valley Fiesta is back again in 2020. If you’ve recently moved to the town where the heat swelters and the live music never ends, or you just so happen to have been living under a rock, the Valley Fiesta is a four-day long festival featuring some of Brissy’s finest up-and-comers. This year, big names like Kate Miller-Hiedke, Waxx and Syco will be hitting a heap of different venues around town, so you can skip from one to the other all night long, and keep an ice cold beverage in your hand all night.When: 19–22 November Where: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Find out more here.
Feedback Festival is the Gold Coast’s newest music festival, where Triple J lovers can join forces for ten days worth of head banging and arm flailing fun. With performances from The Chats, The Dreggs and Alexander Williams you are bound to be entertained. The festival will take place in some of the city’s newest arts precincts and will be held in a completely COVID safe fashion, to ensure that both you and the local musos are able to keep the good times rolling.When: 3–13 December Where: Gold Coast, Queensland Find out more here.
Three words: EDM, drinks and beats. Now that sounds like a recipe for a good night. Well, that is exactly what is on offer at This That festival. Held at the Sandstone Point Hotel, about an hour north of the city, the festival will be worth the car drive. Bop around to tunes from Allday, Dune Rats and Client Liaison with a beer in hand for what is guaranteed to be the most epic night you’ve had in a long time.When: Saturday 13 February, 2021 Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, Bribie Island Find out more here.
Factory Summer Festival
With a new second home in Brisbane, the Perth-born Factory Summer Festival is bound to be a day that you won’t mind sweating your makeup off for. Held in Victoria Park and headlined by The Presets, the festival features some of our favourite artists that are sure to raise the good vibrations, including Illy, Peking Duck, Example and so many more—seriously, the line up is insane. With space aplenty, the venue allows you and your mates to listen to some tunes, grab a bite to eat and then chill out and recharge.When: 12–31 December Where: Victoria Park, Herston Find out more here.
Mountain Goat Valley Crawl
Looking for a more elevated festival experience, if we can even dare to suggest that? The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl provides just that, adding another element on top of the top-notch tunes. As the name suggests this festival manifests in the form of a pub crawl allowing you to keep the night going at some of Brisbane’s most iconic bars and pubs. With over forty artists, the crawl is designed to allow you to get a taste of what the music scene has to offer, from George Alice to Concrete Surfers—just make sure you don your most stylish sneakers for the occasion.When: Saturday 6 February, 2021 Where: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane Find out more here.
Now this one’s a must-do for all of the creatives out there. Held on the Sunshine Coast, Yonder is a multi-day festival pairing live music with visual art, workshops and much more. Creating a multi-dimensional experience the festival will leave you feeling inspired with a wealth of new tools to unlock your creativity over the summer time. We can guarantee that you will go home with a magnitude of art supplies to add to your Christmas wishlist.When: 26–28 November Where: Mary Valley, Sunshine Coast Find out more here.
A bush doof that makes a difference, both for us and the planet? Where do we sign up? Earth Frequency is a three day festival that not only provides you with ear-tingling tunes, but also workshops and multi-sensory performances centred around providing you with a life changing, perspective shifting experience. With a focus on sustainability, you can leave the festival feeling as if you’ve done your bit for the community and the planet.When: 12—15 February, 2021 Where: Ivory Rock, Peak Crossing Find out more here.
Big Pineapple Music Festival
We couldn’t make a list of the best summer festivals without adding the iconically Queensland, Big Pineapple Music Festival. This festival requires little explanation, however we will break it down for you. Some of Australia’s best musicians perform to the masses for a day of pure bliss—there’s even a ferris wheel. While the official lineup has not been released due to the festival being postponed from its original date, we can confirm that you will not be able to wipe the grin off of your face as you dance long into the night.When: Saturday 22 May, 2021 Where: Pineapple Fields, Woombye Find out more here.
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