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All The Queensland Music Festivals Happening In 2024 And Beyond

By Urban List Writers

Are you ready to unleash your best dance moves and groove to some killer music this year? Well you're in luck, because we’ve lined up the festivals happening this spring, summer and beyond around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast that’ll keep you raving all day and night long.

So, get your besties together and start planning your outfits, because these are the Queensland music festivals not to be missed this year (or next).

Splendour In The Grass


Image credit: Splendour In The Grass | Facebook

Editor's Note: As of 27 March, we have just recevied news that Splendour in the Grass has been cancelled for 2024. Early reports suggest the cancellation is due to low ticket sales. We're waiting to hear further updates and will let you know as soon as we do. Stay up to date via Triple J's Instagram.

The biggest multi-day camping festival in the Southern Hemisphere, also known as Splendour In The Grass, is officially returning in 2024, with Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July the dates it will once again take over Ngarindjin/North Byron Parklands—and the massive line up has just been announced. Kylie Minogue, pop princess and national treasure, will be hitting the stage on Friday but that's not the only huge name on the list. G Flip, Hayden James, Royel Otis, Future, Fontaines D.C., Tash Sultana and Arcade Fire's first Australian show in 10 years are just the beginning of the epic schedule, and you can check out the full line up and grab tickets when they go on sale on 21 March here.

The Details

When: Friday 19 to Sunday 21 July
Where: North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay
Find out more here

Jammin Festival

Reggae fans, prepare for this one to blow your mind. Musical legends, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Stefflon Don and many others will be coming together for Jammin Festival this February. The two-day festival, being held at Riverstage, will have acts back to back all day, both days, and is set to play a combination of 90s throwbacks and new tunes. Australia's biggest reggae music festival doesn’t come reggae-larly and ultimately is going to be two days filled with lively entertainment. It’s fast approaching, so get tickets here. 

The Details

When: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February 
Where: Riverstage, Brisbane CBD 
Find out more here.

Laneway Festival

a birds-eye view of a concert crowdImage credit: Laneway Festival | Instagram

The iconic Laneway Festival is back in early February and its killer 2024 lineup is serving up all the big names. The one-day music festival is being hosted at Brisbane Showgrounds and you can expect to see grime legend, Stormzy, Tik Tok sensation Steve Lacy, and Euphoria star cross indie music icon, Dominic Fike. Plus, AJ Tracey and Angie McMahon, which doesn’t even begin to describe how damn good the lineup is. Tickets are limited, so get in quick before they sell out. 

The Details

When: Saturday 3 February 
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
Find out more here.

Summersalt 

A brand new, cruisy festival is debuting at Sandstone Point Hotel this year and it is not holding back in its premiering lineup. Featuring legendary artists such as James Bay, Matt Corby, John Butler Trio, Kita Alexander, Mia Wray and Thelma Plum, who is coming home and playing in her hometown (we’re fangirling). The one-day festival is on Saturday 23 March and tickets are already on sale, you can get them here. Plus, if you're worried about transport, the festival has numerous shuttle bus passes available from Brisbane to Bribie Island, so you can seamlessly enjoy your day. 

The Details

When: Saturday 23 March 
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, Bribie Island  
Find out more here. 

Knotfest


Image credit: Eddy Maynard | Knotfest Facebook 

Summoning all heavy metal lovers and enthusiasts. Knotfest is combining 14 of the best heavy metal bands from across the world and bringing them together at the showgrounds this March. The lineup includes Pantera, Disturbed, Lamb of God, and many more. Get tickets here, so you can get amongst the one-day festival filled with plenty of headbanging and mosh pits. 

The Details

When: Sunday 24 March 
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills 
Find out more here. 

Souled Out

A brand new modern R&B festival is coming to Australia in 2024, with R&B finally getting it's well-deserved moment in the spotlight. And Souled Out isn't just an old R&B concert. R&B heavyweights like Bryson Tiller, Summer Walker, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Tinashe, Thuy and Smino will be taking to the stage. Souled Out will hit Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast's Doug Jennings Park in March 2024. Presale begins on Monday 13 November (12:30pm AEDT) and general sale tickets are up for grabs from Tuesday 14 November (12:30pm AEDT). Sign up for presale access here.

The Details 

When: Saturday 23 March, 2024
Where: Doug Jennings Park, Gold Coast
Find out more here.

Rabbit Eats Lettuce

colourful stage setting with someone playing an electric keyboard on the stageImage credit: Rabbit Eats Lettuce | Instagram

In its 15th year anniversary celebration, Rabbit Eats Lettuce is ramping things and hosting its transformational experience at a new location. Cherrabah Resort in Elbow Valley features a massive lake for swimming and beautiful, native bushland for all ticket holders to enjoy, while the festival itself is promising more vibrancy, more music, more art and more wellness in the natural paradise. Most importantly, REL has released its lineup for the four-day festival and it includes an eclectic mix of house music and electronic artists from all over Australia and some special international guests. Rabbits Eat Lettuce invites you to take a trip down the rabbit hole this Easter Long Weekend, from 28 March to 1 April, so get tickets here. 

The Details

When: Thursday 28 March to Monday 1 April
Where: Cherrabah Resort, Elbow Valley
Find out more here.

Touch Bass

The Touch Bass festival is an ode to electronic dance music, and is returning for its fourth consecutive year at the Eatons Hill Outdoors. To end your Easter long weekend, you can see Wilkinson ft. MC AD-APT, Kanine, Peekaboo, plus special guest Flowdan, and so many more. Adore eclectic hip hop, dubstep, party bass or dance music? You’re going to love Touch Bass. Tickets are already on sale, and you can get them here. 

The Details

When: Sunday 31 March 
Where: Eatons Hill Outdoors 
Find out more here.

Bluesfest 


Image credit: Bluesfest | Supplied

Mark your calendars, because Bluesfest has announced the first names for its 2024 line up, and you're going to want to save the date. Taking over Byron Bay for Easter weekend from 28 March to 1 April, the festival is now in its 35th year, and boy is it ready to celebrate. Some of the acts you can catch over the weekend include an exclusive Australian performance by Jack Johnson, Matt Corby, Tom Jones, L.A.B., Elvis Costello, 19-Twenty and 14-year-old wunderkid Taj Farrant. There's plenty more names to come, but if you're already keen, you can grab tickets here

The Details 

When: 28 March to 1 April 2024 
Where: Bryon Bay 
Find out more here

Ultra Beach Gold Coast 

Grab your friends, and prepare to have a day filled with electronic bops, DJ mixes and dancing at the Ultra Beach Gold Coast festival. Happening on 12 April, the lineup is set to be a fire starter as it includes superstar Dutch DJ Armin Van Burren, plus many more EDM music artists ready to kick start the party mood for you and your friends. Tickets are selling out fast, get in quick while you can. 

The Details

When: Friday 12 April
Where: Broadwater Parklands
Find out more here. 

The Outback Trail

Calling all country music lovers and outback adventurers. This April, the Queensland Music Trails is hosting The Outback Trail, a nine-day musical journey for you to follow along with in Queensland's rugged heartland. Despite the name, the trail wants you to experience more than just music. Beginning in Goondiwindi, four hours out of Brisbane, the festival will guide you through the outback's most breathtaking destinations, enrich you in cultural experiences and showcase local food, wine and hospitality. Whether you want to tag along to every event, just some, or one, you can tailor your adventure to whatever you would like to choose. So, pack the swag, and enjoy nine nights of sleeping under the stars and nine days of all things music and bushland. 

The Details

When: Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 April  
Where: Nine locations, starting in Goondiwindi
Find out more here. 

Groovin The Moo

Groovin The Moo
Image credit: Groovin The Moo | Jordan Munns

A Sunny Coast classic, Groovin The Moo is looking hot this year, with 2024's edition serving up the likes of Aussie legends Jet, DMAs, Jungle Giants, King Stingray, Alison Wonderland, San Cisco, The Rions and more. Plus international acts like GZA from Wu-Tang (USA), The Kooks (UK), Mura Masa (UK), Armani White (USA), The Beaches (Canada) and Sporty Spice herself Melanie C (UK). Scope the full lineup here

The Details

When: Sunday 5 May
Where: Sunshine Coast Stadium Precinct (Sportsmans Parade)
Find out more here.

Earth Frequency

Returning for its 19th consecutive year, Earth Frequency is bringing just as much electronic live music, performances, workshops, family and kids spaces, food, markets and a positive community vibe, as it always does. Plus, of course, they have the most inviting glamping and camping spots, so you don’t have to miss a thing the four-day long festival has to offer. Start planning your May long weekend plans at Earth Frequency as the festival is taking place from May 3-6, less than an hour from Brisbane. Tickets are on sale now, and are already hot, so you can get them here. 

The Details

When: Friday 3 to Monday 6 May 
Where: Willowbank 
Find out more here. 

Blues on Broadbeach

Blues artists from across the world are gathering at the Gold Coast this May and the best part? It’s completely free. The music may sound ‘blue’ and sombre, but the tones are smooth, and the vibes will get you swaying and singing your lungs out. It’s a four-day long festival, jam packed with over 20 artists in the lineup, including international stars, Melissa Etherridge, Samantha Fish and Jesse Dayton. There are plenty of names to still be released, but start planning now to enjoy four days of live rhythm and blues on the Gold Coast. 

The Details

When: Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 May 
Where: Broadbeach 
Find out more here. 

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Image credit: Urban List | Supplied 

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