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8 Queensland Music Festivals Actually Happening This Summer

By Constance Allan
17th Nov 2021

Are you ready to dance? And yes, we mean actual dancing. None of this, 2020-2021 awkward bopping on as you walk from your table to the bar. Proper full body dancing, preferably outdoors with a tinnie in hand while our favourite band plays live and loud. Well if you are, throw some glitter on your face because we’ve found the top six music festivals happening in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast this summer.

Now we will say that while we’ve got our fingers and toes (and limbs) crossed that these festivals will occur, but you never know what could happen these days. Luckily, these events have COVID plans to ensure that at one point or another you are guaranteed your boogie. So feel free to snap up those tickets...

The Long Sunset

No need to wait for Splendour, because a brand new boutique camping and music festival will be hitting the Scenic Rim in a couple of months, and we are so down for it. Next February, the Elysian Fields will come alive with the indie-folk sounds of Angus & Julia Stone, Ball Park Music, Babe Rainbow and many more for The Long Sunset. Not just your typical music festival, The Long Sunset promises to bring festival goers a wholesome, cultural experience, complete with a selection of organic foods, local art and artisan cocktail bars, with camping on site—and glamping tents available if you snap your tickets up early enough. It’s time to start planning your indie festival ‘fit as general admission tickets are released next Tuesday 9 November.

When: 2pm–10pm, Saturday 12 February 
Where: Elysian Fields, 3042 Beaudesert Nerang Rd, 
Canungra QLD
Find out more here.

Wildlands Weekender 

What’s the best way to say farewell to that Christmas feast food baby? Dancing, of course. Wildlands Weekender 2021 marks the end of the silly season with two jam-packed days of stellar acts over two stages. Yes TWO. Day one leans into that easy breezy summer vibes with headliners like Lime Cordiale, Mallrat, Masked Wolf and Spacey Jane. Meanwhile, on day two, amongst a plethora of acts like Eves Karydas, Cosmo's Midnight and CHOOMBA, The Veronicas take the stage. Ah yes, the perfect opportunity to embrace your unashamed 2007 self by belting out ‘Untouched’!

When: 26–27 December
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
Find out more here.

Factory Summer Festival

See in the New Year and say adios the dumpster fire that was 2021 (that’s right it didn’t end in 2020) at Factory Summer Festival. With headliners like Broods and Masked Wolf, the sky’s not the only place serving up fireworks this 31 December. There’s the option for General Admission tickets, or if you’re looking to treat yourself, why not secure yourself a VIP pass to indulge in merch bundles and premium viewing verandas. And with VIP toilets, you won’t be wasting any time in those toilet lines in the summer heat.

When: 31 December
Where: Eagle Farm Racecourse, Doomben 
Find out more here.

Promiseland Festival

Two words: boogie and beachfront. Every year, summer calls for a return to Queensland’s promised land, the beach of course. And what better way to dive into the hottest season, than with a music festival set at Gold Coast’s very own, The Spit. Promiseland Festival 2022 boasts a line-up of hip-hop, alternative bops and reggae tunes all in one place. Sons of Zion, Drax Project, 1814, anyone? Throw in a food truck, and voila! Your Saturday is well and truly sorted.

When: 22 January, 2022
Where: Doug Jennings Park, The Spit
Find out more here.

Good Love

Guess what? Australia’s biggest reggae festival is coming back and we are here for it. Good Love 2022 will switch up its location this year, in favour of a bigger waterfront site—Doug Jennings Park. More room means more space for you and your gang to flex those dance moves you’ve been keeping under wraps in 2021. So get out there, soak up some sun and embrace those good vibes with names like Revel SoulJahz, Stan Walker and the Tomorrow People serving up that Good Love energy.

When: 5 February 2022
Where: Doug Jennings Park, The Spit
Find out more here.

This That

This That Festival is returning to Queensland for 2022 and we are booking our tickets now. In a choose your own adventure fashion, This That offers you this or that. Get it? ‘This’, is an outdoor open-air stage hosting those iconic festival moments, or ‘that’, is an indoor production fuelled, head-banging site. And this line-up is no joke—there’s San Cisco, The Rubens, Jack River, just to name a few. Final release tickets are coming soon so get in quick before you get out.

When: 5 March 2022
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel 
Find out more here.

For The Love

Experience the true feeling of summertime with For The Love’s uplifting musical festival hitting the Gold Coast this February. Vibe to the live tunes of global dance music icon Dom Dolla, beloved Perth trio Crooked Colours, Mallrat, All Day and more, whilst admiring the unique and creative fashion that FTL is renowned for. For a complete lifestyle experience like no other, grab your posse, plan your festival ‘fits and secure your tickets to For The Love festival. Be quick, this ultimate summer music festival is selling out fast!

When: 19 February 2022
Where: Doug Jennings Park, Gold Coast
Find out more here

The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl

What’s better than a multi-venue, full capacity music festival showcasing 36 standout artists? The fact that it’s totally free, of course. This February, assemble the herd and join local music lovers for The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl 2022, a choose-your-own adventure style festival like no other. Spend all night making your way through some of the Valley’s iconic venues to explore the lineup of excellent Aussie acts—you can unleash your rapping skills with Kwame, be entranced by the pulsing beat of Sydney’s psych-rock group, The Lazy Eyes and sing along with alt-pop icon, Bec Sandridge. Registration is essential and venues are working on a first-in best-dressed rule, so make sure to secure your tickets to the GOAT of festivals now.

When: 12 February 2022
Where: Multiple venues in Fortitude Valley
Find out more here.
 
Prefer to hit the beach over summer? Lay your towel down on Queensland's best beaches.
 
Image credit: Maddy Ainsworth

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