For the past few years, smaller independent festivals have dominated the music scene. It's probably down to the collapse of fan favourites like Big Day Out, Future Music, Soundwave and Stereosonic who all caved due to poor ticket sales.
Replacing them are festivals like and just to name a few.
Given we live on one big isolated island, it’s no surprise our music scene has shifted in this direction. And of course, we love our Aussie artists, but we can’t help but drool over the headline lineups from international festivals like Tomorrowland and Coachella.
Still, things are looking up. Three new music festivals were unveiled in the past couple of weeks. Just in time for summer, we’d like to introduce Festival X, Good Things and Ultra Australia.
In its prime, Stereosonic was the country’s largest electronic music festival, but
Partnering with Live Nation Entertainment, the lineup is yet to drop for Festival X, but we do know it'll be a mash-up of hip hop, pop, EDM and electronica artists.
The festival will begin on 29 November in Auckland before working its way to Brisbane on 30 November, Sydney on 1 December and wrapping up nicely in Melbourne on 2 December. Festival-goers can pre-register for tickets here.
If you’re a fan of thrashy rock and metal music, chances are you’ve seen the impressive line-up for the Good Things festival that dropped late last month.
Headlining the new festival is The Offspring who haven’t toured in Australia since 2013. They’ll be performing their 1994 album Smash to celebrate its 25th birthday. Favourites from the record include “Come Out and Play” and “Gotta Get Away”.
Joining them is alternative metal band Stone Sour, led by Corey Taylor, who's also the lead vocalist of Slipknot. The band will be performing their 2017 album Hydrograd for the first time in Australia.
Other notable artists that made the line-up include All Time Low, Bullet For My Valentine, The Used, BABYMETAL, Dashboard Confessional, Mayday Parade, Triple J Unearthed artist Ecca Vandal and local favourite The Smith Street Band.
Tickets for the festival are already on sale with the first instalment kicking off in Melbourne on 7 December, followed by Sydney on 8 December and Brisbane on 9 December.
Ultra Music Festival Australia
If you’re into fast-paced dance music with big build ups and supporting flashy light shows, this one’s for you. Founded in 1999, Ultra has since become one of the world’s largest electronic music festivals. The Ultra Worldwide brand has since grown to boast residencies in over 30 different countries including Indonesia, Philippines, Brazil, Chile, Korea and Croatia.
The festival dipped its toes in the Melbourne music scene back in February with ‘Road to Ultra’, a one-day event that was headlined by Afrojack, Swedish DJ duo Axwell & Ingrosso and featured sets from Carnage, Tigerlily, Timmy Trumpet and Will Sparks.
Returning next February, the festival will make its official debut in Sydney and Melbourne.
The line-up is still to drop, but tickets are already on sale, with the option for VIP tix if you’re feeling especially boujee. Ultra Music Festival will be in Sydney on 24 February and in Melbourne on 23 February.
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