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Perth’s Best Music Festivals To Hit Over Summer 2024

By Claire Logan – who worked in Perth delis, cafes and restaurants for over 10 years before pouring her passion into writing

A music festival in Perth

Sure Christmas is good, but have you ever seen your fave song live from the shoulders of a stranger? This is the exact scenario getting us pumped up for a big year of festivals.

To help you map out your year of good times, we've rounded up some of the best music festivals going down in WA in Summer 2024 and beyond.

Groovin The Moo

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

Push aside your summer festival ideas, the autumn road trip down to Bunbury for Groovin The Moo is one that requires a jumper or two (unless you plan on kitting yourself out at the merch tent). At least you know the acts are always hot, 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

When: May
Where: Bunbury
Tickets go on sale 6 February

Perth Festival

Perth Festival
Image credit: Perth Festival | Instagram

Just when you think you've finally overdosed on arts and culture at Fringe, the legendary Perth Festival arrives. And this year they've really upped the ante. There's always a staggering lineup of music, art, dance and culture on offer, highlighting stories of traditional custodians across Noongar Boodjar with some pretty damn fantastic local and international musical talent too. Last year saw international sensations like Björk and Bon Iver dazzle crowds, and this year's shows are just as spectacular. Scope some of our top picks here.

When: February
Where: Throughout Perth

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 

Laneway Festival
Image credit: Laneway | Instagram

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. And fonder it has grown for our first true indie fest, Laneway Festival. The festival took a little bit of a break before reigniting our love at its new cityside location in 2023 with big names like Fred Again, Haim, Joji and more giving us all the feels. St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is set to return in 2024, with  Steve Lacey, Stormzy, Dominic Fike and plenty more taking over Wellington Square in Perth this Feb.

When: 11 February 2024
Where: Wellington Square, Perth

Hyper Festival

Hyper Festival in Perth
Image credit: Hyper | Mitch Lowe

This all-ages music festival may not have any of the familiar overpriced booze to tuck into but damn do they always deliver an incredible lineup of Aussie talent, at an oh so affordable price too, might we add. 2023 marked the return to Hyper's original pre-covid format, and they did not hold back with the likes of Thelma Plum and King Stingray headlining alongside a string of local and interstate legends. Stay tuned for next year's lineup.

When: April
Where: Midland

Fairbridge Festival 

Fairbridge Festival
Image credit: Fairbridge Festival | Instagram

Sweep the idea of festivals as a sweaty, sensory overload teamed with premixed vodka lime sodas to the side for two seconds. Enter the manic pixie dream girl of the WA festival scene: Fairbridge Festival. Traditionally held in Pinjarra at the Fairbridge Village every April, the festival has been celebrating folk, roots and world music since 1993.

Whether you’re in Dad’s old taj-mahal tent he bought in his camping phase, the boot of your mate's old Prado or the swag you borrowed from your uncle, Fairbridge guarantees a weekend of good music, great food and enough arts and crafts tents to satisfy any avid macrame enthusiast.

When: April
Where: TBC 

Wave Rock Weekender 

Wave Rock Weekender
Image credit: Wave Rock | Instagram

That Fleetwood Mac song, Seven Wonders. We’re surprised Stevie Nicks didn’t drop in a cheeky mention of Wave Rock in there. We still find it hard to believe we're allowed to party with some seriously cracking local and international artists and musicians at this WA wonder for three whole days.

Besides the music and all-round chilled vibes, the food trucks here are cheap as chips and the 50m salt pond gives you a nice break from the heat. The salt content also means you float like a cork after eight bao buns and a few single fins, which is a nice touch. Just make sure you leave enough gas in the tank to catch at least one sunrise from the top of the rock.

When: September
Where: Hyden

Listen Out 

Listen Out music festival Perth
Image credit: Listen Out | Instagram

Dance music festival, Listen Out, is known for its cracking electronic and hip-hop bills, and the 2023 lineup did not disappoint with international stars like Skrillex, Ice Spice, JPEGMAFIA, Lil Uzi Vert and more all bringing the goods. 

When: September
Where: Western Parklands, HBF Arena, Joondalup

Out Of The Woods

Out Of The Woods
Image credit: Out Of The Woods | Instagram

A two-day music fest in the heart of Freo, Out Of The Woods is bringing a stellar indie lineup to fire up your spring, with previous years attracting the likes of Temper Trap, DMAs, Broods, Boy & Bear, Chet Faker, Skeggs and more will be soundtracking your weekend.

When: October
Where: Fremantle Esplanade Park
To get tickets, click here.

Grapevine Gathering

Grapevine Gathering music festival
Image credit: Grapevine Gathering | Instagram

Grapevine Gathering effortlessly combines live music with exquisite wines, set against the picturesque backdrop of five stunning winery locations around Australia. 

When: October
Where: Sandalford Wines

Wine Machine

Wine Machine
Image credit: Wine Machine | Jordan K Munns

When the word “wine” is in the title, we’ll oblige. Wine Machine tours across three of Australia’s most reputable wine regions, and WA is lucky enough to be included in this trio. The line-up is always packed full of easy going dance bops with past bills featuring the likes of Flight Facilities, Cut Copy, Lime Cordiale and San Cisco. Perfect for when you're double parked with a couple ice cold chardies.

When: November
Where: Swan Valley

Spilt Milk

Spilt Music festival
Image credit: Spilt Milk | Jess Gleeson

Officially Australia's fastest-selling music, food and arts festival, Spilt Milk ignited the festival scene with its mammoth lineup and coast-to-coast run for 2023. Keep your eyes peeled for next year's bill.

When: December
Where: Claremont Showgrounds

Ice Cream Factory Summer Festival

Ice Cream Factory music festival in Perth
Image credit: Ice Cream Factory | Instagram

In a world where few things are certain, what you can always be sure of is Ice Cream Factory providing a good time over that treasured summer break. For the last five years, Ice Cream Factory has lined up the biggest, bestest and boogiest artists and DJs to spin tracks that will inevitably end up on your summer playlist on Spotify. 

When: 1-31 December 2023
Where: Northbridge

Wildlands Festival

Wildlands Festival
Image credit: Wildlands | Instagram

Wildlands Festival brought us a belting one-day bill loaded with certified Aussie floor-fillers in 2024 like RÜFÜS DU SOL, club icon Peggy Gou, grime star Central Cee, rapper A$AP FERG, plus other festi legends like The Jungle Giants, G Flip and more. Stay tuned for next year's deets.

When: January
Where: Claremont Showgrounds

If you're sorting out the social calendar, why not take a look at what else is on this week.

Main image credit: Wildlands | Mitch Lowe 

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