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12 Stacked Music Festivals You Should Be Hitting This Summer

By Angelica Silva
26th Sep 2019

If there’s one thing we love about summer, it's music festivals. That’s why we’ve found the best mosh pits, the sickest beats and all the vibin’ music festivals you must know to plan your festival bender. And with a heap of new festivals joining old favourites on the calendar this year, there's bound to be one that catches your fancy.

Festival X

Brisbane

Australia is launching right into summer with the help of a brand new music festival. Festival X is a collaboration between the trio of industry leaders behind Australia’s biggest festivals: Onelove (Stereosonic), Live Nation (Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival) and Hardware (Piknic Electronik, Babylon). This massive music party is not holding back when it comes to its debut lineup. Hitting the stage for epic and unforgettable sets will be Calvin Harris, Armin van Buuren and Steve Aoki, not to mention our very own Alison Wonderland and the Sunset Bros. 

When: Friday 29 November
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds
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One Love

Gold Coast 

Start practicing those dance moves, because New Zealand’s biggest, most iconic reggae music festival is coming to Australia for the first time. One Love will make its Australian debut on the sunny Gold Coast, featuring a killer lineup of international legends including Mr Bombastic himself, Shaggy, Jamacian dancehall legend Sean Paul, Toots and the Maytals plus a long list of reggae and blues and roots heavyweights to get you moving to the beat.

When: Saturday 1 February
Where: Broadwater Parklands
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The Grass Is Greener

Gold Coast

Tired of always having to trek to Byron to catch the best international superstars perform? Lucky for you, the Gold Coast just scored the most epic music festival ever that will save you the long drive. The Grass Is Greener is coming to Southport and boasts a seriously good lineup. Tune into killer performances by Peking Duk, Hermitude, The Jungle Giants, Amy Shark and many more. To get you even more hyped, we’ve saved the best for last—American’s most talked about rapper right now, TYGA, will be taking the stage to headline the festival.

When: Saturday 19 October
Where: Broadwater Parklands
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Wildlands

Brisbane 

Another brand new one-dayer festival hitting Brisbane this summer is Wildlands, showcasing the biggest dance, electronic and hip-hop acts from around the world right on our sun-soaked doorstep. All you really need to know is that RÜFÜS DU SOL is headlining, but the full lineup includes legends Tyler, The Creator, RL Grime, Ella Mai, Skepta, Lion Babeb and Mallrat. Start planning those festival outfits because this is one you won’t want to miss.

When: Saturday 28 December
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds
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Holy Green 

Brisbane 

Australia’s annual diverse music festival is returning in 2020 with a majorly impressive lineup, with performances from local and international artists ranging all genres from indie pop and alternative to rock. Expect epic sets from Bastille, Meg Mac, The Jungle Giants, Winston Surfshirt and many more still to be announced. Festival-goers will find all sorts of fun throughout the scenic site, as well as a huge range of food and drinks to tuck into between sets. 

When: Saturday 25 January
Where: Eatons Hill Hotel
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Good Things 

Brisbane 

Pull out that all-black wardrobe and your studded belt because Good Things Festival is returning to Brisbane this summer to get your engines revved up with their mammoth lineup. Good Things will feature the likes of Violent Soho, Simple Plan, A Day To Remember, Parkway Drive and Bad Religion, just to name drop a few. Kicking off Sunday 8 December in Brisbane, you won’t want to miss killer performances by these bands. After all, good things come to those who wait, so grab those tickets now before it’s too late.

When: Sunday 8 December
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds
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Yonder Festival 

Sunshine Coast

Held over three days in the picturesque hills of the Mary Valley region in the Sunshine Coast, brand new music and arts festival Yonder offers an escape from everyday life; a refreshing discovery of all things art, music and culture. Alongside its extensive music program, this festival is big on audience engagement, so expect freshwater creek swimming locations and stunning sunset views from the site’s towering hill. Yonder is no ordinary festival—it’s a breath of fresh air from the bustling city life. The full lineup includes local and international guests, such as Kenta Hayashi, Fascinator, imbi the girl, Party Dozen and The Dead Maggies.

When: Thursday 28 November—Saturday 1 December
Where: Mary Valley, Sunshine Coast 
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Laneway Festival

Brisbane 

Raise a glass (or plastic cup) to the ultimate summer because Laneway Festival have just dropped their blockbuster 2020 lineup. Flocking to our shores to put on some unforgettable performances are pop pioneer Charli XCX, beloved rapper Earl Sweatshirt and everyone’s fave British boy heartthrobs, the 1975. That’s not all—there’s a huge stack of homegrown legends too, including DMA’s, Ocean Alley, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Hockey Dad and much more. 

When: Saturday 1 February
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds 
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Hometown 

Brisbane

This two day music festival celebrating all genres is all about giving Brisbane a taste of some true homegrown talent. Hometown festival will be hitting the festival scene this November with a superstar lineup of country performers, including Clay Walker, Craig Morgan, Logan Mize, Meghan Patrick, King Calaway and so many more. The festival will have an array of delicious food vendors, so you can fulfill those cravings in between each set. Did we also mention there will be a bunch of fun workshops, including one where you can make flower crowns? 

When: Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds 
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FOMO

Brisbane

The name says it all—if you want to avoid suffering from major ‘fear of missing out’ this summer, then you won’t want to miss FOMO 2020 and their insane lineup. Known as Australia’s ultimate clash-free festival for its one stage, one artist setup, you won’t have to worry about missing out on your fave acts or running across the grounds to catch them in time, especially if self-love queen Lizzo is performing. Joining the iconic ‘Truth Hurts’ singer is modern day boyband and renaissance men, Brockhampton, king of vibey electronic tunes, Kaytranada, followed by Madeon, Jax Jones and many more gems. 

When: Saturday 4 January 
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds 
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RNB Fridays Live

Brisbane

Put down your So Fresh CD and start practicing those Janet Jackson dance moves because the r 'n' b tour of your teenage dreams is back for another year and ready to sweep the nation. RNB Fridays is returning to Brisbane this November and is headlined by none other singing and dancing royalty Janet herself. She'll be joined by everyone's highschool (and lowkey, still current) faves, The Black Eyed Peas, 'In da Club' rapper 50 Cent, plus the likes of Jason Derulo, Keri Hilson, Fatman Scoop and more. If you want to live out some serious teen nostaglia, you'll want to snap up tickets pretty fast.

When: Friday 15 November
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds 
For more information, click here

SandTunes

Gold Coast

We thought we'd end on another brand new guest to the festival scene—SandTunes Music Festival. The Gold Coast's newest and hottest music event features some pretty massive names, all which you can enjoy against a stunning beach backdrop. In his first ever Australian show, rapper Logic will be hitting our shores to put on an unmissable performance. Close behind him is the one and only Travis Scott who needs no introduction, following a blockbuster lineup of CHVRCHES, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sampa The Great, Tkay Maidza and many more.

When: Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December 
Where: Metricon Stadium 
For more information, click here

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Image credit: Aranxa Steve 

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