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All The Queensland Music Festivals Happening This Summer

By Sofia Matthews
3rd Jan 2023

Are you ready to unleash your best dance moves and groove to some killer music this summer? Well after a muddy Splendour in the Grass, it’s safe to say we all deserve it. Instead of slumming it in swamp-like conditions and settling for a pair of Bunnings gumboots, it’s finally time to bring out your glittered get-ups for the ultimate festival experience (well we hope—the weather outlook is not great). 

We’ve lined up the festivals happening this spring, summer and beyond around Brisbane and the coasts that’ll keep you raving all day and night long. So, get your besties together and start planning your outfits, because these are the festivals not to be missed.

For The Love 

Summer music festivals don’t get much more atmospheric than For The Love. Hitting the Gold Coast on Saturday 25 February for those peak end-of-summer vibes, the festival is taking over Doug Jennings Park at The Spit, ensuring coastal breezes and salty air to keep things cool all day long. The line up is top tier, featuring international mega star Charli XCX as well as Duke Dumont, Sonny Fodera & Snakehip and Australian favourites Cosmo’s Midnight, Budjerah, Kye, Sumner and Jade Zo. Tickets go on sale 1 December and you can register for presale here. 

When: Saturday 25 February, 2023
Where: Doug Jennings Park, Gold Coast 
Find out more here

Jammin Festival

Get ready to celebrate the music of the Caribbean because the biggest reggae party of the summer is coming to Brisbane. Their international lineup is set to feature Sean Kingston, Rebel Souljahz, Kolohe Kai, Sons of Zion and more of your favourite reggae artists to jam out to. We can’t all be bopping our heads on a tropical island, but this comes pretty damn close. For early bird access and a chance to win $10,000 worth of prizes, head here now. 

When: 5 February 2023
Where: Eatons Hill, Brisbane
Find out more here

Good Love Festival

Start your year off right with good music, good food and good vibes at the Good Love Festival you know and love. This year’s lineup will feature Six60, Julian Marley and the Uprising, Coterie, DMP, Bradamon, plus many more incredible acts. For fans wanting to get up close and personal, VIP tickets are available for $249pp, including your very own barriered off section in front of the stage and access to a dedicated bar. To vibe out amongst the crowd, General Admission tickets are available for $169pp.

When: Saturday 4 Feb 2023
Where: Doug Jennings Park, Gold Coast
Find out more here.

Mountain Goat Valley Crawl 

41 artists. 9 stages. 0 dollars. That’s right, the annual Mountain Goat Valley Crawl is back, kids. The completely free festival that sprawls across nine of Fortitude Valley’s most iconic venues will be headlined by The Terrys—you might recognise them from their song “Our Paradise”, which was #76 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 last year. Other acts include The Buoys, Voiid, Bella Amor, Dopamine, and a surprise secret act. A free festival where you can explore Brisbane’s own live music scene? Yes please.

When: Saturday 11 February
Where: Fortitude Valley
Find out more here

Bluesfest 

For the first time since 2019, Bluesfest is opening their doors to international artists from across the globe to bring you what they promise to be their most exciting lineup yet. Featuring some of the finest contemporary and legendary Blues, Roots, Soul, Rock, Hip and R&B music, there are over 40 artists confirmed with many more to come. Despite their new and improved international lineup—that will still include all your favourite Aussie artists—ticket prices will remain the same as 2022 to ensure everyone can have a rocking time over the long weekend.

When: Thursday 6-Monday 10 April, 2023
Where: Byron Events Farm, Byron Bay
Find out more here.
 

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