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Summer Festivals That You Need To Book Right Now

By Jessica Best
8th Nov 2016

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We’re doing you a favour Sydney. Because no one wants to be stuck in Sydney with a summer tan and no festival snaps to show for it.

Do it for the mosh pits, the beats, the fireworks, the discos, the sparkles and the line-ups you won’t forget, here’s 10 summer festivals you need to book right now.

Earthcore In The Park

26th November
Packing some of the best acts into one whole day, Earthcore has landed in Sydney and is setting up in the Western Sydney Parklands. And if it’s anything like what we’ve seen in Victoria, let’s just say we’ll need to brace ourselves for one helluva time. With a serious good mix of music (devoted doofers and trance dancers, this one’s for you), art, installations and more, there’s no doubt this festival is going to be one to remember.


2nd-4th of December
Because house music is actually a billion times better without the house. Held at Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort, Subsonic is your outdoor festival straight from an enchanted world. There’s camping grounds and a beautiful river to swim in (showered with aqua donuts for the less savvy swimmers), market shacks, bubbles, fairy lights and your favourite techno and psychedelic tunes.

Lost Paradise

29th December- 31st December
Here’s the technicolour forest party you’ve been waiting for, and you might want to pack the wigs, sparkly suits, sequined onesies and metallic tattoos. Located on the sacred grounds of Glenworth Valley (just a 1 hour drive north of Sydney), this hidden wonderland has everything. That’s right. Everything. Think huge feasts, yoga, carnivals, lost games, massages, interactive art, live music and electronic and indie performances spread across three days and nights.

Falls Music And Arts Festival

31st December- 2nd January
Pack your car and gather your crew, it’s time for a road-trip. The Falls Festival is iconic and for a damn good reason too, three straight days of awesome tunes in Byron Bay. And the jaw-dropping line-up? We’re glad you asked— Childish Gambino, Matt Corby, Alison Wonderland, The Rubens and Bernard Fanning, just to name a few.

Field Day

1st January
If you completely embarrassed yourself on New Year’s Eve, it only makes sense to try and redeem yourself (we said try) at the next big party (especially when there’s a lineup like this one). There’s seriously no better way to start the year than with the freshest tunes, and a huge crowd, all right in the middle of the city. Pop this on your list of New Year’s resolutions and you’ll be off to a good start!

Sydney Festival

7th-29th of January
The Sydney Festival is an all-time classic. Boasting burlesque performances, cheeky cabaret, Canadian circus, jazz, indie rock, comedy, Russian theatre and contemporary dance, this celebration is the ultimate way to kick-off 2017 (can you believe we are talking about 2017?).

Vibes On A Summer’s Day

24th January
Get off the daily grind and relax a little with the summer vibes at Bondi Pavilion. For a full day of of dancing by the sea, Vibes on a Summer’s Day delivers some of Australia’s most prolific and well-established stylists, labels and producers plus their selection of artists representing the coolest sounds of now and the future.

Electric Gardens

28th January
For the ultimate dance party in the park, Electric Gardens is not to be missed. The epic electro beats are back in Centennial Park and it promises to showcase the biggest international DJs and talent.

Laneway Festival

4th February
Other than a good tan, here’s another summer staple. The Laneway Festival is staging up local and international talent at Callan Park in Rozelle with more food and art than before. And what does this mean? You need to get your hands on tickets, pronto.

The Secret Garden

24th- 25th February
Last but not least, gear up for the iconic 48-hour forest disco. Just a short drive south west from Sydney, The Secret Garden is hidden in Brownlow Hill and guys… it’s set to be insane AF. We’re talking sparkles, fireworks, strobes, fancy-dress balloons, crafts, competitions, psychedelic discos, kissing booths, food banquets, human foosball and duh, live music.

Looking for a bit more music to spice up your summer? Check out our list of Sydney's best live music bars here.

Image Credit: Laneway Festival

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