Worldwide music festival guide • Australia

Plan a musical odyssey with Time Out’s global guide to music festivals – the best line-ups, sonic fields and destination fests in Australia and around the world

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The Meredith Music Festival in Victoria, Australia

The Meredith Music Festival in Victoria, Australia

Up on the northern half of the globe, the festival season winds down in September; but Down Under, it's only getting started. While some Australian festivals – Vivid, Splendour in the Grass – jump on the June/July bandwagon, managing to reel in some big names from the US and European circuits, the country does the bulk of its partying in December to March. When you factor the stellar line-ups and generally laid-back vibes, these festivals become an attractive proposition not just for locals but also for ravers with itchy feet on the other side of the planet. Just be ready for the temperatures.

The Falls Festival

New Year’s Eve
Various locations, Australia

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What started out as a New Year’s Eve gathering for friends has now grown into one of the country's most exciting ways to lead the world in seeing off the year. Three separate festivals take place in three locations outside major cities, ensuring that as many Australians get to spend their countdown grooving to tasteful dance music as possible.

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Big Day Out

Mid-January 2015
Various locations, Australia

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As one of Australia’s largest-scale and longest-running music festivals, Big Day Out consistently manages to reel in some huge names at the height of the antipodean festival season. Events take place in practically all the nation's major cities – as the name says, it's a Big affair.

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St Jerome's Laneway Festival

Mid-February 2015
Various locations, Australia

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St Jerome’s Laneway Festival started as a small party in a cosy venue on Melbourne's Caledonian Lane (hence the name), and in the decade since it has evolved into an international tastemaker, with sister festivals in cities as far-flung as Singapore and Detroit.

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Future

Early March 2015
Various locations, Australia

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Future is Down Under’s answer to the sprawling European dance festivals. It traditionally caps off the Australian summer festival season, drawing huge names in the house, dance, techno and EDM arenas.

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