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Annual Festival Guide
Sep 12

Annual Festival Guide

September 12, 2013 - 7 years ago

We have taken the liberty of creating Sydney, or maybe even Australia's BEST list of cool, different, and maybe less popular Festivals. (With a few regular goodies in there too). 

Think we missed one? Let us know, this is an evolving list for a constant supply to all UR members, and we want it to be contributed by all the cool people that attend the Festivals, YOU! So have your say. 

What's more, please add some comments for tips, and ideas in the comments section. I.e. Did you know if you go to Falls Festival in Melbourne they don't sell ice onsite at the camping ground, so you have to take a bus into town, and get it! We should add that for sure. 

Anyway, here it is. Hope you like it folks!

Festival Name

Location

Dates

Description

LanewayFestival

National

Feb/March

Indie, pop, rock, 

Homebake

National

December

Alternative Music Festival

Rainbow Serpent Festival

Lecton, VIC

January

As well as banging beats, the festival offers spiritual massage and healing, thought-provoking discussion panels and speakers, video arts and a kids zone. 

Secret Garden Festival

Held at a secret farm one hour from Sydney

March

Not to be confused with the similarly-quirky British festival of the same name, SG organisers keep most of the details a surprise so partygoers are fully immersed in a secret world.  Creative groups set up their own themed areas in the forest and partygoers never know who or what to expect. Make sure you pack a fabulous array of fancy dress for this one.

Big Day Out

National

January

You know!

Subsonic Music Festival

Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort, Barrington Tops, NSW 

December

A three-day camping festival in lush green surroundings by a creek for swimming, Subsonic offers a mixture of electro, techno, hip hop and roots music. Performance art is a big part of the weekender - expect ariel acts, a cabaret zoo, yoga and healing herb workshops, bush tucker and body art. And it's not all about frantic beats - The Tantric Turtle cafe will be on hand to offer partied-out festival goers organic cakes in a sensual atmosphere inside a gypsy caravan. The festival is in its fourth year and around 2500 people attend.

Byron Spirit Festival

Byron Bay, NSW

November

Yoga, Tantra, Music, Dance, Healing

East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival

Byron Bay, NSW

April

Music and Cultural Festival

Future Music Festival

Randwick Racecourse, Sydney

March

Electro House Music

Meredith Music Festival

Victoria

December

Art rock, avant garde, electro, rock 

Falls Festival

Victoria, and TAS

December

RGEN Regrowth Festival

Braidwood, NSW

Febuary

The festival focuses on sustainability and rebuilding bush and over the past seven years, more than 60,000 trees have been planted by partygoers. Wobbly beats, minimal, glitch hop and dub reggae are just a few of the music styles on offer over three stages, as well as a cinema with arty films, market stalls, art installations, live body painting, hooping and fire performers. 

Parkes Elvis Festival

Parkes, NSW

January

Elvis Music Festival

Playground Weekender Festival

Wiseman's Ferry, Sydney, NSW

March

Indie Music Festival

Snowy Mountains of Music

Perisher, NSW

June

Opening of the Snow Season

Splendour in the Grass

Belongil Fields, Byron Bay

July

Needs no explaining

Sunburnt Christmas

Bondi Beach, NSW

December

Christmas Day Music Festival

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Tamworth, NSW

January

Country Music Festival

The Gum Ball

Hunter Valley

April

Music Festival

Tropfest

Sydney, NSW

Febuary

Short Film Festival

Wintermagic

Katoomba, NSW

June

Celebration of Winter Solstice

Wide Open Space

Ross River Resort, Central Australia, Northern Territory

May

This unique desert arts, music and culture gathering 85 kms from Alice Springs is organised solely by volunteers. With contemporary dance, sculpture inspired by the outback skies and tribal fusion bellydance, this festival is a great way to experience the Aussie outback in a quirky way.

Peats Ridge 

Glenworth Valley, NSW

December

Sustainable Arts and Music Festival

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