Music festivals in various ways, are inimitable parties. They certainly have all the ingredients to be classified as such: music, drinking, dancing all day and through the night. With bigger venues every year, mainstream artists and that steadfast Australian spirit of celebrating good times, attending music festivals is a win for both artists and fans.
BY Eva Rinaldi
So while Australia’s music fest scene isn’t as huge (yet) as Coachella or Glastonbury, it isn’t one to be ignored, either. In fact, the country hosts remarkable music festivals every year. And for you die-hard fans, we’ve listed a few Aussie Music festivals you shouldn’t miss this November alone. So rent a campervan, get the gang together and drive to one (if not all) of Australia’s lively music fests!
Airlie Beach Music Festival (QLD)
A unique musical event on the edge of gorgeous Whitsundays, the 4-day music festival features 74 bands performing across 16 venues. Headline artists play every night at Whitsunday Sailing Club, set against breathtaking views of the coral sea. Travelling between venues is also a breeze since transport buses are provided for guests during the event. Catch Airlie Beach Music Festival from 3 – 6 November, 2016.
Oz Manouche (QLD)
Oz Manouche is held at the Brisbane Jazz Club every year, and is a full 4 days of concert acts, film screenings, jazz workshops, jamming opportunities for festival participants and more. Catch Sebastien Gineaux, Mimosa, Cigany Weaver and other artists from 24 – 27 November, 2016.
Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival (ACT)
Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival aims to promote country music through various activities that include: performances by the country’s top blues artists, talent searches, dancing, workshops and more. This year’s festival will be held on 14 – 16 November, 2016 and is one of the few country music fests in the country that feature various country music sub-genres.
Bridgetown Blues Festival (WA)
Bridgetown Blues Festival is among the longest existing music fests in the country and is the state’s original blues music festivals. Celebrating its 24th year, the festival is held annually in Bridgetown. Don’t miss international and local artists as well as several other activities happening from 11 – 13 November, 2016.
Mountaingrass Festival (VIC)
This year’s Mountaingrass fest will be held on 18 – 20 November and will continue the tradition of bringing old-time blues and country music artists to perform in concerts and organise music workshops for fans. The festival is also set to feature popular blues artists from New Zealand and Australia for two and a half days of music, dancing and more.
Paradise Music Festival (VIC)
Paradise Music Festival, which will be held at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort on 25 – 27 November, is a 3-day music and camping extravaganza. The festival is unique for its all Australian musical line up and a breathtaking mountain-top landscape. Exploring Australia’s cultural and alternative music scene, the festival is also famous for setting the stage for new, unsigned artists.
Beechworth Celtic Festival (VIC)
Music and culture. Two things that are abundant in the annual Beechworth Celtic Festival. Since the beginning, organisers have focused on featuring various music, poetry and dance workshops on top of the musical performances. Don’t miss Celtic bands, parades and other activities happening in Beechworth this year on 4 – 6 November, 2016.
Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival (VIC)
Returning to bring music and colour to Bendigo on 3 – 6 November, 2016, the 4-day festival will feature so much more than musical performances by some of the country’s best blues artists. Throughout Bendigo and its surrounding towns, there would be music workshops and a day-long family friendly concert by 16 bands and artists in beautiful Rosalind Park.
Queenscliff Music Festival (VIC)
Now on its 20th year, Queenscliff Music Festival will once again be held at the picturesque seaside village of Queenscliff on 25 – 27 November, 2016. Children below 14 years old are free to attend, as long as they’re accompanied by a paying adult. If you’re attending the festival with your family, make sure you take the kids with you so they can be issued wristbands for entrance to the festival. If by any chance you didn’t get to rent a campervan, there are bus services that will provide transport throughout the event.
Whether you choose to rent a campervan or drive your own vehicle, make sure that you don’t miss any of the music festivals happening in Australia this November. Also, don’t forget to check the official websites of the festivals we mentioned above so you’d be better prepared for your trip. Got any Aussie music festival stories and travel tips? Tell us about it in the comments!