Summer Music Festivals

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Summer is virtually here already. You can feel it in the air, when the humidity sticks to your skin. You can feel it on the pavement when it’s warm first thing in the morning. And with summer comes a lot of exciting adventures. Roadtrips up the coast, beach travels, and lazy days that go on forever. Summer is also the season for music festivals. Every music genre, every mega music artist, every sweaty music-loving body – you’ll find it all in Australia over summer. The country is renowned for bringing some of the best names in the world to our shores for some quality music celebration. Whether it’s techno dance music, rnb,  dubstep or heavy metal, Australian music festivals have got your back. For the low-down on where to go and what to see, we’ve picked the top music festivals for the 2013/14 summer. So get your shorts, swimmers and sunscreen set – the season for music is upon us…

Stereosonic – 7/8th December, Melbourne

Extending to become a 2-day festival this year, Stereosonic has proved one of Australia’s biggest music festivals. With the worlds biggest acts from all spectrums of the electronic world  playing at one event, you’ll be immersed in an exhilirating environment of party-goers and music lovers. Headliners like David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Alesso will be burning up the dancefloors for Aussie lovers of music festivals. See this one in Melbourne, and suss out some of the Melbourne apartment accommodation and hotels for the ultimate festival experience. With the Melbourne Showgrounds event spanning two days, you’ll be needing a place to crash in between. Gather all your festival fanatic friends and book some apartment accommodation in Melbourne. Your best bet, with convenient location and spacious rooms, is the Grand Hotel Melbourne.

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Field Day, 1st January, Sydney

Field Day has become synonymous with new year celebrations for Sydney music lovers, taking the cake as the perfect party to ring in the new year. Big names vary from the dance music of Flume, the street style of Wiz Khalifa and the British pop of The Wombats, making it the ultimate in diverse music festivals. This festival is held in The Domain, Sydney, with brilliant acoustics and plenty of rolling green grass to sprawl out across. Get amongst some of the hottest names in music and party off the new years eve hangover.

Big Day Out, 19th January, Gold Coast

Rumoured to be one of the last Big Day Out music festivals ever, this is one not to miss! This quintessential Aussie music festival keeps the spirit of music alive, branching from every genre you can think of – pop, rock, rnb, electro – you name it, you’ll find it here. The Gold Coast has some of the finest weather, best tans, and biggest party attitudes in terms of music festivals. Plus, it’s the perfect place to recuperate after the festival, so consider making it a bit of a holiday! See big names like Pearl Jam and Snoop Dogg, Tame Impala and The Lumineers, before coasting through the next week on a beach somewhere in the sunshine capital.

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Future Music Festival, 8th March, Sydney

Ahh, March. The end of the season, the last few long summer days. Well, before you all get stuck back into work and uni, there’s one last celebration to be had in terms of music festivals. Future Music will blow your socks off, and make you get down, with names like Macklemore and Knife Party pumping the good tunes. As another over 18’s music festival, you can guarantee no over-zealous teenagers or censoring of music acts. This is one hell of a music festival, and will bring your summer to a cracking close, Aussie style.

Summer in Australia means a lot of things, but mostly, it means a celebration of music, culture, sunny days and hot nights. Music festivals bring Aussie youth alive over summer, and with all the big names heading to our shores this season, it’s time to get the tunes flowing, and the excitement levels lifting.

About Sam Oldfield

Growing up in Santa Cruz, California, I was a keen surfer and beach junkie from early on. My first overseas trip was to the Caribbean, and I've been chasing the summer sun ever since. I wrapped up my media degree at uni, and decided to move to Australia. The land downunder is full of beaches, babes and brilliant adventures. I'm just hitch-hiking my way around this sunny paradise, one travel blog at a time.
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