As the weather gets warmer and questionable bucket hats start to emerge, one thing is becoming clear: Australia’s summer festival season has arrived. We’re so spoilt for choice that choosing which festival to go to can be overwhelming, so here’s an overview of the best lineups in Victoria this summer.
Kicking things off a little before Summer officially begins, Peel Street Festival has revealed its 2018 lineup, including Coloured Stone, Totally Mild, MOD CON and more. The free festival promises a “wonderland of community celebrations in an inclusive, family, and doggo friendly public space” in Collingwood on November 10.
If sustainability is important for your music festival fix, look no further than Grampians Music Festival, which will be returning to Victoria’s beloved Halls Gap in February for its third year. They’ve just announced their biggest and best lineup yet lead by Sampa the Great, Angie McMahon, Wafia, Slum Sociable and many more below!
Another family friendly festival is Inverloch Sounds of Summer, with tickets starting at $27 and lineup featuring rock supergroup ARC feat. ol’ faves Kram (Spiderbait), Mark Wilson (Jet), Darren Middleton (Powderfinger) and Davey Lane (You Am I), Melbourne Ska Orchestra and Clare Bowditch, it sounds like a perfect day for the family by the beach.
Staying regional, Queenscliff Music Festival’s 2018 lineup features icons Courtney Barnett and Kasey Chambers, as well as a special performance of the late Geoffrey Gurrumal Yunipingu’s final album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) by a 16-piece orchestra and some very special guests.
For New Years Eve there are options to suit everyone’s budget and music taste. Beyond The Valley is only in its fourth year and is bringing big festival faves like The Kooks, Joey Bada$$ and Tash Sultana to ring the new year in at Lardner Park (and some sick production by our mates John Fish). Falls Festival will be headlined by Anderson Paak, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Chvrches, and you don’t want to miss Toto playing ‘Africa’ which is sure to be the biggest singalong of all the NYE festivals.
For something a little more low key, check out NYE on The Hill, with an all-local bill topped by The Kite String Tangle, Sampa the Great and Art vs Science. We think “Parlez-vous Francais?” will go off just like it did when it was released 10 years ago. And if camping isn’t your thing, try The First NYD, which hits Sidney Myer Music Bowl on New Year’s Day for its inaugural year. Presented by the team behind Piknic Electronik, the lineup features Action Bronson, M.I.A. as well as local favourites The Presets and Banoffee.
As for the rest of the summer, FOMO is branching out to Melbourne for the first time, hitting Flemington Racecourse on 13 January with its forward-thinking hip hop and electronic bill, led by none other than Nicki Minaj. Laneway is celebrating its 15th year with a new venue in Footscray (we’re happy to say goodbye to the epic hike to the front of the main stage) and they’re bringing along Gang of Youths and Courtney Barnett. As usual the real gems are found in Laneway’s undercard, featuring much-hyped new artists Rex Orange County, Clairo and Jorja Smith all making their Australian debuts.
This is only a taste of Victoria’s upcoming summer festival season. Since writing, we’ve also seen lineup announcements from Golden Plains, Pitch and more, so keep an eye out to see what else is on offer!
If you still need help making up your mind, check out our playlist with some of our favourite acts setting to grace the summer festival circuit.
NB: This Blog post was written prior to Golden Plains and Pitch Festival dropping their incredible lineups! Kudos to Pitch for the excellent EuroVid.