Music Festivals in Australia & New Zealand

There’s nothing more that they enjoy down under than a big day out with some music, beers and good company. This is why they have some of the most fun festivals in the world. Everyone loves Australia and New Zealand, so they often get some of the biggest acts in the world wanting to perform there.

Splendour in the Grass

This festival is set in the idyllic New South Wales town of Byron Bay’ known for hippies, whales and amazing beaches.

The festival has been held every year since 2001 and although attempts were made to move the location, it has cemented itself in Byron Bay.

It is a very relaxed festival and many of the biggest names in Aussie and New Zealand music strive to make it to the headliner spots. It is super relaxed and you will be hard pressed finding anything too strenuous going on here. It is an essential date for any traveler down under.

The Falls Festival

Known simply as ‘Falls’, this festival is a multi-day event held all over Australia. Events are held in Lorne in Victoria, Marion Bay in Tasmani, Byron Bay (as above) and Fremantle in the West. It is held from New Years’ Eve and throughout different dates of January. It is not strictly a music festival and also features cabaret, dance, comedy and theatre. It is family friendly and the venues are close to the cities that host them. Some famous acts do headline, but this is more about local talent and culture.

Rhythm & Vines

New Zealand does not have many huge music festivals, but R&V is an interesting one, held out in the wilds near the city of Gisborne.

Whangamata Beach Hop

This festival is held on the North Island of New Zealand and evolved out of a rock and roll club’s annual party. The proceeds of the event always goes towards lifesaving charities such as the lifeguards and coast guard.

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