It’s party time outdoors and honestly, Australia has the best climate for exactly that. The EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festivals on offer are big, noisy, crowded and a little bit crazy, and they’re everything that fans demand.
Because everyone has different tastes and the locations and formats are so diverse, we’re going to list the top 10 EDM festivals in Australia, in no particular order. Here we go.
North Byron Parklands, NSW (July)
Camp out and enjoy the open-air electronic music bonanza that is Splendour in the Grass. There’s nothing like having room to spread out to really get your dance moves on. That said, the crowds are incredible so be prepared to bump elbows with other enthusiastic attendees. The gig attracts A-list headline acts such as, in previous years, Flume, What So Not, Mark Ronson, Jebediah, Hayden James, Spiderbait and Khalid.
Eat your fill from a colourful array of stalls and food vans, pack a costume to stand out, listen in to expert panels, shop from the retail stalls, get your nails and hair done and take part in some craft! Yep, craft!
Various locations (January)
The great minds behind the South West Four music festivals in England now organise Electric Gardens over here. The hard-core festival fans put on a spectacular show and their headline acts are some of the most in-demand acts from across the world.
The over-18s event covers Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide and even crosses the ditch to Auckland. Dance superstars Underworld, English house and techno producer/DJ Eats Everything and Dutch talent Eelke Kleijn are top names associated with Electric Gardens.
New Year’s Eve, WA
Start your new year with not just a bang but a cacophony of thumping beats at Origin Fields. Just because Perth will be two hours behind the east coast when the calendar clicks over to the New Year doesn’t mean it’s getting left behind in terms of entertainment.
Previous gigs have served up Cardi B, DJ Snake and Schoolboy Q. There are more acts than you can possibly cope with so rest up and look forward to an event that will go by in a blur.
Victoria (New Year’s Eve)
Thousands of hip hop, indie, house, techno, rock and grime fans descend on Lardner Park for this triple-stage event. Aside from the international and local acts, Beyond the Valley also features art installations and an abundance of food and drink offerings.
Previous years’ parties had fans thrilling to the strains of Matt Corby, Schoolboy Q, PNAU and The Presets. It’s a 5-day camping trip like no other so pack your sleeping bag but maybe don’t expect to do much sleeping.
Victoria and NSW (November/December)
Get on down to the Hunter Valley in NSW or the Yarra Valley in Victoria for a premier outdoor dance party among the vineyards. Given the locations, you can look forward to some great award-winning wines to be flowing and local food producers bring plenty of gourmet dishes to tempt your tastebuds.
Lose yourself in the scenic views, the wine and food, the brilliant music and the camaraderie of being out in the sunshine, dancing all day long.
Various locations (December/January)
Brace yourself for a few days of pumped-up dancing, comedy, circus, cabaret and art. Some of the best hip hop, electronic, rock, indie, blues and roots talent from here and overseas perform at the Falls Festival, over four locations: Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle.
Previous acts have included Chvrches, Alison Wonderland, LDRU, Hilltop Hoods, Flight Facilities and Dizzee Rascal. Only Marion Bay is suitable for all ages whilst the others are for over-18s.
Join over 10,000 of your closest friends and music fiends for one of Australia’s most popular music, art and lifestyle festivals. Rainbow Serpent started out as an electronic music festival and has evolved into a bit of a hippy-dippy collection of music, healing, relaxation, spiritual education, story-telling, art and performances.
The four-day event attracts people from across the country and abroad to witness Aboriginal ceremonies, listen to guest speakers and join in meditations and art workshops.
Sydney, New South Wales (November)
You don’t just get awesome music, you also get views that are up there with the best in the world! Harbourlife has been going strong since 2003 and sells out every single year. Touted as “Sydney’s premier dance music event”, it brings hordes of dance fiends to the waterside to party to the strains of the likes of Green Velvet, MK, Eli Brown and Rizardo. It’s a one-day event that’s not to be missed if you’re a fan of getting your groove on with the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as glimmering backdrops.
New Year’s Eve, NSW
Celebrate four days and nights of music, art and incredible experiences to see out the old year and ring in the new one. Roving performers, mass yoga, healing arts, workshops, indigenous culture and a huge fancy dress parade all vie for your attention. The music lineup is a who’s who of popular acts from across the world. The 2018 event featured Peking Duk, Joey Bada$$, M.I.A., The Kooks and tons, tons more. Take the kids, expect a huge array of food options, colourful market stalls and a big focus on sustainability.
Various locations (April/May)
With six locations to choose from, how on earth are you going to decide? Groovin’ The Moo covers Wayville (SA), Maitland (NSW), Canberra (ACT), Bendigo (Vic), Townsville (Qld) and Bunbury (WA) for a one-day beat-fest that attracts acts from the US, the UK and more.
How would you like to catch Billie Eilish, Coolio, Jimothy and Regurgitator in action? It’s always cool when huge events like these go out into regional areas and since they’re held in Autumn, the weather is prime for partying!
Festival-goers are utterly spoiled for choice when it comes to EDM festivals in Australia. The scene is well-known across the world and is a big reason why some people choose Australia for their holidays.
Backpackers, international students, visiting families and even those who follow the EDM circuit from country to country can’t resist. We hope you find exactly the festival you want to attend and you have a brilliant time letting your hair down there!