Summer brings with it a bevy of music festivals. We’ve picked 9 smaller, boutique festivals that are whetting our appetites.

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1. Festival of the Sun

Dates: 11th – 12th December

Where it’s at: Port Macquarie, NSW

Who’s playing: Jebediah, British India, Illy , The Delta Riggs, Alpine, Ecca Vandal, Northeast Party House, Tired Lion, Harts ++

Now in it’s 11th year, Festival Of the Sun is an 18 + event with BYO options, and like many of the boutique festivals, incorporates elements of art and creativity, including an interactive art showcase call Wabi Sabi. With a  3000 ticket capacity, it’s a small-scale festival that knows what it’s doing.

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2. New Years on the Hill

Dates: 30th December – 1st January

Where it’s at: The Farm, Loch Village, Victoria

Who’s playing: Safia, Dylan Joel,  Mojo Juju, Timberwolf, Ainslie Wills, Sex On Toast, Halcyon Drive, House Of Beige DJs ++

‘Get out of the city and onto The Farm’, is the concept behind this three-day camping festival. With a consistently solid lineup, this BYO option festival is about freedom, good vibes and good tunes.

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3. Lost Paradise

Dates: 29th December – 31st December

Where it’s at: Glenworth Valley, about an hour from Sydney


Who’s playing:
 Jamie XX, Angus and Julia Stone, Four Tet, Tkay Maidza, Hayden James, North East Party House, Jon Hopkins ++

There’s yoga, communal feasting tables with dinner parties held by restauranteurs, a mix of DJs and live sets, and there are glamping options. It’s basically a festival focused on beautiful experiences with a killer lineup.

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3. Beyond the Valley

Dates: 29th 29th December — 1st January

Where it’s at: The festival has a new home this year – Lardner in Gippsland Parks, 90mins east of Melbourne.

Who’s playing:  Broadway Sounds, Client Liaison, Flight Facilities, Jamie xx, The Kite String,Tangle, Last Dinosaurs, Miami Horror ++

Running for the second time, Beyond The Valley is boasting a killer lineup of international and local talent. Set in a new location for 2016, amongst the green fields of Gippsland Parks, the festival features two stages, food trucks, boutique beer and cocktail bars.

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5. Let Them Eat Cake

Dates: 1st January

Where it’s at: Werribee Gardens, 30 mins from Melbourne.

Who’s playing: John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Ace Ventura, Dickster, Oliver Schories, Critical Choice ++

Taking place on the day that’s usually reserved for hangovers, Let Them Eat Cake features quality electronic music acts from Australia and abroad in the beautiful Werribee Mansion setting.

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 6. Rainbow Serpent

Dates: 22nd – 25th January

Where it’s at: Lexton, Victoria (about 2 hours drive from Melbourne). The festival organise buses from Melbourne.

Who’s playing: John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Ace Ventura, Dickster, Oliver Schories, Critical Choice +

Now in its 19th year, this electronic and dance focussed festival is set to have over 200 DJs, bands and producers across multiple stages. With arts activities, performances, light shows and a market village, there’s plenty to do over the four days.

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7. Party in the Paddock

Dates: 19th – 20th February

Where it’s at: Burn Creek (a short drive from Launceston), Tasmania

Who’s playing: Violent Soho, Spiderbait, The Preatures, British India, Roland Tings, Tired Lion ++

Party in the Paddock returns for its fourth year in the rolling hills of Tasmania. This two-day festival features a pretty epic lineup of local and international acts.

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8. Mountain Sounds Festival

Dates: 19th – 21st February (if you’re camping) or get a day ticket for the 20th February

Where its at: Mt Penang Parklands on the Central Coast of New South Wales

Who’s playing: Albert Hammond Jr, Harts, I Know Leopard, Tropical Zombie, Holy Holy, The Delta Riggs, Nina Las Vegas ++

2016 will be the festival’s third year running and they’re showcasing a pretty solid lineup. Focussed on sustainability, this festival incorporates music, art and culture on the NSW central coast.

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9. Riverboats Music Festival

Dates: 19th – 21st February

Where its at: Aquatic Reserve in Echuca Moama.

Who’s playing: You Am I, Oh Mercy, Ruby Boots, Jess Ribeiro ++

This chilled out festival takes place alongside the Murray River. Featuring an all-Australian lineup, the family-friendly festival takes place around a single natural amphitheatre. Regional food and wine are available to dine on while lounging amongst the gumtrees.

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