Guide to Aussie New Year’s Music Festivals

It’s the summer music festival season, and some of the best Aussie music festivals take place over the New Year. We’re giving you the low down on some of our favourites.


1) NYE on the Hill


3 days, 2 nights of fresh air, freedom and picturesque camping. NYE on the Hill is run by the same promoters of exclusively-relaxed, invite-only festival, Hills Are Alive. NYE on the Hill sees its 2000 punters travel to ‘The Farm’ 90 mins out of Melbourne, where they are wrapped up in family-friendly, good vibe feels and music. They even have a ‘Dr. Pong Shed’ – yep a shed dedicated to round-the-clock ping pong.

Who’s gonna love it? Those who want to chill with their fellow, country-air-loving friends. If you’re going, probs best to leave the feathered head-piece and glitter pens at home – it’s just not that kinda vibe.

Lineup includes: The Smith Street Band, The Delta Riggs, Halcyon Drive, Worlds End Press, All The Colours, I Know Leopard, Eliza Hull ++

2) Beyond the Valley

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Beyond the Valley took on the space left by the dearly departed Pyramid Rock Festival. The two-day music festival is held in the seaside location of Phillip Island. The festival announced a ‘glamping’ option this year with electricity, buffet breakfasts, housekeeping, and Egyptian cotton sheets on REAL beds!!! No deflated blow-up mattresses for these glampers … Although we reckon stumbling into a dilapidating tent is a festival rite of passage – and yes this cheapo option is still available for you true festival goers.

Who’s gonna love it? The event isn’t one for the families – please note the 18+ restriction. With the luxury options now in place, the festival caters for those who like to do it traditional, as well as those who wanna do it in style.

Lineup includes: AlunaGeorge, Hermitude, Holy Holy, D.D. Dumbo, All Day, The Preatures, Husky, Peking Duk, Sylvan Esso ++

3) Let Them Eat Cake

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A day of music at Werribee Mansion. The pretty mansion gardens contain five stages where festival goers fling their limbs to a range of electronic underground music.

Who’s gonna love it? Those over 18 who want to mellow out on New Year’s Day in lush surrounds with electronic tunes, movement, food and art. It’s a great option for those who would rather sip a Fat Yak in the ‘noon, rather than have a Foster’s-drinking punter trying to stumble over them to find their tent at 3am.

Lineup includes: Todd Terje, Cashmere Cat, Fatima, KINK, Psychemagik, Hudson Mohake, Goldie ++

4) Falls Festival

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The annual music and arty delights festival takes place in Lorne, Byron, and Marion Bay. The 4–5 day festival is an Aussie classic – it started running in 1993 as a day of live music in Lorne and from there the festival grew in days, acts and locations. For those who love a dress up there’s a Deep Sea Disco theme for Boogie Nights this year, or if all gets too much, you have the option to chill at ‘The Village’ for some morning yoga or comedy.

Who’s gonna love it: If you love getting amongst it in your spandex you’ll love Falls. For those who can party and camp for days on end and don’t mind out-there get-up, you’ll be right. It’s a pretty intense few days of music and madness so pack some Borocca.

Lineup includes: Alt-J, The Art of Sleeping, The King String Tangle, Asgeir, Dan Sultan, Safia, Vance Joy, Jamie XX, Jagwar Ma, SBTRT, Salt N Pepa, Alison Wonderland ++

5) Field Day

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Field Day is a multi-stage, outdoor, electric, dance, indie and hip-hop music party in the heart of Sydney. Local and international acts play – with a large chunk of acts also on the Falls’ lineup. Generally speaking it’s a pretty young festival with a lot of fresh, sun-loving peeps hitting up the music and party vibes.

Who’s gonna love it? Young party lovers. Perfect for those who don’t like the prolonged intensity of camping and would rather go hard for one day in the sunshine, shoulder to shoulder with 20,000 other city lovers who don’t mind short shorts, sweating in crowds and exy drinks.

Lineup includes: Glass Animals, Kilter, Cashmere Cat, Milky Chance, Bastille, RUFUS ++