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The Hottest Festivals You Can't Miss

The Ultimate Festival Guide for SEQ & NNSW

The Hottest Festivals You Can't Miss

Festival season is upon us and that means it is time to splash our cash on the best events coming to town. Get your glitter and accessories sorted, funky outfits laid out and amazing Airbnb’s booked because there are a lot of incredible festivals coming to South-East Queensland and Northern New South Wales this Summer and Spring!

Drip World | September 1st | Brisbane

Brisbane Showgrounds is proud to be hosting Drip World this September. Drip World is bringing you some of the best players in the hip hop game, with a lot of big names in the industry performing for this one-day festival. The one and only Migos trio will be keeping it bad and bougee, alongside French Montana and blast from the past, Akon.

Keelan Mak performing at BIGSOUND 2018.

BIGSOUND | September 3rd – September 6th | Brisbane

If you are one of those people who despises music on the top 50 or any song that ‘makes it big’, this is the festival for you. Soak up the sounds of up and coming artists before they make it big at one or more of BIGSOUND’s 18 venues in the Fortitude Valley this September. You are sure to enjoy yourself and find music you love with up to 150 artists performing.

Brisbane Festival | September 5th – September 28th | Brisbane

The Brisbane Festival is one, or multiple, events that should not be missed. Countless acts will perform over the month of September with the program including theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and other public events like the Sunsuper Riverfire. On the final date of the festival, Saturday 28th September, City and Colour will perform an exclusive show at the Riverstage. City and Colour will be joined by the acclaimed Australian act, The Jezabels as well as rising star Asha Jefferies and more guests to be announced.

Listen Out | September 28th | Brisbane

One of the most prominent festivals on every year, Listen Out is a festival that gathers a mass number of crowds for its one-day event. Practically one massive party, this festival at Brisbane Showgrounds is a party-lover’s playground. Our beloved Australian-born artist, Flume, will be playing so grab your tickets and support one of our own. Flume will be alongside the likes of Luude, Schoolboy Q and the ever-popular Triple J Unearthed Winners.

Nina Ward performing at Buskers by the Creek 2014. Photo by Live and Wired Photography.

Buskers by the Creek | October 18th – October 20th | Gold Coast

A chill, family-friendly festival by the creek…what more could you want? This is a free event purely for the purpose of supporting local artists and providing people with dreamy music to relax to over their weekend. Do not be fooled, this is not only an event for musicians to showcase their skills, but magicians and contortionists as well. What is even better than all of this? The fact the official after party is at one of the newest and most popular breweries on the Gold Coast, Balter Brewery.

The Grass is Greener | October 19th | Gold Coast

On at the Broadwater Parklands, Broadbeach, this is a must-see event. Make it dip with Tyga, feel the buzz in the air with Hermitude and have flashbacks to when you were 10 years old singing “Untouched” at the top of your lungs with your best friend with The Veronicas. This is sure to be a great day out in the sun along the parklands. Grab your friends and boogie the day away!

Yonder Festival | November 28th – December 1st | Sunshine Coast

A new festival is coming to town! Introducing Yonder Festival, from the organisers behind Jungle Love Festival and the Brisbane Street Art Festival. The grassy fields of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland will be full of music, visual art, theatre, dance, workshops and more for this down to earth and love-filled festival.

Festival X | November 29th | Brisbane

South-East Queensland has well and truly been on Santa’s nice list with all the amazing festivals and talent coming this year. One of the newest and most promising festivals coming your way – Festival X brings you the best of all worlds with a mix of hip hop, dance and trance. Immerse yourself in the good vibes with Calvin Harris, Lil Pump, Steve Aoki and more.


Woodford Folk Festival | December 27th – January 1st | Sunshine Coast

We are getting in early to tell you that the 34th annual Woodford Folk Festival is just around the corner. So, get your tickets now and sit back and relax while everyone else stresses come the end of the year because they have left it to the last minute and the tickets have sold out. Programmes for the festival will be published in October and you can bet the line-up will most definitely live up to the Woodford name.


Falls Festival | December 31st – January 2nd | Byron Bay

What better way to bring in the New Year than at Falls Festival in Byron Bay, the ultimate festival destination. The music gods have blessed you with Australian singer and songwriter, Tash Sultana, as the special guest. Many other artists including Halsey, Peking Duk and Lewis Capaldi will take the stage over one of the biggest three-day festivals in Australia.

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Camille Brandon

Camille Brandon

Living on the Gold Coast her whole life, she has a lot of hot tips and secret places to share with the public (if they’re lucky). During the week, when she’s not holed up in her room studying, you’ll find her brunching at cute cafes, trying to get a tan at the beach or playing soccer. On the weekend you’ll most often find her at a photoshoot, behind the lens, practising her passion for photography. She’s well-travelled, with 23 countries up her sleeve already and hopes to continue ticking countries off the list over the years to come.