Five music festivals in Queensland worth visiting in 2022

Queensland’s festival lineup makes it a great time to take a trip to the state. Whether you want to stroll through the intimate concert halls of Fortitude Valley or settle near the main stages of Gympie or Woodford, here are five festivals worth adding to your calendar.

Sunshine Coast: Gympie Music Gathering
Gympie has long hosted Australia’s biggest celebration of country music outside of Tamworth, and this year’s stacked lineup feels like four festivals in a row. From August 25-28, its headliners include Brad Cox, Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson and Kasey Chambers, while indie-friendly acts further down the bill include the likes of Fanny Lumsden and The Pigs. Each day also brings line dancing, bushwalks, ukulele workshops and various kid-friendly programs. It all creates a communal festive vibe, with a campsite and surroundings filled with natural beauty at every turn.

Cairns: Savannah in the round
An hour’s drive inland from Cairns, the rural town of Mareeba is home to Savannah in the Round, specializing in modern Australian country, folk and rock. From September 30 to October 2, the 2022 lineup includes American country star Brad Paisley, The Waifs, Tex Perkins, Ross Wilson, Jon Stevens, Shannon Noll, Richard Clapton, Vanessa Amorosi, King Stingray, Kirsty Lee Akers, Pierce Brothers and many more more. Camping and glamping options are available, and you can even bring your dog if he’s on a leash.

Brisbane: Big Sound
Back in the flesh for the first time since 2019, Bigsound is celebrating its 21st birthday this year. Known as a quintessential party and a networking boon for the Australian music industry, the festival will take over Brisbane from September 6-9 and transform the city into what looks like one big concert in progress. The lineup has yet to be announced, but, as in previous years, expect a mix of genres from local and international artists with a strong focus on emerging artists.

Côte d’Or: Bleach Festival
Bleach is a vibrant contemporary arts festival on the Gold Coast featuring live performances, workshops, art installations and more. Scheduled to return August 11-21, the lineup has yet to be announced – but last year’s Sarah Blasko, Briggs and The Necks, you can bet it’s worth the wait. In the meantime, Bleach has been seeking story submissions from the community for a Home Grown Opera project, in partnership with Opera Queensland.

Woodford: Woodford Folk Festival
One of Australia’s musical institutions, the Woodford is an almost week-long celebration that runs from December 27 to January 1. Although the 2022 lineup has not been confirmed, performers are only part of the appeal – Woodford is based around community and culture, with a specific vision that sees punters planting rainforest trees. and other green spaces around the makeshift village “Woodfordia”. Truly, it’s a festival about getting lost in nature with like-minded people and some of the best musicians and songwriters around.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Tourism and Events Queensland.

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