The best music festivals in Victoria for 2021/2022
It’s been a few laps around the sun since we were able to break into the timeless tradition of the summer music festival. With restrictions at ease, there are enough daytime boogies, warehouse parties, and out of town celebrations to rock a cat.
Take out the calendar and start clearing the calendar, these are the best music festivals to pass your radar for 2021/2022:
Melbourne Music Week
FRIDAY 3 TO SUNDAY 12 DECEMBER
Special time of the year in Melbourne, the festivities for MMW is coming in droves and quickly and is taking over many sacred spaces all over the city. This year’s iteration is no exception with a very special performance by SHOUSE; the duo behind the pandemic “Love Tonight” banger will be taking over the Melbourne Museum for a one-night-only event. Max Watt’s (formerly Hi-Fii Bar) will host a number of Melbourne talent-based events including WAT Artists Fam Jam with Cut Copy’s Loure, Akosia and Dan Whitford. If you are looking for something more experimental; Pop-up art haven, Mpavillion will host several shows, including Dutty + Tribqu, where the Melbourne / Naarm-based pair of selectors will go back-to-back, digging deep into their bag for a range of different sounds and landscapes. For the full program, go here.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27
International sports hero, Australian icon, Dylan Alcott’s talent extends off the pitch, his foundation led by Ability Fest is the country’s first fully inclusive and accessible music festival.
Working in partnership with Triple J and Untitled Group, the one-day music festival will transform the Gardens of Alexandria with fully accessible viewing areas and platforms. The entire space has been specially designed so that every bettor can get a glimpse of the stacked lineup which includes house music heavyweight Benson, Cub Sport, Alex The Astronaut and a DJ set from Peking Duck. Get more information this way.
Beyond the city
THURSDAY 30 & FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER
The old ‘Valley’ based music festival is heading for the big smoke with all its panache and punch. Taking place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the two-day evening will not disappoint with some of Australia’s top talent playing. Throughout the festival you will have the opportunity to spot local talent like Lime Cordiale, Allday, Hayden James and Pnau. Arnhem Land’s flagship group King Stingray, whose disco-centric track “Milkumana” is a dancefloor bang; Rhythm Section Picker and CEO Bradley Zero also travels across the pond. A motley collection of musical excellence well worth the price of the ticket. To manage here for more info.
NYD 2022 solar cycle
SATURDAY JANUARY 1
Back to his original playground at the Coburg velodrome, Sun Cycle is back for a classic day of grooves and good times. On the Northside stage, a cast of all-time Melbourne operators including Tornado Wallace, Sleep D, Briggs, and New Zealand house music duo Chaos In The CBD. In addition to the music, the space will be filled with installations by leading artists such as A.Kid and Alchemy Orange; a multisensory experience like no other, and the perfect way to reign in the New Year.
That they eat cake
SATURDAY JANUARY 1
You wouldn’t want to get too much of a headache for this one, Let Them Eat Cake has long been the pinnacle of New Years Eve celebration in Melbourne. Once again, it will invade the Werribee Mansion district with its outdoor musical festivities; on the cards this year is tantalizing lineup featuring the likes of Melbourne vibe-queen, CC: Disco, house music specialist, Hidden Spheres and dance floor groover, Late Night Tuff Guy. If you haven’t cut any shapes in front of the sunset mansion scene yet, be sure to lock your spot this way.
Gathering of the vine
SATURDAY JANUARY 22
Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley is gearing up for a serious and hot summer, the winery hosts a range of different festivals and music events. including the first, Grapevine Gathering, will be hosted by none other than Australian Royalty Insta, The Inspired Unemployed, who will lead the sets between sets and usher in acts like Peking Duck, The Veronicas, CC: DISCO and more. Along with the entertainment, the lush vineyards will be filled with food trucks, premium wines and plenty of room to stretch out. Get more information here.
FRIDAY February 18 TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 21
Set in Victoria’s regional treasure, Moama Echuca in the land of Yorta Yorta, Riverboats is a three-day, soul-filled magical music festival. Think of it as Victoria’s own BluesFest, as Riverboats take place among lush native bushes in a natural open-air amphitheater. It’s the tenth anniversary of the festival, so you can expect a celebration of great proportions; Indie-darlings Boy & Bear, Baker Boy, Custard and The Melbourne Ska Orchestra will take the stage in the bush. The community spirit and vibe of Riverboats is unlike any other, book locally here.
FRIDAY 25 TO SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY
In the foothills of the Grampians, Hopkins Creek is one of Melbourne’s premier artist-centric music festivals. The boutique event is a who’s who of the inner realms of Melbourne’s music scene; This year’s lineup includes famous community radio selectors and party organizers like Waxo Paradiso and Sleep D, club royalty like Toni Yotzi, and more. If you are looking for something a little more unique and love camping among the stars, this is the one for you.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 26
Sunset Sounds, a veritable collection of Australian musical royalty, where many main anthems can be expected, also graces the lush lawn of Rochford Winery. Headlining you have big hitters like Daryl Braithwaite who will no doubt sing a crowd-assisted rendition of “The Horses,” as well as Thirsty Merc, Russel Morris, Richard Clapton, Kate Ceberano and more. Get more information here.
SATURDAY MARCH 5
Taking over Catani Gardens in St Kilda, For The Love is a celebration of the music and culture of the same team behind, Beyond The Valley (City) Ability Fest, and more. The lineup you’d expect from this team’s ilk doesn’t disappoint with a range of local talent, from newcomers like Telenova to global sensations like Dom Dolla, Mallrat, Allday and more. The evening festival will take place among the palm trees of the suburb of Bayside and will be a sweet outdoor boogie to remember. Need more info, get it here.
We are still waiting for news from Aunt Meredith, we are listening and as soon as the news arrives we will share the good word.
It’s official, one of Vicco’s biggest and longest festivals is coming back, unfortunately not this summer. The Falls team has confirmed that they will resurrect the right contagious moment, but with a few changes; after 27 years, the Falls site will move from its location in Lorne to Murroon, a short drive from the previous location in the Colac / Otway area. The Tasmania edition of the Falls Festival in Marion Bay will no longer take place, “It has been a privilege to hold the Falls Festival in such beautiful locations and we are so grateful to the Surf Coast Shire, Sorell Council and stakeholders in Lorne and Marion Bay who have provided the Falls Festival with incredible support. over the years, ”said Falls promoters Jessica Ducrou and Paul Piticco. Keep up to date with all the falls news as it falls here.
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Image credit: Beyond The City (provided)