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Best Music Festivals in Melbourne

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by Alex Cordier (subscribe)
I'm an Auckland Based freelance writer & occasional photographer living in the Waitakere Ranges.
Published May 16th 2017
Rainbow Serpent Festival (Photo Credit: Asher Floyd, Wikimedia Commons)


Every year thousands of people across Australia fly to Melbourne to experience one of its iconic music festivals. It's the perfect way to spend a long weekend, soak in the summer sun or enjoy New Year 's Eve celebrations. Melbourne's music festivals celebrate a diverse range of music and art, and each one offers its own unique experience. Here are some of the best music festivals in Melbourne to make your trip a memorable one:

St. Jerome's Laneway Festival

St Jerome's Laneway Festival originated on Caledonian Lane in Melbourne. Each Sunday in the summertime, the festival would introduce new up and coming bands to passionate audiences. Now 10 years later, the festival is bigger than ever and has expanded to cities across Australia, including Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney. The festival has also gone on to play in the cities of Auckland, Detroit and Singapore. Some of the biggest names of indie pop and rock have played at Laneway, including Flume, Lorde, Vance Joy, Tame Impala and Foals. The Melbourne festival is currently held at the Footscray Community Arts Centre and the River's edge.

Rainbow Serpent

Rainbow Serpent is one of the biggest arts and music festivals in Melbourne, attracting over 15,000 people over the Australia Day long weekend. The wild event blasts electronic dance music and psychedelic trance 24 hours a day. The festival also includes market stalls, food stalls, a kid's space, a workshop, a solar cinema, awesome visual performance arts and more. You can always find something new and exciting to do. The festival is a celebration of spirituality, sustainability and well-being, and invites you to express your individuality by covering yourself in body art and costumes.

A Day on the Green

A day on the Green couldn't be more different from the Rainbow Serpent Festival, but it's still just as enjoyable, depending on what appeals to you. A Day on The Green is the ideal festival for those looking to have a more relaxed, tame day out. The festival has hosted about '30 concerts per season' in gorgeous wine regions across Australia. Some of the world's biggest music artists have played at A Day on the Green, including Alicia Keys, Elton John and Mariah Carey. Pack a picnic, drink world class wine and enjoy the music, all while taking in beautiful sunset views.

Earthcore
Juno Reactor at Earthcore (Photo Credit: Scott Sandars, Wikimedia Commons)


What began as a small dance party in the bush has turned into one of the most well-known music festivals in Melbourne. The festival has expanded to a five-day, five stage event and has been going on for an impressive 25 years. Earthcore combines lifestyle events with the best of global dance music to create a unique festival experience. There is a great range of exciting activities to try at the festival. You can watch cult films, listen to great tunes, gaze at the incredible art installations or even get a makeover at the Fluff station.

Falls Music and Arts Festival

The Falls Music and Arts Festival has been entertaining lively audiences on new year's eve since 1993. Falls started off as a one-day festival in Lorne but has since expanded to Marion Bay and Byron Bay. It has become one of the most popular Melbourne music events, and visitors fly to Melbourne each year just for the festival. The Falls Music and Arts Festival features local and international artists play a wide mix of genres amongst the beautiful natural surroundings. Regular acts include the Living End, John Butler Trio and Something for Kate. The Falls Music and Arts Festival is the perfect way to celebrate the start of the new year.
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