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See your favourite band at a music festival this summer

The festive season is nearly over but the festival season is just beginning. Be it pop, rock, dance or even folk, there will be a variety of music festivals pulling into Adelaide soon that will have you bopping your head, tapping your toes and singing along to all your favourites.

Music festival season kickstarts with some cool beats at Adelaide's biggest New Year's Eve party, Summadayze. Celebrate with The Chemical Brothers, Sam & The Womp, Junior Jack, M.I.A, Knife Party, Fedde Le Grand, Kimbra and midnight fireworks. Read more about it here.

When: Monday December 31st 2012, 4pm-1am
Where: Rymill Park
Cost: $134.85 general admission
Image courtesy of Summadayze website

Sounds by the River
If you are after an "Aussie rock extravaganza" Sounds by the River is for you. Bring your deck chairs, sit back and enjoy performances by Jimmy Barnes, Ian Moss, Ross Wilson, Dragon and Chocolate Starfish on the banks of the Murray River.

When: Saturday January 12th 2013, 2pm-11pm
Where: Mary Ann Reserve, Mannum
Cost: $79.90 adult, $39.90 child

Harvest Festival
For family friendly fun head to Harvest Festival at McLaren Vale. It is a celebration of regional food, wine, art and music. The outdoor concert will feature performances from local favourites Laura Hill, Full Circle and bands from the Academy of Rock. Read more here.

When: Saturday January 12th 2013, 10am-7pm
Where: McLaren Vale Oval
Cost: Free

Big Day Out
Big Day Out brings together the best international and Australian rocks bands. In 2013 see Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Killers, Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grinspoon and Avalanche City among others. With seven stages, rides and market stalls it is going to be a very big day out. Read more here.

When: Friday January 25th 2013, gates open at 11am
Where: Adelaide Showgrounds
Costs: $165 general admission
Image courtesy of Big Day Out website

St Jerome's Laneway Festival
Or Laneway as it is known on the street presents a diverse line up of new and interesting acts from Australia and around the world. Get your tickets to see Alpine, Bat For Lashes, Flume, Chet Faker and Of Monsters and Men performing over five stages with two free film screenings.

When: Friday February 8th 2013, gates open 5pm
Where: Fowlers Live and UniSA City West campus, North Terrace
Cost: $120

A Day on the Green
A Day on the Green claims to be "Big Day Out for grown ups" with great music, food and wine in a beautiful location. This year enjoy Diesel, Mark Seymour, Daryl Braithwaite, Black Sorrows, Pseudo Echo and 1927.

When: Saturday February 23rd 2013, gates open 2.30pm
Where: Annie's Lane, Clare Valley
Cost: $89.90 general admission
Image courtesy of A Day on the Green website

If you were good this year then Santa would have given you tickets to Soundwave as it is now sold out. Prepare your ears for aural assault by Metallica, Linkin Park, Blink 182, A Perfect Circle, The Offspring, Paramore, Slayer, Garbage, Cypress Hill, Bullet For My Valentine and many, many more. Read more here.

When: Saturday March 2nd 2013
Where: Bonython Park
Cost: $195.85, sold out

For a unique experience don't miss WOMADelaide, the World of Music, Arts and Dance. Traditional and innovative musicians from around the globe will perform including The Cat Empire, Jimmy Cliff, The Herd, Hugh Masekela, Heather Frahn, Tim Rogers and many more. There will also be a variety of food, retail and charity stalls and activities such as KidZone, street theatre, cooking and environmental discussions.

When: Friday March 8th-Monday March 11th 2013
Where: Botanic Park
Cost: Starts at $117

Future Music
Pull on your short shorts, boys and girls, for a "day of dead-set awesome" at Future Music Festival. There is something for everyone in the future with The Stone Roses, The Prodigy, PSY, Bloc Party, Dizzee Rascal, Rita Ora, The Temper Trap, FUN, Rudimental and Ellie Goulding. Read more here.

When: Monday March 11th 2013, 12-10pm
Where: Bonython Park
Cost: Starts at $154.30
Image courtesy of Future Music website

Fleurieu Folk Festival
For affordable family fun, head to the Fleurieu Folk Festival later in the year. Enjoy local and interstate performers, markets stalls, workshops, children's entertainment and even an open mic session. Stay tuned for further information.

When: Friday October 25th-Sunday October 27th 2013
Where: Willunga Recreation Park
Cost: $45 for the weekend
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Can't wait for soundwave! Bit disappointed about the futures line up this year though!
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