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What is Australia's Best Music Festival?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published August 17th 2011
In 2008 Aussie artist Pez released 'The Festival Song', celebrating Australia's love for music festivals. Not everyone attends them because of the bands playing, some people just like to go along for the atmosphere. Whatever the case it is clear that people love them, and rightly so. With festival costs varying from $100 for one day festivals, to weekend festivals that can cost you more than $500, festival hopping can be an expensive hobby. So if there was only one festival you could go to in Australia, what would it be? We've got a few ideas about some festival options, but we want to know which one you think is the best.

Festival Crowds

Big Day Out is one of the big names on the festival scene, and since 1992 it has been rocking out all over the country. With a big focus on popular rock, Big Day Out has featured a lot of the big names on the Rock and Alternative Rock scene. Each year the line up includes a collection of Australian and International bands, playing across many different stages. This one day event is one of the cheaper festival options available, and features music ranging from rock, alternative, folk, dance, and hip hop. Is Big Day Out big enough to take the festival crown?

Lily Allen 2010 Big Day Out

Falls Festival is another sell-out festival, one that runs for four days over the New Year celebrations. Most revellers at Falls Festival will camp out at the festival, which becomes a tent city during this period. The music at Falls Festival has a history of being part of the blues & roots genre, but over the years more bands have been turning up also playing rock or hip hop. There are also a host of DJs that take to the stage, often keeping music going long through the night. Falls has to contend with festival fans who might choose other New Year festivals like the Pyramid Rock Festival. The speed at which tickets sell out shows that Falls is popular, but is it the best Australia has to offer?

Phoenix 2011 Good Vibrations

Meredith Music Festival is another music festival that is filled with campers propping up tents. The shows take place in the Supernatural Amphitheatre, a naturally formed amphitheatre that is soon swamped with people. Unlike most music festivals, children are actually allowed to attend the festival and it isn't rare to see young ones grooving on their parents' shoulders. Children 10 and over will have to pay for a ticket, but under 10s can come along for free. With great bands, nude runs, delicious food, Meredith Music Festival is something that everyone should experience at least once, but does this make it Australia's best?

Art Brut 2007 Meredith Music Festival

So surely you've got your opinion on which festival is the best Australia has to offer. Maybe you can't get enough of Park Life or Future Music Festival, or you might prefer to rock out at Soundwave. Maybe you live in the past, and don't think any current festivals can top the ones of yesteryear. There is a music festival out there for everyone, regardless of your taste in music. So join the discussion and let us know where we should head if we want to find Australia's Best Music Festival.
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Splendour in the Grass
By heidi44 - reader
Friday, 19th of August @ 12:07 am
I like the way Triple J take music to regional areas via One Night Stands in smaller centres events such as these have a real impact and are greta fun
By david287 - reader
Thursday, 18th of August @ 04:42 am
Island Vibe
By gcgea - reader
Saturday, 20th of August @ 12:42 pm
By Alyssa Fletcher - senior reviewer
Monday, 29th of August @ 04:04 am
Mildura Country Music Festival
By wagga - reader
Sunday, 9th of October @ 01:47 pm
I reckon Playground Weekender in NSW is the best by a long shot. It has a great vibe, it's uncrowded and the lineup is usually superb. The festival takes over Del Rio Resort and puts on 4 nights of camping, music and good times. Lets not forget that it's also the home of the countries largest fancy dress party.
By Ian m - senior reviewer
Monday, 17th of October @ 09:49 am
Mildura Country Music Festival
By wagga - reader
Sunday, 13th of November @ 01:27 am
GENERATOR - great value - family fun without the hassle and hussle bussle
By Anonymous
Friday, 16th of December @ 05:54 pm
By Anonymous
Saturday, 18th of August @ 01:51 pm
Woodford Folk Festival
By fie41 - reader
Sunday, 15th of January @ 02:00 am
Most of these festivals are now defunct?
By panca - reader
Monday, 30th of October @ 10:31 pm

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