list of the Australian music festivals you can’t miss

To help you get a head start, here’s a list of Australian music festivals we can all look forward in 2021.

Splendour in the Grass

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, Splendour in the Grass is set to rock the North Byron Parklands from Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25. Tickets from 2020’s show will be valid for SITG 2021, and with the headliners Tyler, The Creator, The Strokes and Gorillaz ready and raring, we await the rest of lineup with plenty of anticipation.

Now & Again

Melbourne’s new waterside music festival transforms Williamstown’s Seaworks into an immersive celebration of music and art on Saturday April 17. Join SAFIA, Client Liaison, Confidence Man, E^ST, George Alice and more for a festival complimented by a picturesque view of the city skyline.

Meadow Festival

After taking “new year, new me” to another level by changing their name from ‘By The Meadow’ in 2020, Meadow returns to Bambra this year from Friday April 23 to Sunday April 25. The beloved festival will be celebrating its seventh year in 2021.

Summer Sounds

Summer Sounds Festival enjoyed a successful stint in Adelaide through January and will be descending on Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl in late February, early March. Here you can expect appearances from the likes of Aussie greats, triple j frontrunners and cult favourites. See the lineup for yourself – Bernard Fanning, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Something for Kate, Spacey Jane, Ball Park Music and more.


Not much information has emerged about RISING – the new cultural festival hitting Melbourne from May 26 to June 6. Given its lineage – a cross-section of Melbourne International Arts Festival and White Night – you can expect something spectacular but what ‘spectacular’ entails in RISING’s eyes, we’ll have to wait and see.

Under the Southern Stars

Under the Southern Stars is another to have endured ongoing disruptions. In 2021, the festival is set to see Cheap Trick, Bush and Stone Temple Pilots make their way Down Under for a run of 11 shows across April and May. With Aussie rockers Rose Tattoo and Electric Mary rounding out the bill, Under the Southern Stars will visit destinations all across the country, including Melbourne’s The Timber Yard and Hastings Foreshore Reserve on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mornington Country Music Festival

The Mornington Country Music Festival will return for its second year on Saturday March 6, and is all about showcasing some of Australia’s best and emerging country-styled musicians. Located within the natural amphitheatre and surrounds of The Briars on the Mornington Peninsula, this year’s bill features Kasey Chambers, Shane Nicholson, Shannon Noll, Jayne Denham, Gareth Leach and more.

For The Love

Another successful product from the Untitled Group stable, For The Love celebrates Australia’s hottest music talent. In 2021, the festival will welcome a huge bill to three separate locations – Perth, Melbourne and Gold Coast – featuring Flight Facilities at the top, closely followed by Mallrat, Cosmo’s Midnight, Running Touch, Boo Seeka and more.

We hope you don’t miss these festivals. Have a good day!

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