They say summer is music festival season but I beg to differ. Almost weekly, there are opportunities to dust off your denim shorts and comfy sneakers in the name of good music.
We’ve road tripped the state to bring you our favourite events that strike a musical chord. So what are you waiting for? Pack a bag, grab your mates and hit the road to one of these top music events.
Groovin’ the Moo
4 May 2014
Get ready to bust a moooove in Townsville this May, as Groovin’ the Moo makes its way up the east coast from South Australia to the Sunshine State. It’s Australia’s only regional touring music festival, so you have no excuse not gather a herd of friends and flock to Townsville’s green pastures. This year the big acts include The Jezabels, The Jungle Giants, Karnivool, Vance Joy and Dizzee Rascal.
Opera on the Beach
9-11 May 2014
Forget your fancy ball gowns and choking bow ties, Opera on the Beach can be enjoyed in the comfort of your boardies and bare feet. Bleach Festival takes opera from the stage into the sand at Greenmount Beach against the backdrop of the ocean. Throw down a picnic rug and enjoy a contemporary production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute from the sand under a canopy of stars.
Blues on Broadbeach
22-25 May 2014
Blues on Broadbeach may be the closest you get to having sax on the beach. This May, the Broadbeach esplanade will transform into six outdoor stages for headline acts like Russell Morris, to put the smooth blues sound back into Broadbeach. This free event is expected to draw over 90,000 people through its gates.
Big Red Bash
9-10 July 2014
They say things are bigger and better in the outback, so shelve your stadium and listen to a concert on a sand dune. Big Red – The Simpson Desert’s largest dune – will be the stage for John Williamson, Kasey Chambers, and Time of My Life Band (featuring Daryl Braithwaite, Joe Camilleri, James Reyne and Ross Wilson). These Aussie legends will all belt out ballads at this year’s Big Red Bash. This is a true blue event, so bring your tent, van or swag for this two-day music festival and get some red dirt on your dancing shoes.
Noosa Jazz Festival
4-7 September 2014
Pack your jazz hands this September and head to the Sunshine Coast, as Noosa Heads’ Lions Park transforms into ‘Festival Village’ for the annual Noosa Jazz Festival. Enjoy classic blues and folk music, nosh on local produce and swill a glass of shiraz while listening to world-class jazz. This year, Vince Jones and Grace Knight will headline the program so get ready to sing loudly and dance wildly.
Mitchell Creek Rock ‘n’ Blues Festival
19-21 September 2014
Three days, late nights and loud music = a recipe for a good time. Grab a bunch of mates, a carton of beer (did I mention it’s BYO) and set off two hours north of Brisbane. With a free camping ground on site, you’ll get to spend more time at the event than driving to and from the Mitchell Creek Rock ‘n’ Blues Festival. Set in the Mary Valley, in a natural amphitheatre, feature acts like Sandi Thom and Dallas Frasca are among the 150 artists to play this year.
Opera in the Outback
9-11 October 2014
The west will take music to a high note this October as Opera in the Outback takes to the stage. Under the spotlight of a million stars, this event draws hundreds of visitors to the town of Undara, about 350-clicks south-west of Cairns. Undara Experience has your accommodation covered with pioneer huts, railway carriages and a caravan park, so all you need to do is plan your escape to the outback.