The best summer music festivals

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Buckle up music lovers, because festival season has officially kicked off.

There’s nothing quite like a summer music fest to get people excited, but combine good tunes with Queensland’s sunny disposition and you’ve got a recipe for an unforgettable experience.

And FYI, we’re not just talking 20-somethings keen to wear barely-there attire and drain the bar. From three-day blues and roots marathons to family-friendly festivals chock-a-block with creative workshops and informative discussions, there’s something for everyone to look forward to!

Let your hair down and celebrate the change of season at these summer music festivals.

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford Folk Festival | Summer music festivals guide

Think Woodford Folk Festival is all hippies and alternative dwellers? Guess again. Taking the crown as one of the largest (and most diverse) gatherings of artists and musicians in the country, this enchanting festival is unlike anything you might have expected.

Set over six days and nights on a lush 500-acre property in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, you’ll find everything from bubble-blowing wizards and cabarets to informative talks with some of Australia’s top influencers. Heck, even the littles ones are treated to their very own Children’s Festival!

Go to Woodford Folk Festival if… You want to immerse yourself in art, music and culture.
When:  27 December 2016 – 1 January 2017
Where: Woodfordia, Woodford

FOMO Festival

FOMO Festival | Summer music festivals guide

Summer FOMO = sorted with this boutique music bash in Brisbane.

A newbie to the summer music scene in Oz, this all-killer-no-filler one day party is certainly living up to the tagline again in the New Year after an ace first festy in 2016, with this second round headlined by electronic Aussie legends Empire of the Sun, Peking Duk and Slumberjack, just to name a few.

But the best part? With only one stage, there’ll be no clashes and it legit will feel like one massive party with everyone getting down together.

Go to FOMO Festival if… Electronic beats are your dance jam and you don’t want the fuss of to-and-froing.
When:  7 January 2017
Where: Brisbane Riverstage

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Another year, another epic line-up of national and international acts to be ridiculously stoked about.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival continues to come back bigger and better each year, with their 2017 musical menu serving up the hottest of what’s fresh around the world. And bonus, it falls on the Australia Day holiday! #winning

Here’s a little teaser of what you can expect: the edgy multi-instrumental fusion sounds of self-taught Tash Sultana, Nick Murphy aka Chet Faker – performing his first Australian shows since forgoing his alias – and homegrown psych-rock gods, Tame Impala.

Go to St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival if… You want to keep on the cusp of the latest and greatest acts.
When: 26 January 2017
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds is the first stop on the Laneway tour, bringing the party back to the bustling heart of Fortitude Valley.

Electric Gardens Festival

Electric Gardens Brisbane | Summer music festivals guide

It’s official: Electric Gardens Festival is backing it up again this summer with a killer lineup that will make every electronic house lover weak at the knees.

Just the fact Swedish DJ & producer Eric Prydz will be headlining at Brisbane‘s Riverstage was enough to impress, but backing it up with Jamie Jones, Sasha and a Basement Jaxx DJ set has added the cherry on top of this supercharged one-day party.

Go to Electric Gardens Festival if… Electronic house = life.
When: 29 January 2017
Where: Riverstage, Brisbane City

Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival

Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival | Summer music festival guide

Surf. Swim. Sway. Repeat.

That’s basically the standard routine at the Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival.

This chilled-out-blissed-out music festival – sitting on the edge of the Southern Great Barrier Reef no less – is all about delivering the best blues, roots and rock music this side of the Tropic of Capricorn over three jam-packed days.

Go to Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival if… You want to kick back and relax in paradise.
When: 17-19 February 2017
Where: Agnes Water, near Gladstone

Earth Frequency Festival

Earth Frequency Festival | Summer music festivals guide

Photo by Liam Hardy

Earth Frequency Festival is as much about music as it is about inspiring creativity and celebrating life, nature and community.

Held over four days in Brisbane’s Scenic Rim, and combining a mashup of festival feels ranging from doof to tribal gathering, you can expect a full range of performance, arts, lectures and workshops, and creative activities for all ages from toddlers to grandparents.

Go to Earth Frequency Festival if… You want to deepen your connection to Mother Nature and learn something new.
When: 17-20 February 2017
Where: Ivory’s Rock, Peak Crossing

Which music festivals are on your list for summer?