With such long, hot summers throughout Australia, it's no wonder that Australians have decided that music in the outdoors is a pretty wonderful idea. Every year across Australia, the number of summer music festivals grows. Whether you want to catch a big-name headliner act, or you prefer small chic unknown bands, there is sure to be a summer festival that will suit your tastes.
These festivals are an annual fixture on the Australian Outdoor Music Festival calendar. Travelling from one State/Territory to another, headline acts can be seen in most capital cities. Whilst many supporting acts also perform in every State/Territory, it is common for local acts to join the festival in each city.
The Big Day Out music festival tours throughout Australia/NZ during January, visiting Auckland, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Starting in Sydney in 1992, the 1 day festival now attracts around 300,000 people and offers a wide variety of local and international acts across 7 stages. Tickets usually go on sale in November and are often sold out within a week.
Starting in 2000, Parklife is a festival held in city parks around Australia in September/October. The one day Parklife festival has become known for its diverse, eclectic and ground-breaking line-ups, bringing an unrivalled array of fresh and experienced international live acts and dj’s to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Depending on the city in which you attend, the number of stages may vary from 3-5, however the main headline acts will still play in every city. 2008 acts include: Goldfrapp, 2ManyDJs, Van She, Soul Wax, Fake Blood and Blackalicious.
Held on various days during the first 2 weeks of January, the Summa Dayze festival is a dance music extravaganza for those who love to keep right on partying after New Year's Eve. Originally starting in 1999 in Melbourne's Botanical Gardens on New Years Day, in 2010 Summa Dayze goes national. Summa Dayze attracts a huge rave crowd to hear international artists play over a 12 hour set. Tickets go on sale in November/December and usually sell out just before Christmas.
The Gold Coast/Tweed Rock ‘n’ roll Nostalgia Festival, Cooly Rocks On is Australia's ‘hottest new’ Rock ‘n’ roll Nostalgia Festival that will run from the 3-13 June 2011 in the Coolangatta-Tweed Heads Region. Come along and see Rock ‘n’ roll and Rockabilly bands and singers, dancers, Hot Rods and Classic Cars and Cruisers! Cooly Rocks On is expected to attract between 50,000 and 80,000 people into the Gold Coast-Tweed Heads region for a week-long celebration of the ‘Happy Days’ culture. The festival will feature everything that was cool about the 1950s and `60s and everything that's hot about 2011. Cooly Rocks On will attract over 1,000 Hot Rods, Classic and Cruiser cars throughout the week-long festival with street parades and cruises. Rock`n’ roll and Rockabilly bands and singers, Elvis impersonators and Rock `n’ roll dancers will transform the streets of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads into a nostalgic flashback to the days when Rock `n’ roll ruled.
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