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The Australian music festivals we can still look forward to

While 2020 has thrown its fair share of hard knocks to the music industry, there is hope on the horizon. With lockdown restrictions easing across many states, Australian music festivals are finally looking to reopen their gates.

We've rounded up the Australian music festivals we can't wait to see back, with rescheduled dates and killer new lineups.

 

Splendour in the Grass, 2021

As Australia's biggest music festival we are so excited to see Splendour in the Grass return to the North Byron Parklands for 2021. It came as no surprise when SITG 2020 was cancelled earlier this year due to health concerns over coronavirus. Its 20th year celebrations will however now take place over the weekend of July 23 - 25, 2021.

Confirmed headliners include 2020 lineup favourites The Strokes and Tyler, the Creator. They've also just announced Gorillaz as the new Friday night headliner to replace Flume who is unable to attend. Splendour in the Grass have suggested that they intend to re-book as many of the 2020 artists as possible. Hints for a potential new lineup therefore include King Krule, King Princess, Thelma Plum and Cub Sport. We'll keep you posted.

For those who are eager to secure their spot for SITG 2021, 'pre-loved' tickets will be available from 12pm AEST on Thursday June 11 here. All previously purchased 2020 tickets will also be valid for the 2021 event. In the meantime Australian radio station Triple J will be reliving some of their favourites live sets from previous years. Splendour in the Past will take place over the weekend of July 25 and 26 as a tribute to the cancelled 2020 event. Performances will include Childish Gambino, Gang of Youths, Bloc Party, Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, Florence + The Machine, HAIM, Violent Soho and Thelma Plum to name a few.

 

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Big Pineapple Festival, 2020

Rescheduled from May, Big Pineapple festival will now be taking place on Saturday November 21, 2020. Festival organisers have managed to maintain the original all-star line up, with three top ten artists from this year’s Triple J Hottest 100. Gracing the stages of Pineapple Fields in Woombye, Queensland will be the Hilltop Hoods, Alison Wonderland, Dune Rats, Odette, Thelma Plum and RUSSH favourites Winston Surfshirt to name just a few.

'Pre-loved' tickets are now available here. All tickets purchased for May 30 will be valid for the new date.

 

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Bluesfest Byron Bay, 2021

After the cancellation of their 2020 event, Bluesfest have just announced their 2021 lineup and it's bigger and better than ever. Taking place over the Easter weekend 2021, the lineup features new additions as well as some of those meant to perform as part of the 2020 lineup. Big names include Bon Iver, Patti Smith, the Tesky Brothers, Xavier Rudd and Jimmy Barnes. Tickets for Bluesfest 2021 are on sale now here.

 

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Yours and Owls Festival, 2021

Sporting a huge trans-tasman lineup, Yours and Owls festival is returning to Wollongong on January 23 - 24, 2021. Announced just yesterday, the lineup features DMA's, BENEE, Lime Cordiale and Winston Surfshirt. Tones and I, Cosmo's Midnight and PNAU will also be hitting the stages early next year. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 8.30am, Thursday July 23. You can also sign up to their waitlist for exclusive pre-sale access.

 

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Falls Festival, 2020/21

Earlier this year Falls Festival organisers announced they would be featuring an all Australian lineup for the 2020/21 festival. Whilst this list is yet to be announced, if past years are anything to go by it will be one not to be missed. Taking place in late December and early January the Byron Bay, Lorne and Fremantle festivals are currently still going ahead. For the first time since 2003, Falls Festival Marion Bay will be taking a hiatus however.

Note: as of August 26 Falls Festival has been cancelled due to COVID19.

 

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Dear Falls Fam, #FallsFestival will no longer be taking place this year. In May, as the nation seemed to be moving into recovery mode, we were optimistic about forging ahead and supporting our local industry with an all Aussie edition of Falls Festival. We were especially excited to reunite many live music fans, get industry crew back on the job, and contribute to the economies of the communities where Falls takes place. However, given the current status of things and border restrictions in place, it won’t be possible to hold Falls Festival in our regular New Year’s timeframe. As we work with government stakeholders and key agencies to get Falls Festival back in the calendar, as always your safety is our priority. Consider this a raincheck, and please know we will be back with more information as it comes to hand. In the meantime, we’re sending love to our Victorian Falls community. Hang in there! And to all of our Falls fam, stay well and safe. We hope to be with you all again soon. ❤️ Big Love Falls xx 📸: Dave Kan

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Looking for other ways to support the Australian music industry? Consider holding on to your postponed event tickets, rather than seeking a refund. Or donate to Support Act to help provide crisis relief and mental health support to those in the industry affected.

 

 


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