These days, summer holidays are synonymous with music festival, and rightfully so. There's nothing quite like being surrounded by friends, dancing in the sun as your favourite artists play in an outdoor setting.
With equal doses of prominent international performers and much-loved homegrown Australian acts, 2016's music lineup won't leave you wanting.
Australia's coastal city's make perfect locations for summer festivals. With equal doses of prominent international performers and much-loved homegrown Australian acts, 2016's music lineup won't leave you wanting. Hire a car from East Coast Car Rentals and attend one of these four festivals this summer. Better yet, go to them all!
St Jerome's Laneway Festival
When and where: Saturday, February 13, Melbourne.
Lineup highlights: Battles, CHVRCHES, Beach House, Grimes.
Since its inception in 2004, this festival has since blown up into one of Australia's most beloved musical events. Beginning at St Jerome's Bar, the first Laneway (known back then as the Summer Series) took place in a narrow alley. As the festival grew in popularity, restaurants lining the street started selling food from their backdoors and thus, a cultural sensation was born.
Full of acts that are loved by critics and audiences alike, Laneway is a rare breed of festival. Besides, what better venue than the artsy urban streets of Melbourne?
When and where: Saturday, January 23, Brisbane. Sunday, January 24, Sydney. Tuesday, January 26, Melbourne.
Lineup highlights: Disturbed, Bullet for my Valentine, The Prodigy, Bring Me the Horizon, FrnkIero and the Cellabration.
Another of Australia's most prominent music festivals, Soundwave is a paradise for lovers of all things rock. From death metal to pop punk, this festival is the ultimate in scene music. Headliners are always big international acts, with last year's show including heavy-hitting acts such as Soundgarden and Faith No More.
Not to be outdone, there's a strong Australian presence too: Brisbane's Dead Letter Circus and Sydney's Frenzal Rhomb are set to make appearances in 2016. As a bonus, Soundwave takes place in three cities so there'll be one close to you at some point. If you're a real metal head, hire a car in Brisbane and go to all three concerts!
The Falls Music and Arts Festival
When and where: December 28, 2015 – January 1, 2016, Lorne.
Lineup highlights: Birds of Tokyo, Mac Demarco, Disclosure, Alpine, 'Weird Al' Yankovic.
The length of this event may have clued you in: This is a camping festival. Grounds are free, so you can pitch a tent right next to your car. Onsite facilities include showers, toilets, a medical centre, general shop and much more.
This festival is unique in that acts include comedians and other artists as well as musicians. The Falls is about a two-hour drive from Melbourne airport. Hire a car, load it with camping supplies and hit the road for a New Years celebration filled with music and laughter.
When and where: Saturday, January 23, Melbourne.
Lineup highlights: Hot Chip, Courtney Barnett, Dirty Three, Alpine.
You'll find this festival at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Arts Precinct. Similar to the Falls festival, Sugar Mountain celebrates creativity in all its forms, showcasing brilliant musical acts as well as fascinating artists. Featuring filmmakers, architects, sculptors, painters and more, this event is rich with interactive displays and activities.
Another exciting aspect is the restaurant, Sensory, an immersive dining experience that explores the connection between our five senses. Tickets are strictly limited, but if you're lucky enough to score one, you'll be treated to a four-course meal where your senses of taste, touch, sight, smell and sound will all be titillated.