8 Australian EDM Festivals You Have To Visit At Least Once
1. Ultra Australia
The festival began in Miami, Florida in 1999 and has since expanded to include events in other cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sydney.
In recent years, Ultra Australia has become one of the most popular music festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of people from all over the globe.
The festival features a wide range of electronic music, including EDM, house, and techno. Ultra Australia is also known for its spectacular stage production, which includes pyrotechnics, lasers, and LED displays. If you're looking for a truly unforgettable experience, look no further.
2. Defqon.1 Australia
Every year, music lovers from all over the world descend upon the Netherlands for the Defqon.1 Weekend Festival. For three days, they dance and party to the sounds of hardstyle and other related genres.
Founded in 2003 by festival organizer Q-dance, the event has grown exponentially over the years, attracting more and more attendees each time. Recently, Australia has been added to Defqon’s global sites and it’s one of the best locations to experience this incredible musical journey.
3. Pitch Music & Arts Festival
This three-day event is held in the Grampian mountain range and features a lineup of electronic, hip-hop, and experimental artists.
But it's not just the music that makes this festival unique – the stunning setting is unlike any other. In all the splendor of rural Victoria, the Pitch Music & Arts Festival is the perfect place to experience live music. So if you're looking for an unforgettable festival experience, be sure to add Pitch Music & Arts to your list.
And, don’t forget to bring your camping gear. Pitch is also a camping event and there’s free camping on site.
4. The Falls Music and Arts Festival
If you're looking for a fun and festive way to ring in the new year, look no further than the Falls and Music Arts Festival in Australia. This annual event features a diverse lineup of musical performances, as well as a wide array of visual arts and crafts.
This festival traces its roots all the way back to 1993 when it was a one-day local event in Lorne. The first event so exceeded all expectations that it quickly became a staple and adopted a multi-day format.
These days the festival is held in multiple cities, including Marion Bay, Byron Bay, and Fremantle in January. The festival’s many locations feature a huge range of musical genres, so there’s plenty to love even if you don’t just want to listen to EDM.
The festival even featured a rave behind a washing machine in Byron Bay in 2019.
5. Splendour in The Grass
The Splendour in the Grass festival is one of Australia's most popular music festivals. Held annually in Byron Bay, the event attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. The lineup features both local and international artists, and the focus is on independent and alternative music. The festival also features a variety of food and drink vendors, as well as art installations and other forms of entertainment.
In recent years, the Splendour in the Grass festival has become known for its sustainability initiatives, including a commitment to using renewable energy and reducing waste. As a result, the event has been praised by both music fans and environmentalists.
This is one of the most eagerly awaited music festivals in Australia every year. So, if you’re thinking about attending, we’d recommend looking for tickets well in advance. But, it’s more than worth it to experience Byron Bay through the lens of this amazing experience.
6. Listen Out Festival
The Listen Out festival is one of Australia's biggest and best-loved music festivals. Held in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and Brisbane, the festival features a massive line-up of international and local DJs and artists playing across multiple stages.
With a strong focus on dance music, the festival has something for everyone, whether you're into hard-hitting techno or more laid-back house vibes. And with a lineup that includes some of the biggest names in the business, Listen Out is always a guaranteed good time.
Not all acts end up in every city, so if you’re attending, pay close attention to that city’s lineup.
Listen Out has been on a fairly long hiatus due to Covid restrictions. Having missed 2019 and 2020, the festival is slated to have its most impressive lineups ever in 2022. So, if you’re the type of person who has that one big adventure every year, you can’t really go wrong with Listen Out.
7. Field Day Sydney
If you like starting your year with an amazing festival, Field Day Sydney is among the best Australia has to offer.
Field Day is one of Australia's biggest and best-loved music festivals. Held in the idyllic setting of Sydney's Domain, the festival attracts tens of thousands of music lovers each year. With a huge line-up of international and local DJs, Field Day is the perfect place to enjoy a day of non-stop dancing.
And with a convenient location right in the city centre, Field Day is the perfect way to experience all that Sydney has to offer. So whether you're a local or just visiting for the weekend, make sure you don't miss out on this incredible festival.
8. Wide Open Space Festival
If you’re the type who doesn’t mind traveling to remote locations for a good time, Wide Open Space can provide just that. Located in Central Australia’s McDonnell Ranges, Wide Open Space is (according to Vice) Australia’s best-kept festival secret.
This festival is a more intimate event, usually drawing no more than 2000 people. But the locale coupled with the amazing music and all-around good time come together to make this one an unforgettable experience.
With a diverse range of music and art on offer, the festival attracts people from all walks of life. And with the stunning backdrop of the outback, it's easy to see why the Wide Open Space Festival is such a cherished event to its adherents. If you're looking for a legit adventure this summer, be sure to check out the Wide Open Space Festival.
The Ultimate Australian EDM Festival Bucket List
If you're looking for an amazing Australian music festival experience, then be sure to check out at least one of the festivals on this list. Each of these events provides a unique opportunity to see some of Australia's (and the world's) best talent and enjoy the country's natural beauty. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!