Australia's Best Festivals

Summafieldayze [Gold Coast]

Summafieldayze is the festival that attracts both Sunshine Staters and road-trippers from across the border, pulling together the best bits from the Field Day and Summadayze line-ups. The Gold Coast’s tropical climate only adds to the festive spirit, and there’s no holding back on star attractions. In 2011, it was all about the superstar DJs: David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren, Justice and Armand Van Helden. Big is always better at Summafieldayze.

Sydney Festival

It’s January, the evenings are balmy, and there’s nowhere in the world you’d rather be than the Harbour City. For three weeks, the Sydney Festival spreads itself around town, and for lovers of dancing and mid-week revelry it’s all about the Beck’s Festival Bar. When that tent is spilling out the sides with a sea of hands in the air, it’s really summer at its best.

Warehouse [Canberra]

Shaking the walls of the AIS Arena in the early days of May, the Warehouse festival is the capital’s cousin to Creamfields. It might be getting chilly outside, but within the Warehouse’s four walls it’s always scorching. In 2010, the star power was hard to argue with: Ferry Corsten, MSTRKRFT, Marco V and Italian heavy-hitters The Bloody Beetroots in their live Death Crew 77 guise. Who called Canberra sleepy?

Winter Sound System [Melbourne and Brisbane]

“Welcome to your wonderland,” reads the tagline for Future Entertainment’s mid-year festival flagship Winter Sound System. With an all-nighter in Melbourne that bangs through till 7am and an outdoor day party in Brisbane, WSS pulls out all stops to distract from the chill in the air.

Boasting dedicated arenas for trance and techno and a mainstage that houses some of the biggest names in dance music, past alumni includes Armin Van Buuren, Underworld, Laidback Luke, Tiga and Crookers. There’s always a strong ‘undercard’ as well, championing names like Seth Troxler, Proxy, Anja Schneider and 16 Bit Lolitas.