Here in Australia & New Zealand, ‘Summer’ is synonymous with many things: getting sunburnt and finding sand in strange places, having your friends around for a BBQ, leaving the cricket on all day, and wearing thongs wherever you go - no exceptions – just to name a few. However, if you’re anything like me, #SummerMyWay means only one thing… FESTIVAL SEASON.
With Summer fast approaching, you’ll want to round up your crew, lock in that time off work, and sort out your tickets to the following 6 must-see Summer festivals.
Subsonic: December 4 - 6
If you want to kick off Summer right, you will at Subsonic. Held at the picturesque Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort, a short drive from Sydney, Subsonic combines music with circus arts, yoga, workshops, drummers, fire dancers and more to provide you with 72 hours of non-stop delight. There is always a strong house and techno flavour to the mostly electronic line-up, and this year is no different with Roman Flugel, KiNK, Max Cooper and DOP all heading the bill.
Beyond the Valley: December 29 - January 1
Making the decision of where to party for New Years has never been harder with a bunch of new festival options popping up over the last couple of years. Beyond The Valley made waves last year with it’s debut festival and is back again, heading to a new home in the Gippsland Parklands, roughly 90 minutes east of Melbourne. With a massive and diverse lineup including Jamie xx, Flight Facilities, Seth Troxler, Boys Noize, Ta-ku, Pusha T, Tkay Maidza, The Rubens, and way more, Beyond The Valley is shaping up as a very solid NYE option for those south of the border.
Lost Paradise: December 29 - 31
Another new-comer to the game returning for it’s second year, Lost Paradise could be considered NSW’s answer to Beyond the Valley. This boutique festival held in Glenworth Valley over New Year’s will feature the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, Jamie xx, Four Tet, Jon Hopkins, Âme and Seekae, just to name a few, accompanied by long table feasts curated by top Sydney chefs, a yoga tent with workshops, art installations, and according to the organizers, a “circus, spa, mermaids, and more.”
Falls Festival: December 29 – January 1
One of the absolute king pins of Aussie music festivals, Falls probably comes behind only Splendour in the Grass in the hype stakes. Held in three separate locations - Marion Bay (TAS), Lorne (VIC) and Byron Bay (NSW) – the lineup varies from location to location, but the big boppers such as Bloc Party, Foals, Disclosure, Toro y Moi, and Courtney Barnett will be hitting up all three. Yep, it’ll be huge!
Rhythm & Vines: December 29 – 31
Rhythm & Vines is a rite of passage for Kiwi music lovers, running over New Years at the Waiohika Estate in Gisborne. With the organisers this year looking to broaden their appeal with an eclectic lineup including Peking Duck, Pendulum, Sticky Fingers, Mac Miller, Nero, Sub Focus, and loads more, there will be something for everyone.
St Jerome’s Laneway: early February
Laneway was one of the first new school Australian festivals to successfully toe the line between mainstream and boutique, unveiling stellar lineups every year yet keeping the size of the festival relatively intimate. This year it has an amazing mix of artists including Flume, Chvrches, Grimes, Hermitude, Beach House, The Internet, Violent Soho, and Purity Ring. Laneway kicks off in Adelaide on the 5th of February and travels across the country for shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle. Definitely not one to miss.
If #SummerMyWay means getting out there with your mates and enjoying music to the fullest, you’re in for a treat at any of these festivals. But what about when you return home? We’ve got you covered! The brand new Yoga 900 comes with premium 1.5W JBL speakers with Dolby Home Theater to deliver rich stereo sound.
By Jack Lo Russo