Fans of folk and funk alike are set to enjoy a calendar of celebrations that welcome home grown talent alongside some of the world’s biggest artists at venues spanning the city centre and the state of Victoria.
If one of the seven below doesn't suffice, there are many more to fill the summer with road trips of the musical variety.
Marysville Jazz & Blues Weekend
Marysville, October 2017
Australian music icon Russell Morris will join his band on stage to launch a weekend long festival celebrating music, food, wine and the community at the end of this month. Boasting an incredible line-up of more than twenty-five local and international artists, the Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend delivers the perfect spring time escape for those looking to chase the sunshine.
Queenscliff Music Festival
Queenscliff, November 2017
Embrace the Bellarine Peninsula as the Queenscliff Music Festival again descends on the shores of the surf coast town this November. Xavier Rudd, Bernard Fanning and the Temper Trap are among those set to take to the stages of a festival that threads its way through quaint venues across the community and a picturesque festival grounds that boasts seaside views.
Melbourne Music Week
Melbourne (various locations), November 2017
It may not technically be a music festival, but any event that celebrates Melbourne’s music scene over the course of nine days is worth a mention. Now in its eighth year, Melbourne Music Week will transform the city into a playground of sights, sounds and sensory escapades, bringing, with a multi-label takeover of the Melbourne Town Hall, and local and international artists performing and some of the most iconic and unexpected venues the city has to offer.
Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne), January 2018
Dubbed a summit of art and music, Sugar Mountain in the heart of Melbourne is a one-day extravaganza not to be missed. Featuring an international underground DJ show at the Boiler Room alongside restaurant and visual art experiences, it will be back with a vengeance in 2018 despite the line-up and official date still to be confirmed.
Rainbow Serpent Festival
Lexton, January 2018
Once a small gathering in a secluded clearing, Rainbow Serpent has transformed over time to become a weekend of dance, colour and expression in the Goldfields region. It’s no longer just an electronic music festival either, with festivities in 2018 to combine music, art and performance on the Australia Day long weekend.
Riverboats Music Festival
Echuca, February 2018
A contemporary music event on the banks of the Murray River, Riverboats Music Festival brings together the twin towns of Echuca and Moama for a celebration of sound beneath towering river red gums. A single-stage event, there’s plenty of room for dancing, brilliant artists and copious amounts of delicious local food and wine.
Meredith, March 2018
The younger sibling of the Meredith Music Festival, this three-day bonanza across a long weekend in March is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. Generations of music lovers will relax on couches from home at the Supernatural Ampitheatre during the afternoon, but when the night takes hold a dance floor welcoming almost 10,000 people becomes the place to be.
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