8 Victorian Summer Music Festivals
If you're looking for an excuse to get out of the city this summer we highly recommend checking out one, or some, of the amazing music festivals that take place in the Victorian countryside. From the rolling hills of South Gippsland to the shore of the Murray River, the Victorian countryside offers many beautiful backdrops to music festivals of various music genres. Below are 8 of our favourite Victorian summertime music festivals that we think you should attend.
NYE on the Hill (30th Dec - 1st Jan)
Set in the picturesque rolling hills in South Gippsland, about 35 mins inland from Phillip Island, NYE on the Hill is a small boutique festival of 2,500 friendly punters partying their way into the new year. This year's lineup includes Ball Park Music, Regurgitator, Japanese Wallpaper, Gretta Ray, West Thebarton, Lanks and many more.
Beyond the Valley (28th Dec - 1st Jan)
Beyond the Valley is a multi-genre music festival, with a big dance presence, that takes place in South Eastern Victoria also over the New Year's Eve period. This year's local and international pack lineup includes Schoolboy Q, The Presets, Matt Corby, Stormzy, Pnau, Stephan Bodzin, Ame and many more.
New Year's Evie (31st Dec - 2nd Jan)
Also happening over the New Year's Eve period, New Years Evie is an intimate country shindig taking place on a farm about an hours drive north of Melbourne in a town called Tallarook. The festival not only includes some killer local bands, but it also (usually) includes a massive slippery dip!
Grampians Music Festival (2nd - 4th February)
The Grampians Music Festival is yet another festival that boast incredible views of the surrounding mountains. There is no need to rush from stage to stage at this scenic festival as all 20 acts take to one main stage. Bands hitting the stage this year include Polish Club, Tired Lion, Ruby Fields, Heaps Good Friends and more.
Riverboats Music Festival (16th - 18th February)
On the shore of the Murray River under the towering red river gums, Riverboats Music Festival gives us all a fantastic reason to escape the city for a weekend in the countryside. This years laidback festival will include Neil and Liam Finn, Kasey Chambers, Josh Pyke, The Black Sorrows with Vika and Linda Bull, Henry Wagons & The Only Children and many more.
Pool House Party - Smith Street Band (17th March)
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have their own festival GizzFest, now The Smith Street Band are having a crack with their creation of Pool House Party. Join them, other bands (to be announced), food trucks and rides on St. Paddy's day next March 17th. The lineup so far only includes The Smith Street Band, but more bands will be announced shortly.
The Hills Are Alive (23rd - 25th March)
The Hills Are Alive is set in that same picturesque location of NYE On The Hill in the rolling hills of South Gippsland. This year they celebrate their 10th anniversary and have a lineup to match their big celebration. It includes Saskwatch, Dorsal Fins, Remi, Ali Barter, Timberwolf, The Bennies and many more.
Boogie Festival (30th March - 1st April)
End of March may be pushing it a little for a spot on our summer festival guide post, but we reckon you need advanced warning to get some tickets! Boogie Festival is a "cult" three day "extravaganza" that includes, in their own words, "One big stage, one wacky clubhouse, one hillbilly late night disco, one mysterious shearing shed, many bars, scrumptious and nourishing food outlets, Boogie bucks, and a bevy of like-minded splendid humans getting involved in the party of their lives".