We’ve sat by in our Snuggies with our fingers clasped around warm mugs of tea, broodingly doling out double taps and likes on your Kazantip, Dekmantel and Burning Man photos.

But now winter is finally over for us down here in the Southern Hemisphere so it’s time to squeeze our pale butts into some festival gear and start enjoying the sunshine.

Sympathies to all you northerners – winter is coming and you’re about to be plunged into miserable weather for the next few months, but you’re welcome to come to the warm side and join in the frivolities.

Here’s a guide to some of the festivals we're most looking forward to.

Listen Out

Listen Out kicks off the start of the Australian summer festival season with a nation-wide run that stops off in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. With a focus on carefully handcrafting the event and lineup, Listen Out differs to many of the larger scale dance events, selecting a more forward thinking lineup of the hottest acts.

Where // When?

Catani Gardens, St Kilda, Melbourne // 26 September

Ozone Reserve, Perth // 27 September

Centennial Park, Sydney // 3 October

Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane // 4 October

Who’s playing? Dusky, Childish Gambino, Odesza, Ryan Hemsworth, SBTRKT, Joey Bada$$ and more.

Rocking the Daisies

This will be Rocking the Daisies’ tenth birthday so they’re pulling out all the stops to make it the best yet. All the best birthdays have a crazy dress up party so make sure you bring the most outrageous costume you can find for the carnival of exotic chaos on the Saturday.

Where? Cloof Wine Estate, Cape Town, South Africa

When? 1-4 October

Who’s playing? Krafty Kuts, Porter Robinson, Scuba, Skepta, The Kooks, The Cat Empire, Milky Chance and many more, including plenty of local talent.

Your Paradise Fiji

Your Paradise is an intimate escape to a beautiful tropical island. A summer escape in the best sense, you can choose to do more than just party at Your Paradise. Join the organised scuba or sky dives, head off on a surfing trip, a sunset cruise, or an exclusive boat party or get involved in the range of water and beach activities. And, of course, there’s a killer lineup as well.

Where? Plantation Island Resort, Malolo Lailai Island, Fiji

When? 7-23 November

Who’s Playing? Justin Martin, Craze, AC Slater, Klingande, Tensnake, Soulclap, What So Not, plus more.

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields is a celebration of art, sound and creative expression that hosts a diverse range of both renowned and breakthrough electronic music from Australia and overseas.

The festival celebrates the Aussie bush and aims to transport you to an unexpected paradise – – whether it’s a secret beach, a sunken tea lounge, a suspended gallery or the stages themselves, every structure and space is dreamed and designed for you to explore.

People love to wear whimsical costumes to this one, so if that’s your thing you should start planning your outfits now.

Where? A few hours outside of Melbourne. Exact venue address will be announced in October.

When? 20-22 November

Who’s Playing? Apparat, Tensnake, Soul Clap, Bicep, Justin Martin, Booka Shade, Oliver Huntemann, Peter Van Hoesen, Tornado Wallace, plus a bunch more.


Australia’s biggest electronic music festival, Stereosonic had about 81000 attendees at the Sydney show alone last year. And of course there’s a huge lineup of superstars for this one.

Where // When?

Sydney Showground, Sydney // 28 November

Claremont Showground, Perth // 29 November

Bonython Park, Adelaide // 5 December

Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne // 5 December

Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane // 6 December

Who’s Playing? Major Lazer, Armin van Buuren, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, and that’s just the start.

Subsonic Music Festival

Subsonic Music festival is one for the house and techno heads, with a smattering of eclecticism.

Set in the beautiful and unspoilt wilderness of the Barrington Tops National Park, pack up your camping gear for 72 hours of great music, river swims, new friends and good vibes. Don’t forget your costume, if you’re that way inclined.

Where? Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort, Barrington Tops National Park, NSW

When? 4-6 December

Who’s Playing? Roman Flügel, Max Cooper, KiNK, Dub FX, Wolf + Lamb, Francesca Lombardo, and heaps of others.

Djakarta Warehouse Project

Indonesia’s biggest electronic music festival Djakarta Warehouse Project is back for its seventh round and sticking with the two day format for 2015 with more massive EDM names than you can shake a stick at.

Where? Jiexpo Kemayoran Convention Centre, Jakarta

When? 11-12 December

Who’s Playing? More like who isn’t. Major Lazer, Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Axwell /\ Ingrosso, DJ Snake and Kaskade top the roster, which also includes Porter Robinson, Cashmere Cat, Jamie Jones, Claptone, Claude VonStroke, Dillon Francis, Oliver Heldens, R3hab, Headhunterz and DVBBS.


Breakfest is indisputably Western Australia’s best bass event. The Boxing Day festival has been bringing the wubs to Perth’s beautiful Belvoir amphitheatre since 2001 with the biggest names in bass and the best beach volleyball.

Where? Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth

When? 26 December

Who’s Playing? Stanton Warriors, Danny Byrd, DJ Marky, Deekline, A-skillz, and many more top bass acts.

Lost Paradise

Lost Paradise encourages you to get back to nature. The three-day family friendly festival boasts an outstanding lineup, art installations, delicious food and a range of activities including yoga, horse riding, abseiling, laser tag and even a group skinny dip.

Pack your tent or, for the more precious among us, get in quick for the luxury ‘Glamping’ accommodation which even includes the option of a helicopter arrival.

Where? Glenworth Valley, NSW

When? 29-31 December

Who’s Playing? Jamie xx, Four Tet, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Âme, Ben UFO, Finnebassen and plenty more.

Rhythm and Vines

This three-day music festival in New Zealand is the first in the world to welcome in the first sunrise of the new year. There are various camping options available including a site right next to the beautiful Waikanae beach and a glamping village.

As well as the music on offer there is comedy, pool parties and the Fruju Waterslide – an enormous slip ‘n’ slide to take you from the top of the festival site to the bottom.

You could also check out the sister festival Rhythm and Alps if you happen to be on NZ’s south island. It runs 30-31 December in Wanaka and is headlined by Carl Cox.

Where? Gisborne, New Zealand

When? 29-31 December

Who’s Playing? Concord Dawn, Cut Snake, Pendulum (DJ set), P-Money, Peking Duk, RL Grime, State of Mind, Sticky Fingers and a bunch of others.

Beyond the Valley

Beyond the Valley is back for 2015 in its new home, taking place in a spacious green field by a lake surrounded by rolling hills in Gippsland Parklands, about 90 minutes east of Melbourne.

This festival has an impressive line up for electronic music lovers and has just announced Seth Troxler as a headliner.

Where? 29 December-1 January

When? Lardner Victoria

Who’s playing? Seth Troxler, Jamie xx, Boys Noize, Doorly, Pusha T, Finnebassen, RL Grime, Snakehips, Flight Facilities, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set), plus much more.

Let Them Eat Cake

A boutique dance festival with great food, great drinks, amazing attention to detail and a welcoming vibe to kick off the new year. Let Them Eat Cake is held on the stunning grounds of historical Werribee Mansion and feels like an opulent garden party that just happens to have with a solid lineup.

Where? Werribee Park/Mansion grounds, Victoria

When? 1 January

Who’s Playing? Âme, Ben UFO, Com Truise, Daniel Avery, DJ Tennis, Four Tet, John Hopkins, plus more local and international acts.

Capetown Electronic Music Festival

CTEMF is internationally recognised as being one of the most relevant and forward thinking music festivals on Africa’s calendar. The lineup presents International legends sharing the stage with the most talented locals as well as a programme of workshops, showcases and satellite events.

When? 2-7 February

Where? Cape Town City Hall, Capetown

Who’s Playing? Anja Schneider, Loco Dice, Mr Carmack, Four Tet, Octave One, Ill Skillz and many more.

Ultra Music Festival South Africa

The Goliath that is Ultra Music Festival has been throwing record-breaking events in cities all over the world. Now Ultra continues its journey south for a second time, planning on bringing an even bigger weekend extravaganza to South Africa.

Where // When?

The River Club, Capetown // 26-27 February

Expo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg // 28 February

Who’s Playing? No news yet, but expect it to be large and keep an eye on their social media.

Sea n Beats

It seems as though cruise ships festivals are the flavor of the month at the moment, from Holy Ship, It’s the Ship, even Kid Rock has his own seabound shindig.

Sea n Beats is Australia’s answer to the call of the sea and is setting sail for its maiden voyage in March.

Where? Departs Brisbane Cruise Terminal

When? 5-8 March

Who’s Playing? Alison Wonderland, Hot Dub Time Machine, Luke Million, Peking Duk, The Kite String Tangle, Kilter, and various others will be sailing with you.

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