FOMO (“fear of missing out”) is one of Australia’s favourite one-day music festivals, set apart by the fact it only has one stage – means there are no clashes, so no “missing out”. This summer FOMO is bringing us techno and grime legend RL Grime, young rapper Post Malone, Grammy-nominated Zhu, Montreal’s Kaytranada and, on her first Australian tour, American singer-songwriter SZA.
FOMO is on at Parramatta Park on Saturday January 13, 2018 and is expected to be a sell-out. Tickets are available here for $127 including a booking fee.
Alison Wonderland Scarehouse
Sydney-grown DJ Alison Wonderland has returned to throw one of her trademark warehouse parties. This year the venue is at an undisclosed, never-before-used farm, which is only accessible through a “compulsory phantom bus service”. A$AP Ferg, Antony + Cleopatra, Danger, Lido and Young Franco will be performing. This is the third and largest warehouse project Wonderland has done with no lockouts, noise complaints or any real rules.
Alison Wonderland Scarehouse is on December 9 and tickets are on the brink of selling out. Tickets are $84.69 including booking fee with a minimum $15 phantom bus fee.
Lost Paradise is a four-day spiritual journey. Located in a huge field in Glenworth Valley (about a 90 minutes’ drive north of Sydney), it’s a camping festival with 18-foot tipis, bungalows and bell tents available. There will also be 24-hour cleaners, a cantina bar, VIP showers and toilets, and a dressing room with theatre make-up mirrors to get you ready for the dance floor. A range of activities will keep you busy, including deep-house yoga, astrology readings, karaoke, massages, fancy-dress parades, a jumping castle, face painting, glitter workshops and loads more. Milky Lane, Nonna’s Piada and Happy as Larry are moving in to feed you.
The musical line-up includes RÜFUS, Matt Corby, Client Liaison, Skeggs and DMA’s.
Lost Paradise is on December 28–31. Tickets start from $339 for three days of camping and are available here.
Return to Rio
Return to Rio is a two-day soul, house, jazz and funk festival held in November. Located 90 minutes north-west of Sydney at Wisemans Ferry, the two-day event will be themed around “outta space”.
Houseboats will be decked out like spaceships for trips down the Hawkesbury and glitter space stations will be operating next to drum-and-bass Pilates. The festival also includes a giant jumping cushion, a water park, and golf and water skiing sessions. Enjoy the clean Del Rio Riverside resort with air-conditioned cabins or spend your nights under the stars with designated camping areas.
Headliners Carl Cox and Eric Powell will perform alongside Hot Creations, Emerald City, Incognito and Khen.
Return to Rio will take place from November 3 to November 5. Tickets are $263, excluding camping or cabins, and are available here.
This year, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival will feature Anderson Paak, Mac DeMarco, Odesza, Aldous Harding, Bonobo and more. The music will be set against the backdrop of the beautiful Parramatta River and Sydney College of the Arts. Laneway has also partnered with Plus1 so that each ticket sold will give $1 to the Yiriman and Fight MND charities.
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is on Sunday February 4, 11am–11pm. Tickets are $174.50, which includes a booking fee and are available here.
Night Nation Run
The world’s first running music festival is coming to Sydney after touring New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas. Start at an illuminated racecourse where multiple on-course DJs will perform. Run, walk or dance your way across multiple party zones, lit up by dancers, light shows, glow gear and interactive light shows. You’ll finish up at the after-party where you’ll find confetti, lasers and more lights.
Like any other race, you have to register. This includes a Night Nation T-shirt, racing bib, glow necklace as well as other free giveaways.
Night Nation Run will take place on November 4. The pre-party is from 6.30pm and continues for an hour before the race begins. Tickets start from $61 and are available here.
Located at Mrs Macquarie’s Point, Harbour Life is arguably the most picturesque of all the summer music festivals. The Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge make beautiful backdrops for the single stage, which will host Claptone, Daniel Avery, Jax Jones, Kidnap Kid, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Made in Paris and Set Mo.
Harbour Life is on Saturday November 18, 2pm–10pm. Tickets are $127, including a booking fee, and can be purchased here.
This festival draws crowds close to 100,000 across the Easter long weekend. The five-day, family-friendly festival is situated on the 120-hectare Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay. With more than 200 performances across seven stages, across packed 12-hour days, there’s a lot to fit in. There’ll be more than 100 food stalls, five licensed bars, plus beer gardens and children’s entertainment zones.
This year features Lionel Richie, Bobby Rush, Tash Sultana, John Butler Trio, Robert Plant and The Senastional Space Shifters, The California Honeydrops and more. The venue also provides a range of camping packages, from trailer sites and car spots to a glamping experience.
Bluesfest is on Thursday March 29 to Monday April 2, 2018. An adult five-day pass is $595 (which doesn’t include camping) and can be found here.