S U M M E R. It can't come fast enough as far as we're concerned. And to usher in the coming season, we bring you the best of Australia's lineups to get you ready. While Splendour got us through winter, there's nothing like a three-day camping festival over NYE to really mark the holiday season. Don't forget to keep checking back to this page, either - we'll updating it regularly in the coming months as the festival announcements roll in
What: Australia's premier NYE and New Year's festival gets bigger every year, bringing arguably the lion's share of the Australia's best touring talent to the 3-4 day event.
When: December 28-31 (Lorne), December 29-31 (Marion Bay), December 31-January 2 (Byron Bay) and January 7-8 (Fremantle)
Where: Lorne, Vic; Marion Bay, Tas; Byron Bay, NSW; Fremantle, WA
Who: Childish Gambino, London Grammar, The Avalanches, Violent Soho, Matt Corby, Alison Wonderland, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Fat Freddy's Drop, Ta-Ku, The Rubens, The Jezabels, Ball Park Music, Grouplove, Bernard Fanning, Jamie T, Broods, Tkay Maidza, Illy, Grandmaster Flash, Hot Dub Time Machine, DMA'S, AlunaGeorge, Booka Shade, Client Liasion, Vallis Alps, Parquet Courts, MØ, City Calm Down, Remi, Modern Baseball, Tired Lion, Marlon Williams, Ry X, L D R U, Lemaitre, Shura.
New acts just added (September 13):
Northeast Party House, Hockey Dad, Haelos, Hein Cooper, Olympia, Just a Gent, Kilter, The Middle Kids, Kari Faux, Spit Syndicate, Generic, Baro, KLP, Willow beats, Jack River, Darren Middleton, Baytek, Moonbase Commander, Mallrat, Gretta Ray, Bel, Good Boy, Sahara Beck, Feki, I Oh You Djs, Dena Amy, You Am I (Marion Bay only)
How: It's just been announced that they're doing away with the ballot this year, so general ticket sales will be relegated to the website: fallsfestival.com.au. Been to three or more Falls? Friends of Falls gives you access to cool prizes and pre-sale opportunities. Optus customers should take note of Optus Perks, which scores you exclusive pre-sale access to Falls tix.
Meredith Music Festival
What: Set in rural Victoria, Meredith's grass-roots approach endears itself to many. With a BYO alcohol (no sponsors here), 'no dickheads' policy, Meredith is famed for bring an offbeat, diverse line up to Australia every year.
When: December 9, 10 and 11
Where: Meredith, Victoria
Who: Peaches, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Sheila E, Badbadnotgood, Angel Olsen, The Triffids, Kelela, Ben UFO, Japandroids, The Congos, Baroness, Archie Roach, Jagwar Mar, Mount Liberation Unlimited, Fred & Toody Cole, Chiara Kickdrum, Cass McCombs, The Goon Sax, Ross Wilson, CC:Disco!, Cable Ties, Wilson Tanner, Silence Wedge, The Sugarcanes, Terry, Judith Lucy, Sheer Mag, Dungen,
How: Enter the ballot at mmf.com.au (until August 16)
What: WA's three-day music, art and camping festival attracts big name local acts (hello, San Cisco) plus international talent.
When: December 27-29
Where: Busselton, WA
Who: San Cisco, Sticky Fingers, The Cat Empire, Peking Duk, LadyHawke, Slumberjack, Tired Lion, Hudson Mohawke, Phantogram, Zhu, Hot Chip, MSTRKRFT, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Vera Blue, Remi, Smith Street Band, Thundamentals Montaigne, Boo Seeka, Dena Army, Discovery: Daft Punk Tribute and more still to be announced.
How? Via moshtix.com.au.
St. Jerome's Laneway Festival
What: The Australian festival that's now extended to Singapore and New Zealand that always selects a great edit of hyped-up indie, electronica and hip hop acts.
When: January 21-February 5
Where: Singapore, Brisbane, Melbourne, Auckland, Adelaide, Sydney, Fremantle
Who: A.B. Original, AURORA, Baro*, Bob Moses, Camp Cope**, Car Seat Headrest, Clams Casino, Ecca Vandal*, Fascinator,,Floating Points (Live)***,Flyying Colours*, Gang of Youths, GL**, Glass Animals, Jagwar Ma, Jess Kent, Julia Jacklin**, Koi Child, Luca Brasi, Mick Jenkins, Mr. Carmack, NAO, Nicholas Allbrook, Nick Murphy (Chet Faker)***, Roland Tings, Sampa The Great, Tame Impala***, Tash Sultana, The Julie Ruin, Tourist, Tycho, White Lung, Whitney.
How: Via lanewayfestival.com from September 21. Visa card holder can access a pre-sale event from September 16-18 at visaentertainment.com.au.
What: The Melbourne-only art and musical festival is a feast for the senses, with music (including a Boiler Room stage), art, an experimental restaurant, augmented reality and theatre to immerse yourself in.
When: January 21, 2017
Where: Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts (VCA)
Who: ALTA, Baba Stiltz, Beppe Loda, Big Scary, Black Cab, Blood Orange, CC:DISCO!, Daydreams, Dro Carey, Jaala, Jack River, Jessy Lanza, Kelsey Lu, Kornél Kovács, KUČKA,Little Simz, Methyl Ethel, Mood II Swing, Moses Sumney, MY DISCO,Palms Trax, Pantha Du Prince, Rolling Blackouts C.F., Slum Sociable, Sui Zhen, Suzanne Ciani, x Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, The Belligerents, Tornado Wallace, Weyes Blood.
How: Pre-sale tickets are available now at moshtix.com.au for $99 each.