Searching for the best music festivals in Sydney in 2024!? Well, look no further, because it’s one of my favorite cities in the world, and a few of these Sydney festivals have provided some of the best weekends of my life – truly!
When it comes to festivals in Sydney (and the surrounding area), there really are so many incredible options! I lived in Sydney for a year, and made it my mission to attend as many music festivals in Australia as I possibly could. While I haven’t been to ALL of these festivals that made this list, I’ve actually been to my fair share of them. The Australian festival culture is alive and vibrant, and I can guarantee you’ll love all the music and atmosphere at all these spectacular events!
Keep reading and check out my list for what I think are the 15 Best Music Festivals in Sydney!
1) Lost Paradise Festival 2024
When: December-January 2024 (New Years Eve music festival)
Where: Glenworth Valley, NSW
ONE PART BOUTIQUE FESTIVAL | ONE PART DOOF | ONE HUGE PARTY.
Located just 80 minutes from Sydney, this 3-day camping festival is hands down one of the best New Years Eve Festivals in Australia. Three incredible stages are spread out in the Glenworth Valley, all with a diverse line-up of live-music and proper underground house and techno.
I’ve personally attended this one, and it’s definitely one of my favorite music festivals in Australia! They just finished their 4th edition, but you honestly would think it was their 10th. It’s a perfectly executed music festival with comfortable camping, incredible stage production, and delicious food and beverage. Skip the Sydney fireworks – head to Lost Paradise!
Read my Lost Paradise festival reviews:
2) Return To Rio 2024
When: November, 2024
Where: Wiseman’s Ferry, NSW
I’ve now attended two different Return To Rio’s, and I would 100% recommend it to everyone looking for an epic weekend of camping, dancing, drinking, and frolicking with some of the best festival crowds in the world!
There are typically two editions held every year marking the “beginning and ending of summer” parties, and I promise it will be 3-days you will never forget. Located about an hour north of Sydney in Wiseman’s Ferry, Return to Rio provides a much needed escape for fans of incredible underground house music to come together, dress up in crazy costumes, and forget about the stress of everyday life.
Read my full Return to Rio festival review – Return To Rio; The Ultimate Weekend Away
3) Festival X Sydney 2024
When: TBC, 2024 (on hiatus in 2023)
Where: Olympic Park, Sydney
While Festival X only made its debut to Australia (and New Zealand) in 2019, it’s already become one of the largest and most talked-about festivals in the country. Judging by last year’s line-up and production, this is simply a MUST-ATTEND event! It’s a collaboration between Hardware & Live Nation, so expect a professionally organized event with a stellar line-up, top-notch production, and overall unforgettable festival experience.
4) Touch Bass 2024
When: April, 2024 (Easter festival)
Where: Hordern Pavillion, Sydney
“With the loudest rigs, biggest production, best venues and every show sold out since inception, do not sleep on this.”
After a successful inaugural festival in 2019 in multiple cities across Australia and subsequent success in the following years, Touch Bass is returning to throw another Sydney Festival in 2024 dedicated to the bass heads out there!
5) SXSW Sydney 2024
When: October, 2024
Where: Sydney, NSW
6) St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Sydney 2024
When: February 4, 2024
Where: Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, NSW
Every line-up I’ve seen from Laneway Festival has been so diverse and unique, and could only imagine the soundtrack of the day is nothing but perfection. It’s a one-day festival right in the city, and definitely shouldn’t be missed. Laneway Sydney happens every year in early February. Ticket prices tend to be a bit more on the expensive side, but I got used to that in Australia.
7) Field Day 2024
When: January 1, 2024 (New Years Day festival)
Where: The Domain, Sydney, NSW
What are your plans for January 1st…? Well, if you’re smart, you’ve booked your tickets to Field Day well in advance, because this one-day Sydney party is the absolute best way to start off the year. This one-day mega festival is spread out over 4-5 stages at the beautiful venue, The Domain. Every year the line-up will impress you with top-notch international artists, as well as plenty of domestic talent. I went to Field Day in 2016, and it was definitely a good time. It was a bit overcrowded at times, but the production was fantastic, and it’s proper Aussie festival vibes.
“Set on the first day of the year at its beautiful iconic Sydney venue, The Domain, Field Day is the smart way to celebrate New Years and is also our city’s most popular boutique music festival. It’s known for a super-friendly atmosphere and quality line-ups mixing hip-hop, house, indie and electronic artists from around the world.”
8) Harbourlife Festival 2024
When: November, 2024
Where: Sydney Botanical Gardens, Sydney, NSW
“Since 2003 Harbourlife has become Sydney’s premiere dance music event. This spectacular Sydney party will return to its waterside venue at Mrs Macquarie’s Point in Sydney. You can celebrate the start of summer in beautiful green surroundings, the perfect view of the Sydney harbour / skyline and party with a carefully hand-picked selection of quality house acts providing the perfect soundtrack.” Tickets sell out for this event fast, but if you don’t manage to snag some, you can still make your way over to the Royal Botanical Gardens and listen to the music from the top of the festival. That’s what I did one year, and there were plenty of people enjoying a free-party with top-notch music. This one-day festival occurs in Mid-November every year.
9) Listen Out Festival 2024
When: September, 2024
Where: Centennial Park, Sydney
Listen Out is Australia’s primary national dance music festival and has sold out in all cities since 2016.
One of Australia’s best touring festivals in four different cities definitely should not be missed! Listen Out always has an insanely stacked line-up, massive stages, and an incredible vibe. Typically happens in Sydney around the beginning of October! Grab your tickets fast, because this event sells out rather quickly.
10) PURE Festival Sydney 2024
When: April, 2024
Where: Sydney, NSW
Ever techno fan in the world knows about the legendary Carl Cox, but what a lot of people don’t know is that he lives in Australia! For the past two years, he’s begun this new one-day techno festival called PURE across four major cities in the country, and has delighted techno and electronic music fans with pounding basslines and 4×4 beats. I’ve had several friends attend PURE, and everyone has told me it’s a non-stop ride with nothing but top-notch techno!
11) Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2024
When: March 2, 2024
Where: Sydney, NSW
“Every year since, we have gathered in a colourful explosion of self-expression, celebration and protest. Our glittering Parade and Festival are a demonstration of the amazing power of passion, creativity and community. They are a reminder, as we reflect on all that we have achieved over the years, that every small step forward is a move in the right direction. But while discrimination, prejudice and stigma still exist, our work is not done.”
12) The Sydney Folk Festival 2024
When: August, 2024
Where: Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
“Showcasing the diversity of folk with bespoke concerts, workshops, interactive sessions, dance and spoken word programs.”
“This is an urban festival but it is also one that celebrates the creativity, diversity and talent of folk arts and artists from right across our State of NSW and, from the city to the bush there’s a lot to experience. Whether you like your folk big and rowdy or simple and spare, a solo singer expressing big ideas or a dancey outfit playing up a storm, tunes from the Balkans or songs with “bite” you’ll be spoilt for choice. Sydney Folk Festival is more than just a series of concerts. For those who like to get “hands on” there will be workshops to learn new skills, dance events where you can kick up your heels, sessions to join, poetry to spruik and more.”
13) Subsonic Music Festival 2024
When: December, 2024
Where: Monkerai, Australia
If you’re looking for a unique experience unlike any other in Sydney than Subsonic is the festival for you! This is a pure Australian “bush doof”, and all my festival friends say it’s their favorite event in the entire country! The venue, Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort, is absolutely gorgeous, and perfect for an event of this size. The music DOES NOT STOP, so you better be ready for a proper bender #TeamNoSleep. Everyone is also all about the community, and it’ll be hard to find people at Subsonic that will not greet you with a smile and a hug.
Further Reading: Subsonic Music Festival 2017 | Festival Review
14) The Yacht Social Club 2024
When: Every weekend during summer, 2024.
Where: Sydney Harbour, Sydney
“Sydney Harbour is our playground so choose your crew, book your yacht and prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience.”
Last, but certainly not least, is arguably one of the best weekly parties in Sydney over summer! Imagine yourself on a yacht with 15+ of your closest friends, lined up in a circle with other yachts with music blasting, and people swimming in the middle. It’s absolutely amazing! Australia’s only weekly floating music event, The Yacht Social Club, returns for another season on Sydney Harbour. Expect gorgeous yachts, a beautiful crowd and Sydney’s finest local DJs pumping out the best summer tunes to the backdrop of the iconic Sydney Harbour.”
Read all about it: Yacht Social Club: Sydney Harbour is our Playground
15) Good Things Festival Sydney 2024
When: December, 2024
Where: Centennial Park, Sydney
“Australia’s largest and favourite traveling music festival, aka 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥, is officially returning to ignite mosh pits and more along the east coast in December – and we can’t wait to celebrate with you! With so few things to celebrate over the past few years and a severe lack of live music and festivals, it’s about time we all had something to look forward to; and 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐅𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥 is bringing the good times and then some, offering a world-class line up entirely worth the wait.”
16) Electric Gardens Festival 2024
When: March 31, 2024
Where: Royal Randwick, Sydney
Electric Gardens is excited to announce that it is back in 2024!
“Electric Gardens is excited to announce that it is back in 2024! After a four-year hiatus, the Electric Gardens franchise returns to the festival landscape with a one-stage, open-air experience, across the Easter Long Weekend: March 30 (Melbourne), March 31 (Sydney) and April 7 (Perth). Priding itself on booking the very best in the electronic music scene, Artists who break boundaries and DJs who read crowds, the next edition features a line-up that boasts some of the greatest house and progressive electronic DJs / producers of our time.”
Organizing events around the country, Electric Gardens has provided it’s a staple in the Australian festival scene. The organizers do regularly promote events around the country – like their Electric Island series. While Electric Gardens does throw editions in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane as well, Sydney will always be its home base. I personally attended the inaugural 2016 edition, and had an absolutely incredible time. It’s well organized, excellent production, and it attracts the perfect Sydney party crowd.
Read more: Electric Gardens Festival Review
17) Light It Up Festival
When: September, 2024 (TBC)
Where: Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
“In 2023, Wiz Khalifa headed up Australia’s brand new all-ages touring hip hop festival. Hip-hop fans, gird your loins. Some of the most sought after names in the genre are descending on Australia’s biggest arenas for the inaugural run of touring festival Light It Up. Light It Up is gearing up to mark the next major step for hip hop-focused festivals in Australia.”
18) By The C
When: October, 2024
Where: Cronulla, Sydney
“By The C is a beachside festival featuring legends of the music world with pop-up bars and food stalls. It’s about the music. It’s about the festival experience. It’s about relaxing in the sun and doing it all against a beautiful backdrop that makes you glad and proud to be an Aussie. This celebration of live music, food, and community on scenic beachside locations around Australia is the perfect way to meet and be merry for an unforgettable day and night out with your mates.”
Did I miss any epic Sydney music festivals?
It’s been a few years since I’ve lived in Sydney, so I’m sure there are a few events that I haven’t heard about, and would love to keep this article as up to date as possible. If you think I need to add any specific music festivals in Sydney or the New South Wales area, please do let me know!
Sydney is honestly one of my favorite cities in the world, and I’ve had some of the best weekends of my life at a couple of these music festivals! If you’ve ever got any questions about these Sydney events, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
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