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The 8 Best Camping Music Festivals in California

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DANCING.  CAMPING.  DRINKING.   

I’m a firm believer that nothing makes a festival more complete then adding camping into the experience.  While some people loathe the idea of not having a bed, a clean private bathroom, and a lack of electricity — a weekend camping trip surrounded by friendly people and great music is one of the best ways to relax, party, meet new people, and have a good time.

Check out my list of the best camping festivals in California.  






1 ) Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

  • When:  April 14-16 & April 21-23, 2017
  • Where:  Indio, California
  • Website:  https://www.coachella.com/home/
  • Why:  Coachella is without a doubt the biggest and most popular festival in California.  Every year thousands of festival addicts make their way to the Polo Fields for what is guaranteed to be a weekend experience you’ll never forget.  The line-up is always diverse, with a little bit of something to offer everyone.  It might be one of the most expensive festivals to attend, but it honestly is worth every penny.  When it comes to camping at Coachella — it’s a no brainer.  The campsites are well-organized, and you’ll definitely be happy that you can leave / enter the festival whenever you want.  Especially since alcohol is so pricey inside, it would be a great idea to head back to your campsite and chug a few beers in between artist sets.

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2 ) Dirtybird Campout

You’re never too old to go to summer camp!  Dust off your camping gear and calibrate your compasses, Dirtybird Campout is coming…

  • When:  October 7-9, 2016
  • Where:  Silverado, California
  • Website:   http://dirtybirdcampout.com/
  • Why:  Did you ever go to summer camp when you were a kid?  Well, that’s basically what a weekend away with the Dirtybird crew is going to be like — but with much better food, amazing music,  and a lot more alcohol.  They’ve got plans for kickball, boat races, a talent show, tug – of – war, arts & crafts, stand-up comedy, and much more.  Tucked away at a gorgeous park in Southern-California, Dirtybird Campout is much more than a music event — it’s an intimate gathering of camp friends and “camp counselors” simply to enjoy some good tunes and excellent atmosphere.  Don’t miss out on this one!

2016 Line-Up: Claude Von Stroke, Reggie Watts, Green Velvet, Catz n Dogz, J Phlip, Justin Martin, and so much more…

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Christan Martin — Road to Dirtybird Campout Mix






3 ) Lightning In a Bottle

Celebrating Art, Music, Performance, Sustainability and Life

  • When:  Mid-May
  • Where:  Bradley, California
  • Website:   http://lightninginabottle.org/
  • Why:  Lightning in Bottle is a a transformative festival that is filled with nothing but good vibes, amazing music, and beautiful scenery.  The line-up is always stacked with amazing electronic artists that will keep you dancing the entire time.  While it is one hell of a party — it also has the power to change you on a spiritual level.  Get involved.  Do Yoga.  Listen to the speakers.  It’s 3 days of pure bliss of camping, food, drink, art, self-expression, and dancing.  Check it out– you’ll be glad you did.

Two days until we recreate the Woogie dance floor magic! See you this wknd, Wooglets! Tix: woogiewknd.eventbrite.com

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4 ) Beyond Wonderland

Embark on an adventure to the far side of the forest, exploring what exists Beyond Wonderland.

  • When:  Mid March, 2017
  • Where:  San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds — San Bernadino, California
  • Websitehttp://socal.beyondwonderland.com/info/
  • Why:  Southern-California is the birthplace of the rave culture in the United States, and Insomniac Events are known for throwing the biggest and best festivals in America.  Beyond Wonderland is one of their main festivals throughout the year, and will be one rave experience you’ll never forget.  Insomniac always brings a top-notch line-up with the biggest names in dance music.  With 5 different stages, you’ll have to make some difficult decisions when it comes to the line-up which acts you want to see.

Check out the 2016 Line-up to get an idea of what to expect for next years event.



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5 ) Nocturnal Wonderland

4 days of Camping, 3 Nights of Music, Art, Family, and Culture. Carpe Noctem!

  • When:  September 2 – 4, 2017
  • Where:  San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds — San Bernadino, California
  • Website:  http://www.nocturnalwonderland.com/
  • Why:  Out of all the 3-day festivals in California, Nocturnal Wonderland is probably the biggest and best rave you can attend.  Insomniac Events are simply experts at providing the perfect atmosphere and music to create an experience that you will never forget.  The line-up is absolutely stacked, the vibe is unbeatable, and the venue is ideal for a festival of this magnitude.  If you don’t have plans for labor day weekend — then look no further.  This is exactly where you need to be.

2016 Line-Up:  Above & Beyond, Bassnectar, Hot Since 82, Flux Pavilloon, Hermitude, Pig & Dan, Laidback Luke, Matador (Live), Mat Zo, Nicole Moudaber, Caspa b2b Rusko, Knife Party, and so many more.   Check-out the full line-up here.  



 



5 ) Wanderlust Festival

At Wanderlust, our mission is to help you find your true north.  True north is not a final destination:  it’s a path, a journey, and a yearning to explore and connect to your life’s purpose.

  • When: July 20-23, 2017
  • Where:  North Lake Tahoe, CA
  • Website:  http://wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley/
  • Why:  Stepping away from the bigger parties and raves, Wanderlust is a weekend getaway that is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.  Focusing on self-exploration, daily yoga sessions, guided adventures, local and sustainable food, and incredible live music. — Wanderlust is an epicenter of good vibes.  They throw these Wanderlust festivals all over the world, and attending the California edition will be a very smart decision.

Unplug from the Ordinary.  Adventure awaits.


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6 ) Northern Nights Festival

  • When:  July 14-16, 2017
  • Where:  Cook Valley, California
  • Website:  http://northernnights.org/
  • Why:  “Cook’s Valley Campground is a festival site unlike any other. It is a rare gem.  The festival grounds feature deep swimming holes, the largest Redwood grove used for camping, and plenty of space to stretch out. Northern Nights Music Festival is a unique and safe experience for both newcomers and seasoned campers.   Our collective hope is to sustain NNMF as a premiere destination festival that offers a unique opportunity to fully embrace a truly Californian experience.”

Check out previous year line-ups to see the amazing talent they’ve brought in the past.


Northern Nights Mix – Gorgon City



 



7 ) High Sierra Music Festival

  • When: June 30 – July 3rd
  • Where:  Quincy, CA
  • Website:  http://highsierramusic.com/
  • Why:  HSMF is one of the oldest festivals in California, having just finished it’s 26th edition in 2016.  Every year they provide an excellent variety of entertainment to it’s attendees.  This family friendly camping festival is guaranteed to be a highlight of your summer with top-notch music, fire performers, movement classes, parades, and silent discos.  This is definitely a music festival in California you need to experience at least once in your life.

Check out previous line-ups to get an idea of what to expect for 2017.


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8 ) Woogie Weekend

A 3-day long celebration of all things Woogie!

  • When: June 30 – July 3rd
  • Where:  Quincy, CA
  • Website:  http://highsierramusic.com/
  • Why:  Lightning in a Bottle’s most iconic stage, “Woogie” has created it’s own boutique camping festival in Silverado, CA.  Having an amazing first year edition in 2016, this looks like it may become one of the ultimate summer getaways.  Above anything else — this just looks like pure FUN.  Beautiful people, gorgeous location, and bumping underground electronic music.



There you have it!  These are the Top 8 Camping Festivals in California!

How many have you been to already…? 

Check out my other articles about music festivals around the world.





Am I missing any great campign music festivals in California ?  Let me know in the comments section.

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30 Music Festivals in Australia To Experience Before You Die

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Looking for the best music festivals in Australia?  Look no further.  I’ve compiled the ultimate bucket list of music festivals in the land down under.  Something I’ve realized about living in this amazing country, is that there is always something fun to do, and that includes music festivals.  Every weekend there’s always some event, party, or festival to check out.

Whether you’re living in Australia, backpacking around, studying abroad, or on a working holiday visa — definitely check out this list of the best parties to attend.  From the massive raves, boutique camping festivals, and epic bush doofs — Australia has all the festival junkies covered.

HOW MANY WILL YOU BE GOING TO…?



1.  Splendour In The Grass

  • When:  End of July
  • Where:  North Byron Parklands
  • Website:  http://www.splendourinthegrass.com/
  • Why:  Easily one of the biggest festivals in Australia, Splendour In The Grass is in a beautiful location, and always brings a top-notch line-up covering a wide variety of genres.  This will be a festival experience you’ll never forget.

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2.  Stereosonic

  • When:  End Of November / Beginning of December
  • Where:  Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne
  • Website:  http://stereosonic.com.au/
  • Why:  Australia’s largest electronic music festival definitely needs to be on your festival bucket list.  Every year they bring the biggest acts in the industry, build impressive stages, and create an incredible atmosphere.

*2016 Edition cancelled but will return in 2017*

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3.  Field Day

  • When:  January 1 (New Years Day)
  • Where:  Sydney
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/FieldDay
  • Why:  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.

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4.  Harbourlife

  • When: Beginning of November
  • Where:  Sydney
  • Website:  http://www.fuzzy.com.au/
  • Why:  The one party a year with the view people travel 20,000km to see, Harbourlife brings quality house music to the best-located dance floor in the country.  Tickets can be hard to come by, so act fast and secure them before they sell out!

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5.  Lost Paradise

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6. Strawberry Fields

  • When:  Mid / End of November
  • Where:  Australian Bush, 2-3 hours outside Melbourne
  • Website:  http://www.strawberry-fields.com.au/
  • Why:  Strawberry Fields is an annual celebration of art, sound and creative expression held for three days each November, a few hours outside of Melbourne, Australia. Each year we bring you a diverse selection of both renowned and breakthrough electronic music from both Australia and overseas.  Indulge yourself in a sensory feast, including soul shaking sound, world class decor, dozens of eclectic market stalls, artistic installations, live performance art, workshops, forum discussion and more.

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7.  Subsonic

  • When:  Beginning of December
  • Where:  Riverwood Downs, New South Wales
  • Websitehttp://www.subsonicmusic.com.au/
  • Why:  Subsonic is a solid weekend of exceptional electronic, roots and soulful music in the gorgeous surrounds of Riverwood Downs Mountain Valley Resort – a therapeutic three hour drive from Sydney.  Nothing but the best minimal, house, and techno.  From what I’ve heard, this is a party that should not be missed!

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8.  Listen Out

  • When:  End of September / Beginning of October
  • Where:  Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/ListenOut/
  • Why:  Listen Out is the antidote to many of the things you don’t like about bigger music festivals. It is a carefully handcrafted party, with a killer lineup of the dance music that matters and a philosophy of best, not biggest. Say goodbye to endless timetable clashes, long hikes to the 12th stage and spending your day with several thousand people you can’t relate to.

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9.  Wide Open Space

  • When:  Beginning of May
  • Where:  Central Australia (1 Hour from Alice Springs)
  • Website:  http://wideopenspace.net.au/
  • Why:  3 days of Australia’s best underground beats held in a resort at the foot of the MacDonnell ranges, about an hour’s drive out of Alice Springs.  This sounds like the ultimate outback festival!

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10.  Groovin The Moo

  • When:  End of April / Beginning of May
  • Where:  Oakbank, Bunbury, Benoigo, Canberra, Maitland, and Townsville
  • Website:  http://www.gtm.net.au/
  • Why:  On the cusp of winter, Groovin the Moo has become a place for those seeking warmth, a space for like-minded people to gather and open their ears to both new and familiar sounds. It’s a tradition for local host communities to participate in and celebrate.  This upcoming 2016 edition has one of the best line-ups that I’ve seen so far during my time in Australia.  With this festival hitting up each state in the country, you’d be a fool to miss out!



11.  The Town

  • When:  Easter Weekend
  • Where:  Strathbogie Ranges (2 Hours Outside Melbourne)
  • Website:  http://culturejam.com.au/
  • Why:  ‘A place of like-minded folk who’ve declared the real world a joke. We’re heading back to bikes and letters and the simplest of pleasures. From sustainable partying and funky-ass tunes, we invite you to get wild under the Easter full moon’.  Welcome to our interactive Village, part parodying every-day life with absurd theatrics and awesome set design, and part exploring what makes a healthy sustainable Town, all to a soundtrack of incredibly fun music. We aim to deliver a wacky new experiment never before seen on our Festival circuit

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12.  Happy Daze Festival

  • When:  End of May
  • Where:  Central Queensland
  • Website:  http://happydazefestival.com/  
  • Why:  A 3-Day Open Air Music & Arts Festival.  The Happy Daze Festival brings fresh eclectic flavours to Central Queensland. Gaining momentum from last years event, this realm of stimulating sights, sounds and activities is sure to tantalise the senses.

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13 ) Return to Rio

  • When:  Mid November & Mid March (Summer & Opening & ClosingParties)
  • Where:  Wiseman’s Ferry
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/ReturnToRio/
  • Why:  A 3 day- weekend filled with music and fun, dancing and drinking, and laughter and sun.  If you haven’t heard of Return to Rio before, you’re definitely missing out.  It’s an intimate weekend away that feels like just a gathering with friends to listen to top-notch underground house music.  This was honestly one of my favorite weekends in Australia!

Read my Return to Rio review & Check out my Return to Rio Photo Album


14)  Let Go Fest

  • When: February 4, 2017
  • Where:  Mornington, Victoria
  • Website:   https://www.facebook.com/letgofest/
  • Why:  One beautiful summer day of quality dance music, food, and entertainment.  While it may be one of the newer festival on the list, it will definitely be a solid event.  The line-up this year is looking amazing with Australian favorites RUFUS, Set Mo, and Hayden James

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15)  Rabbits Eat Lettuce

  • When:  Easter Long Weekend
  • Where:  Byron Bay (Doofville)
  • Website:   http://www.rabbitseatlettuce.com.au/
  • Why:  4 days of camping, BYO, 24 hour sound, yoga, workshops, awesome vibes & good music.  “Open your Heart.  Develop your Mind.  Move your Body”.  Everyone who has been has told me it is an absolute must!



16 ) Big Pineapple Music Festival

  • When:  End of May
  • Where:  Sunshine Coast, Queensland (woombeye
  • Website:   http://www.bigpineapplemusicfestival.com/
  • Why:  Whether it’s the magical energy that radiates from the pristine, treelined surroundings, or the laid back atmosphere that brings out the best in the performers and crowds alike, there’s a special vibe to the one- day camping event that continues to attract punters from all corners of the country.

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17)  Rainbow Serpent

  • When:  End of January (27-30, 2017)
  • Where:  Lexton, Victoria
  • Website:   https://www.rainbowserpent.net/
  • Why:  This is arguably one of Australia’s most popular festivals, and is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.  For music festival junkies, this is a no-brainer.  “It’s a fresh discovery of opportunity and escapism, a chance to connect with like minded individuals and to celebrate nature, community and harmony.  No longer just an electronic music festival these days you can expect to experience a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual discussion, relaxation and healing.”


18 )  Earthcore

  • When: Nov 24 – 28, Nov 2016
  • Where: Pyalong, Victoria
  • Website:  http://www.earthcore.com.au/
  • Why:  “What is this Parallel Universe that beckons beyond the darkness?” Set on 1500 acres of pristine land one hour drive from Melbourne feat 5 epic stages across 5 days, Boutique Camping, Worlds Beyond Speakers Forum, Fractured Reality Art Zone, Yellow Sunshine Chill Out, Muffplex Cinema, Elemental Planet Lifestyle City, District 13 Theme Camp Zone, DIY Social Calendar, Kinky Karnival Freak Show, Mind Bending Art Installations, your closest mates and you!

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19)  Falls Festival

  • When: End of December – Beginning Of January.  New YEARS EVE
  • Where:  3 Locations.  Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay
  • Website:  https://www.fallsfestival.com/
  • Why:  The Falls Music & Arts Festival is one of the finest, longest running, boutique music events in Australia.  The festival is based on European style events, featuring a diverse mix of over 70 renowned bands, DJs and comedians from throughout Australia with over 20 international acts.  Definitely a solid choice for bringing in the new year.

One the Australia’s Best New Years Eve Music Festivals



20)  Dragon Dreaming

  • When:  Mid October , 2016
  • Where:  Wee Jasper, NSW
  • Website:   http://www.dragondreaming.net/
  • Why:  Enter the mind and imagination of the Dragon for four days in October in witness of a most beautiful festival!  Dragon Dreaming takes pride in nurturing local artists, live bands and DJs while providing an environment suitable for families and children of all ages. Dragon Dreaming Festival is approaching its seventh year and intend leaving all attendees feeling satisfied, fresh and inspired.  Dragon Dreaming Festival admits to getting down to a wide variety of musical tastes and we will present a carefully selected line up ranging from live bands, gypsy, dub, tribal rhythms, psytrance, breaks, dubstep, glitch, progressive, ambient, house, reggae and the list journeys on… Find your groove over the weekend on three different amplified stages. So put on your stomping shoes or your belly dancing jewels and have a boogie with your friends and family.

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21)  Burning Seed (Burning Man Australia)

  • When:    September 28th – October 3rd, 2016
  • Where:  Matong State Forest, NSW
  • Website:  http://www.burningseed.com/
  • Why:  Red Earth City will rise once more in 2016 in our beautiful Matong State Forest location.  This regional burn in Australia is something that you defintiely should not miss if you’re in Australia.  For those burners who can’t make the trek to Black Rock City in Nevada — this is the festival you’ll need to attend!

**Unfortunately had to cancel it’s 2016 edition due to weather, but will be back in 2017

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21)  Maitreya Festival

  • When:  Mid-March (March 11-14, 2016)
  • Where:  Lake Wooroonook, Charlton, Victoria
  • Website:  http://www.maitreyafestival.com/
  • Why:  Maitreya Festival emerged from the cosmic counter culture organic superfood soup bowl ten years ago!  The ultimate intention was to provide a global platform for investigation into the self, the setting within which we live, and the places we might be able to go together as a species of intrepid travellers and explorers! Any revolutionary platform without art and dancing is definitely not one worth having, so we wanted to present you with an immersive visual and aural experience as well!


22) The Plot

  • When:  End of November / Early December
  • Where:  Parramatta Park, Sydney
  • Website:  http://theplot.co
  • Why:   With an impressively large and eclectic line-up, The Plot is a one-day festival that shouldn’t be missed.  Located in the beautiful Parramatta Park, spread over three stages, this festival will keep your feet moving the entire time.

 


23)  Laneway Festival

  • When:  Check Facebook dates for upcoming events (there’s tons)
  • Where:  Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Road
  • Websitehttp://sydney.lanewayfestival.com/
  • Why:  This festival is touring all over Australia, New Zealand, and even stretches as far as Singapore.  With an amazing, large, and diverse line-up — Laneway Festival is going to be an experience worth checking out.  If you don’t go for anyone

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24 ) Electric Gardens Festival

  • When:  End of January
  • Where:  Centennial Park, Sydney — Perth Ampitheatrre
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/electricgardensfestival
  • Why:  This one day-festival in both Sydney and Perth is an absolute must.  Having experienced the Sydney event for myself, I can confidently say that this will be a party you will never forget.  They bring amazing talent, it’s very well organized, and the production value was top-notch!  Don’t miss this one!  Read all about my Electric Gardens Review !!





25 )  Woodford Folk Festival

  • When:  Dec 27 – Jan 1 (New Years Eve Festival)
  • Where:  Woodfordia, Queensland
  • Website:  https://woodfordfolkfestival.com/
  • Why:  Woodford Folk Festival is one of Australia’s largest and most iconic events (and one of the largest ‘folk’ festivals in the world). It is also the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The programme encompasses the depth and diversity of Australia’s cultural, artistic and social expression with music, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, workshops, debate, street theatre, films, forums, visual arts, an entire children’s festival and many special presentations including a spectacular fire event on New Year’s Day.


26 )  Mushroom Valley

  • When:   October 7-9, 2016
  • Where:  Near the Whitsundays
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/Mushroom-Valley-137048089786715/
  • Why:  3 Day Music, Art, & Lifestyle festival near one of the most beautiful destinations in Australia.  Definitely could easily fit into your travels, or would be a great weekend getaway.

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27 )  Byron Bay BluesFest

  • When: March 24th- 28th, 2016
  • Where:  Byron Bay, NSW
  • Website:  http://www.bluesfest.com.au/
  • Why:  Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with up to 7 stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.


28 )  Mona Foma Festival

  • When:  Mid January
  • Where:  Hobart, Tasmania
  • Website:  https://www.facebook.com/monafoma
  • Why:  Tons of different events spread over three 3 days.  Definitely worth checking out if you find yourself down in Tassie.

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29 )  Golden Plains Festival

  • When:  March 12-14, 2016
  • Where:  Meredith, Victoria (110 Minutes from Melbourne CBD)
  • Website:  http://2016.goldenplains.com.au/
  • Why: Golden Plains is a Premium Music Festival on an Epic Long Weekend in the Greatest of Outdoors. It is staged in Autumn so the weather is warm and stable. Afternoon goes on all day, the sun like honey on the trees, then a giant spike of excitement goes kabloooey at nightfall.  Join for an electric line-up, amazing food, and solid festival atmosphere.


30 )  Southbound Festival

  • When:  Dec 27 – 29, 2016
  • Where:  Busselton, Western Australia
  • Website:  http://southboundfestival.com.au/
  • Why:  Work off the Christmas Calories at an epic 3 day music and camping festival.  If you’re living around South Australia, than this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.       


Australia is an absolutely beautiful country, and it obviously has it’s fair share of quality music festivals.  Definitely looking forward to crossing a lot of these off my festival bucket list within the upcoming years.  Have you been to any of these?  What was your experience like?  Any major music festival missing from this list?  Let me know!  

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