Australia’s eclectic and influential music scene has birthed dozens of world-class music festivals that have become legendary amongst music fans and the bands who perform at them. 2023 has seen the revival of beloved events and the emergence of new ones, solidifying Australia’s place as a music powerhouse. Here’s a look at the top music festivals for 2023 that have helped define Australia’s sound and captured the hearts of music lovers in Australia and beyond.

Splendour in the Grass

Since 2001, Splendour in the Grass has remained one of Australia’s most legendary festivals. The joyous festival set in picturesque North Byron Parklands, was the creation of music industry heavyweights Paul Piticco and Jessica Ducrou and has since become a staple in the country’s music scene. The 2023 edition featured a diverse lineup of musicians, such as Lizzo, Mumford & Sons, and Flume. This year also followed the growing festival trend of eco-friendly initiatives and a celebration of Indigenous culture, making Australia’s largest festival one of the most socially and environmentally friendly festivals on the planet. 

Beyond the Valley

Beyond the Valley’s 2023 festival will take place in Barunah Plains, located in the lands of the Wadawurrung & Eastern Marr Peoples in late December. Australia’s largest New Year’s party showcases the country’s pioneering electronic, hip-hop, and rock musicians. With grandiose stage designs and immersive art installations, Beyond the Valley 2023 is set to be one of the biggest since the festival’s start in 2014. The festival’s lineup will be released soon on its website. $1 of every ticket sold will go towards the charity Igniting Change. 

Bluesfest Byron Bay

Few festivals draw in such a world-renowned lineup more than Bluesfest Byron Bay. Continuing its legacy in 2023, the festival featured legendary performances by artists such as Buddy Guy, Beck, and Femi Kuti along with local legends, Xavier Rudd and many more. The festival’s commitment to community engagement and sustainability, plus its massive star-studded lineup, made this year’s 35th-anniversary event extra special. 

Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House

Part of the larger Vivid Sydney festival, Vivid LIVE, in 2023, pushed the boundaries of live music, hosting a variety of acts like José González, Kimbra, and dozens more. The combination of music, light shows, and dramatic visual art set to Australia’s most iconic building provided an unparalleled sensory experience for the lucky concertgoers. Since having to cancel in 2020 and 2021, the Vivid LIVE event is back and better than ever. 

Lost Paradise

This December, thousands of people will descend on Glenworth Valley to attend the multi-day Lost Paradise Festival. Blending music with wellness and plenty of visual art, this year’s festival will continue the tradition of fueling the evolution of Australian electronic and dance music. Attendees looking for a healthy vibe will also enjoy yoga classes, spa treatments, and gourmet food, creating one of the world’s most holistic festival experiences. Keep an eye out on the Lost Paradise website in August to find out the lineup.