The festive season may be over but the fun does not need to stop! There are a myriad of exciting musical things happening over the summertime, with something to keep every kind of music fan engaged. We’ll meet you out there in the heat; a cold one in hand and an eager attitude for musical stimulation in head! Here are 7 events we think are not-to-be-missed this summer…
NGV Friday Nights
The folks down at the National Gallery really do want you to have the lushest Friday evening possible. This beautiful recurring event features resident and guest DJs including Harvey Sutherland, Japanese Wallpaper, Jonti and Eilish Gilligan, as well as an immersive live performance by classical musicians reimaging the music of Bach. Tickets include late-night entry into the Escher X nendo / Between Two Worlds exhibition.
Where: The National Gallery of Victoria
When: Friday nights January – April
Tickets start at $28 and are available here.
NAG NAG NAG Festival
In it’s fifth year, this DIY Sydney festival has programmed so many excellent acts that it’s impossible to list them all here. Rather than a genre-specific line-up, the organisers appear to have curated the two-day festival based on one shared trait: excellent music. Acts include Drug Sweat, Dispossessed, Lucy Cliché, Rebel Yell and many, many more.
Where: Marrickville Golf Club and Marrickville Bowling Club
When: Friday 18th January and Saturday 19th January
Tickets start at $15 and are available here.
The NOW now
It’s hard to describe exactly what will happen at the NOW now but it’s safe to assume that it will be boundary pushing and unlikely to be repeated. The line-up features many leading names in Australian and international new music, and is a must-see for all fans of improvisational and experimental music.
Where: 107 Projects, Redfern
When: Thursday 24th January – Sunday 27th January
Ticket start at $20 and more details are available here.
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Laneway Festival is such an established regular on the summer festival roster that it really needs no introduction. This year’s line-up is just as stellar as we’ve come to expect, with international and local acts including Courtney Barnett, Florence and The Machine, Jon Hopkins and many more.
Where: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle at various venues
When: Monday 28th January – Sunday 10th February
Tickets are available here.
Fairfield in Feb
The Fairfield Amphitheatre is really just the most perfect setting for an idyllic Sunday night. The good people at the Yarra City Council have put together this free weekly series just for that reason; inviting music fans and families down to the outdoor riverside venue for some beautiful tunes. Acts include Jaala, The Rookies, Cyanide Thornton and more.
Where: Fairfield Amphitheatre
When: Every Sunday in February from 5pm
This event is free and more details are available here.
Any self respecting prog music fan will know that this event is an essential date in their calendar. Now in it’s 10th year, ProgFest will highlight some of the most cutting-edge bands playing in the genre including The Ocean , Monuments, skyharbour, CIRCLES, Chaos Divine and many more gut-crushing powerhouses.
Where: Various venues in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane
When: Saturday 26th January – Monday 28th January
More details and tickets are available here
A truly immersive event, Something Unlimited certainly promises to be just that. Featuring genre-spanning acts such as Sui Zhen, Mildlife, Gregor, Lady Blacktronika and many more, the event will lean into the ornate surrounds of the Northcote Town Hall and provide party-goers with experiences that transcend the sonic and advance into visual and sensual extravagances.
Where: Northcote Town Hall
When: Saturday 16th February 12pm-11.30pm
Presale tickets are already sold out but the second round of tickets are available here.