The Ultimate 2018 Festival Guide
With the new year just beginning, we are all in search of new experiences, holiday designations and moment to make memories...we've put our list together of our must-do festival experiences for globe-trotting gals.
So grab your besties and hit the road to one of these top music events on throughout the year.
5 SESES ECO FESTIVAL
February 2018 will see the launch of 5 Senses Eco Festival, a boutique party in Thailand's tropical paradise of Koh Phangan.
Imagine yourself bathing in clear blue-green waters, lazing about on white sand beaches, gazing at lush flora and fauna in guaranteed hot sun all while some of the world's best DJs provide the soundtrack… you have arrived at 5 Senses Eco Festival.
Koh Phangan has been a famous place to getaway from the everyday world for many years, not just because the location is a piece of paradise but because local Thai culture is also so special. It means that without a doubt this is all set to be one of the most unique holiday and musical experiences anywhere in the world.
CMC ROCKS QLD: 16-18 MARCH 2018
Billed as Australia’s biggest international country music festival, CMC Rocks QLD is on track to be bigger and better in 2018.
In 2018, global superstars Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and Kelsea Ballerini will headline the March festival at Willowbank, and with a record-breaking 18,000 tickets sold in an hour, it is no doubt a must-see event.
And kicking off this epic weekend of country music in Queensland is the night of all nights – aka the CMC Music Awards – which will take place the day before on the 15 March. Yee-ha!
Once a year, Avoriaz is turned into the ultimate winter wonderland. Days are spent cruising the Portes du Soleil, hitting up the Burton Stash Park and dancing on the tables at our Apres village.
When evening hits, it’s party time: intimate igloo raves, massive main stage shows with our world class line up and dancing til dawn at our super cool club shows.
The entertainment is endless, from Mountainside bottomless brunches to Paintball Fights in the snow park. Pick your chalet, luxury lodge or powderside pad and join us above the clouds.
The granddaddy of all festivals....
Coachella is a major music and arts festival held in California, USA.
The festival has grown substantially over the last decade and in 2012 the organisers launched a second weekend to accommodate everyone who wanted to experience the festival. Coachella is now two separate events, held over two consecutive weekends. Each festival weekend has the same line-up, same art, is in the same place just with different festival attendees.
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SURFERS PARADISE LIVE: 3-6 MAY 2018
Come for the surf, stay for the free live tunes that’ll be ringing out across multiple stages throughout Surfers Paradise.
Yep, most people are gob-smacked when they realise this festival extravaganza is costing them zilch, considering there’s going to be a diverse and eclectic mix of musicians playing non-stop for three glorious days and nights.
Keep your eyes peeled for more line-up announcements closer to the date!
BLUES ON BROADBEACH: 17-20 MAY 2018
Held over four days, Australia’s largest free music festival is jam-packed with a line-up giving music lovers food for the soul, combining the best of blues with the cream of Gold Coast cuisine in a guaranteed recipe for success.
LOST & FOUND FESTIVAL
Just days after celebrating a spectacular third edition which featured a castle party at a world heritage site, boat parties, surprise sets and a huge selection of artists that spanned grime, house, techno and drum n bass, Annie Mac’s Lost & Found has now revealed its 2018 festival dates.
Set to return to the Mediterranean island of Malta for it’s fourth consecutive year, Lost & Found will now take place across the May Day Bank holiday between 3rd - 6th May 2018 - a slightly later date that signals even more sunshine and promises to officially kickstart the summer season.
FIELD DAY - LONDON
Saturday June 2nd sees the welcome return of Field Day, a unique festival that pioneers an eclectic lineup along with a village fete mentality.
Field Day mixes a whole host of ideas, sounds, and sights together to create a one off, not to be missed, two day event in the heart of London.
BIRDSVILLE BIG RED BASH: 10-12 JULY 2018
They say things are bigger and better in the outback, so shelve your stadium and try the acoustics on the edge of a desert.
Australia’s biggest music acts will belt out ballads against the backdrop of Big Red – The Simpson Desert’s largest dune, just a coo-ee from Birdsville (2018 line up to be announced!).
This is a true blue event, so bring your tent, van or swag for this three-day music festival and get some red dirt on your dancing shoes.
GROUNDWATER COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL: 27-29 JULY 2018
The beach is probably the last place you’d expect to find a country music festival, but alas, Queensland continues to surprise us (and we couldn’t be more thrilled).
Combining ‘Country with the Coast’, this free beachside festival will see some big names in the Australian country music scene perform across a number of outdoor stages and venues throughout Broadbeach.
FRESH ISLAND FESTIVAL - CROATIA
Nestled on a long, stunning, pebble beach on the Adriatic island of Pag, in the northern part of the Croatian coast, is Zrce, the venue for Fresh Island Festival. Following hot on the heels of the past years of overwhelming success, the Fresh Island Festival returns with another incredible lineup, as you would expect. The organizers have pulled out all the stops to ensure that this year’s event is bigger, better, and louder than ever before.
Being the only Hip-Hop festival in the southeast Europe, Fresh Island will present the best of Hip-Hop across four stages in clubs Aquarius and Papaya, during its nonstop, four day and night program. With performances by international Hip-Hop heavyweights at "Boat" and "After Beach" every single day, and at pool parties during the daytime, the Festival promises to present shows by famous DJs and MCs in the best possible locations.
GYMPIE MUSIC MUSTER: 23-26 AUGUST 2018
Like clockwork, thousands of revellers make the pilgrimage to pitch their tents, pull on their boots and celebrate the best of blues, roots and country at the Gympie Music Muster.
Why not make 2018 your year to join in the fun? Spilling out over 50 hectares of bushland, you’ll find yourself under the spell of this iconic event that brings music and mateship together under one big open roof.
BIGSOUND: 4-7 SEPTEMBER 2018
If there was an event to put Brisbane firmly on the music festival map it might just be BIGSOUND – Australia’s premier festival of new music.
This year, a vibrant collection of musicians, music industry professionals and music lovers from across the globe will assemble in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to discover Australian music over two action-packed nights in September. Earn bragging rights with your mates to say “I heard them first” when you dance the night away with 150 of the best new artists.
CALOUNDRA MUSIC FESTIVAL: SEPTEMBER 2018
Beach weather is back and what better way to celebrate the change of season than with a trip up the coast to listen to some tunes?
The Caloundra Music Festival is a not-for-profit celebration that plays host to all ages and music tastes. Set up at one of Queensland’s most popular beaches, they’ve even got a dedicated kids play area making it super family-friendly!
Keep your ears to the ground for the 2018 line-up announcement and book early as tickets fly out.
For more info use Skiddle's 2018 Festival Calendar to plan your next festival. Their unique Festival Calendar lets you see at a glance exactly what's happening and where.Plus, get Festival Ready and check out our Festival Fashion Guide!