When it’s the winter of austerity in Europe & North America, it’s summertime & the living is easy down in the southern hemisphere. So swing down to Australia & New Zealand & Festival Guide for Down Under (see last year’s here):
The Oceanic music festivals don’t just feature the fixed locale ones around New Year’s that you find in the stodgy Northern Hemisphere, but also traveling ones at the start of 2012, ranging from either side of the Outback to either side of the Tasman Sea:
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Where: Meredith, VIC
When: December 9-11
Who: Grinderman, Cut Copy, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Mudhoney, Icehouse, Explosions In the Sky, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Ladyhawke, Gang Gang Dance, Future of the Left, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Big Freedia, and more
Why: Meredith Music Festival is old enough to drink (in the States) with another nice mix of Aussie & elsewhere.
What: The Falls
Where: Lorne, VIC & Marion Bay, TAS
When: December 28 – January 1
Who: Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, Crystal Castles, CSS, Tim Finn, Nouvelle Vague, The Grates, Beirut, Fleet Foxes, The Naked and Famous, Dan Deacon, The Death Set, The Jim Jones Revue, Metronomy, Grouplove, J Mascis, The Head and The Heart, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, An Horse, CANT, and more
Why: Why spend New Year’s in one state, when you can spend it in two? The Falls Festival started in 1993 in Lorne, but in 2003 spread across the Bass Strait to Marion Bay, with acts playing both campgrounds.
What: Pyramid Rock
Where: Phillip Island, VIC
When: December 29 – January 1
Who: The Living End, Scissor Sisters, Cloud Control, Gotye, Dum Dum Girls, Grace Woodroofe, Yuksk, Hanni El Khatib, Grandmaster Flash, Jim Ward, French Horn Rebellion, and more
Why: Now in its seventh year, Philip Island’s Pyramid Rock blows through the end of 2010 & the start of 2011 with a somewhat dance-hop weighted line-up.
What: Field Day
Where: Sydney, NSW
When: January 1
Who: Justice, Crystal Castles, Gotye, Tiga, Calvin Harris, Moby, Metronomy, Yuksek, Skream & Benga, Cloud Control, Spank Rock, 12th Planet, and more
Why: Celebrate 2011 with an electro-dance party at The Domain in Sydney.
Where: Busselton, WA
When: January 7-8
Who: Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, Fleet Foxes, Crystal Castles, Aloe Blacc, Grouplove, John Butler Trio, Beirut, The Naked and Famous, CSS, An Horse, CANT, Dan Deacon, Jim Jones Revue, Metronomy, The Grates, The Head and The Heart, The Vines, Tim Finn, and more
Why: The standing festival heads west, as many of the acts that spent New Year’s Eve on the Bass Strait go to Western Australia’s Sir Stewart Bovell Park the following weekend.
Where: Sydney, NSW
When: January 7-29
Who: PJ Harvey, tUnE-yArDs, AA Bondy, Beth Orton, CANT, Dan Deacon, John Maus, Deerhoof, Eleanor Friedberger, J Mascis, Julianna Barwick, Lambchop, Manu Chao, Mike Patton, Shabazz Palaces, Sons and Daughters, The Stepkids, and more
Why: Sydney celebrates the southern summer at venues across the city across January.
What: Golden Plains
Where: Meredith, VIC
When: March 10-12
Who: Bon Iver, Roky Erickson, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang, Wild Flag, Charles Bradley, Black Lips, Urge Overkill, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Real Estate, Endless Boogie, First Aid Kit, and more
Why: Celebrate the antipode autumn on the Golden Plains.
What: Big Day Out
Where: Auckland, NZ; Gold Coast, QLD; Sydney, NSW; Melbourne, VIC; Adelaide, SA; Perth, WA
When: January 20 – February 5
Who: Kanye West, Soundgarden, Kasabian, My Chemical Romance, The Living End, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Nero, Girl Talk, Röyksopp, Battles, Bassnectar, Architecture in Helsinki, The Vaccines, Mariachi el Bronx, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, Best Coast, Das Racist, Cut Off Your Hands, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tony Hawk, and more
Why: The biggest traveling festival Down Under has the best acts from all around the world, playing all around Australia & New Zealand. See more in our recap of Big Day Out : Auckland here
Where: Auckland, NZ; Brisbane, QLD; Melbourne, VIC; Sydney, NSW; Adelaide, SA; Perth, WA
When: January 28-February 12
Who: Feist, M83, Girls, Gotye, Laura Marling, The Horrors, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Active Child, Chairlift, The Drums, Anna Calvi, Toro y Moi, Twin Shadow, Washed Out, Austra, WU LYF, Cults, Yuck, EMA, and more
Why: Though it doesn’t make it all the way to Singapore like last year, Laneway Festival is still cementing itself as a great traveling festival. See more in our recap of Laneway : Melbourne here
Where: Brisbane, QLD; Sydney, NSW; Melbourne, VIC; Adelaide, SA; Perth, WA
When: February 25-March 5
Who: System of a Down, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Marilyn Manson, Bush, Bad Relgiion, Mastodon, Staind, Angels & Airwaves, Cobra Starship, Dashboard Confessional, Thursday, Dillinger Escape Plan, Saves the Day, Circe Survive, The Pretty Reckless, Jack’s Mannequin, Enter Shikari, Biohazard, Cro-Mags, Dredg, Kill Hannah, and more
Why: Soundwave gets even bigger in 2012.
Where: Brisbane, QLD; Perth, WA; Sydney, NSW; Melbourne, VIC; Adelaide, SA
When: March 3-12
Who: Swedish House Mafia, New Order, Fatboy Slim, Tinie Tempah, Paul Van Dyk, The Wombats, Chase & Status, Skrillex, Jessie J, Friendly Fires, Gym Class Heroes, The Rapture, Aphex Twin, Die Antwoord, The Naked and Famous, Special Disco Version, Hercules & Love Affair, Frank Ocean, Holy Ghost!, Juan MacLean, and more
Why: A killer dance line-up hits Australia over two weekends.