The best music festivals in Tassie this Summer
There’s no substitute for the real, raw energy of a band really hitting its straps – each member lost in their own world, their parts somehow weaving together to form a perfect whole. And there’s no better place to take in live music than Tasmania, especially over summer. Blessed with lush landscapes, natural amphitheatres and one of the most unique venues in Australia, Tassie is showing the mainland how it’s done.
Falls Music and Arts Festival
A jewel in the Tasmanian music calendar, Falls is a three-night long festival of music, arts and culture. Running over December 29-31 at breathtaking Marion Bay (a 45-minute drive east of Hobart), it’s surely a frontrunner for most stunning live music venue anywhere in the world. On a lush, rolling farm, the campground is nestled in native bush and every site boasts a sea view. The line-up is almost as spectacular as the setting. With big-name international acts and more niche local offerings, Falls manages to get the mix right. The opportunity for smaller acts to play to bigger crowds creates some of the best moments of the festival as the crowd responds to unknowns delivering unexpectedly awesome sets in mid-afternoon time slots. The many bars and beer gardens offer a wide selection of local ciders, wines and beers, so whether it’s an IPA or a world-class Tassie pinot noir, you’ll find something to wet your whistle. Special mention should be made of the gourmet food trucks offering everything from festival staples like bacon and egg rolls to oyster fritters and smoked salmon bagels.
Cygnet Folk Festival
Set in the picturesque Huon Valley countryside, Cygnet Folk Festival will again enrich the vibrant country town of Cygnet, only 50 minutes south of Hobart. In its 37th year, the festival will celebrate a plethora of folk and world music, dance, poetry, performance art, circus, food and artisan works from talented local, interstate and international artists and makers. Come along 11 – 13 January 2019 to experience this rich cultural community event. The festival attracts audiences and participants from all ages and all walks of life, many who return year after year – some even move there!.
Party in the Paddock
Party in the Paddock caters to the younger end of the music-loving spectrum, and runs over two nights (February 9-10) at Burns Creek – a picturesque green valley flanking one of Tassie’s most prominent mountain ranges, about 30km west of Launceston. Tagged “boutique-radical”, it has managed to attract major acts, with local bands like Sticky Fingers, Hermitude, Remi and Luca Brasi featuring in recent years. A relative newcomer to the Tassie scene, the festival has grown rapidly and although not so well set up for families, is renowned for its chilled vibe.