Sure, Splendour’s great, and Falls Festival always has a killer line-up, but nowadays, they’re so popular and crowded that if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, whatever ripper tunes are blasting are usually overshadowed by the mass of sweaty, smelly, drunk 20-somethings blocking your view and recording the whole fezzy on their Instagram story.
So, if you’re aching for a smaller, more enjoyable festival, look no further than these stellar events.
1. Strawberry Fields (Tocumwal, NSW)
For the past 10 years, three-dayer Strawberry Fields has been delighting the hippie in all of us with its eclectic lineup and activities – think yoga, swimming, hidden bush tea houses, and more. Past lineups have included Oscar Key Sung, Willow Beats, Hiatus Kaiyote and plenty of other great homegrown and international acts. They’ve also got the coolest festival policy we’ve ever heard – if your birthday falls during the festival dates, you enter free. Win!