Festivals are always great craic, but they’re typically outdoor events, which means a lot of hassle in Ireland. Whether you’re preparing for the rain or trying to combat freezing temperatures, worrying over the weather definitely detracts from the fun.
Best festivals Australia has to offer
When you switch your summer festival of choice to the Australian equivalent, all you’ll have to worry about is getting enough Factor 30 on to enjoy the festival out in the sun! With that in mind, we’ve rounded up five of the best festivals Australia has to offer.
1. Splendour in the Grass
First up is Splendour in the Grass just like Big Day Out (not running in 2015) but with a little less fanfare and a little more of a cool vibe. It’s set in the Belongil Fields which is just beside Byron Bay in New South Wales. If you’re not too distracted by the gorgeous scenery surrounding you, there’s an endless array of music acts to keep you entertained. It’s a three-day event, and with a capacity of 30,000, it’s Australia’s largest winter music festival. It takes place in July this year.
2. Vivid Sydney
If you like a touch of the unique, Vivid Sydney is a festival you can’t afford to miss if you’re in Sydney in late May or early June. It’s the largest event of its kind and combines music, light and ideas – bringing everything from art to technology together. During the 18 night run, there are incredible light installations, music performances and creative debates to keep you entertained across the city!
3. Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is world famous, and it’s not surprising – it’s been running since 1987 and attracts some really top international talent. The festival usually plays host to over 500 events, from stand up to cabaret, making it the third largest comedy festival in the world. Not only will you get to see some of Australia’s best acts, a lot of Irish comedians travel over to Melbourne for the festival, so there’ll be familiar names too, if you’re not sure what to pick!
4. Noosa International Food and Wine Festival
If you’re headed down Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, stopping over at the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival is a great idea. Over 200 of the world’s highest profile chefs from Australia and across the globe (not to mention the winemakers!) turn up so you can indulge yourself silly. Festival favourites include the lifestyle lunches, riverside picnics, wine masterclasses and themed dinners. Keep an eye out for guest chefs at the Sunshine Coast restaurants as well.
5. Woodford Folk Festival
Just a little bit north of Brisbane in Queensland, you’ll find Woodford, the setting for the Woodford Folk Festival. It takes place in a forest owned by the people running the festival and as the name suggests, has a very hip, folksy vibe. It’s perfect for those looking for something a bit more alternative to the typical festival. If you’re heading to Australia for New Year’s but aren’t interested in Sydney’s fireworks, Woodford finishes with a spectacular New Year’s Day closing ceremony called the Fire Event. Well worth checking out.
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