Plan your Oz music festival

Here’s a look at other prominent music festivals down under. Nikhil Hemrajani reports.

music Updated: Mar 26, 2012 19:22 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani
Nikhil Hemrajani
Hindustan Times

There’s no better time to plan a music trip down under than in summer. But do keep in mind that Australia, being in the southern hemisphere, has its seasons reversed — it’s summer there from December to March. So by planning a trip in advance, you can make it to several gigs across the country.

Sydney Festival
This massive arts festival usually takes place around the second week of January in Sydney. This year it took place from January 7-29 and included artistes like Manu Chao, Whitest Boy Alive, PJ Harvey and Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Visit www.sydneyfestival for details.

Tasmania’s experimental Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has had its own arts festival since 2009, called the Festival of Music and Art (FOMA). Held in the state’s capital, Hobart, FOMA 2012 saw performances by Amiina — Sigur Rós’s backing quartet, Indonesian band Senyawa and electronic music producer Girltalk.

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Big Day Out
Big Day Out (BDO) is Australia’s largest music event held annually between end-January and the beginning of February. BDO 2012’s artiste roster comprised over 50 acts including Noel Gallagher, Kanye West and Röyksopp and Foster The People. Visit for details.

Laneway Festival
Started in Melbourne in 2004, St. Jerome Laneway Festival is a popular indie music event, known to feature new and upcoming artistes. The first edition took place in a narrow street, hence the name. Laneway 2012, held in the first week of February, saw bands like M83, Toro Y Moi, Washed Out and Feist. According to its founder Danny Rogers, there might be an Indian leg of the event soon. For details, go to

First Published: Mar 24, 2012 15:09 IST