Top five Queensland music festivals

Grab your mates and hit the road for live music in 2021.

After a year of COVID-19 cancellations, Australia’s live music scene is back in action.

What better way to celebrate then soaking up some of our best home-grown talent at a music festival?

Grab your friends and start planning an epic road trip to these Queensland music festivals.

Earth Frequency Festival

The 16th Earth Frequency Festival is spreading good vibes and positivity again in 2021.

Set up your tent for four solid days of techno, reggae, dubstep, house drum and bass, funk and much more. 

Join the Frequency Village for “transformational workshops”, learn a new life skill, get a massage or watch visual artists at work.

With a focus on sustainability, you can leave the festival feeling as if you’ve done your bit for the community and the planet.

Who: Opiuo, Dub FX, SpoonBill, Oka, Tijuana Cartel

When: 12-15 February

Where: Ivory’s Rock

This That

For the first time, This That is bringing party-starter acts and EDM headliners to Queensland.

The “This” stage lends itself to iconic festival moments, featuring live acts crossing all musical genres such as electronica, hip-hop, pop and rock, while the “That” stage is the place to catch the best DJs and EDM acts in Australia.

Who: Allday, Client Liaison, Dune Rats, Kota Banks, San Cisco

When: 13 February

Where: Sandstone Point

Island Vibe Festival

Held annually on Minjerribah, the Island Vibe Festival is a celebration of island culture including art exhibitions, interactive workshops, stalls, circus, eco-food and craft markets. 

Four stages are host to more than 80 mighty reggae, roots, soul and electronic acts, including Indigenous and Pacific Islander dance and cultural groups.

Festival-goers can also hit the beach in between performances as it is held right next to Home Beach. 

Who: TBC

When: 28-31 October

Where: Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)

Gympie Music Muster

If the only genres in your Spotify playlists are country, then the 2021 Gympie Music Muster is the festival for you. 

With more than 100 artists performing over five days, the Gympie Music Muster will have you boot-scooting to your favourite country acts from across Australia. 

You can also take it up a notch with rock ‘n’ roll, clogging or line dancing lessons, as well as learning from music industry leaders at a range of free workshops.

Who: Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, Beccy Cole, Busby Marou, The Wolfe Brothers

When: 26-29 August

Where: Amamoor State Forest

Birdsville Big Red Bash

Take the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll road trip and head to the Simpson Desert (near Birdsville) for three days and nights of Australia’s classic rock artists including headliner Paul Kelly, Thirsty Merc and Shannon Noll.

The Big Red Bash is the most remote music festival in the world so you’ll need to sort out a 4x4 to get you there (think outback dirt roads), camping equipment, and winter woolies for the cold desert nights. Check out the Bash’s first-timer’s guide for everything you need to know before you go. 

Who: Paul Kelly, Thirst Merc, Ian Moss, Tim Finn

Where: Simpson Desert

When: 6-8 July