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A Mum and Dad’s guide to summer festivals

I was pretty surprised to hear this too but did y’all know that mums and dads love to party as well? And no a family holiday with a cask of box wine doesn’t always cut it. Mum and Dads deserve more and here at Newcastle Live we are here for you! Here is your snapshot guide to this year’s 2018 Summer festivals. *Disclaimer this guide can not be used to stalk your children whilst they attend said summer festivals.

This That

Still an avid Triple J listener? Want to kick it with the kids? Or just want to finally support that someone took Sticky Fingers off a festival lineup? Either way, why not head to Wickam park on the 3rd of November and catch the likes of Amy Shark, Illy, The Rubens and Safia and party with the kids. There’s usually a fireworks show at the end if that’s your thing too!

Saturday 3 November
Wickham Park

Scene and Heard

This is for the age bracket who still remember sneaking a bottle of Bacardi into their first Groovin the Moo and losing your mind to Sneaky Sound System. It’s one hell of a line up (and it’s local) feat the likes of The Living End, Something for Kate, Killing Heidi and Spiderbait. It’s all happening in Wickam on the 4th of November.

Saturday 4 November
Wickham Park


This is one of our favourite lineups so far with the folks at Fairgrounds offering a little something for everyone. Featuring Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett, Sampa the Great, and Kevin Morby you can’t go wrong with this sweet little number. It’s also all ages too so feel free to bring the kids if you’re so inclined!

Friday, 30th — Saturday, 1st December
Berry, NSW
Tickets: Official Website

Strawberry Fields

Dance, Djs, or Techno disco more your thing? Strawberry fields may just be your jam friend. This one is a three day jam packed festival set to fulfill all your sick beatz dreams. The festival itself is turning 10 this year so why not make this anniversary year your inaugural?

Friday, 16th — Sunday, 18th November
The Wildlands @ Tocumwal, NSW
Tickets: Official Website

Good Things Festival

Punk and metal fans helloooooo! 2018 marks the debut of so many good things, to be specific, it marks the debut of the Good Things festival. Featuring the likes of The Offspring (performing Smash in full), Babymetal, The Smith Street Band, Dashboard Confessional, and WAXX this is one ripper of a festival! Catch it in either Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane!

Friday, 7th December
Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne
Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 8th December
Parramatta Park, Sydney
Tickets: Oztix

Sunday, 9th December
Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
Tickets: Oztix

Falls Festival

No New years plans? Don’t work in hospitality or retail? Well then Falls festival is for you! The lineup is yet to be announced but it’s usually a bloody gooden’ and highly recommended by your teen son or daughter. So get lit and head to Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay, or Fremantle between the 28th – 6th of Jan (dates are different for each location).

Friday, 28th December — Monday, 31st December
Lorne, Victoria

Saturday, 29th December — Monday, 31st December
Marion Bay, Tasmania

Monday, 31st December — Wednesday, 2nd January
Byron Bay, New South Wales

Saturday, 5th January — Sunday, 6th January
Fremantle, Western Australia

Woodford Folk Festival

After a lineup that screams ah now see that’s music why not head to the Woodford Folk Festival? Names like Kate Miller-Heidke, The Beautiful Girls, John Butler, Jeff Lang, and Tinpan Orange should ring a bell. As the name suggests this one is in Woodford. It’s also a camping festival and what better way to ring in the new year amirite?

27 December 2018 – 1 January 2019

Written by Laura Kebby

I write words about talented people doing talented things, and translate chatter by putting pen to paper.