Break out the denim shorts, goon bags and hitherto unseen tattoos... it's blow-your-savings season again!

Vans Warped Tour

Birrarung Marr, Sat Dec 7 2013

The Vans Warped Tour is making a triumphant return to the Australian festival circuit. The Soundwave affiliate festival boasts a big-ass line up that navigates pop-punk veterans, local up-and-comers and hardcore heavyweights.

Parkway Drive, the Used, New Found Glory, the Offspring, We Came As Romans, Crown the Empire, Tonight Alive, Hatebreed, the Dangerous Summer, the Summer Set, Kids in Glass Houses, Anarbor, Veara, Mallory Knox, H2o, Rdgldgrn, Simple Plan, For All Those Sleeping and Man Overboard.

Stereosonic

Melbourne Showgrounds, Dec 7-8 2013

Stereosonic will be giving punters a chance to bare their buff chests, bikinis and fluoro gear for an extra day, with the event running across the first full weekend of summer. And with a line up this long and large, it's no wonder they needed that extra day...

Tip-off
Please, for the love of god boys and girls, keep your shirts on. I know the temptation to get your rig out on the first day of Summer is uncontrollable, but a sweaty man-boob in the face while tearing up the Melbourne Showgrounds is not going to land you a potential festival snog.

Meredith Music Festival

Meredith Amphitheatre, Dec 13-15 2013

Aunty Meredith has done it again with a stellar line-up for 2013, which includes The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Deerhunter, Derrick May, Spiderbait, Clairy Browne and the Bangin' Rackettes, Beasts of Bourbon, Joey Bada$$, Vance Joy, Mac DeMarco, The Bamboos, Tim Sweeney, Hermitude, Jon Hopkins, Dick Diver, Helmet, World's End Press. Le1f, Beaches, Oliver Tank, Roland Tings, Stonefield, City of Ballarat Municipal Brass Band.

What sets Meredith apart from the rest?
Their "no dickhead policy" ensures the 23rd Meredith Music Festival will be saturated with the sort of music and people you want to be around. See you in the Sup’!

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In the words of Aunty: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Here is a good tip: sensible shoes. The #1 treated injury by the St John Ambulance Hit Parade is cut feet. Also, waterproof clothing is ideal, as Meredith is notorious for some epic rainfall. Combine those two warnings and you have the ultimate, essential Meredith item: Gumboots.

Falls Music and Arts Festival: Lorne

Lorne, Dec 28 2013-Jan 1 2014

Nothing says summer holiday like a trip down the Great Ocean Road, which makes the Falls Festival site in Lorne a winner in our book. Acts include !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Big Scary, The Cat Empire, Chet Faker, Crystal Fighters, Flight Facilities, Gossling, Grizzly Bear, MGMT, Neil Finn, Pond, The Preatures, The Roots, Rufus, Vampire Weekend, Violent Femmes, The Wombats and more.

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The one thing we always forget about Falls? The dramatic changes in temperature from day to evening! "Wear warm clothes in the evenings – thermals are a favourite – and lots of sunscreen and light clothes for the hot summer days," advises festival director Simon Daly.

Big Day Out

Fleminton Racecourse, Fri Jan 24 2014

The biggest, sweatiest, most musically-jam-packed day around in Australian music is back for 2014. Pearl Jam headline. Backed by Arcade Fire and Blur.

St Jerome's Laneway Festival

Footscray Community Arts Centre, Sat Feb 1 2014

Hipsters and indie kids everywhere rejoice! Laneway has once again provided a line-up that is so cutting edge you are bound to go home with some new favourite bands.

Adalita, Autre Ne Veut, Cashmere Cat , Cass McCombs , Chvrches , Cloud Control, Danny Brown, Daughter, Dick Diver, Drenge ­, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Frightened Rabbit, Haim, Jagwar Ma, Jamie XX, King Krule, Kirin J Callinan, Kurt Vile, Lorde, Mount Kimbie, MT Warning, Parquet Court, Run The Jewels (EL-P & Killer Mike), Savages, Scenic, The Growl, The Jezabels, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vance Joy, Warpaint, XXYYXX and Youth Lagoon.

Rapture

Etihad Stadium, Wed Feb 19 2014

The real Slim Shady aka Eminem will be returning to Australia to play his new co-curated hip-hop festival, Rapture. He will be joined by Kendrick Lamar (drank), J.Cole and 360. Considering the misfortunes of other Australian hip-hop festivals, we're hoping that the strong line up of Rapture will put it in good standing for an awesome inaugural outing.

Soundwave

Melbourne Showgrounds, Fri Feb 28 2014

You've seen the rumours, you've made up a bunch yourself, but you can relax - and then get really excited becuase the Soundwave announcement has come through and it is freakin' huge. How huge, you may ask? We just said: freakin'. Green Day, man, not to mention some very nice surprises (Living Colour? Seriously? Wow!)

What sets Soundwave apart from the rest?
All Soundwave events are licensed and are all ages. There will be no mercy shown to the young ones who scramble into the moshpit, but we have a feeling they’ll feel right at home in the thick of it. Have a wonderful, sweaty day!

Golden Plains Eight

Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Mar 8-10 2014

Aunty Meredith would like your attention, please. This year boasts a line up including Public Enemy, You Am I, Flying Lotus, Neko Case, Fat Freddy's Drop, Yo La Tengo, Cut Copy, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaries, The Drones, Chet Faker, Adalita, Gold Panda, Cosmic Psychos, Seekae, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Hiatus Kaiyote, Los Coronas, Osaka Monaurail, Tornado Wallace, Mark Pritchard, Sixfthick, the Orbweavers, Archer and the Long Gone Daddies, the Perch Creek Family Jugband, DJ Jnett, JPS (the Operatives), Spacey Space and Andras Fox featuring Oscar Key Sung.

Future Music Festival

Flemington Racecourse, Sun Mar 9 2014

Multi-genre mashing mega-fest Future Music, is returning in 2014 and with vengeance. The pop-electronic-EDM-rock-and-what-ever-else-they-god-damn-feel-like festival will be hitting Melbourne in early March next year with Deadmau5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Phoenix, Hardwell, Eric Prydz, Knife Party, Rudimental, Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Baauer, Chuckie, Martin Garrix, Sub Focus, Netsky, Kaskade, Dada Life, Paul van Dyk, Markus Schulz, ATB, R3hab, Monsta, Adventure Club, Carnage, Bassjackers, Deniz Koyu, Dannic, Dyro, Sven Vath, Dubfire, Maya Jane Coles, Gesaffelstein live, Brodinski, Kaytranada, Gorgon City, Guy Gerber, Paul Kalkbrenner, Cut Copy, Tiny Trumpet, Walden , Tenzin, Helena, Stafford Brothers and Will Sparks.

Mega tip: Don't forget your onesie: this site's stuffed with every variety of animal!

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By Lisa Dib and Hannah Valmadre   |  

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