Top Ten Festivals Down Under

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Here are BUNAC top ten recommended festivals when you are down under...


10 East Coast Blues and Roots Festival - Take a break from the beaches of Byron Bay and head a few kilometres out to New Zealand’s premier Blues and Roots festival. The 2012 line up included John Butler Trio, The Pogues, The specials and Yes
When: Byron Bay, Thursday 28th March to Monday 1st April 2013.
More info: www.bluesfest.com.au

9 Melbourne’s International Festivals - Melbourne hosts several international festivals including comedy, film and Jazz. Make sure your visit to Melbourne co-insides with one of these!
When: all year round
More info: Google the individual festival.

8 Big Day Out – With days in Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne and Adelaide and bands including Kasabian, Kanye West and Soundgarden make sure you don’t miss out the biggest day out down under!
When: Late January/early February
More info: www.bigdayout.com

7 Rhythm and Vines Music Festival – See the New Year in with 30,000 other like minded people. Previous bands have included N.E.R.D., Chase and Status, Franz Ferdinand and Pendulum.
When: Near Gisbourne, 3 days around New Years Eve.
More info: www.rhythmandvines.co.nz

6 Sydney Mardi Gras – Enjoy the iconic Mardi Gras parade on 23rd February 2013 with vibrant dancing, costumes and floats, followed by the Mardi Gras Harbour Party on the evening. Don’t worry if you miss that day as they do it all again! The Mardi Gras party is on the 2nd March!
When: End of Feb/Early March
More info: www.mardigrras.org.au

5 Fringe NZ – Community based open-access festival showcasing the new talent in all forms of art in Wellington. Don’t pass up on the opportunity to see the new Flight of the Conchords before they get famous!
When: Wellington, February/early March
More info: www.fringe.org.nz

4 World Buskers festival – For 10 days Hagley Park becomes busker park, thrilling you with 55 of the world’s best street and stage performers.
When: Christchurch, mid to late January.
More info: www.worldbuskersfestival.com

3 Queesntown Winter Festival – Join the 10 day celebration of the start of winter showcasing the unique culture and community of Queenstown, with street parties, fireworks, music, comedy and plenty of mountain mayhem!
When: Queenstown, last week in June.
More info: www.winterfestival.co.nz

2 Alice Springs Desert Festival – Central Australia premier arts and cultural festival lasting 11 days with over 50 events.
When: Alice Springs, mid September
More info: www.alicedesertfestival.com.au

1 Jim Beam Homegrown – Soak up some sun at this waterside festival and enjoy some of New Zealands most talented and famous artists including Kora, The Black Seeds and Fat Freddy’s Drop.
When: Wellington, mid February
More info: www.homegrown.ne.nz

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