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5 epic Sunshine Coast music festivals

Don't touch that dial music fans, stay tuned to the Sunshine Coast for a cracking line up of music festivals.

5 epic Sunshine Coast music festivals

Mitchell Creek Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest

Enjoy three days and nights of the best in blues, rock ‘n’ roll, soul and roots music at this year’s Mitchell Creek Rock ‘n’ Blues Fest. This boutique festival takes place on a stunning 90 acre property in the heart of the Mary Valley – just two hours north of Brisbane and 45 minutes west of Noosa. The line-up this year is a cracker, featuring blues stalwarts Chain, the Foreday Riders, and Bondi Cigars, as well as up-and-comers Nicole Brophy, Minnie Marks, and blue-billy-grass-rockin’-roots band, 19 Twenty. There’s free, onsite camping, plenty of space and the amenities are first class. No camping gear? No worries! Hire a cabin-style tent complete with lights, beds and linen. Oh, and did we mention the food? You won’t find any hotdogs or Chiko Rolls at this event, the food precinct features locally-sourced, multicultural fare. There’s a bar on site if you feel like coldie - or BYO and enjoy a glass of red by the bonfire in the evening. 

Caloundra Music Festival

This year’s Caloundra Music Festival line up is brimming with home grown and international talent - Xavier Rudd, Ronan Keating, Clairy Browne, Iluka, Grinspoon, Baby Animals, Wolfmother and more. The musical feast takes place at Kings Beach in the heart of Caloundra over the October long weekend (did someone say "mini-break"?). Take in some tunes, have dip in the ocean, pick up some tasty treats in the food precinct and repeat. Caloundra has some fantastic accommodation options from self-contained apartments, luxury resorts, as well as outdoor camping at the Caloundra State School. TIP: There’s no parking close to the festival so jump aboard a free shuttle bus or grab your two-wheeler and take advantage of the free bike valet service.

Woodford Folk Festival

The Woodford Folk Festival is an event of international standing held annually over six days and six nights from 27 December to 1 January. More than 2,000 performers take part, with the line-up featuring local, national and international artists. The festival programme includes concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children’s festival, an environmental programme featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events including a spectacular fire display. Immerse yourself in the full festival experience by camping on-site, or book local accommodation. If you're just coming for the day, leave the car at home and catch the shuttle bus from Caboolture railway station. 

Gympie Music Muster

Kick back with a hoot and a holler at the 2018 Gympic Music Muster featuring a stellar line-up of country acts and artists. The Muster is located on 50 scenic acres in Amamoor State Forest, an easy drive two hour drive north of Brisbane and just 40 minutes from stunning Noosa. If you’d like to sample the festival for a day, jump on a shuttle bus that run daily to the Muster from locations around the Sunshine Coast – no bookings required.

Maroochy Music Arts Festival

Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival (MMVAF) will be back in 2018, celebrating contemporary music and visual arts on the Sunshine Coast. With one main stage (so no clashes!) a champagne and oyster garden and larger-than-life art installations, the natural amphitheatre comes alive each year with the hottest acts and artists in Australia.