Now that 2017 is approaching its last days, it’s time to think about all the positive things the following year could bring. In order for 2018 to look like a nice, promising year, choosing the right activities and events to go to in January is very important. So, what better way to celebrate the start of the New Year than attending a good and popular festival? Australia is known for hosting some of the most amazing festivals of the globe. Even though they are spread throughout the whole year, a couple of the most important ones are, luckily, in January. So, what are the festivals that you should definitely check out?
Let Them Eat Cake / 1 Jan
Is there a better way to start the New Year than visiting one of the best Australian music festivals? Let Them Eat Cake is only six years old, but during the course of those six years, it has established itself as one of the best music festivals in the region. It is held in the magnificent Werribee Park in Melbourne, a location that hundreds of festivals would kill to have. This year’s festival, that will take place on the 1st of January as usual, will be headlined by Âme‘s Frank Wiedemann with many other names that are returning, alongside the great Apparat and Bella Sarris. Bear in mind that this festival lasts only for a day, from 11 AM to 11 PM, and make sure to check it out as it will provide you with some excellent names from the music industry, a lot of local bands and musicians that are very indie yet great, and surely a very unique atmosphere with amazing cocktails. As the official website of the festival states, let’s raise our glasses, tip our hats and let loose a roar, as the New Year is here so we should rise to the occasion!
Festival of Sails / 26 – 28 Jan
For the more traditional ones, the 175th Festival of Sails should definitely be the next stop. The Festival of Sails is the largest annual boat regatta in this part of the world. Hosted in Geelong, Victoria, this festival features over 300 yachts and 3,000 competitors taking part in the event. The fact that the festival was first held in 1844 proves that it is definitely worth visiting. Regardless of whether you’re interested in the regatta or not, this festival offers many other possibilities – numerous acts across three stages, great wine and food, entertainment and arts and crafts stalls. Since January is always hot in Australia, the best recommendation would be to buy an ice cream from the great Timboon ice cream truck, which is always present at the festival, and mingle around. It’s a festival that promises something for all – consult the schedule of activities and events to tick the things you would like to see. You’ll definitely like it and probably book the tickets for next year!
MONA FOMA / 12 – 22 Jan
MONA FOMA (which stands for “Museum of Old and New Art: Festival of Music and Art”), also called MOFO is one of the best festivals for all the lovers of contemporary music and modern art. It is held in Hobart, Tasmania, and is curated by Brian Ritchie, the bass player of the popular band the Violent Femmes. MOFO does not only deal with contemporary music – it is a festival which showcases the works of some of the best modern artists from the fields of sound, music, dance, theatre, and many more. It is surely a paradise for all lovers of the underground culture and the alternative and modern art. Moreover, you’ll get to enjoy some of the best voices of the not-mainstream music scene. This year, be there to see Fémina (one of the favourite bands of Iggy Pop), a music trio that mixes South American folk with rap and swagger, or Moor Mother, who mixes electronic hip hop and noise. When not attending some of the best parties, be there to see great theatrical performances and exhibitions of art.
Make sure to book the ticket for the festival you want now, as you never know when they will be sold out. Have a great, festival-filled January!
Guest post written by Roxana Oliver
Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on Twitter and Facebook. She is also one of the editors at .