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Best Live Music Down Under: Dec/Jan

Best Live Music Down Under: Dec/Jan

By Zac Bayly | Events Local Knowledge Music | 07 Dec 2017

Yes, it’s already the Christmas holidays, and that means summer vibes and good times. It’s time to crack out your stomping boots, set aside some money to spend way too much on drinks, throw on your Local Supply sunnies, and head out for some live music of epic proportions. This season has some of the world’s biggest acts, from the super-fresh (Pussy Riot and Princess Nokia) to the straight-up iconic and legendary (Liam Gallagher and Human League). Check out our round up of the best live music this December and January. Enjoy.

1. Human League
The Human League
Electronic pioneers The Human League are touring down under. Yes, you heard right. The band that brought us such wonders as ‘Don’t You Want Me’ and ‘Human’ (not to mention frontman Phil Oakey’s ‘Together in Electric Dreams’) will be available to be listened to live in concert on December 11th in South Australia, December 13th in Melbourne, December 15th in Sydney, and December 17th in Brisbane. It’s possible you will see every one of the Local Supply crew at all four concerts.

2. Falls Festival
Flume Falls Festival
Every year, Falls Festival is the must-hear event over the holiday/party period. This year doesn’t disappoint, with acts like Flume, Fleet Foxes, Run the Jewels, The Hooks, Liam Gallagher, Vince Staples, and Nina Las Vegas already confirmed… with more to be announced. It runs from 28-31 December in Lorne, 29-31 December in Marion Bay, 31 December – 02 January in Byron Bay, and 06-07 January in Fremantle. Flume won’t be doing any side shows, so this is your only chance to see the handsome dude live (besides Field Day — but we’ll get to that in a sec).

3. Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher
Flume may not be doing sideshows after Falls, but rock legend Liam Gallagher of Oasis fame will be. He’s performing at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on January 4th, Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on January 5th, and then he heads onwards to Jakarta on January 14th (for all those who plan on spending their January enjoying life in Indonesia). P.s. Did anyone see his son on the cover of Buffalo Zine in a Blur T-shirt, referencing the long-standing fued between between Liam and Blur’s Damon Albarn? LOL.

4. Field Day
Princess Nokia Field Day 2018
New Year’s Day is all about Field Day at iconic Sydney Venue The Domain. This year’s tickets are sold out, but there are still re-sale tickets available, and likely more of them will become available closer to the date. The 2018 line-up is as fun as always with acts like Anna Lunoe, Flume, our personal fav Princess Nokia (pictured), Vince Staples and a heap more.

5. Lost Paradise
Client Liaison Lost Paradise
Located in Glenworth Valley (about an hour and a half from Bondi), Lost Paradise is a three day camping and music (and apparently yoga!) event for those looking for a community-minded festival experience over New Year’s Eve. Acts like Rufus, Matt Corby, Local Supply favs Client Liaison (pictured), Cut Copy, and Sampa The Great are playing, December 28th to January 1st. Their ‘Lost Village’ promises ‘a party for your taste buds’. A market place filled with food is literally the best festival idea we’ve ever heard, for all those seedy mornings and for lining your stomach in the evening.

6. Sydney Festival
Pussy Riot Sydney Festival
From the 6th of January to the 28th, Sydney Festival is about to light your world on fire. Seriously, it’s insane. They have Genesis P-Orridge and Pussy Riot (and an evening with Germaine Greer!). Not to mention Symphony Under The Stars on January 20th, which is always an amazing treat for classical music aficionados and those that just like good vibes alike. There’s also a screening of Mad Max

7. Sugar Mountain
Honey Dijon Sugar Mountain
Cut Copy, Beaches, HONEY DIJON (pictured), and Joey Bada$$ are just some of the names at Melbourne’s hottest new boutique festival Sugar Mountain, this Saturday January 20th. There’s a reason everyone is talking about this festival, and it’s because they actually have their finger on the pulse instead of pandering to the masses. Check. It. Out.

8. St Jerome's Laneway Festival

Moses SumneyWithout a doubt Australia’s coolest festival, Laneway this year does not disappoint. In January 2018, they’re boasting acts like Moses Sumney (pictured, whose latest album Aromanticism is one of 2017’s best albums), Mac DeMarco, The Internet, Father John Misty, and more more more.

9. Beyond The Valley

Starting December 28th, Beyond The Valley has a cool line-up (think The Presets, Schoolboy Q, Little Dragon, Cut Copy, and Matt Corby). Honestly, with all the music over the December / January period, you can’t go wrong with any of them, but this is definitely a solid choice for your New Year’s.