Sydney music festivals

Sydney is famous for a festival scene that kicks off in December and continues right through the summer. On New Year’€™s Eve, hit Shore Thing on Bondi Beach, or celebrate the new year at Field Day in The Domain - in the heart of the city.

In January it’€™s all about the Sydney Festival – a 23-day-long celebration of theatre, music, art and dance. The Sydney Showground hosts the Big Day Out on 26 January – Australia Day – and the Soundwave festival for rock in late February.

The first weekend of March sees the return of Playground Weekender – a three-day dance-music extravaganza at Wisemans Ferry. The Royal Randwick Racecourse comes alive on the same weekend when the Future Music Festival hits town.

Both coincide with Sydney Mardi Gras – a three-week-long celebration of gay, lesbian and transsexual pride rounded off with the world-famous Oxford Street parade and official party in Moore Park's Entertainment Quarter. But according to the faithful, Mardi Gras’€™ best party happens in the last weekend of February, when Harbourlife returns to Lady Macquaries Chair for a dance off in front of the Sydney Opera House.