There’s just something about one year ending and another beginning that makes us want to party! The celebration that marks the completion of another successful year is always a good excuse for reflection, some well-intentioned resolutions, and good times with your mates. In Melbourne, this can be done via an array of awesome festivals that ensure your playlist for the evening is well and truly sorted.
We’ve pulled together some of our favourite NYE festivals for the celebration to ring in 2024, so you can pick the best suited to your party vibe
Let Them Eat Cake is the first party you’ll attend in 2024, with zero remnants of 2023 included. We say this because it is a full-day festival that starts at 12pm on January 1st! Held on the grounds of the Werribee Mansion on New Year’s Day, you’ll celebrate day one to the sounds of local and international dance music and other subforms of electronica that will keep you moving all day.
This year’s line-up features German techno DJ Ben Klock, Austrian producer salute, UK acts ABSOLUTE., LF System, Mella Dee and Irish DJ and producer Saoirse. Local acts C.FRIM, Caitlin Medcalf, AK Sports, Bella Claxton, Rob Anthony, SWIM, and more will be representing down under.
Acts we’re most excited to see include DAWS, a well-known name in the Melbourne and international electronic scene due to her uplifting beats and genre-bending style, and C.FRIM, who blends rap, afrobeat, dancehall and grime with obscure house, techno and more.
NYE on the Hill is a boutique camping festival that has all the fun of the larger gatherings minus the crowds. You’ll see bands, late-night DJs, comedians, art installations, morning yoga, food trucks and licensed bars during the 3-day, 2-night festival. Held in the picturesque hills of South Gippsland near Loch Village (around 95 minutes from Melbourne), tickets to the event are always limited to 3,000.
This year’s line-up includes Ball Park Music, Alex Lahey, Beddy Rays, Dice, Gretta Ray, Hope D, Old Mervs, The Grogans, and more. We’re excited to catch local rocker Alex Lahey as she shares songs from her new album ‘The Answer Is Always Yes,’ and Gretta Ray, whose sophomore album, ‘Positive Spin,’ offers plenty of pop wonders to help celebrate the new year.
There is one big hole in our list that lovers of NYE festivals may recognise, and that is Falls Festival, which is “taking a break” this year, but there is good news. The organisers are still throwing a party in the form of a one-day festival called Heaps Good in an even easier-to-get-to spot! Sidney Myer Music Bowl, smack bang in the middle of the city, will host acts like Flume, Foals, the Avalanches, SBTRKT, Basement Jaxx, Holly Humberstone, and more.
Heaps Good usually only takes place in Adelaide, but on Sunday, December 31, 2023, Melbourne adds it to its festival repertoire. We are extremely excited to watch dance-rockers Foals, who have been touring the whole world and are finally heading down under; plus, who doesn’t want to countdown the new year to the vibe of Flume?
Beyond the Valley is a huge NYE party that takes place at Barunah Plains, about 90 minutes from Melbourne, from December 28 until January 1, 2024. The line-up is specifically curated to make sure attendees dance themselves into the wee hours with acts like Rüfüs Du Sol, Central Cee, Ferg, Flight Facilities and Peggy Gou, along with local acts like DMA’s, G Flip, and the Jungle Giants.
There is also a Ferris wheel, podcast stage, inflatable wedding chapel, and a beach club. Some of the lesser-known acts we strongly recommend you catch at this one include Ross from Friends, one of the best live DJ sets you’ll ever see to mix techno with live saxophone and electric guitar, and Overmono, whose vocal-sample-heavy UK dub will be your new party playlist staple.
Sun Cycle lets you celebrate New Year’s Day at Coburg Velodrome with acts like Erika de Casier, Overmono (fresh from Beyond the Valley), Objekt, Jayda G and Midlife.
The day-long genre-jumper covers dance, jazz, soul, hip hop, electronic and more across three stages with art experiences and installations and plenty of delicious boutique food trucks. We recommend checking out Lady Shaka’s high-energy club set and Miss Kannina, whose glitchy hip-hop has all the swagger you need to set up a great new year.
The good news is you can’t go wrong with any of the options above; the tricky part is getting tickets and ready for the big event. To help, here are some quick tips to keep in mind:
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