Music Festivals: Love Them or Hate Them?



I. LOVE. MUSIC FESTIVALS! I’ve been going to as many festivals as I could over each summer since I was 18. I rarely buy a ticket, usually I will work for a food van, or the festival itself, to weasel myself a free ticket and sometimes even some cash out of the weekend.

Over time my festival priorities have changed. Where I used to go to every one I could, this New Years Eve, I will be at a wedding instead of the Tasmanian Falls Festival (where I would have been driving international bands to and from the airport/hotel/festival site). And I’m ok with that, in fact I’m bloody excited about the wedding.

My expectations for festivals have also changed. I’m just about to enter my third trimester in my first pregnancy, so I’m looking for great family friendly festivals, I’m looking for entertainment during the day and I’m looking for seating.

Last weekend my husband, J, and I went to Queenscliff Music Festival. I did love it, but I’m also wondering if maybe I haven’t outgrown festivals a little bit. Here’s what I found:


  • Enjoying great live music.
  • Market stalls.
  • Great food.
  • QMF is close to home (so I went home and napped when there wasn’t music on I wanted to see).
  • QMF is right in town, so you don’t necessarily have to have a ticket to enjoy the festival vibes. Although you can’t access any of the big name acts.
  • Out enjoying the elements. I love all kinds of weather and at festivals, you don’t have much choice but to embrace them.


  • Long weekend! I’m exhausted and feel the need to take days off so I can enjoy a weekend.
  • Expensive. Once you’ve paid for your tickets, there’s still food, booze, keep sakes; I think I spent $150 over the weekend. (Although I didn’t buy a ticket or booze)
  • Being torn between different acts. Festivals often have multiple stages, with many if the bands over lapping their sets. How do you choose? Do you have to? We tend to do a few half sets.

What do you think? Are music festivals for you?

Image Credit: Eva Rinaldi

  • Tamsin Howse

    I’ve never been a fan of music festivals to be honest with you. In fact, I’ve barely been to any concerts and I’ve never been to Big Day Out or any of the big festivals like that. When I was younger I went to Rumba and, what was the poppy festival thing? I don’t even remember. It was in Olympic Park at any rate. But I found it kind of tiring and dirty.

  • Hayley Ashman

    I love them! Wish I had the time and money to go to more. Been to Big Day Out a few times but Soundwave has been my favourite so far.

  • Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie

    I love them! But strangely enough only the weekend long ones – I can’t do one day festivals because the crowds are always too big and there’s always too much happening, it stresses me out. The only two festivals I keep going back to are Meredith and Golden Plains – they only have one stage so there’s no stress about missing artists, the people are always friendly, it’s not too big in terms of crowd numbers and the organisers really care about making it a welcoming, well run festival. In fact, I was at Meredith over the weekend and was drafting a post about why I love it so much, which will be up in a day or so!

  • Maree Talidu

    I’ve outgrown them. I’m only 33 but am not wanting to bump into girls in bikini tops and short shorts and people who go just to get wasted… the last one I went to was so disappointing: “There’s a soundgarden. Is that like a garden where we can just chill?” Um, NO. Soundgarden are one of the best hard alternative rock bands of the 90’s. I don’t have the stamina to stand all day, I switched out festivals long ago for actual concerts instead where I can see the specific bands I love without all the filler bands, and I can do it sitting down with an awesome view and be surrounded by others who also paid good money to enjoy a night out appreciating a band they love. Weekend festivals like Falls are a bit different, used to love that. Much better atmosphere. But I used to do BDO, Homebaked, Soundwave and it’s too much. Way too commercial.