MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Victoria hosts our top jazz festival, the closest we have in Australia to the big jazz festivals of Europe and Montreal in Canada.
Attracting the big overseas names, it brings the world’s modern masters of jazz to the heart of Melbourne, as well as big local acts.
The MIJF is held annually in the first week of June in various jazz clubs, bars, arts venues, concert halls and laneways across the city.
Highlights in 2015 included Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea reunited on a historic world tour, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Pharoah Sanders, Kurt Elling, and the world premiere of Paul Grabowsky’s Nyilipidgi blending Aboriginal music with contemporary jazz.
Now in its 18th year, the 11-day festival runs over the first two weekends of June, including the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, and typically sees more than 40,000 people attend more than 100 public events, with over 500 international and Australian artists performing and collaborating at some 22 venues across Melbourne.
In addition to performances by headline Australian acts and artists from the US, Norway, Puerto Rico, Israel, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Italy and Brazil, the program also includes free concerts, family events, late-night art parties, artist workshops, film screenings, conversations, club sessions, and more. See melbournejazz .com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay in NSW. It has launched the international careers of John Butler and Ben Harper and attracts the biggest international names in music to Australia each year, including Bob Dylan, Hozier, Paul Simon, Bob Geldof, Michael Franti, Robert Plant, John Mayer, James Brown and John Legend.
More than 200 performances take place across seven stages and on big screens over 12-hour days.
As well as camping for up to 6000 people, there are five licensed bars, more than 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.
Beginning with a modest crowd of 6000 at its launch in 1990, Bluesfest moved in 2010 to a bigger location on a tea tree farm and can now accommodate an audience of at least 100,000.
One of the leading destination festivals in Australia, it’s synonymous with Byron Bay and its culture and is renowned for being a safe, fun, family-friendly event.
Next year’s festival runs from March 24-28. A five-day festival and camping entry for two adults is $1530. Single-day tickets from $159.