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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: info@mel­bourne­ 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.

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