BEYOND THE VALLEY – NYE
Launching New Years Eve on Phillip Island will be a distinctive annual Music Festival.  Spread across two days and two stages, a carefully curated line-up of artists will ensure patrons have a one of a kind experience with a cohesive spread of genres and styles. Through its focus on production, décor and theming, Beyond The Valley will create a separate world to the one outside the festival. Aiming to give patrons a cultural and sensory experience that will go unparalleled in Australia.  Announced Action Bronson, The Preatures & Peking Duk.  Rumoured, Basement Jaxx.

www.beyondthevalley.com.au.


HARVEST ‘N’ GRAZE
If you like combining food, wine and great Australian music, the Harvest ‘N’ Graze Festival just may be for you. The Black Sorrows, Ross Wilson, Diesel and Jason Singh will electrify the magnificent Rippon Lea Estate on October 19, providing a memorable soundtrack as patrons delve into the various gourmet delights on offer.

One for the whole family, see www.harvestngraze.com.au.


HINTERLAND SCARECROW FESTIVAL
Landing perfectly in the September School holidays, the Hinterland Scarecrow festival will give families, locals and visitors a chance to explore and discover the gorgeous Hinterland region. Guests (or Scarecrow hunters) will visit various farmyards, cellar doors, gardens and food stores as they follow the Scarecrow trail.

A free activity for everyone, taking place from September 19 – October 20, see www.scarecrowfestival.org.au.


LISTEN OUT
One for the dance purists and agoraphobics, the Listen Out Festival returns to Melbourne on October 4 boasting a tidy cohort of artists on much smaller scale. Zhu, Chet Faker, Flume, SchoolBoy Q and YG head the 2014 instalment, to be held at the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens.

Tickets selling fast; see www.listen-out.com.au.


SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL
Welcome in spring with the Red Hill Spring Garden Festival – held September 13. A traditional flower show and garden show, the festival also showcases various stalls, information sessions to keep that garden in fine form and children’s activities to keep the little ones amused. Celebrity guest Wes Fleming will keep the garden groupies at bay, transforming amateur to expert in no time.

See www.rhgs.com.au for details.


STEREOSONIC RETURNS
Get your muscle tanks ready EDM fans, the highly anticipated Stereosonic 2014 line-up has just been announced. On December 6 and 7, the Melbourne Shwogrounds will host Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Alesso, Tiesto, Disclosure, Peking Duk – with many, many more in tow.

Presale tickets available now, see www.stereosonic.com.au.

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