It wasn't long ago we thought the big, hefty music festival was extinct in Australia with Stereosonic, Future Music and Big Day Out pulling up stumps citing costs and competition from smaller, more agile players as to blame, but the script has been flipped in 2017 with a return of the giants to fertile lands.

Those include some long-standing international players such as Sensation and Creamfields along with returning names Electric Gardens and Hard Australia as well as two more new names that are looking to call Australia home.

Each is boasting tens of thousands of punters and stacked international lineups but who will be defiant and take the title of 'best party ever?'.

Sensation

When: November 25th
Where: Sydney Olympic Park, Spotless Stadium
Lineup: Deadmau5, Showtek, Don Diablo and more.
Tickets: $168 - $293 (buy)

Creamfields

When: November
Where: Melbourne
Lineup: TBA
Tickets: Sign-up for pre-sales

Electric Gardens

When: January 2018
Where: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth
Lineup: TBA
Tickets: Sign up for pre-sales

STORM Electronic Music Festival

When: December 9th
Where: Sydney
Lineup: TBA
Tickets: Sign-up for pre-sales

Road to ULTRA Australia

When: February 2018
Where: Melbourne
Lineup: TBA
Tickets: Sign-up for pre-sales

Hard Australia

When: December 2017
Where: Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane
Lineup: TBA
Tickets: TBA

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So there you have it. The fertile ground for large scale festivals is being well and truly used. Which will you be heading to?

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