Australia’s festival scene is a huge part of our Summer life and we’re lucky to be blessed with events like Babylon, Electric Gardens, Subsonic and a slew of others. But if you go back in time as recently as 3 or 4 years ago Australia was getting names in dance music that have become iconic and renowned as some of the best electronic artists of all time. We revisited some of these classic festivals with huge lineups (a lot of which aren’t around any more) to give you our picks for 5 of the best Aussie dance music festival lineups of all time!
1. Parklife 2010
Parklife is another festival that made the list that has since left Australian shores. Groove Armada, Cut Copy, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool are all artists we’ve posted as throwback tracks and there’s a reason, these guys are all legendary. On top of that we had Midnight Juggernauts (Whatever happened to those guys?) Bag Raiders and that’s before we’ve even got to the huge Ed Banger infused DJ lineup. Busy P, UFFIE, DJ Mehdi and Brodinski to name a few! Parklife is definitely one of the festivals we wish we could get back.
2. Creamfields 2011
Creamfields had a pretty good Aussie run, most years its lineup was legendary, including a Bloody Beetroots headed 2010, (that may or may not have been bumped out due to its involvement of LMFAO) Another one we were sad to see go but, not without our fond memories. 2011 was headed up by Deadmau5 and Skrillex featuring Martin Solveig along with Bingo Players, Dada Life and Round Table Knights. A lineup that remains relatively relevant by today’s standard!
3. Future Music Festival 2014
Add Future Music to the list of passed on Aussie festivals. Headlined by Deadmau5 it covered so many dance music bases. Hardwell was up there when he was regarded as one of if not the best DJ in the world alongside Eric Prydz’ first ever Australian show and Porter Robinson when he’d just hit it as huge.
Knife Party ran a stage and you had a good healthy does of DnB with Rudimental and Netsky and honestly the lineup’s that huge that you really need to just read it for itself!
4. Field Day 2012
Field Day has had a bunch of killer lineups, in fact their lineup for this year is also pretty huge! But this one takes the cake in our opinion.
There didn’t seem to be a full lineup poster anywhere, but it was headlined by Justice premiering their newest live show, featured Calvin Harris, Crystal Castles next to Moby and if you scroll down in the list far enough you’ll see a young Motor City Drum Ensemble, Elizabeth Rose and Alison Wonderland next to some Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and even Flying Lotus. There’s no doubt in our mind that this Field Day lineup takes the cake!
5. Stereosonic 2012
We’ve always touted this as possibly the best ever AUS music lineup before and it’s something we pretty much stick by. At the time Tiesto, Avicii (RIP) and Calvin Harris were at the top of their game. Funnily enough a lot of these guys are still getting tour time today, but music evolves, people change and this lineup wouldn’t be the same if we it happened again.
Things to note: Major Lazer above Diplo, Mr. Oizo right near the top and Brodinski and Gesaffelstein right down near the bottom (but not as low as Duke Dumont and Dillon Francis who were still on the come up!)