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Tasmanian summer arts and music festivals 2017


Is there any place better than Tassie in the summer? Probs not, especially if you love music or art or festivals of music and art! This summer there is a bunch of fantastic festivals where you can relax, enjoy the heat and have fun with your friends. Here are a few of the best places to be in the coming months.

The Falls Music and Arts Festival 29 December – 1 January 2017

Welcoming in the New Year at Marion Bay since 2003, this three-night long festival of arts, music and culture known as ‘Falls’ is a long standing, heavyweight of the Tasmanian festival calendar. Falls has become the primary channel for bringing major international artists to Tasmania and is seen as somewhat of a rite of passage for Tasmanian youth, but is very accommodating for adults and young families with a broad range of entertainment (including a beach!), food and camping options.

Busking at Cygnet Folk Festival

Busking at Cygnet Folk Festival

Cygnet Folk Festival 6 – 8 January 2017 

Cygnet is a small town in the Huon Valley known for both its rolling green pastures and as a bustling epicentre of folk music every January during the Cygnet Folk Festival. The town’s pubs, halls, cafes, parks and streets become venues for celebrated folk performers creating a relaxed atmosphere that encapsulates the entire town. The festival also hosts an impressive collection of food and market vendors and you are free to come and go as you please with major ticketed performances and free events scattered about the streets. However, keep in mind, those who stay and camp always seem to have the best time.

MONA FOMA – 18 – 22 January 2017

MOFO has never failed to be completely extravagant, bizarre and brilliant with 2017 promising to be no exception. This year Mofo will be at Mona – also known as – a weekend at Walshys – with three days of music and art. The line up is mega impressive (as usual) with tetema (Mike Patton), Puscifer, DJ Z-trip, Regurgitator, All the Weathers, Kev Carmody plus so much more. The best after party in town Faux Mo will be happening in Hobart with all the usual frivolities.

Folk at Cygnet Folk FestivalParty in the Paddock 10 – 12 February 2017

Party in the Paddock is another young Tasmanian festival bringing major acts to Tasmania for a two night party spectacular. Party in the Paddock’s has made its home at Burns Creek, a picturesque, green valley flanking one of Tassie’s most prominent mountain ranges, about an hour west of Launceston. In 2017, the festival includes a long list of bands currently riding the wave at the top of the Australian music scene including Sticky Fingers, Hermitude, Remi and Tassie’s own Luca Brasi plus so much more. Since its beginning in 2013 the festival has been warmly received and rapidly grown, with an atmosphere that’s widely recognised as far more laid back than similar events interstate.

Clarence Jazz Festival 18 – 26 Feb 2017

Clarence Jazz Festival provides unrivalled good vibes from local and national jazz musicians. Concerts are held at many cool locations on Hobart’s eastern shore including at the Bellerive Boardwalk overlooking the calm and idyllic Kangaroo Bay. Perfect place to kick back and enjoy beers and bop, bebop and boogie woogie.

Martha Wainwright

Martha Wainwright will be playing in Hobart at Devonport as part of the 2017 Ten Days on the Island arts festival.

Spiegeltent Hobart 9 March – 1 April 2017

International stars and home-grown Tassie heroes will call the sumptuous Spiegeltent home as the doors open for another stellar season of premium entertainment at PW1. The very best in comedy, cabaret, theatre and music has been hand-picked for the 2017 program with something to tempt everyone.

A Festival Called Panama 10 – 12 March 2017

A Festival Called Panama is often described as a ‘boutique’ festival, Panama tends to mix things up from the traditional festival formula. Panama lives in a low capacity, remote forest venue that every year fills with local produce vendors, Tassie beer, cider and wine producers, market stalls, a clothing swap meet and some of the best bands and DJs available.

Ten Days on the Island 17 March – 1 April 2017

Ten Days on the Island is a biennal arts festival that has a huge program of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, film, literature and design around the state. The 2017 program is bursting with some of the most innovative and exciting creative works from local talent and from afar. There is something for everyone no matter where they live around the state. Grab tickets at a venue near you, or hit the road, jump in the deep end and explore something new.

Fragile Matter

Fragile Matter – an inspiring and thrilling dramatic dance performance at Ten Days on the Island

Article first published: 8 December 2016