In news that is incredibly baffling and not-at-all what anyone expected to happen in the chaos that is 2020, Aussie music festivals are back on the agenda. And in true form of everything happening all at once, multiple music festivals have unveiled their hefty lineups today.

Not one, not two, but three festivals are headed to the Gold Coast (!) Adelaide (!!) and Melbourne (!!!) across the end of this year and into 2021.

In order of heftiness, there’s the brand-spanking-new Inverted Festival headed to Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast on Saturday, May 1 2021, bringing some red-hot music and ~action sports~ along with it. It’s all-ages too, which is a huge in for literally everyone.

Yep, we’re going right back into X Games territory here, and I’m absolutely about it. How much do I wish to watch people doing sick BMX, Motorcross, and skate tricks while bashing about to local Aussie punk bands like SpiderbaitSkegssWAAXStand Atlantic and more? Very much so.

Tickets are on sale from 9am on Thursday, December 3 through Ticketek, and will set you back a tight $99 for general admission tickets, with Gold and VIP ticket options available too.

Inverted Festival 2021
Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
May 1, 2021

SKEGSS
Spiderbait
The Chats
Trophy Eyes
WAAX
Stand Atlantic
FANGZ

Over in South Australia, the inaugural Summer Sounds Festival is set to light up Adelaide for an entire month, bringing 18 huge Aussie gigs to Bonython Park in the city’s northwest. Now that’s a cracking way to bring back music festivals to Aussies in SA.

Kicking off on December 30 and running through until January 30, the festival plans to have little party pods set up for groups of four or six, decked out with their own little esky of pre-ordered drinks and snacks.

You know what else that means? A COVID-safe way of having a boogie that doesn’t involve you having to sit down. Bloody love that.

Summer Sounds Festival will be giving the boot to the decade-long year that was 2020 with a couple of sets from the likes of Timmy Trumpet and Groove Terminator over December 30 and 31. Then it’ll blast its way into the new year with shows from Lime CordialeThe Jungle GiantsJack RiverThe VeronicasOcean AlleyRuby Fields, Bernard FanningMallratCub SportRuel, Hayden James, Ball Park MusicSpacey JaneDune Rats, and a shitload more.

Tickets will set you back $69.90 per person, and are sold in pod groups of four or six so absolutely wrangle that group chat now. They’re on sale on Friday, December 4 at 10am ACDT (10.30am AEDT) over on Moshtix.

Peep the full list of big gigs below, which are all 18+ events apart from Ruel’s show on January 21st.

Summer Sounds Festival 2020/2021
Bonython Park, Adelaide

Wednesday, December 30
Bump & Grind Block Party (Early Show)

Wednesday, December 30
Do You Remember House ft. Groove Terminator (Late Show)

Thursday, December 31
Massaoke Oz (Early Show

Thursday December 31
Timmy Trumpet (Late Show)

Friday, January 1
Lime Cordiale + Special Guests

Saturday, January 2
Hot Dub Time Machine & Friends

Sunday, January 3
The Jungle Giants + Jack River + Merci, Mercy

Wednesday, January 6
The Veronicas + Eves Karydas

Thursday, January 7
Ocean Alley + Ruby Fields

Friday, January 8
Human Nature – Sings Motown & More

Saturday, January 9
Bernard Fanning + Something For Kate

Friday, January 15
Mallrat + Cub Sport + Sycco + Stellie

Saturday, January 16
Hans: Disco Resurrection

Thursday, January 21
Ruel + Special Guests (All Ages)

Friday, January 22
Spiderbait + Jebediah + Bodyjar + End Of Fashion

Saturday, January 23
Hayden James + Cosmo’s Midnight + Running Touch

Monday, January 25
Will Sparks

Tuesday, January 26
Björn Again – World’s No.1 ABBA Show

Friday, January 29
Ball Park Music + Spacey Jane

Saturday, January 30
Dune Rats + The Chats + Dear Seattle + Teenage Joans

Finally, in possibly the most exciting of the whole lot, live music is returning to Melbourne after the absolute punish of a year Victoria has been through.

The annual Melbourne Music Week has unveiled its delayed offering for this year, extending things from a single week in the music capital of Australia into a full-blown three-month affair. The big festival includes live gigs (with audiences!) as well as live-streamed performances, talks, panels, and workshops from some of the important names in Aussie music and arts.

On the music side of things, you’ll be able to catch actual live gigs across the big summer festival from the likes of BANOFFEECable TiesBlake ScottJess RiberoPrivate FunctionHigh TensionClose Counters, and heaps more.

Baker Boy is also pinned to play a huge show at the Melbourne Recital Centre, breathing life and some seriously positive energy back into one of the city’s most coveted venues.

Melbourne Music Week: Extended kicks off on December 9 and runs right through until February 28, and you can find the whole program over on the MMW website.

I dunno about you but I’m suddenly incredibly keen for summer and these red-hot Aussie music festivals. We did it. We’re here. Time to crack a beer and get on with it.

Image: Freya Esders / Supplied