PEDESTRIAN.TV has teamed up with Instant Scratch-Its to get you thinking about how you would live it up if you had an extra $1k a week, for an entire year.

For everyone who bloody froths the outdoors, music and punters sweating on you in confined spaces, music festivals are pretty much your one-stop shop for all of the above.

No matter how many times I risk dehydration and malnourishment just to see my favourite musos, I always walk away with fond memories and new unspoken bonds with strangers who have the same look of pain and glee as they too try to keep dancing in 60-degree heat. Ahh festivals, what’s not to love?

However, while I do walk away with nothing but positive vibes, one of the self-inflicted factors that contribute to my post-party blues is the knowledge that I’ve spent a fair chunk of rent on a few days of glory. I’m totally fine with it until I find myself flipping the bird at random couples getting photos in front of houses with ‘Sold’ signs slapped on the front of ’em.

Anywho, I’ve learnt to channel my jealousy into determination to be able to afford tickets to as many music festivals as possible while also saving some cash. My quickfire solution? Well, stop spending so much money, but my second solution is to jump on board Instant Scratch-Its $2 scratchie where you can win $1K a week for an entire bloody year. That’s a whole lotta cashola!

We’re also running a separate Live The Life Bucket List comp below where we give six different winners $1,000 over the course of six weeks. That’s SIX GRAND UP FOR GRABS PEOPLE, EVERYBODY PANIC.


This week you’ve told us you’d throw your extra $1K at going to all Australian festivals in a year, so here are a few you can get to for around $1000.

Side note: All estimated flight costs are calculated through Skyscanner. Obviously, if you live in the same area as the festival you’ll spend way less all up so fingers crossed you’re not from Alice Springs.


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Duration: 3 Days
Flights: Sydney to Melbourne from $119.00 return (Mid-December, dates TBA)
Accom: Camping
Ticket prices: Starting from $390 pp incl. camping
Food, drink & additional transport: Approx $250

Total Cost: $759 (ish)

Famous for its frankly genius ‘No Dickhead Policy’, Meredith has absolutely blown up as of late. Probably – now this might be a stretch – but probably because you’re very unlikely to come across morons when you’re bopping away to bangers.

Another major win for the brains behind Meredith is the fact that you can bring couches to go full potato on when you need a bit of a breather. Seriously, it’s like the organisers climbed into my brain and built an entire festival around everything I love – couches and a douche-free zone.

Origin Fields Festival

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Duration: 2 Days
Flights: Melbourne to Perth from $598 return (29 Dec – 1 Jan)
Accom: 6-bed dorm in Hay Street Traveller’s Inn from $14 per night
Ticket prices: Starting from $299pp
Food, drink & additional transport: Approx $200

Total Cost: $1,139 (ish)

Look, people always sleep on Perth and that’s probably because Perth sleeps on Perth – it’s not exactly the first city to come to mind when you think of renowned festivals.

Well, perhaps you close-minded chumps should change your way of thinking – Origin Fields Festival hosted the Cardi B last year and she herself said she never wanted to leave Perth. Legit, there’s a video out there somewhere, I’m not even yanking ya chain. She probably won’t do two years in a rwo but still stay tuned for this year’s lineup.

Rhythm & Alps (NZ)

Duration: 3 Days
Flights: Sydney to Queenstown from $718.00 return (19 July – 23 July)
Accom: Camping
Ticket prices: Starting from $280 pp, 2-Day GA incl. camping
Food, drink & additional transport: Approx $200

Total Cost: $1,198 (ish)

Now I know it sounds excessive to fly overseas for a festival but you guys, the lineup is ridic.

Tash Sultana, Ocean Alley, Little Dragon, Action Bronson and Matt Corby have all graced the stage at Rhythm & Alps at some point, plus it’s a festival on a bloody mountain so you know the view will be outta control. Worth every penny in my not-so-humble opinion.

If you find yourself a tad reluctant at the thought of spending a cool $1K on what will become the best memories of your adult life, grab a $2 Live the Life scratchie from your nearest convenience store or get around the Instant Scratch-Its competition here so you’ll be able to afford tickets to music festivals until you go deaf from the noise.

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