Friday, 8 May 2015

Double J lays out music festivals you can take your toddler, kid or teen to.



Byron Bay, NSW (24 – 28 Mar)

Bluesfest is very much kid friendly, with plenty of activities and suitable music for younger ears on offer. Kids tickets are a lot cheaper than the adult ones, as is camping, and need to be purchased if your child is between 6 and 15. Any young – it's free. Any older – they need an adult ticket.

2015 headliners: Ben Harper & the Innocent CriminalsAlabama ShakesJimmy Cliff


Dress Up Attack!

Sydney, NSW (September)

Dress Up Attack! is a festival that is geared towards kids, but it keeps the sanity of the parents in mind at the same time. Each year a bunch of acts that you know and love change up their regular material to make it a little more kid-friendly and perform for adoring kids and parents alike at Dress Up Attack!

While the main event isn't til September, there's a special edition running as a part of Vivid on Sunday 31 May featuring Holly Throsby, Ratcat and Stereogamous.

2014 headliners: The CloudsPhil Jamieson


Mullum Music Festival

Mullumbimby, NSW (Nov 19 - 22)

The whole town of Mullumbimby gives way to this mammoth celebration of music each November and the kids are welcome to join in the fun. If they're under 12 then they'll need to be with you (the parents) at all times, while kids under 18 need to be with parents when entering the licensed venues. Ticket prices for a teenager are well under half the cost of an adult, while 5 – 11 year olds are cheaper still and kids under 5 are free.

2014 Headliners: The ChurchHurray For The Riff RaffMia Dyson


Lost Paradise

Peats Ridge, NSW (31 Dec – 2 Jan)

If you're feeling hip then you might want to spend New Year's with the kids are the cooler than cool Lost Paradise. Parents or authorized guardian must accompany all minors. Minors need to be in the immediate company of a parent or legal guardian whilst at the bar / licensed areas. A young person ticket (11 – 17) is a bit cheaper than an adult one ($129 last year) and kids under 11 will be allowed in for a $10 registration fee.

2015 headliners: Boy & BearBADBADNOTGOODThe Preatures


Splendour In The Grass

Byron Bay, NSW (24 – 26 Jul)

Look, Splendour can be pretty crazy, so if you and your kids are out of practice with handling festivals and the stress they can sometimes bring, maybe try starting smaller. But if you feel like you can do it, and you really want them to see Blur, then your kids are welcome to hit Splendour with you.

The usual rules apply – you'll need to have them with you at all times if they are under 16 and they can't go into bars. If the child is under 11 then they will get in for free. If they're older than that, they'll need a ticket. Given tickets are sold out, you'll have to be lucky to make it happen this year.

2015 headliners: BlurTame ImpalaMark Ronson




Tallarook, VIC (26 – 28 Mar)

Boogie is definitely kid friendly, but with a few rules. Kids are welcome, but need to be fully supervised at all times and out of the licensed area (and in bed!) by 10 pm. Kids under 8 years are admitted for free. Kids between 8 and 16 years get in cheaper. There are some activities for kids and a chillout kid friendly area. This year featured the Trash Parade, which allowed the youngsters to touch base with their old mate the Easter Bunny.

2015 headliners: Justin Townes EarleStrand Of OaksTony Joe White


Cool Summer Festival

Mt Hotham, VIC (31 Jan- Feb 2)

Cool Summer encourages parents to bring children to the festival as it is very family friendly. Kids are free of charge, but need to be accompanied by an adult ticket holder to be allowed to enter the festival site. They have activities all weekend for the kids.

2015 headliners: The Delta RiggsDallas Frasca


Riverboats Music Festival

Echuca, VIC (13 - 15 Feb)

This Echuca event is a far cry from the rowdy rock festivals with the likes of Dan Sultan, Sarah Blasko and Tex Perkins headlining this year's event. Kids under 12 are admitted free and it's around half the price of an adult ticket for anyone 13 – 18.

2015 headliners: Dan SultanSarah BlaskoTex Perkins & the Dark Horses


Queenscliff Music Festival

Queenscliff, VIC (27 – 29 Nov)

Queenscliff offers a Kids Quarter so your offspring don't have to hang out with you round the clock. Kids under 14 get into the festival for nix, while those between 14 and 17 get in cheaper. There's also the FReeZA Dry Zone, where kids between 14 and 17 can hang out without the folks cramping their style for as long as they want.

2015 headliners: The ChurchDan SultanHiatus Kaiyote


The Peninsula Picnic

Mornington, VIC (29 Mar)

This year was the first Peninsula Picnic and it featured great music as well as lots of great food and wine. It's a picnic, so kids who don't like the music can play picnic style games, like bocce, badminton and boules. If your kid is under 5 than they you won't have to pay for them, while those between 5 and 17 get in for $12.

2015 headliners: The WaifsPaul Dempsey


Golden Plains & Meredith

Meredith, VIC (March and December respectively)

The Meredith team is very open about their kids policy. Basically, kids are welcome, but they might get a bit bored. The festival is not set up with kids in mind and, as such, there are no childminding facilities or activities for kids. They suggest leaving the kids at home, but if you bring them, make sure you have a consent form on you at all times and don't let them run off. Kids under 10 are free, those over 10 need to have a full priced ticket. 

Recent headliners: Neneh CherryConor Oberst (Golden Plains), The War On DrugsDe La Soul (Meredith)



Bush Bands Bash

Alice Springs, NT (5 Sep)

Musicians from a number of remote Central Australian Indigenous communities come together to hone their skills and then put on a massive performance each September. It has been a key musical event in Alice Springs for over a decade now.


Wide Open Space

Alice Springs, NT (1 – 3 May)

This festival of music, arts and desert culture actually has a area called Kids Space, so you can be sure the little ones will be entertained, even if they're not into the amazing art and music on offer. Free entry is offered to those under 14.

2015 headliners: L-Fresh The LIONMad ZachUrtekk




Hobart, TAS (Jan 15 – 18)

It's one of Tasmania's biggest events and you should take your children to experience it. Kids can go along to events at the festival hub for free if they are under 12 and parents can get a discounted ticket as well if heading to something with their youngsters. Kids over 12 are eligible for student discounts.

There's also Dark Mofo during winter, most of which is all ages. Some of it is perhaps a little scary for young people but who are we to say?

2015 headliners: Paul Kelly's Merri Soul SessionsThe CleanSwans


Falls Festival

Marion Bay, TAS (New Year's)

The Tassie leg of Falls is built for families, with kids under 12 allowed to attend for nix and a Kids Club and family campground ensuring that the youngsters have a real good time, make some new friends and don't get kept up all night.

2015 headliners: Alt-JJohn Butler TrioTodd Terje


A Festival Called Panama

Golconda, TAS (March)

They have children's activities and even a couple of kids' performances from the artists on the bill. Kids under 4 get in free, with those aged up to 11 costing $50 and 11 – 18 year olds $110 this year.

2015 headliners: Courtney BarnettBombinoSharon Van EttenDarren Hanlon.


Party In The Paddock

Burns Creek, TAS (20, 21 Feb)

Kids are more than welcome and if they're under 12 then they will get in for free. The usual rules apply about parents or guardians having to be around and there's a consent form that you'll have to have completed if you're not a parent or legal guardian. 

2015 headliners: The Beautiful GirlsJinja SafariDappled Cities.



Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford QLD (New Year's)

One of the oldest festival's in Australia also happens to be one of the most kid friendly. There's pretty much an entire festival for kids within the Woodford event – we can pretty much guarantee you that they're not going to be bored. It's fre for kids under 5, very cheap for kids up to 12 and anyone between 13 and 18 gets in a little bit cheaper than an adult.

2014-15 headliners: Violent FemmesThe Cat EmpireKate Miller-Heidke


Caloundra Music Festival 

Caloundra, QLD (2 - 5 October)

There are stacks of kids activities in the Funky Forest at the Caloundra Music Festival that will keep your young ones going for hours. Face painting, jumping castles and even drumming classes are available and most of them are free. As far as tickets go, you can get your kids throught the gate for a fraction of the cost of an adult ticket – about $15 if they're under 12 and around half the cost of a full price ticket if they're in their teens.

2014 Headliners: John ButlerThe BamboosThe Beautiful Girls




Adelaide, SA (11 – 14 March)

There's a whole KidZone available where the youngest world music fans to go and hang out during WOMADelaide, featuring a program of artists playing shows specifically suited for kids. This is a very family friendly event with prams and strollers allowed, changing facilities available and, as mentioned, this dedicated world of kid-friendly fun, featuring full days of programmed entertainment.

2015 headliners: Sinead O'ConnorBombinoFirst Aid Kit



West Coast Blues & Roots Festival

Fremantle, WA (March)

Your kids can attend the West Coast Blues & Roots Festival with you, but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parents at all times. The festival makes a point of saying that older brothers and sisters do not count as guardians, so if the kids want to go, they need to hang out with you the whole time. Tickets for under 18s are about half the cost of an adult ticket and kids aged 4 and under don't require a ticket at all.

2015 headliners: John Butler TrioPaolo NutiniDavid Gray



Groovin The Moo

Oakbank, Bunbury, Bendigo, Canberra, Maitland, Townsville (25 April – 10 May)

Similar to Splendour and Meredith, there's nothing stopping you bringing the kids to Groovin The Moo, but organisers aren't convinced it's the best idea. "We are expecting a big excitable crowd so it's probably not the best place to bring small children, toddlers and infants," a statement on their website says.

2015 headliners: A$AP FergPeachesCharli XCX


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