With the winter quickly passing us by, it’s full steam ahead to the summer music festival season and quite frankly, we don’t think it can arrive soon enough. We wait around all year for all that fun in the sun and great music.

Already promoters and festival organisers are setting the scene for what looks to be a particularly impressive season of festival action, with announcements from Sugar Mountain, Rottofest, Queenscliff Music Festival, and more.

Readers can check below for all the essential music festival updates you should be aware of and rest assured, there’s plenty more where that came from, so make sure you’re staying tuned to Tone Deaf.

Sugar Mountain Returns For 2016

It looks like a break in 2014 is just what Sugar Mountain festival needed. Their most recent instalment, which featured the likes of Nas, Ariel Pink, Body/Head, Swans, and more, received rave reviews and now they’ve officially announced their return for 2016.

Sugar Mountain will make its triumphant return to VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) on Saturday, 23rd January 2016. Organisers promise the lineup is “on the way”, but if this year is anything to go by, it’s sure to be a diverse selection of underground favourites.

Posted by Sugar Mountain on Sunday, August 9, 2015

Rottofest 2015 Lineup Announced

Rottofest will return to its titular home on Rottnest Island this year, with a lineup featuring 18 hilarious comedy performers and 11 awesome music acts set to perform across four venues from 11am to 11pm on Saturday, 19th September 2015.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Thomson Bay, Rottofest’s music lineup boasts a diverse range of local talent, kicking off with electronic trio Art vs Science and hip-hop crew Jackie Onassis, as well as Coin Banks, Lilt, Our Man In Berlin, and more.

Meanwhile, this year’s headline comedy acts include Triple J Breakfast presenter Matt Okine, who previously won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the festival in 2011, as well as Dave Callan, Eddie Ifft, Fio O’Loughlin, Al Del Bene, Sami Shah, Chris Wainhouse, and more.

Early Bird tickets are priced at a very reasonable $79 for the Festival Pass or $39 for the Music Pass. Tickets will be available until 21st August 2015 and they’re sure to fly fast so be quick. Please note, Rottofest is an 18+ event.

Rottofest 2015 Lineup


Art vs Science
Jackie Onassis
Coin Banks
Our Man in Berlin
Angus Dawson
Jacob Diamond


Matt Okine
Dave Callan
Eddie Ifft
Fiona O’Loughlin
Al Del Bene
Sami Shah
Chris Wainhouse
Rebecca De Unamuno
Colin Ebsworth
Rory Lowe

White Night Melbourne Returns In 2016

The premiere event on Melbourne’s cultural calendar, White Night, is set to return Saturday, 20th February, running overnight into Sunday, 21st February, and organisers are calling on Melbourne creatives who are keen on participating.

Last year’s even was a late-night art and music extravaganza, featuring some of the Victorian capital’s best artists, musicians, filmmakers, and more, with a music lineup that featured the likes of Remi, Jack Ladder, Total Giovanni, among others.

Some of Melbourne’s most beloved cultural institutions, including the Arts Centre, ACMI, the National Gallery of Victoria, and the State Library of Victoria will again open their doors all night, offering special events and programming.

White Night will take over Melbourne for another incredible 12 hours from 7pm Saturday, 20th February until 7am Sunday, 21st February. The full program, including the music lineup, will be announced closer to the event date.

Queenscliff Music Festival 2015 Reveal International Lineup

Having already announced a lineup featuring some of the country’s best homegrown talent, including the likes of Angus & Julia Stone, Hoodoo Gurus, Kate Miller-Heidke, Paul Dempsey, and Augie March, Queenscliff Music Festival have now added seven new international acts.

Last year saw Queenscliff Music Festival presenting international acts for the first time in a number of years, adding a distinct global flavour in what had previously been a lineup focused on homegrown talent.

This year’s lineup of formidable overseas talent is led by acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, followed by the likes of The California Honeydrops, Trinity Roots, Hollie Smith, Louis Baker, Estére, and Thomas Oliver.

Queenscliff Music Festival 2015 Lineup

Ron Sexsmith
The California Honeydrops
Trinity Roots
Hollie Smith
Louis Baker
Thomas Oliver


Angus & Julia Stone
Hoodoo Gurus
Kate Miller-Heidke
Paul Dempsey
John Williamson
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Robert Forster
Ainslie Wills
Hey Frankie
Augie March
Cookin’ on 3 Burners featuring Tex Perkins
L-Fresh the Lion
The Snowdroppers
Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine
Tinpan Orange
Raised by Eagles
All Our Exes Live in Texas
Morgan Bain
Blue Eyes Cry

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