Alternatives to Southbound this Year

Southbound is out, but here are a few alternatives to satisfy your festival cravings.

Jessica Gizzarelli
September 15, 2017
Arts & Events
It has been just over a decade since one of Perth’s most talked about music festivals - Southbound - first came to Busselton. Unfortunately, this year event organisers have decided to can the weekend-long music festival. So where does this leave all the annual Southbound festival lovers of Perth?
I have found six alternate music festivals to fill your urge this summer, with genres ranging from dance to pop, electric, rap, rock and more. I am sure there is one that will fill your music festival cravings.

Listen Out 

When: Sunday 24th September 2017

An over 18’s event held at Western Parklands HBF Arena in Joondalup, Listen Out is making its return to Perth. The festival is set to immerse the audience with its upbeat dance vibes, and will feature a range of local and international acts. Get your tickets before it’s too late.

Fantazia – The Full Moon 

When: Saturday 4th November 2017

Coming back to Perth in its 25th year, Fantazia is an internationally recognised music event taking over Red Hill Auditorium in Toodyay. Offering a mix of dance tunes and ‘Old Skool’ music classics, this event is sure to excite the music lovers of Perth. 


When: Saturday 2nd December 2017

Here is a new and exciting music festival to get your hearts pumping. Let me introduce you to SummerSalt Music Festival. What better way to kick off your summer music vibes then by heading down to Margret River amongst that lush scenery and coastal breeze, listening to tunes from acts including The Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd and more talented artists. 

Origin NYE 2017 

When: Sunday December 31st 2017 to Monday January 1st 2018

What better way to celebrate the end of 2017 than by hanging out with great mates and dancing to awesome tunes. Origin NYE at Claremont Showgrounds is back again with three stages set to make some loud noises and memories entering into the New Year. Check out Origin’s website to see this year’s line-up and grab your tickets.

Falls Music & Arts Festival 

When: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of January 2018

What better way to start the New Year than by heading down to Fremantle for Falls Music festival. An 18+ event taking over Fremantle’s King Square and headlining DJ’s and acts from local and international blues to jazz and swing artists. 

Electric Gardens Festival 2018 with Fat Boy Slim 

When: Friday 19th January 2018

For the electronic music lovers of Perth get excited as Fat Boy Slim headlines next year’s Electric Gardens Festival. In addition, several other international guests are expected to light up the stage at Red Hill Auditorium in Toodyay. For more details about the event and where to get your tickets, check out this website.

To my friends who rave about upcoming music festivals in Perth, singing and dancing to awesome tunes until their feet hurt, I hope that these upcoming music festivals excite you!

Jessica Gizzarelli

Hi, my name is Jess. I’m 21 years old and love writing, music, fitness and food. Recently, I completed a degree in Communications. To me Perth is home, having grown up here, I love going for walks along the coast and reading at my favourite childhood Park. I love Perth’s vibrant and unique culture, café scene and stunning landscapes. I am always up for a new adventure discovering unique, quiet and hidden places around Perth.