Get your fix of stand-up comedy, breathtaking ballet and live music across Australia this week
The sun is shining, our calendars are filling up and we’re beginning to feel those sweet summer vibes all around us.
We want to make sure this summer is one to remember, so we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to all things summer music, festivals, sports, arts and theatre.
Making summer memories with your best mates has never been easier. We’ve even got heaps of ready-made offers to help round up the gang in record time.
Scroll down to see our selection of the best summer events across Australia
A day on the green
The touring Aussie festival isn’t short of stellar headliners for summer 2018, with Bryan Adams, Human Nature, The Living End, John Farnham, Robbie Williams, KC and the Sunshine Band, Hoodoo Gurus and Stevie Nicks topping the bills.
Sydney City Limits
Australia has got itself a brand new festival for summer and Beck, Justice, Vance Joy, Phoenix, The Libertines and Tash Sultana are leading the bill. Sydney City Limits – sister event to legendary Austin City Limits – is a one-day, all-ages festival located in the heart of Sydney at Centennial Parklands.
So Frenchy So Chic
Taking place in South Australia for the first time ever, So Frenchy So Chic is ensuring 2018 is its biggest year yet. The boutique festival will take place in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in January. Expect world-class musicians, delicious food and wine, and an irresistible culture all of its own.
WOMAdelaide Festival 2018
The Avalanches, Kamasi Washington and Dan Sultan are among the amazing acts confirmed for this summer’s WOMADelaide festival. Taking place at Adelaide’s Botanic Park between 9-12 March, this family-friendly festival is an essential event on South Australia’s summer calendar.
Unsound Festival 2018
Unsound steps out as a standalone festival this November, having unveiled a stunning summer line-up complete with 15 Australian premieres and 13 performances that are completely exclusive to Australia. Epic.
Road to Ultra
Legendary EDM offering, Ultra Music Festival, touches down in Australia for the first time this summer. Packaged as Road To Ultra especially for Australia, the action takes place at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
This summer’s FOMO lineup is huge. RL Grime, Post Malone, SZA and Kaytranada are among the acts appearing at the festival in January. Many of them will also be pulling double duty and appearing at FOMO By Night (a smaller edition of the festival!) at Melbourne’s Festival Hall on 6 January.
If anyone can make stadium shows feel like sweaty club gigs, it’s Foo Fighters. They’ll be playing some massive venues when they tour Australia in support of their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold.
Prepare to be completely captivated as Jack Johnson and his band perform a string of special outdoor shows this summer, complete with special guests Bahamas.
Falls Festival 2018 sideshows
This year’s run of Falls Festival sideshows is nothing short of wonderful. Fans can catch Liam Gallagher, The Kooks, Jungle, Run The Jewels and Foster The People on headline duty across Australia.
The English singer/songwriter (and non-official King of Twitter) has locked in a few headline shows while he heads down under as part of a day on the green. Hearts are going to melt all over St Kilda when Blunt headlines Melbourne’s Palais Theatre in March.
Fall Out Boy
Everyone’s favourite Grammy-nominated emo rockers return to Australia will their Mania World Tour this summer. Catch them with support from rising Brissy punks, WAAX.
See Paul Kelly get summer off to a delightful start at Sidney Myer Music Bowl in December. With support from Gang of Youths, Meg Mac and Gretta Ray, this Making Gravy spectacle will have you swooning right through summer.
The much-loved Dutch DJ brings his CLUBLIFE tour to Australia for what promises to be one of his most electric live shows yet.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary event, Adelaide 500 is delivering its biggest billing yet. Racing fans can look forward to two new racing attractions, the Audi R8 LMS Cup Series and the ECB SuperUtes Series; both categories making their Aussie racing debut on the Adelaide Street Circuit in March.
Summer of cricket
Cricket season is back in action as Australia gets pumped for both International matches and domestic leagues. They’ll be no escaping the sport’s excitement this summer as we host English in the The Ashes. In the domestic arena, we’ll have tickets for Melbourne Renegades, Perth Scorchers, Brisbane Heat, Sydney Thunder and some Hobart Hurricanes fixtures.
Soccer fans, your season is here! We’ll be selling for Melbourne Victory, Newcastle Jets, Western Sydney Wanderers and Perth Glory right through the summer A-League season.
Get your basketball fix with the NBL this summer. Head to Ticketmaster for the latest Illawarra Hawks and Adelaide 36ers fixtures, with games hitting courts all over the country.
Shakespeare like it’s 1614 has been a phenomenal hit with theatre-goers in Melbourne, leading to an extended season and countless sell-out performances. The replica second globe has been erected opposite Sidney Myer Music Bowl, where the King and Queen’s companies present four of Shakespeare’s iconic plots; As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and Henry V.
The Book of Mormon
Catch this award-winning musical before it transfers from Melbourne to Sydney. The Book of Mormon has proven to be just as big a hit with Australian audiences since opening at Princess Theatre. It’s written by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and co-created with Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, and has nine Tony Awards to its name, including Best Musical, along with four Olivier Awards and a Grammy. The production relocates to the Sydney Lyric in February 2018.
Priscilla – Queen of the Desert
Simon Phillips’ homegrown Aussie show will shake its groove thing into Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in January 2018. A hilarious and heart-warming story of self-discovery and acceptance, Priscilla – Queen of the Desert offers something for the new and already-initiated theatre fan.
After its astounding success in Sydney, Dream Lover opens in Melbourne this summer. David Campbell is positively mesmerising in the role of Bobby Darin as he leads this production directed by Simon Phillips. If you lust after the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age, love the passion of the big band era, and swoon over Vegas’ Rat Pack icons, Dream Lover is sure to sweep you off your feet.
La La Land
See the epic movie, LA LA Land, with The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 80-piece orchestra and jazz ensemble live at Melbourne’s iconic Palais Theatre. Now just imagine the all the emotion of the motion picture (winner of 6 Academy Awards) presented with the added power of a live orchestra.
Check out our complete guide to summer events in Australia at Ticketmaster.com.au/summer.