BASSINTHEGRASS Is The Best Australian Music Festival You’ve Never Been To

Epic sunsets and Australian tunes.

Epic sunsets and Australian tunes.

Running since 2003, BASSINTHEGRASS is the Northern Territory’s biggest music festival. According to Darwin locals, BASS is a rite of passage, having seen 18 years worth of iconic artists through sold-out shows. 

Set under the unwavering blue Darwin skies and its new location, Mindil Beach, since 2019, the festival might win for best sunset alone.

Aside from the music – which we’ll get to in a sec – BASS always has an awesome array of activities for you to participate in at the festival, making it a multi-faceted experience. 

At BASSINTHEGRASS 2021 you’ll find:

3 x 3 Basketball

In a first for BASSINTHEGRASS Basketball Northern Territory will be presenting an action-packed 3 X 3 activation with exhibition games, challenges, shooting competitions and more!

Sunset Session

This basically just entails sitting on the beach at sunset with a beverage, or even swinging on one of the sunset swings. 

Chill ‘n’ Charge

Have a break between sets and enjoy a quiet corner while you charge your phone under the waving palm trees.

Silent Disco

Dance to your own beat with the return of the ever-popular Silent Disco.

The Village

Check out a number of deadly fun activities and displays from Cairo Skateboards to Giant Lawn Games.

The Markets

Get fuelled up with a selection of favourite food and drink stallholders from the famous Mindil Markets.

It doesn’t really get more Australian than this. There’s a never-ending summer energy in the air, the weather is hot but not gross and there are floral shirts as far as the eye can see. BASSINTHEGRASS truly captures Australian Summer vibes, not only with its but with their incredible Australian lineup.

The 2021 lineup is epic. It’ll be like going to all the concerts you missed last year in one go. The lineup is…

  • DMA’S
  • G FLIP
  • ILLY

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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