How to Negotiate Festival Clashes this Summer

December 21, 2017

Us Aussie’s are pretty spoilt when it comes to summer. Pool parties, pristine beaches to lounge on all day, BBQ’s at Christmas with friends and family, what more can you ask for?

With the start of the Aussie summer comes the wave of the big summer festivals, and the musical talent on offer at this year’s festivals is off the hook. But there remains a recurring issue with festivals: set time clashes.

A few festivals *ahem* FOMO *ahem* have broken the mould by showcasing all artists on one stage. But with more festivals expanding their line-up each year, it is near impossible to fit huge international and domestic artists across one stage for multiple days.

That is why every festi-goer has to put their strategy hat on before festivals to decide which artists to see if there is a clash. And trust us, we know how hard it is choosing one act over another. That’s why we’ve gone into full planning and strategy mode for you and have picked out some of the nastiest clashes from Falls Festival, Field Day and Laneway Festival and made the hard choices for you!

Falls Festival Byron Bay – Liam Gallagher or Vince Staples?

Liam Gallagher set time: 8-9pm
Vince Staples set time: 8.20-9.20pm

Falls goers are being #blessed with this year’s ridiculously good line-up, with Aussie and international artists Flume, Fleet Foxes, Run The Jewels, Foster the People and The Kooks dominating the bill.

But there remains a big clash on the final day of the festival: it’s Brit-pop royalty vs. a huge mover in the US rap game! You’ve got two artists who are on the opposite end of the music spectrum with much different histories. But both artists can’t be missed in their own right, so who do you choose?


Where do we begin with Liam Gallagher? The voice behind the iconic 90s Britpop band Oasis has been spreading his voice over Twitter more of late instead of a record. After his not-so-popular project Beady Eye disbanded in 2014, there was talk about whether the Mancunian lad would ever take the stage again.

LG silenced the critics this year by releasing his debut solo album As You Were. Led by single Wall of Glass, the album propelled to number 1 in the UK and announced Liam’s triumphant return to the big stage. With Noel Gallagher and Liam not looking like they’ll be reconciling anytime soon (and therefore no Oasis reunion in sight) you can’t miss this chance to see the young brother in full flight.

If rock n roll isn’t your cup of tea, then Vince Staples is here to bring you fat beats and slick rhymes. The genius behind acclaimed – and arguably best album of 2017 – Big Fish Theory has been meet with critical acclaim and propelled himself to become a household name within the rap game.

After making appearance on Odd Future albums he released his first LP Summertime ’06 in 2015. Led by singles ‘BagBak’ and ‘Big Fish’, Big Fish Theory signals incredible growth from his first album, with Staples embracing an avant-garde approach to electronic and hip-hop music. To see this album, as well as his earlier material, performed live at Falls is life memory in the making.

So who do you choose? As tough as it is to call, we’re going to go with Vince Staples. The flow, the bass, the beats… the Cali rapper has got it all, and he’ll bring the fire in his set so you can’t miss it! But if you want to still see Liam Gallagher play there are still tickets available for his Melbourne sideshow. And if you need a place to stay we’ve got that ready for you too!

Field Day – DJ Snake or DRAM?

DJ Snake set times: 6.35-7.50
DRAM set times: 6.30-7.15

If you’re hitting up Field Day this New Year’s Day you’re gonna be spoilt by some huge Aussie and international acts, including Flume, Thundamentals, Golden Features, Mura Masa, Vince Staples, DJ Snake, ScHoolBoy Q and Stormzy.

But with such music royalty taking the multiple stages at Centennial Park you know there is going to be some serious clashes going on. And Field Day goers will have to choose between two big hitters in the rap and trap game: DRAM or DJ Snake?

After rising to fame with his ‘Turn Down for What’, DJ Snake has become a household name within the trap and EDM scene. His future collab with Major Lazer on ‘Lean On’ saw him propelled to superstar status, and since has been ripping up festivals including TomorrowWorld and Coachella.

As for DRAM…well I hope you’ve been eating your ‘Broccoli’! The Virginian born rapper propelled to international attention with his collab with Lil Yachty on ‘Broccoli’, and released his first studio album Big Baby DRAM at the end of 2016. Since then, he has worked with the Gorillaz on the single ‘Andromeda’ from their upcoming fifth album Humanz.

These two will put on one hell of a show, but who should you see? We love all things bangers so we’re gonna have to side with DJ Snake for this one. I mean, how many chances do you get to shout ‘Turn Down for What’ with thousands of other people?! And if you’re making the trip up to Sydney for Field Day, don’t worry we’ve got a bed sorted for you!

Field Day – Flume or Thundamentals?

Field Day’s clashes continue with possibly the biggest and toughest clash to decide. It’s a choice between two legends of the Australian music scene: will you choose electronic king Flume or hip-hop veterans Thundamentals?

Let’s start with Flume. Honestly, does the man really need an introduction?! If you haven’t heard of Flume you really gotta educate yourself ASAP, as the Sydney born producer and DJ swept up the ARIA awards in 2016 with 8 awards and won the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skin at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Yeah. Flume is just a little bit of a big deal.

Since releasing Skin in 2016, Flume has been relatively quiet on the new music front but came out with some previously unreleased tracks in collaboration with Greenpeace to raise awareness about the dire state of the Great Barrier Reef.

But you can’t forget about Thundamentals! The Blue Mountain born rap group have been prolific in 2017, with new album Everywhere We Know being released and peaking at number 2 on the ARIA charts.

Off the back of the new album, they’ve been touring around the country and announced recently they’d be doing a huge regional Aussie tour in 2018 in celebrations of 10 years of good vibes and tunes! You won’t find a harder working Aussie rap group, and you can absolutely expect them to put on a huge show.

Decisions, decisions, decisions! This is might be the hardest choice out of all the clashes, with two maestro’s of Aussie music playing at the same time. On this occasion Flume is given our tick of approval! You’d be hard pressed to find a better live act in Australia, and what better way to bring in 2018! And if you need a bed after a HUGE day at Field Day, we’ve got one ready for you!

So if you’re heading to these festivals at the end of this year and are struggling to choose between artists which are clashing, we hope this guide helps you! But let us know: do you agree with our choices? Which artists do you want to see the most? Otherwise we’ll see you all in the mosh! And if you’re after $1 breakfast to soothe the festival hangover, our ibis Hotels have got you covered!


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