BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/07/13 -- Summer in Australia means festival time so, whether you are heading to the Big Day Out, Soundwave, or Splendour, the team at www.cheapflights.com.au has some tips and hints to make sure that your festival experience is full of fun, whatever your taste in music.
"Booking travel well in advance can quite often give you a good deal on tickets -- and the peace of mind that your flights are all organized," said Oonagh Shiel site editor for Cheapflights.com.au.
"However, if you didn't plan ahead, all is not lost. Cheapflights.com.au searches and compares flights and holiday packages from more than 300 holiday providers and offers some excellent last minute deals if your festival fun is a spur-of-the-moment decision," said Oonagh.
Another way to save on airfares and accommodation is to book travel during the shoulder season, which fortunately coincides with many of the festivals in Australia.
Cheapflights.com.au has some top tips for enjoying any music festival and avoiding the pitfalls.
AUSTRALIAN MUSIC FESTIVALS
•Big Day Out - Late January heralds the Big Day Out in Sydney, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth, with the lineup for Big Day Out 2013 including Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Vampire Weekend, Grinspoon, and B.O.B. •Future Music Festival - The Day of the Dead-Set Awesome Future Music Festival will be held in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in early March 2013. The line-up includes The Prodigy, Psy, Dizzee Rascal and Boys Noize. •Soundwave - Held in February/March in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth with the 2013 lineup including Metallica, Linkin Park, Blink 182, The Offspring, Slayer, Garbage and lots more. •Splendour in The Grass - Winter in Northern New South Wales is celebrated with Splendour in the Grass at Byron Bay from July 27 to 29, featuring Missy Higgins, Wolfmother, Kimbra and The Kooks and The Smashing Pumpkins.
TOP INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVALS
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival attracts music lovers from all over the world. But it's more than just jazz with the 2013 event showcasing Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jimmy Buffet, Foo Fighters and the 50th anniversary reunion of The Beach Boys. The event will be held from Friday, April 26th until Sunday, May 5th. Cheapflights.com.au has found a choice of return flights from Australia to New Orleans from less than $1500 (including taxes).
In the United Kingdom, one the biggest avant-garde and underground music festivals is The All Tomorrow's Parties Festival held in Camber Sands from June 21-23. The All Tomorrow's Parties Festival is heading to Melbourne, Australia on 16 and 17 February. Cheapflights.com.au has found return flights, including taxes from Australia to London from $1430. Search the www.cheapflights.com.au website to compare the cost of flights to Melbourne from your city.
The Roskilde Festival in Denmark was originally created by two students in 1971 and is now Denmark's oldest music festival. The Roskilde Festival will be held from July 5 to 8 2013, featuring Nick Cave and The Pet Shop Boys. Cheapflights has searched the web and found return flights from Australia to Copenhagen for less than $1500.
If heavy-rock is more your style, then head to Mumbai, India for the annual Independence Rock Festival on November 25, 2013. Known as the "Woodstock of India" the event is India's oldest and biggest Rock Music Festival. Cheapflights has found return flights, including taxes and fees, from Australia to India for around $1400.
CHEAPFLIGHTS GUIDE TO ENJOYING THAT FESTIVAL -- AND SAVING CASH:
1. Make sure you get your concert tickets from an accredited supplier.
2. Look after your belongings; particularly mobiles, money credit cards and tickets. Remember, if you notify your provider, home insurance can cover out of home events -- and you can get cover bundled into some credit cards and bank accounts.
3. Take some time to organise your day and work out which stages, tents, events you want to attend. It would be a shame to miss out on an amazing act because you were wandering aimlessly around the festival.
4. Consider how long it's going to take you to get into and leave a venue; take a snap of your nearest exit, car, or transport spot on your phone if you're likely to be drinking, tired or geographically-challenged.
5. Always compare prices on tickets. No provider can be the cheapest for everything.
6. Arrange meet up points and venues in advance -- you'll be lucky to hear your mobile and you don't want to miss that great act because you are looking for friends.
7. Know your rights -- Malcolm McDonough from Consumer Affairs Victoria says if you bought a ticket to a music festival and it is cancelled, you have the right to a refund. "Just because the terms and conditions printed on a ticket say you can't receive a refund, this doesn't admonish your refund rights," said Mr McDonough. "By the same token, if you purchase a ticket to a music festival and it did not go ahead as promoted, for example, if a headline act does not perform or a liquor licence has not been obtained by festival organizers, you may have the right to a full or partial refund."
8. Stay aware: The Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) has launched a new initiative called 'Get the Effects by txt' where people can text any drug name to 0439 TELL ME (0439 835 563) and receive an instant health and safety message outlining the drug's effects and providing details for a confidential counselling service.
9. Slip, Slop, Slap and Sunnies. Cairin Conway from the Cancer Council says you should use at least one teaspoon of sunscreen per limb. "A great way to make new friends is to hand around the sunscreen between sets or during toilet breaks."
10. Stay hydrated. Nutritionist Stephanie Langton says water is your best friend. "Fruits like grapes oranges and melons have high water content. Festivals are more like a marathon than a sprint. Eat regularly and stay hydrated so you can enjoy the full event and have enough energy to pack up and get home safely at the end."
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