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New Three-Day Music Festival Dream Machine Will Take You Island-Hopping in The Whitsundays

Dance to tunes from Hayden James and Flight Facilities, then sleep on a yacht or on Daydream Island.
By Ben Hansen
April 01, 2021
By Ben Hansen
April 01, 2021

Australians haven't had many chances to attend a music festival or escape the mainland in the last twelve months. Festivals around the country have been few and far between, with even approved large-scale events being called off last-minute. And, as for travel, a lot of the nation's usual island getaways have been off limits due to domestic border closures. But, if you've been longing to sing along to your favourite tunes while surrounded by your friends and to take a trip to a secluded beachside resort, a newly announced festival has you covered.

Dream Machine, the new venture from the team behind Wine Machine and Snow Machine, will see music lovers travel to The Whitsundays this October for a stacked lineup of local electronic talent. Heading up the party-forward lineup is the fan-favourite combo of Flight Facilities and Hayden James — and they'll be joined by the likes of former Triple J House Party presenter KLP, Touch Sensitive, CC:Disco!, Set Mo and Yolanda Be Cool. The Jungle Giants, Confidence Man and Cosmo's Midnight are also onboard, hitting the decks for DJ sets.

If the simple activity of grooving to tunes on a tropical island isn't enough motivation for you, festival-goers will also be treated to an island-hopping adventure between Daydream Island, Paradise Cove and a surprise location. Your itinerary can also include kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing and waterside cocktails, and, if you stay at Daydream Island Resort, you'll have four restaurants, three bars, a pool and a spa to enjoy as well.

Dream Machine will run from Wednesday, October 6–Sunday, October 10, with festival events running for three days within that five-day, four-night period. Unsurprisingly, it isn't cheap, with packages starting from $1899 per person for a yacht stay and $2099 for a stay in the resort. The extravagant price tag will get you accommodation, breakfast each morning, ferry transport to and from the airport, and tickets to the festival (of course).


Flight Facilities (DJ set)
Hayden James
Cosmo's Midnight (DJ set)
Confidence Man (DJ set)
Dena Amy
Fleetmac Wood
Happiness is Wealth
Jimi the Kween
Kristina Jaman
Made in Paris
Mira Mira
Owl Eyes (DJ set)
Poof Doof DJs
Set Mo
The Jungle Giants (DJ set)
Touch Sensitive
Wax'o Paradiso
Yolanda Be Cool

Dream Machine takes place from Wednesday, October 6–Sunday, October 10 in The Whitsundays. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, April 7 — visit the festival's website to sign up for pre-sale access.

Published on April 01, 2021 by Ben Hansen
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