The Big Pineapple Festival's 2024 Lineup Is Here with The Amity Affliction, Bliss n Eso, Peking Duk and More

The only music fest that takes place next to Queensland's most-famous big thing, this event is back in a huge way for its first run in three years.
Sarah Ward
Published on July 08, 2024

Childhood snaps aplenty are filled with Australia's big things, including pictures with The Big Pineapple as a backdrop if you've ever visited the Sunshine Coast. As an adult, there's another way to make memories at the famous Woombye site: hitting up The Big Pineapple Festival, which is finally returning in 2024 after a three-year absence and has just dropped its jam-packed lineup.

The Queensland fest announced its comeback earlier this year, and also its 2024 date: Saturday, October 19. Now comes who'll be taking to the stage while you dance in the shadow of a giant piece of tropical fruit. The Amity Affliction, Bliss n Eso and Peking Duk lead the bill, alongside Tones and I, Golden Features, Vera Blue, Thornhill and Dune Rats doing a DJ set. There's a heap more acts where they came from, too, on what's set to be a massive spring day in the Sunshine State.

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2024's event will also add a World Eats and Beats precinct, which is where you can grab a bite and listen to global tunes; the Lantern Parade lighting up the site, aka pineapple fields; the Skate Jam, where top Aussie skaters will on their decks; and Burlesque L'amour doing a festival stint. Or, you can enter the Best Dressed at the Fest contest, with prizes for both solo and team attire — and likely a range of pineapple-inspired outfits getting a workout — or try your stuff at The Great Australian Pineapple Toss competition.

On the nation's list of big things, The Big Pineapple is among the most famous. It's big. It's a pineapple. It's heritage-listed Queensland icon. It's surrounded by those pineapple fields. It now has a new cafe and viewing platform. Basically, what's not to love? Since 2013, however, it's no longer merely a reason to go to Nambour to gawk at over-sized fruit — because that's when it also became home to a music festival, which ran annually until its current three-year break.

As well as live music, the fest includes two days of camping. Accordingly, if you hadn't already, start looking forward to an event that'll take over its iconic location's natural amphitheatres, get folks pitching a tent at the 4000-person campground, and also span workshops and art installations in a relaxed setting, too.

The Big Pineapple Festival's return is welcome news at a time when the Australian music scene has been seeing cancellations, rather than comebacks. Tasmania's Mona Foma said farewell forever after its 2024 event, both Splendour in the Grass and Groovin the Moo scrapped their 2024 festivals mere weeks after announcing their lineups, Falls Festival took summer 2023–24 offSummergrounds Music Festival at Sydney Festival was cancelled and This That hasn't gone ahead for a couple of years now.

The Big Pineapple Festival 2024 Lineup:

The Amity Affliction
Tones and I
Bliss n Eso
Golden Features
Peking Duk
Vera Blue
Dune Rats (DJ set)
The Dreggs
Drax Project
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers
Ocean Grove
South Summit
No Money Enterprise
Day We Ran
Betty Taylor
Toby Hobart
Hellcat Speedracer
Raw Ordio
Tess Fapani
Earth Sign
Unearthed winner

Billy Zammit

The Big Pineapple, Alpha via Flickr

The Big Pineapple Festival will return on Saturday, October 19, 2024. Ticket presale signups start from 8am on Monday, July 8, with presales beginning at 8am on Wednesday, July 10 and general sales from 8am on Thursday, July 11 — head to the fest's website for more information.

Images: Claudia Ciapocha / Charlie Hardy.

Published on July 08, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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