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The Drop Festival Returns for 2020 to Tour the Country's Most Iconic Surf Spots

The boutique festival will once again follow the World Surf League Championships across the country, headlined by The Presets and Boy & Bear.
By Libby Curran and Samantha Teague
November 30, 2019
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The Drop Festival Returns for 2020 to Tour the Country's Most Iconic Surf Spots

The boutique festival will once again follow the World Surf League Championships across the country, headlined by The Presets and Boy & Bear.
By Libby Curran and Samantha Teague
November 30, 2019
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Surfing and gig-going have always been two of Australia's best-loved pastimes, and in 2018 we scored a festival celebrating the best of both worlds. After returning this year, it's back for its third round of autumnal beachside festivals.

Returning from February–April 2020, The Drop festival will cruise around the country as it once again follows the Aussie leg of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour — and it's bringing a banging little lineup of musical gold along for the ride. Surfing the festival wave are dance music legends The Presets, Aussie indie-rock chart-toppers Boy & Bear and Brisbane's Ball Park Music, along with other local acts Allday, DZ Deathrays, Kita Alexander and Graace.

Held on the first weekend of each area's surfing event, The Drop is set to grace some of the Australia's most iconic surf spots, each outing featuring a locally focused offering of food, drink and culture, to match the tunes. As well as heading to the official WSL events in Torquay, Margaret River and Coolangatta as it has since 2018 — and forming part of WSL Qualifying Series events Surfest Newcastle and Vissla Sydney Surf Pro in Manly, as it did in 2019 — the fest will also hit Noosa as part of the WSL Noosa Longboard Open.

Ian Laidlaw

THE DROP FESTIVAL 2020 LINEUP

The Presets
Boy & Bear
Ball Park Music
Allday
DZ Deathrays
Kita Alexander
Graace

THE DROP FESTIVAL 2020 DATES

Noosa, Qld — Dolphins Rugby Club, Sunshine Beach, Saturday, February 29
Newcastle, NSW — Empire Park, Saturday, March 7
Manly, NSW — Keirle Park, Saturday, March 14
Coolangatta, Qld — Queen Elizabeth Park, Saturday, March 28
Torquay, Vic — Torquay Common, Saturday, April 11
Margaret River, WA — Barnard Park, Busselton, Saturday, April 25

The Drop tickets go on sale from 6pm AEDT on Wednesday, December 4, with pre-sales available from 6pm, Tuesday, December 3 for folks who register in advance (prior to 6pm, Monday, December 2). For more info, visit thedropfestival.com.au

Images: Walk Wild Studio/ Miranda Stokkel / Ian Laidlaw.

Published on November 30, 2019 by Libby Curran

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