Sydney Festival runs from January 8 to 26 and justifiably claims to be one of Australia’s most varied festivals.

There are stacks of shows at venues such as the Opera House – queue in Martin

Place early each morning as there are always a few $25 tickets for that day’s shows.

Plus, there are huge free concerts in the Domain.

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Tamworth Festival (January 16-25) has been running for 43 years and is just about the biggest festival Down Under. It’s a veritable who’s who of the country music world, and even includes the annual Golden Guitars Awards. Acts include Kenny Rogers and Paul Kelly.

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St Jeromes Laneway Fest (January 31-Feb 8 is now nationwide

The hipster-haven boutique festival started in Melbourne’s laneways and now also visits Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle and Sydney, as well as Auckland.

Acts this year include Little Dragon (pictured), St Vincent and Jon Hopkins.

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