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BREAKING! The ultimate Aussie Alt Rock Festival is headed to Cairns! With a colossal lineup dripping in 90s Aussie alt rock nostalgia, the Cairns show boasts a haul of some of Australian alt rock's most celebrated acts, including Grinspoon, You Am I, Regurgitator, Screamfeeder, Magic Dirt, Tumbleweed and Caligula. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the return of the festival and the greatest era of the indie alt rock scene in Australia.

The ultimate Aussie Alt Rock Festival Spring Loaded is headed to Cairns! With a colossal lineup dripping in 90s Aussie nostalgia, the Cairns show boasts a haul of Australian indie rock’s celebrated acts including Grinspoon, You Am I, Regurgitator, Screamfeeder, Magic Dirt, Tumbleweed and Caligula.

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the return of the festival and the greatest era of the indie alt rock scene in Australia.

Cairns Spring Loaded indie rock festival

After the blockbuster success of the inaugural festival in Queensland pre-COVID, Empire Touring is elated to announce Spring Loaded is back and larger than ever, declaring a triumphant return to live music with nine festival dates set to rock around Australia in a bid to pay homage to some of the country’s most beloved festivals including Big Day Out and Homebake.

Kicking off in Sydney On The Lawn at Royal Randwick on May 8, the massive festival will then head up to Cairns, before moving on to Sandstone Point Hotel Bribie Island, Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Darwin Amphitheatre, Gosford Entertainment Grounds, Stuart Park Wollongong, Red Hill Auditorium in Perth and will wrap in Victoria on November 27.  

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday March 24 at 10am local time.


The Spring Loaded Line Up

Thrilled to be on the bill, You Am I’s Tim Roger’s explains, “It’s kinda unavoidable that nostalgia surrounds these shows, but the past year I’ve heard new music from most of our friends here that is as vital and visceral as any they’ve done in the past, which makes these potential shows all the more thrilling.”

Not one to mince words, Rogers goes on to offer some solid tips for punters, ordering, “Dress up, turn up, muck up!”

Grinspoon will headline the Cairns Spring Loaded Music Festival on Saturday 12 June 2021.
Grinspoon will headline the Cairns Spring Loaded Music Festival on Saturday 12 June 2021.

Stoked at the opportunity to get the band back together after what was a long 2020 for everyone the world over, Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson says, “I’m terribly excited to be playin’ with Grinspoon at Spring Loaded. Since FireFight we have barely stepped onto stage, let alone seen each other.”


The man who masterminded this bodacious opportunity for us all to relive our youth and celebrate the return of live music, Empire’s Marc Christowski says, “Having been at various Big Day Outs and Homebakes over the years, it is a massive buzz for us to produce Spring Loaded. Bringing together such an amazing lineup that will go to every corner of the country, flying the flag of indie rock is a dream come true.”


The Details

Covering all bases, the festival will be bustling with craft beer and an enviable collection of Cairns’ cherry-picked food trucks. 

Spring Loaded is a fully licensed 18+ event, strictly no BYO food or alcohol. 

The show will be outdoors at the Cairns Showgrounds and will go ahead rain, hail or shine. 

No tables, tents, sun shelters or umbrellas are permitted, punters are urged to bring ponchos/raincoats and gumboots if rain is forecast. 

Picnic rugs and low camp chairs are permitted, as are sealed bottles of water, and there will be water refill stations.


Ticket Sales

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday March 24 at 10am local time, with a presale offered to Telstra customers from Thursday March 18 at 10am local time to Sunday March 21 at 10pm AEDT.  There will be a My Ticketek and Oztix presale from Monday March 22 at 10am local time.  VIP tickets will be available for the Just Ace Place VIP Bar offering a premium viewing area, exclusive VIP entry, private bar and food area.

The Spring Loaded festival dates will be held with a commitment to a COVID Safe environment.  Festival organisers will work closely with and comply with all requirements of the public health authorities in respect of these shows. If any shows are required to be postponed, a postponement date will be announced and punters will be eligible for a full refund if they are unable to make the new date.

Get ready to rock and relive the soundtrack of your youth at Cairns Spring Loaded 2021.

Spring Loaded Cairns Playlist

Spring Loaded Event Dates


SAT 8 MAY | ON THE LAWN AT ROYAL RANDWICK, SYDNEY | NSW | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au  | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 12 JUN | CAIRNS SHOWGROUNDS | QLD | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au  | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 19 JUN | SANDSTONE POINT HOTEL, BRIBIE ISLAND | QLD | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au  | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 26 JUN | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE | SA | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

FRI 23 JUL | DARWIN AMPHITHEATRE | NT | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 16 OCT | GOSFORD ENTERTAINMENT GROUNDS | NSW | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 23 OCT | STUART PARK, WOLLONGONG | NSW | 18+

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au  | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 30 OCT | RED HILL AUDITORIUM, PERTH | WA | 18+

Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 438 849 | All Moshtix Outlets

Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au  | 1300 364 001 | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 27 NOV | VENUE DETAILS TO FOLLOW | VIC | 18+

Venue details to come, sign up for pre-sale  www.springloadedfestival.com.au 


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