The Grass Is Greener festival in Cairns jumped out of the gates with a lineup that might just be one of Australia’s coolest. It has a strong focus on local talent and features a smattering of international acts to really push this into ‘essential’ territory. Not only does the event offer some quality music, but they also provide some options that incorporate hotel, flights and tours of the beautiful local area which include the Great Barrier Reef. (Check here for the offers that are available).

We decided to peruse the lineup and offer you our Top 5 picks of what is essentially an all-around killer lineup.

Hayden James

The Sydney-sider is probably best known for his first single “Permission to Love” which garnered worldwide love and attention, even hitting the #1 spot on Hype Machine’s ‘most blogged about tracks’, and becoming the most played track on the national broadcasting giant, Triple J. Hell, it even earned over 9 million streams on Spotify.

You might not be aware of this: not only is he an efficient songwriter, but he also owns a deft hand at commanding dance floors with his energetic DJ sets. In a Hayden James set you can expect to hear everyone from Bonobo to Chemical Brothers to Kllo. And that is precisely what he will be doing at TGIG when he headlines the event with a rare DJ set.

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