10 Reasons Why You Have To Roll Into Groundswell Festival This Year

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Groundswell Festival – WA’s most action-packed sand and land festival returns to Scarborough.

Update: NEW DATES are Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October, 2021

If Groundswell Festival isn’t on your radar, we’ve got a few questions… Fire up the group chat, whip out your calendar and book the Monday off work – WA’s most action-packed sand and land festival returns to Scarborough this October for 3 huge days, and we’ve found 10 reasons why you simply can’t miss it!  

Cold Nips early morning dip

The super rad Cold Nips crew are bringing their early morning excitement to Scarborough for 3 days of dippin! Set your alarms for this one and race over from 5.45am across Friday, Saturday and Sunday for an icy, energising sunrise dip, focused around connection, nature, discomfort and finding meaning.

Registrations are essential but everyone can join, head over HERE and sign up now! 

The 78 Hub

When you’re not catching all the epic action on the water, on the sand, in the bowl or under the tipi’s, the 78 Hub will be abuzz each day with free activities, games, vinyl sellers, vintage fashion stalls, photo booths, live street art, henna artists, tarot readers and Perth’s best food trucks to keep you going all weekend.

Make sure to pop over Saturday and Sunday for free t-shirt tie dying workshops and a temporary tattoo parlour thanks to the legends at Drug Aware. 

Street Sport, water sport and more sport!

No matter your flavour, Groundswell has got you covered.

The entire weekend is chocked full of surfing, skateboarding, 3×3 basketball, BMX, beach volleyball and soccer – even if spectating is more your sport, you won’t want to be anywhere else across the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Race down to the water for two huge surfing comps, watch the Scarborough Skate Bowl get absolutely shredded at the Sunday Skateboarding Bowl comp, perch up courtside for the 3×3 Basketball comp and make sure to catch the exhilarating BMX Bowl comp on Saturday and BMX Stunt Show on Sunday!

Don’t miss the Volleyball WA pre-season Beach Volleyball Competition bouncing down on the Saturday or get a group together and try your luck at a friendly beach Soccer match on Sunday.

Did someone say action-packed? 

The ultimate location

Home to iconic community events like the Scarborough Sunset Markets and Brazilian Beach Carnaval, Scarborough really knows how to deliver the goods. Stretching from the Scarborough Clocktower down to the crystal clear waters of the beach, you’ll want to have those cameras fully charged and ready to snap some pics – this location is gorgeous and your pictures will be too. 


Groundswell Live

Plug in and tune out as Groundswell LIVE makes its debut on the festival program this year thanks to the help of the legendary team at Propel Youth Arts WA.

A mini-festival inside the festival, this is an all-killer-no-filler line-up of indie rock, surf pop, RnB disco grooves on the incredible beachside Scarborough Amphitheatre stage, from 3pm-7pm Saturday 9 October.

This year’s lineup includes Adrian Dzvuke, Ghost Care, Hot Sand and Jewel Owusu – it’s going to be huge. 

Sustainability galore

The Groundswell team are pretty damn committed to spreading that good sustainability message and have rounded up a bunch of eco-warriors to help out.

Offering up four awesome activities across the weekend, from coastal beach cleanups, sustainability panel discussions to really get you thinking and a super fun ethical clothes swap, because who doesn’t love swapping out their wardrobe whilst helping out our planet?! 

Wellness Hub Tipi Village Takes Over

The newest addition, Tipi Village, is THE one stop spot for all things Wellness.

Holistic health coach Brendan Foley links up with Cold Nips in a two hour fire and ice experience to help build resilience through discomfort and inner alignment, truth speaker Becky Felstead leads an empowering “Quit Your Bitching” session to inspire self love, start the morning running with the 440 Cottesloe crew, tap into the art of living in the moment with an early yoga flow or just pick up some tips on wholesome living, how to keep a positive mindset, managing your mental health and the value of nature, discomfort, connection and meaning – it’s all there in the Tipi Village thats to local legends and salty dogs, Cold Nips and e.conscious. 

The grub options are endless

You’ll come for the sporting events, stay for the live music and need a seriously good feed to get you through the adrenalin-fuelled weekend.

The options are aplenty, with a little something for everyone; Aussie BBQ for those carnivores, heaps of seafood, deliciously fresh vegan bites and a whole lot of desserts for those with a sweet tooth. The mouth-watering delights on offer across the weekend include vegan goodies from Latina and Carina’s, loaded spuds from Hot Potatoes, sweet or savoury bites from La Crepe De Paris, pasta that will melt in your mouth from Gnocchi Gnocchi Boys, traditional Middle Eastern cuisine from The Habibs, and refreshing treats from Not Guilty Ice Cream and Coldrolls. 


Blank Walls live street art 

The Blank Walls crew will be back in 2021 with a team of their most talented, local street artists to do what they do best – transform a blank canvas into a stunning piece of art.

These guys mean business and know their way around a paintbrush, brightening up many a plain wall across Western Australia. Don’t miss them in action around the famous Scarborough Clocktower Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Meet and Greet with one of WAs best female surfers 

WA surfing pro Bronte Macaulay will be making a splash at this year’s Drug Aware Groundswell Festival, riding into the Surf Boardroom on Friday and perching up in the merch tent at the festival on Saturday for two unmissable meet and greets. Taking to the waves from the age of 9 and carving out an impressive surfing career for herself, you’ll want to get down early on Friday and Saturday for this awesome free experience.

Dodgy Bros giant DodgeBall comp Thanks to The Lookout 

Thanks to local legends The Lookout, comes the most epic beach dodgeball battle, Friday 8 and Sunday 10 October.

With tonnes of prizes up for grabs and all the glory that comes with being Scarborough’s elite dodgeball champion, you’ll want to come out on top of this one! Plus The Lookout DJs will be down there, spinning the hottest beats and getting the party pumping.


  • When: Friday 8, Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 October 2021
  • Time: 5:00am – 5:00pm
  • Location Scarborough Beach, Western Australia

For further information visit groundswellfestival.org.

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