The singer revealed that his apprehension of playing the music events stems from bad experiences early on in his career when he wasn't given enough time to prepare.
"I'm not doing many festivals, and none in the UK," Gotye told the Daily Star. "I've had enough bad festival experiences early on so I'm scared of doing them.
"I'll avoid them unless I can get more support from the organisers, more time to soundcheck or maybe move higher up the bill so I can get better preparation time."
Gotye recently topped the US Hot 100 and UK singles chart with his international hit 'Somebody That I Used To Know'.
The track has been lifted from his latest album Making Mirrors.
Watch the music video for Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' below: