Unless you have been living under a rock, or perhaps serving some time in solitary confinement, you would know that the Brisbane Festival is now well and truly underway, offering myriad performances from local and international artists at numerous venues across Brisbane for the next three weeks. From music to dance to comedy to theatre to circus and everything in between, Brisbane Festival is a smorgasbord of performing arts that culminates with the annual Riverfire pyrotechnics extravaganza over the Brisbane River on September 26.
The Brisbane Festival is a celebration of the creative and performing arts and an important component of the festival each year are free events that enable everybody to partake in the festival experience. Perhaps the biggest free initiative this year is Front Yard Music – Extended Play. As the name suggests, these shows are an extension of the annual Front Yard Music series presented by the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Every Monday to Saturday for the duration of the festival, QPAC’s Melbourne Street Green will host a series of free musical performances.
Every night (excluding Sundays) between 5:00pm and 8:00pm will see a diverse collection of bands and artists take to the stage. Bands such as Mosman Alder, Babaganouj and Velociraptor will feature, along with artists such as Sahara Beck, Hannah Rosa, Angharad Drake, quirky double-act The Phoncurves and plenty more.
The full schedule of performances for Front Yard Music – Extended Play is as follows:
September 8 – Allthingslost
September 9 – Chukale + Dancers
September 10 – Chukale + Dancers
September 11 – The Wet Fish
September 12 – Eddie Gazani
September 14 – Angharad Drake + Hannah Rosa + Phoncurves
September 15 – O’ Little Sister + Meredith
September 16 – Cypher + Golden Vessel + cln.
September 17 – Chukale + Dancers
September 18 – Isabel + Aquila Young + MKO
September 19 – Charmaine Jones
September 20 – Black Indie + Fox and Fiasco + Mosman Alder
September 22 – Machine Age + Yuuca + Babaganoüj
September 23 – Coisa Linda
September 24 – Chukale + Dancers
September 25 – Neighbour + Sahara Beck
September 26 – Greg Chiapello + Big Strong Brute + Velociraptor