The next month or so is shaping up as an exciting time for live music lovers, with no less than three festivals to be staged in south east Queensland. In addition to the annual Big Sound live music extravaganza, two outdoor festival events will be staged on the Sunshine Coast, featuring some of the best bands and artists from across Australia and overseas. The Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival is a one-day event staged on a former golf course near Maroochydore, while the Caloundra Music Festival will take place over four days at Kings Beach.

Big Sound Live

This annual event just gets bigger and bigger and the 2016 event will feature more than 150 local, national and international artists at multiple venues in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley over two nights on September 7 and 8. Staged in conjunction with the Big Sound Music Conference, the festival provides artists with an opportunity to showcase their music to fans, fellow musicians and industry representatives.

Participating venues this year include The Zoo, The Foundry, The Empire Hotel, Heya, The Press Club, The Woolly Mammoth, The Elephant Hotel, Ric’s Café, Brightside, Oh Hello, The Flying Cock and The New Globe Theatre.

Big Sound

Featuring on the massive Big Sound program this year are the likes of Alex Lahey, DZ Deathrays, Babaganouj, Ecca Vandal, The Gooch Palms, Vera Blue and Olympia.

On Friday night (September 9), The Triffid will host the official Big Sound Closing Party at The Triffid to wrap up proceedings with Lahey amongst those on the bill.

Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival

Those lamenting the end of Big Sound for another year can extend their week of live music merriment by heading up the highway on Saturday (September 10) to Maroochydore for a one-day outdoor festival staged on a site that is destined, apparently, to become the new CBD of the Sunshine Coast.


Lahey will also feature at Maroochydore, along with Matt Corby, Peking Duk, George Maple, Allday, City Calm Down and Client Liaison.

Caloundra Music Festival

Kicking off on Friday, September 30 and running until Monday, October 3, the Caloundra Music Festival will see almost 100 performers converge on Kings Beach for four days of music under the sun. Unlike a lot of festivals, Caloundra brings together artists new and old, ensuring there is something to please all ages and tastes across the four festival stages over the duration of the festival.


As such, the likes of Michael Franti, The Preatures, Paul Dempsey, Ladyhawke, Kate Miller-Heidke, The Beautiful Girls and Band of Frequencies will feature alongside veteran artists such as Icehouse and Darryl Braithwaite.

For information about each event, including artists details, performance schedules, transport and ticketing information, click on the festival logos above.