Big Sound Shots

Big Sound is done for another year with Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley hosting more than 130 new and established Australian and international artists across 18 venues over three nights. Always one of the highlights of Brisbane’s live music calendar, this year saw an expanded schedule of showcase performances staged in conjunction with the Big Sound Music Conference.


Photos from all three nights of the festival have been uploaded to the gallery.


Big Sound is Here Again

The most exciting week of the year for Brisbane music fans is almost upon us once again with the live music program of the Big Sound Music Conference and Festival showcasing more than 130 artists over four nights. Running from September 5 to 8, each day of Big Sound 2017 will feature an extensive selection of keynote presentations, panel sessions, workshops and master classes from artists and industry professionals (including the likes of Tina Arena, Archie Roach and Dave Faulkner), while each night will see Fortitude Valley come alive with showcase performances from local, national and international artists. Whilst the conference sessions are restricted to Big Sound delegates, the live music showcases are open to the public with one-night tickets from $45 and a four-night pass for just $85, which includes entry to the official Closing Night Party on Friday evening.

Big Sound 17

Other than finding the staying power to get through each night of the festival, the biggest challenge at Big Sound is composing a schedule to catch as many artists as possible. This year again features a mix of established artists (Megan Washington, Oh Mercy and Abbe May), local favourites (Cub Sport, The Creases, Waax) international acts (Sløtface, Bespin) and the very best in emerging new talent, such as Tia Gostelow, Ruby Fields and Alex the Astronaut. With so many artists on show, the music spans all styles and genres to such an extent that if you can’t find something, or somebody, you like over the course of the festival, it is probably safe to say that you don’t like music.

Cub Sport

With performers at 18 different locations stretching from The Flying Cock to the New Globe Theatre, encompassing traditional venues such as The Zoo, Black Bear Lodge, Woolly Mammoth and The Foundry along with special outdoor stages at The Brightside and Ric’s Big Backyard, it can be a feat of significant stamina to catch all of the artists on your checklist each night, but such commitment to the cause is almost always rewarded.


In addition to official Big Sound events, there are also a range of other live music performances over the four days, such as the free Footstomp Music artist showcases at Greaser Bar each night. For full details of the artist line-up, venues, conference/festival schedule and ticketing information, head to the event website of follow Big Sound (@BIGSOUNDmusic) on Facebook.


Queensland Poetry Festival

The Queensland Poetry Festival kicks off this week with four days of activities and events across several Brisbane venues, the majority of which are free. In addition to poetry readings and performances, the festival will also include panel sessions, book launches, live music, visual art installations and the 2017 Poetry Awards which will feature as part of opening night festivities at the Judith Wright Centre on Thursday evening (August 24).

QPF logo

Also on Thursday night will be a tribute to Leonard Cohen, while other festival highlights include An Afternoon with Michael Leunig on Saturday (August 26), performances from the likes of The Bedroom Philospher (Justin Hazlewood) and Ben Salter, with the Queensland final of the Australian Poetry Slam to be decided on Sunday night.


To check out the full schedule of events and venues, visit the QPF website or follow Queensland Poetry Festival on Facebook.


Festival Photos

The recent Teneriffe Festival and Currie Street Music Crawl produced of plenty of free live music performances, showcasing a diverse collection of talented local artists. Featured over the two weekends were the likes of Screamfeeder, Sahara Beck, Waxx, Tia Gostelow and plenty more.

Photos from both events have been added to the gallery.

Teneriffe Time Again

The Teneriffe Festival is on again this weekend (Saturday, July 1) with food, fashion, market stalls, entertainment and live music throughout the afternoon. Despite the fact that a few locals have gone out of their way to undermine the festival in recent years, it has continued to grow as a celebration of an area that has a rich history. Teneriffe served as the centre of Brisbane’s wool export trade throughout the first half of the 20th century and was also utilised as a submarine base during World War 2 before transforming into an industrial hub prior to its emergence as a sought after residential area comprising apartments which were once wool stores, coupled with new residential developments, restaurants and retail spaces.


Whilst the riverside location and proximity to the attractions of New Farm, Bulimba, Newstead and Fortitude Valley also makes Teneriffe a popular destination for visitors from throughout Brisbane and further afield, the festival is a celebration of everything that Teneriffe has to offer. Occupying Vernon Terrace between Commercial Road and Florence Street, the festival site includes laneways off Ethel and Darth Streets and the parklands along the river.

The live music program on The Triffid River Stage kicks off at 12.45pm with Hannah Rosa and continues into the evening, with The Steel Syndicate rounding out the show from 8.00pm. Also on the bill are Shag Rock, Christian Patey, Will Anderson and 2016 Queensland Music Award winners in Doolie and Tia Gostelow, whose brand new music video can be viewed below.

For more information about the 2017 Teneriffe Festival, visit the event website or follow Teneriffe Festival on Facebook.

Big Music Weekend

There was heaps of live music across south-east Queensland over the Labour Day weekend and two of the biggest events were absolutely free.

Surfers Paradise Live delivered three nights of free live music in Cavill Mall, which featured performances from more than 25 artists, including the likes of Ivey, Tigertown, The Veronicas, Mental as Anything and Eskimo Joe.


In Brisbane on Sunday, the Stones Corner Festival also provided a feast of free music with an impressive line-up of performers such as Sahara Beck, I Heart Hiroshima and Regurgitator.


A selection of images from Surfers Paradise Live and the Stones Corner Festival have been added to the gallery.