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.

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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.

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

Mountain Goat Moments

Despite sweltering heat in Brisbane on Saturday, plenty of people flocked to Fortitude Valley to take in a feast of free live music as part of the 2017 Mountain Goat Valley Crawl. With 20 artists across five venues, there was plenty of variety on offer throughout the night for music lovers of all persuasions.

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Those concerned that The Zoo might have lost some of its mojo in the wake of recent renovations will be pleased to know that this Valley institution remains a seething pit of sweat, with the recent changes to the layout only serving to make movement through the facility a bit easier and provide greater capacity both in front of the stage and at the rear of the venue adjacent to the bar.

Hosting the first publicly announced reunion gig by Butterfingers, The Zoo was a heaving mass of steam and sweat as Evil Eddie and his band mates ripped through the Butterfingers back catalogue and teased with some new music that is soon to be released.

A selection of images from the 2017 Mountain Goat Valley Crawl are now available for viewing in the gallery.

Ali Barter Returns

Having performed at The Zoo during Big Sound two years ago, Ali Barter returned to the same venue on Thursday night (December 15) for a headline show on the back of two strong EP releases and plenty of airplay on Triple J.

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A combination of catchy pop gems, acoustic balladry and some genuine rock and roll, Barter delivered a terrific set to a very enthusiastic, if smaller than expected, crowd.

A gallery of images from the show are in the gallery.

Fiesta Time Again

It’s hard to believe that Brisbane’s annual Valley Fiesta has already rolled around again with the promise of another feast of FREE live music. The 2016 Valley Fiesta happens this weekend, with music, markets and entertainment throughout Fortitude Valley.

Festivities get underway on Friday night (October 28) with the Live and Local band competition on the Brunswick Street Mall stage. Come Saturday evening (October 29), The Vines will headline the main music stage in Brunswick Street East, with Hey Geronimo, Joyride, Harts and Morning Harvey also featuring. Meanwhile, the likes of Yuuca, Polographia, Jess Kent and KLP will grace the Brunswick Street Mall Stage on Saturday.

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Sunday will feature the traditional QMA Music Showcase on the Brunswick Street Mall Stage, with this year’s line-up including Bearfoot, Deena, Emily Wurramara, Mzaza and Forevr.

There will also be market stalls in both the Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls, along with multicultural music and performances on both Friday and Saturday.  Art, food and pop-up bars will feature over the weekend, with events to be held in Bakery Lane and Winn Lane in addition to the myriad options on offer in Brisbane’s entertainment precinct every week.

For more information about Valley Fiesta 2016, including artist details and set times, head to the festival website or follow on Facebook.