The Spiegeltent welcomes guests from all over the world, both onstage and off, and the liquor flows long after sundown. It’s a cocoon of wood and velvet and glass, a magic circle that repels the everyday beyond its ring of snug booths. Its architecture dates back a hundred years, but its ethos dates back thousands, to when humans gathered in the safety of a circle to listen to tales of love and loss, heroism and heartbreak – and this year in the Spiegeltent, Brisbane Festival has gathered a remarkable roster of modern-day minstrels to spin stories in song.
These festival acts are as multi-faceted as the tent’s glittering mirrors. One hails from the neon-lit concrete gullies of New York City; and one is a son of the tiny and unspoilt Faroe Islands, lashed by the freezing grey seas between Norway and Iceland. The tent is also host to those who honed their craft closer to home: vocal powerhouse Megan Washington, who started out crooning jazz numbers in the backrooms of Brisbane venues; and the city’s young prodigal son Conrad Sewell, who went from shredding in suburban garages to sidekicking Ed Sheeran on a national tour and playing at Coachella. Also, a special show will give a 40th birthday tip of the hat to community radio stayer 4ZZZ.
In a city where, on any given night, the next generation of musical hopefuls rock tiny Valley bars while international pop titans sell out a stadium, the Spiegeltent has earned a reputation as a peerless and fearless stage that revels in the wonder of music in all its forms.
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