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Let the music take control this September!

28 Jul

Let the music take control this September!

Music transforms life’s experiences. From the everyday moments to the momentous ones, it is music that lifts, consoles, amplifies and unites us.

Whether it's the songs of Bob Dylan reimagined into Broadway theatre for Girl From The North Country, the power of 9 dancers moving to the beat of 9 drummers in Manifesto, or the hottest new rap artists spitting fire from iconic Brissy rooftops and parklands, there are so many incredible music moments to immerse yourself in at Brisbane Festival this Sep.

Here are just a few of the incredible artists to wrap your ears around this year.

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Australian pop stars Jessica Mauboy and PAULINI hit all the right notes!

Soaring vocals and dance-inducing disco from this line-up of superstars! Revel in Jessica Mauboy's hottest hits as she lights up opening night in South Bank Piazza; immerse yourself in astonishing new opera The Call, composed by Brisbane's own Kate Miller-Heidke (with Connor D'Netto), and don't miss disco inferno Queen's Wharf Disco Wonderland featuring PAULINI.

Jessica Mauboy
Festival Highlight
Fri 2 Sep

Jessica Mauboy

South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden

Queen's Wharf Disco Wonderland
Festival Highlight
Sat 24 Sep

Queen's Wharf Disco Wonderland

Riverstage, Gardens Point

The Call & The Human Voice
20—24 Sep

The Call & The Human Voice

Concert Hall, QPAC

Alice Ivy, Mo'Ju and more soundtrack the city's most unique on-water bar and floating experience!

By sunrise or sunset, Brisbane's Art Boat returns for a celestial floating art experience like no other with a full performance program featuring multi-instrumentalist Alice Ivy, singer-songwriter Mo'Ju, art-rock band Moreton, Camerata, folk band MZAZA and so many more who will amaze you as you cruise down the Maiwar.

Brisbane's Art Boat
Festival Highlight
2—24 Sep

Brisbane's Art Boat

The float away hit of Brisbane Festival 2021 is back!

Climb sky high with Patience Hodgson and Jesswar as they take over iconic rooftops around Brisbane!

Patience Hodgson, former frontwoman of indie rock band The Grates, creates a razzle-dazzle rooftop with some of her closest musical mates for a ritzy party that promises to be as big on heart as it is on glitter.

Or perhaps rap rebel Jesswar is more your vibe, who, along with some of the country's freshest musical acts will create a sound, art and movement experience to transport you to another world - a utopia.

Curated around a single colour palette, the only way in is to follow your roof's theme as YOU are the missing piece in this rooftop revelry.

Raise the Roof – Loverpalooza
Festival Highlight
Fri 23 Sep

Raise the Roof – Loverpalooza

​The Terrace Rooftop Bar

Raise the Roof – Utopia
Festival Highlight
Fri 23 Sep

Raise the Roof – Utopia

​The Grove Rooftop

Lose yourself in the pulsating beats at the Aftermath After Party feat. Danny Harley (The Kite String Tangle).

Get your Friday night tickets for exclusive access to experience a specially curated 60-minute DJ set influenced by the clubs of Berlin. Featuring electronic artist and multi-instrumentalist Danny Harley.

Aftermath
Festival Highlight
7—9 Sep

Aftermath

South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden

An electric collaboration from Australasian Dance Collective and The Kite String Tangle’s Danny Harley.

Reach new heights with Montaigne.

See a different side of ARIA award-winning indie artist, Montaigne as she performs a haunting new score live, along with spectacular aerial acrobatics for the world premiere of Holding Achilles.

Holding Achilles
Festival Highlight
29 Aug—10 Sep

Holding Achilles

Playhouse, QPAC

The other half of the legend.

L-FRESH the LION, Bustamento, Little Quirks, dj pgz and more headline the beloved Brisbane Serenades.

Brisbane, we're bringing the party to you!

An evolution of the trailblazing Street Serenades program, Brisbane Serenades sees seven exciting mini-festivals traverse the city’s North, South, East and West. The Boldly Brisbane program brings the suburbs alive and places them centre stage in a celebration of diversity and connectedness.

#More music moments...

The Whitlams Eternal Nightcap 25 Years Concert
Fri 16 Sep

The Whitlams Eternal Nightcap 25 Years Concert

South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden

Beddy Rays
Fri 2 Sep

Beddy Rays

The Princess Theatre

BIGSOUND Country: Live at South Bank
Sat 10 Sep

BIGSOUND Country: Live at South Bank

South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden

Heartland
Sold Out
Fri 23 Sep

Heartland

Underground Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse

Manifesto
Festival Highlight
14—17 Sep

Manifesto

Playhouse, QPAC

Polyserena: 20th Anniversary Celebration
Sat 17 Sep

Polyserena: 20th Anniversary Celebration

South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden

The Last Drop
Sat 24 Sep

The Last Drop

South Bank Piazza, BOQ Festival Garden

Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts
Free
6—20 Sep

Lord Mayor's City Hall Concerts

Brisbane City Hall

The Church
Fri 9 Sep

The Church

The Princess Theatre

Wayfinder
21—24 Sep

Wayfinder

Brisbane Powerhouse

Piano Power
9—10 Sep

Piano Power

Concert Hall, QPAC

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