Brisbane Music Festival


Brisbane has been regarded as major breeding grounds for original

music in Australia and has been a home to important music institutions

and venues. In connection with the music scene, the article is devoted to some of the Music Festivals that are being held in the city.
First in the list is the week-long Straight Out of Brisbane (SOOB) Contemporary Arts and Music Festival which has been continuously supporting the works of independent artists and musicians since 2002. Organizers and programmers of the said event are mainly young artists themselves. Even some of the volunteers are performers. The non-profit festival assures its audiences for a diverse program. SOOB Festival runs for a week every mid-August and features 89 events with approximately 1,500 artists involved and 30,000 attendees. The festivals have also shared significant media coverage from the local radio and magazines.
Another festival that showcases Queensland's emerging artists from various fields other than music but also in dance, theater and visual art is the 2high Festival.

brisbane music festivals

Initiated by the company Backbone Youth Arts, the two-day free festival seeks to support the talents of young people, especially those whose age are between seven and twenty-six. The event usually happens every mid-November. Those who are into blues can wait for two different music festivals.

First is the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival which began as a four-day indoor event in 1990 at the Arts Factory. Its first year is considered a big success, having drawn more than 6,000 people in the event. Slowly unfolding on its 19th year, this five-day celebration of music has been playing on

the New South Wales' north coast.


Some of the notable people in the carious line-ups in the festivals of the past are Bob Geldof, Martha Wainwright and Michael Franti. In addition, the

East Coast Blues and Roots Festival is the first Australian Festival to be nominated in the US-based Pollstar Concert Industry Awards and has been competing for two consecutive years as a finalist for the International Music Festival of the Year category. It is a also a

two-time Robert Helpmann Awardees for Best Contemporary Music Festival in Australia.

The other music festival for the blues lovers is the Brisbane Music Festival that highlights the blues scene in Brisbane and its surrounding areas.

For fifteen years, it has been playing wonderful music in the Waterloo Hotel in the Fortitude Valley, featuring a two-stage format for live music and the

band times.

What started out as a local event has become Australia's largest folk festival, the Woodlord Folk Festival which happens during the last days of the year, approaching New Year. This non-profit festival is being organized by the Queensland Folk Federation and has been managed by Bil Hauritz since its establishment in 1987. From a meek 900 attendees on its starting year, the crowd has evolved into a staggering 132,000 visitors or 20,000 to 25,000 visitors daily. The festival runs from 9AM until late very night for six days in the Brisbane Valley, featuring hundreds of concerts and workshops over eighteen performance venues. Aside from the musical events, Woodlord also boasts its showcase of restaurants, bars, stalls, handicrafts, musical instruments, clothes to its visitors. Also, don't forget to participate in the workshops as well as the choir performances and the lantern parade.