With the end of yet another year comes one of the hardest annual decisions. Narrowing down 10 of our favourite songs out of hundreds of new releases for the Triple J Hottest 100 Poll gives us more anxiety than we would like to admit. Instead, we have narrowed down the 10 best music events hitting Queensland in 2019 – let’s call it procrastination. The conversations have started and bands keep pumping out killer albums and singles, making our life ever the more complicated when the new year hits.
Local acts and international bands are giving us all they’ve got before the end of the year, in preparation for touring announcements. With all the music hype, we have put together a gig guide, helping you mentally and financially prepare for the onslaught of current financial sacrifices for next year’s enjoyment. With bands touring after long hibernations and others showing us their familiar faces the more we yell encore, there is a huge range of music to start buying tickets for.
We would highly recommend listening to each band before reading for a little extra convincing. Why? Because there is nothing more exciting than knowing you’ve got a killer gig coming up. Not even a dreaded ‘sold out’ sign could falter us! From beach festivals to intimate gigs, our gig guide covers it all.
Leon Bridges | Jan 2, ‘19
The soulful sounds of Leon Bridges are there for the breakups, the moody moments, and the mellow afternoons. The intimate space of the Tivoli is the perfect atmosphere to absorb the melodic tunes of his album Good Thing, as Leon showcases old and new music styles. For those of you who aren’t familiar with his sounds, think R&B ballads and soul-funk vibes. AKA, everything we love. Touring with Noah Kahan, there will be an acoustic folk flair to the evening. We can safely say this is not one to miss!
Tickets: $99 - Resale
Where: The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley
FOMO | Jan 5, ‘19
Most of us relate to this festival more than we would like to admit. It is easy to develop a fear of missing out, especially when a festival is headlined Nicki Minaj herself. Yes, we are currently the only city to have sold us, making us proud that we are the most musically dedicated. Don’t worry, registering for the resale is available now and it will also get you in the running to win the ultimate FOMO by night experience (the night before) including a luxury hotel stay, 2x VIP tickets, food, drink and merch vouchers! Nicki Minaj, exclusively playing at FOMO, will be joined by leading artists Anna Lunoe, Just a Gent, triple j Unearthed winner, Rae Sremmurd and several more acts. Featuring one main stage, you get the beauty of no clashes and one amped party.
Tickets: Sign Up Now For FOMO Resale Page
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The Kooks | Jan, 6 ’19
We’ve all seen them and we will happily see them again and again. The Kooks can do no wrong. Up to their 5th studio album, ‘let’s go sunshine’ they have redefined their music to align with new fans – and we love it! This English indie rock band have been making hits since 2004 and we have followed them every step of the way. Their headline show in Brisbane is locked in at Eatons Hill Hotel, making for one epic start to your Sunday sesh.
Where: Eatons Hill Hotel
For Shore | Jan 12, ’19
Big names have been dropped for this local festival! The seaside camping festival For Shore, literally on the shore of picturesque Bribie Island, will feature PNAU, the Presets, SAFIA and CXLOE, with a massive second round artist announcement dropping soon! With luxury options for those that are camping-opposed among us, they are set to accommodate everyone. More info to come but we’re already intrigued.
Tickets: From $89
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, Bribie Island
Mumford and Sons | Jan 15, ‘19
Tickets are on sale now to catch Mumford & Sons touring Australia. It will have been four arduous years waiting for Mumford & Sons to return to Oz after their 2015 Wilder Mind album tour. This British quartet has stolen the hearts of music fans with their soothing, rustic voices and melodic instruments. Their new single, ‘Guiding Light’ has us grappling for more, holding onto hope that the rest of the 2018 album gets released before the new year. Playing alongside special guest, Michael Kiwanuka for their Brisbane show, it’s going to be one entertaining night.
Tickets: From $99.50
Where: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall
Florence and the Machine | Jan 23, ‘19
Florence can do no wrong in our eyes. Coming to Brisbane on their 6th tour of Australia, Florence and the Machine will be performing alongside special guest, Marlon Williams. Her raw, smoky notes are alluring as ever. Get ready for a mesmerising live showcase of their 2018 album, High as Hope. This indie rock band has had us as devoted followers since their 2011 album gave us ‘Dog Days are Over’ – some songs just never lose their touch. Coming back almost every year since, with powerful singles and addictive albums, this is one act that is a must-see live.
Tickets: Resale to come
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George Ezra | Jan 27, ‘19
The baritone pipes on this guy seriously astound us. English singer, George Ezra, is taking to the Tivoli stage at just 23 years of age. Get ready to hear ‘Shotgun’ blasted through those performance speakers for a listening you will never forget. Summer music has arrived and it is songs like this that make our poolside days that much better. This humble folk-rock superstar is touring with special guests who are soon to be announced!
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival | Feb, 2 ‘19
For those of you who aren’t catching Gang of Youths this November, this is your chance to watch these music gods HEADLINING the Laneway class of 2019. Alongside Courtney Barnett, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Baker Boy, Camp Cope, Cosmo’s Midnight and so many more! With a handful of international artists flown in and an array of pure blooded Aussie talent, the excitement is real! On Saturday, February 2, some of the most dynamic artists, both emerging and established will take to the stage and we are so keen. Big props to Camp Cope for standing up against assault at festivals!
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds
Rüfüs Du Sol | Mar 2, 19’
With the release of their newest album Solace over the last few weeks, all eyes are on Rüfüs Du Sol. As they prepare for their album tour in the new year, Solace is being played on repeat through every radio station, and with good reason. While their new tunes are a different vibe from the Atlas album, the raw, emotion-filled lyrics are still strong and the alternative eclectic sounds are still entrancing. Getting excited to play for us under the starts at Riverstage, we couldn’t get around Rüfüs Du Sol any more if we tried. This talented Sydney trio brings us alternative house music that continues to mesmerise us.
Tickets: On Sale Friday, Oct 26 10:00 am
Tash Sultana | Mar 21, ‘19
Local Melbourne artist, Tash Sultana, has been making melodic waves with her troubling past and harmonious present. From street busking to viral videos, Tash has had the sincerest introduction to the life of fame, working her way up from complete anonymity. Known for her dynamic use of multiple instruments, she gives multitasking a whole new name. We were all equally as hooked on her single ‘Jungle’ and could bask in those electric guitar flicks and beautifully strangled singing all evening long. You can catch her soulful lyrics and vibey tunes at the Riverstage in 2019.
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