Brisbane festival brings the city to life this month with a killer line of the best music, arts and comedy. These shows are not to be missed so clear your schedule for the best festival yet.
LONDON GRAMMAR | SAT SEPTEMBER 23
Performing their album ‘Truth is a Beautiful Thing’ London Grammar will fill Riverstage with their unique sound and ethereal tunes. Brisbane audiences are in for a treat as they will be one of the first to hear the haunting new sound of the second album. The British trio will be performing from 4:45pm onwards and will be an amazing addition to the festival.
STARMAN | TUES-WED SEPTEMBER 12-13
This David Bowie inspired artist combines cabaret and rock to create a show that captures the hearts of audiences. Sven Ratzke takes on the multiple personas of Bowie and his hyper-real world of seventies glam rock. This androgynous act is full of star power and extreme talent that you don’t want to miss. Be sure to catch STARMAN at the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent.
ZOË COOMBS MARR: TRIGGER WARNING | TUES-FRI SEPTEMBER 12-15
This confusing act is sure to have you in a fit of giggles for the entire hour. A female comedian, dressed as a male doing stand-up as a clown gives you some serious comedy inception. Absurd humour, gross gags and an on stage meltdown makes this a must watch show. TRIGGER WARNING: try not to be offended, as Zoë pushes the boundaries of comedy and makes fun of the sensitivities of today’s society.
UV BOI | SAT SEPTEMBER 30
Fun beats and seriously smooth vocals make a show you don’t want to miss. UV Boi is a young artist who is simply oozing with talent, after winning Triple J Unearthed in 2014 he has taken off as one of the coolest and most down to earth artists. Accompanied by a three-piece band his unique style of music is filled with energy and emotion. His 60-minute show in the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent will leave you wanting more, be sure to check it out.
TERROR | TUE- SAT SEPTEMBER 19-23
Take on the role of jury duty in a fun way, Terror is a show exclusive to Brisbane festival where you decide the ending. A hijacked plane is heading towards a packed football stadium, ignoring orders the plane is shot down by a fighter pilot. Though thousands were saved over one hundred are killed. Now you decide, was it murder? This show is like a choose your own adventure novel, only better. Be sure to catch it in the Playhouse Theatre this Brisbane Festival.
UNDER SIEGE | WED-SAT SEPTEMBER 27-30
Epic is an understatement when it comes to this dance show by Yang Liping. Watch as two armies battle as lovers meet in an interesting and breathtaking performance. The unique mix of performers from hip-hop, ballet, classical and contemporary dance backgrounds come together to create an unforgettable experience. You won’t want to blink in fear of missing the choreography. You can catch Under Siege in the Playhouse Theatre.
ALI BARTER | SAT SEPTEMBER 23
Full of cleverly crafted lyrics and grungy tunes Ali Barter is set to be one of the biggest Aussie artists this year. Her tongue-in-cheek snapback and power-pop anthems will have you feeling empowered and ready to take on the world. Her strong voice fills the Spiegeltent and leaves you wanting to hear more and more.
THE PREATURES | THURS SEPTEMBER 14
After playing at Glastonbury, Coachella and Bonnaroo, Sydney band The Preatures are gracing Brisbane Festival with their brash, joyus pop sound. Their newest album ‘Girlhood’ will take centre stage in the Spiegeltent accompanied by some other of their best hits from their previous album. Don’t be afraid to get involved and sing along.
FUN HOUSE | THURS-SAT SEPTEMBER 7-24
Leave your shoes at the door- they aren’t allowed on the jumping castle. Fun House is bringing the most fun to the festival. A technicolour world comes to life featuring DJ Pogo, Spencer Novich, Trygve Wakenshaw and Kyle Driggs. This will be one of the biggest house parties Brisbane has to offer. Combining seriously good tunes with circus performance this will be such a cool show!
MEGAN WASHINGTON & QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA | THURS SEPTEMBER 28
Bursting out of her jazz roots Megan Washington has evolved her style into an indie-pop and alternative-rock style. Combined with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra an array of her best songs will be performed. Her fun and melodic voice is defining a new generation of female singers. Get in to the Concert Hall and see her first before she takes the rest of the world by storm.
CHEF: COME DINE WITH US | SAT-SAT SEPTEMBER 9-16
Beatboxing, breakdancing and bibimbap? This combination of acrobatic displays and theatre makes a delicious treat for the audience. An ultimate cooking show comes to life when rival chefs complete to see who is most talented, both in the kitchen and on stage. Eat up beforehand because this show will make you hungry!
NGAIIRE | THURS SEPTEMBER 23
Vocal powerhouse Ngaiire is front and centre at Brisbane Festival. Her seriously large list of past gigs and spine-tingling sound makes her a force to be reckoned with. She pushes musical boundaries with layered harmonies and rhythms that thrill the audience. Ngaiire pulls you in and makes you never want to leave, be sure to catch her in the Magic Mirror Spiegeltent.
THELMA PLUM | FRI SEPTEMBER 29
Rising superstar Thelma Plum performs to the crowds of the Spiegeltent on a Friday night. Her soulful music is filled with raw emotions and talent that labels her as one of the best upcoming artists. Though she hasn’t released a full album yet she will be performing a variety of songs off her EP’s and upcoming album. You don’t want to miss catching her live before she becomes big.
Not all of the Brisbane Festival is about arts, there are some seriously good food and drink options to make a night to remember. Some of the partnered restaurants include Aria, Soleil Pool Bar and ESQ. & Esquire. These places hold some of the best views and the most delicious food. Amazing beers and wines will accompany the best meals. If you head out early you have just enough time to catch a show after your meal.
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