Looking for the best Brisbane Music Festivals? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Queensland is truly a world class destination. Year-round great weather, gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, a mellow/ relaxed vibe and topped off with a long list of unique cities to hit up.
Brisbane, the state capital and nestled in the south-east of the state, has overcome its reputation as the quiet cousin of its east coast neighbours Sydney and Melbourne.
Now, Brisbane stands tall as a destination of its very own, with the stunning Gold and Sunshine Coasts on its doorstep.
The annual Brisbane music festival calendar is full to the brim all year. Few cities can hold a festival during any month and bank on great weather – but Brisbane takes the cake!
My list of the top 20 music festivals in Brisbane will have you planning your next getaway to the Sunshine State pronto. I guarantee you!!
1) St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
Genre: Indie, Rock, Electronic
St. Jerome’s has been a key player in the Australia festival scene for years, and their Brisbane edition can’t be missed! They always deliver a top-notch line-up, excellent production, and incredible Aussie festival vibes. Definitely one of my favorite Brisbane Music Festivals on the list!!
“St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what’s fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers. The size of the festivals, the locations and the way we encourage community all form part of the way in which the Laneway team strive to present a live music experience like no other.”
2) BIGSOUND Festival
Where: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
“BIGSOUND Festival runs four nights across Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, showcasing the next big thing to fans, industry, and international tastemakers alike. Its massive artist line-up has been instrumental in uncovering names like Flume, Rufus, Courtney Barnett, Megan Washington, The Temper Trap, A.B. Original, Remi, Gang of Youths and more. By day, BIGSOUND presents an invaluable opportunity to meet new collaborators and learn from the best from around the world. The conference program presents ideas from some of the international music industry’s most revered and forward-thinking luminaries. Delegates have heard from and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Nick Cave, Neil Finn, Kim Gordon, Simon Raymonde (Bella Union / Cocteau Twins), Billy Bragg, Amanda Palmer, Peter Garrett, Michael Gudinski (Mushroom), Ben Lee, Seymore Stein (Sire), Michael Chugg, and Steve Earle. You never know who you will meet.”
3) Listen Out
Where: Various venues, Brisbane
Genre: Dance music
“Listen Out is Australia’s premier dance music event, bringing quality dance music to four spectacular inner city venues across Australia this spring. Past headline acts include Eilish Gilligan, Reija Lee, DyspOra, Yù Yī and Triple One opening up, while powerhouses in BROCKHAMPTON, Skrillex and A$AP Rocky.”
4) Island Vibe Music & Arts Festival
Where: North Stradbroke Island
Genre: Soul, Funk, Reggae, Dubstep
“Soul, Funk, Reggae, Dub and Island Culture by the beach…. Minjerribah (Straddie) is undoubtedly one of the most stunning places in Australia, with miles of pristine surfing and swimming beaches, abundant wildlife and the perfect place to hold a music festival. ry year much care is taken to make Island Vibe one of the most hospitable and best loved outdoor events in Australia and to keep our environmental footprint as low as possible.”
5) Jungle Love Festival
Where: Sunshine Coast, Queensland
“Jungle Love is a boutique music and arts festival experience established in 2014 held in the picturesque Mary Valley region in South East Queensland. Every act is handpicked for their ability to excite lovers of music and art, not because of where they sit on the charts. Each year we pick a one of a kind soundtrack to accompany you as you float down stream and soak up nature’s untamed beauty.”
6) Earth Frequency Festival
Where: Ivory’s Rock, Peak Crossing
Genre: Electronic, Reggae, Dubstep, Techno, Glitch-Hop, World Music, Progressive, Hip-Hop, Psytrance, Drum and Bass, Folk, Funk and Down-Tempo.
Out of all of these amazing Brisbane Music Festivals, this one is the one I’m personally dying to attend the most!! The pictues and aftermovie are simply beautiful ,and I can tell that this transformational bush doof community would be so loving and fun to spend some time around. While it may be one of the most unique Brisbane festivals on the list
“Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival. based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit, While drawing from many cultural niches such as transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival, the aim of Earth Frequency Festival is to go beyond these traditional tags and to exist as a multi-faceted gathering focused broadly on creativity, community, connection, intention and inspiration.”
7) CMC Rocks Festival
“CMC Rocks has over the years hosted world-class sets from international music icons like Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Alan Jackson to Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks and Little Big Town. Complemented each year by an array of Australia’s most prolific stars and exciting up-and-comers, including Lee Kernaghan, Travis Collins, The McClymonts, Morgan Evans, Busby Marou and more, CMC Rocks never fails to deliver the very best of country music to local music fans.
The biggest event on the Australian country music calendar, in 2018, Rocks played host to a record-breaking 20,000 music lovers, who descended on Willowbank to catch their favourite local and international music idols live in action; from Kelsea Ballerini on her second Australian visit to Darius Rucker, Busby Marou, Travis Collins and superstar headliner Luke Bryan.”
8) Mojo Burning
Where: Hamilton Hotel, Brisbane
Genre: Blues, Rock, Psych
“Welcome to you! An obvious lover of the Blues Rock and Psych revival. We’re happy to be working on our 6th Mojo Burning event… featuring an amazing bunch of the hottest Blues, Roots, Rock and Stoner Blues bands from around Oz and abroad. Action will take place in Brisbane on the Hamilton Hotel, just 5 minutes from the CBD. We’ve dropped our best ever lineup and can’t wait to line up for the best Mojo yet. Feat. 1000mods (GR), Tumbleweed, The Vasco Era, Lachy Doley, King of the North, Seedy Jeezus, Band of Frequencies and many more.”
9) Big Pineapple Music Festival
“Epic tunes. Lush surrounds. Killer vibes. And a bloody big pineapple. You know it! Queensland’s legendary Big Pineapple Music Festival is back in 2018 and is ready to nourish your musical taste buds with a lineup that’s juicier than ever! Pineapple punters will be treated to an impressive collection of Australia talent for the 6th year of the festival. From masters of the moshpit and head-banging heroes, to chicks with picks and electronic music architects, Woombye, QLD will be set to blow come May.”
10) Valley Fiesta
Where: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
“Launched in 1997, the event showcases the best of Brisbane’s music and arts scene, providing a platform for our city’s emerging musical and creative talent. This year sees the festival produced by QMusic, adding a whole new level of quality to the entertainment on offer. Highlights of the revamped Fiesta will include a ground-breaking visual arts showcase featuring a themed performance stage in Brunswick Street Mall, a special program of active events as part of Activity weekend, as well as unique lighting installations and décor.”
11) Panda Music Festival
Where: The Tivoli, Brisbane
“Panda Music Festival returns to bring the world’s most popular trending electronic music to the eagerly awaited local audience. The featured DJs will gather at the Panda Music Festival to entertain the audience with an unforgettable electronic music performance experience. Join us for a night of sweaty fun where the collaboration of top DJ artists from Australia and Asia bring electronic music to life!”
12) Bayside Blues
“Trap yourself in for a day of family-friendly fun – the Redland Bayside Blues Festival is taking over the Capalaba Regional Park for a mammoth day of live tunes, great eats and market stalls. From 12:00 pm, the gates will open for a an impressive lineup of the best in local blues, roots and bluegrass. The Blues Association of South East Queensland have handpicked a range of awesome artists to keep the crowds entertained, featuring the likes of West Texas Crude, BlueSkillet Rovers, Hat Fitz & Cara and stacks more.”
13) Woodford Folk Festival
“The Woodford Folk Festival is held annually over six days and six nights, from Dec 27th through to January 1st. More than 2,000 local, national and international, artists, musicians and presenters put on over 438 acts to an audience of an estimated 132,000 people. The festival begins each year with the iconic Opening Ceremony and closes with the spectacular showcase, the Fire Event on New Year’s Day. This year will be the 34th Woodford Folk Festival and the 25th held at Woodfordia. It is the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The Woodford festival experience is deep, rich and colourful. It is based on a vision of inclusive and creative community, culture and tradition passed through generations, expressed through story and ceremony. The site, a former barren dairy farm, has been lovingly regenerated with over 120,000 subtropical rain forest trees, orchids, ferns and sedges, planted to create a habitat for butterflies and wildlife.”
14) Brisbane Festival
Where: Various locations across Brisbane
BRISBANE FESTIVAL IS ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MAJOR INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVALS.
“Each September, it explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire. Brisbane Festival attracts an audience of around one million people every year. Brisbane Festival has only been annual since 2009, but in that time it’s been embraced by the city and admired by the world.”
15) Surfers Paradise Live
Where: Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
“Surfers Paradise LIVE is an award winning four day music festival in the heart of Surfers Paradise. A free event suitable for all ages, LIVE proudly presents a line-up of Australian artists to appeal to young and old music lovers alike. The event is a five-year partnership with the Gold Coast Music Awards, which are held on Day 1 of the festival. LIVE captures the spirit of great live music and showcases local and Australian bands and musicians across multiple stages and venues throughout Surfers Paradise, creating a family friendly festival experience for locals and holiday makers alike.”
16) Bleach* Festival
Where: Various locations, Gold Coast
“Bleach* Festival is the Gold Coast Festival, taking place annually across the City in April. The program is one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts programs. Quintessentially Gold Coast, Bleach* Festival celebrates the city’s most dynamic and adventurous artists, welcomes renowned Australian and international collaborators and engages a broad audience through a range of events. Utilising the Gold Coast’s world-famous natural landscape as unconventional venues, Bleach* Festival aims to deliver incredible arts and cultural experiences that challenge expectations, change perceptions and provide a unique and authentic sense of place, inspiring both locals and visitors alike.”
17) Good Things
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane
“What looks like an event from another galaxy, Good Things Festival, while out of this world, is not a hologram. With key launch sites located in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, it would seem Australia’s East Coast is all well within range of Good Things Festivals sonic rays. No one could predict such a Festival would be happening in our sleepy part of the Milky Way. But as we speak, across the gulf of space, minds immeasurably superior to ours begin to draw up their plans…to rock out.”
18) RNB Vine Days
Where: Sirromet Wines, Redland
“A series of special winery shows kick off in February, showcasing Australia’s stunning wine regions at A DAY ON THE GREEN venues and host some of the biggest names in contemporary RNB: Boyz II Men and TLC will lead the charge for the summer shows alongside Jamaican-American dancehall maestro Shaggy, DJ Horizon and YO! MAFIA. TLC and Boyz II Men will also perform three indoor co-headline shows in Christchurch, Sydney and Canberra, while Boyz II Men will also treat Auckland fans to a one-off headline show!”
19) The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl
Where: Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
“The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl is back at it again, for a third annual take over of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley on Saturday February 17. The team behind the free event have planned one hell of a party stacked with an expanded lineup including 35 huge interstate and local artists spread across seven favourite local haunts. The ‘Crawl is expanding the free event in 2018, pulling new venues Barbara, The Flying Cock and Crowbar into the fold. They’ll join old hands The Foundry, Black Bear Lodge, the zoo and The Brightside promising Brisbane’s best free-for-all is only getting bigger and better.”
20) Tribfest Down Under
Genre: Classic Aussie Rock Tribute Bands
“Ten hours of live music doors open 11am , each band will put on at least a one and half hour full production show. This is the inaugural Ultimate Sunday Sesh, Brissy Tribute Bands (BTB) intention is to have this event every three months with different local musicians , premium covers and tribute bands with theme events.”
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