Music festivals in Brisbane

Brisbane is a city blessed with great weather year-round meaning there is never a quiet moment in our calendar of events. Read on to discover the music festivals rocking Brisbane every season.

Spring 2017

Brisbane Festival

Brisbane Festival | 9-30 September 2017

Each September Brisbane Festival turns the city 50 shades of pink with a three-week program of everything arts and culture, from comedy and cabaret to visual arts, theatre and music. Head to the Arcadia hub at South Bank to be in the centre of it all as the festival opens on 9 September, before the fun goes out with a big bang at Riverfire on 30 September. 

BIGSOUND Festival | 5-8 September 2017

Each September more than 160 of the hottest new music acts from around Australia descend on Brisbane for an event like no other in this country. Discover the future of Australian music with a cheap as chips access-all-areas wristband. BIGSOUND has evidence it boosted the early careers of big name artists like Flume, Rufus, Megan Washington, Courtney Barnett, Gang of Youths and more. Don't miss it.

Red Deer Music & Arts Festival | 14-15 October 2017

This boutique BYO couch-and-booze music festival celebrates homegrown talent in its line-up and is held at Mt Sampson on Brisbane’s north side. 

Listen Out | 1 October 2017

Australia’s national dance music event is stopping in Brisbane this October with 2017 headliners including Future, Bryson Tiller, Duke Dumont, Safia, Touch Sensitive, Pnau and Vallis Alps.

Island Vibe Festival | 26-29 October 2017

Enjoy three days of reggae, roots, soul and electronic arts over on North Stradbroke Island. Last year's lineup included Nattali Rize, Dubmarine, Katchafire, Tiki Taane, Echo Drama, Kooyeh, The Strides, Cheap Fakes and more. Details for 2017 to come.

Valley Fiesta | 27-28 October 2017

Each year Brisbane City Council put on a free weekend of live music in Fortitude Valley. The line up is always epic, and this year will be no different.

Jungle Love Festival | 30 November - 2 December 2017

Returning for a third year, Jungle Love is right next to Yabba Creek (yes, you can swim in it and watch the music) and curates a set of all genres from funk, soul and disco, to pop, rock and jazz, to fusion, psychedelia, punk and gypsy. It's BYO. 

Summer 2017/18

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford Folk Festival | 27 December 2017 - 1 January 2018

Woodford is an event of international standing held annually across six days and nights. More than 2000 performers will come together for the 31st festival this year. 

Music By The Sea | TBC January 2018

The annual music festival presents a line up of classical, folk, jazz, popular and world music by local, national and international musicians at venues around Sandgate.

FOMO | 6 January 2018

FOMO is your boutique, all-inclusive festival experience bringing together a carefully curated line-up of international and local talent. Forget having to worrying about set time clashes – FOMO is held over one day, on one stage.

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival | 10 February 2018

This boutique festival stays forever young by finding the what's fresh and putting it on stage around the country and internationally. First two acts announced are Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, and Mac Demarco. 

Earth Frequency Festival | 16-19 February 2018

South-west of Brisbane at Ivory's Rock, Earth Frequency is a four-day outdoor transformative doof festival and tribal gathering. Celebrating life with music and arts, lectures and workshops – this inclusive community event is for all people.

Autumn 2018

CMC Rocks | 16-18 March 2018

CMC Rocks

Held in Ipswich, CMC Rocks is the southern hemisphere's and also Australia’s biggest international country and roots festival. 

Hot Dub Wine Machine | TBC April 2018

Expand your palates and open your ear drums to the music-wine festival we've been waiting for. Hot Dub Wine Machine will be taking over Oceanview Estates with a full day of food, wine, beer and live music between the vines. 

A Rock & Roll Writers Festival | TBC April 2018

A weekend writers festival focusing on the place where music writing, songs, journalism and commentary all collide.

Winter 2018

Queensland Music Festival | July 2018

The festival is a state-wide celebration of musical excellence with a homebase in Brisbane. This year will bring together the best of local, national and international talent in Brisbane. 

Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival | July 2018

A series of six world-class concerts of chamber music held over three days at intimate venues in Point Lookout and Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island.

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