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.

Winter 2018

Stradbroke Chamber Music Festival | 27 - 29 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.

Expo Liaison | 26 August 2018

Presented by Triple J, this event will have you jamming out to a stellar lineup featuring Client Liaison with special guest John Farnham and performances by Alice Ivy / KON (USA) and DJ John Howard to name a few. Get your tickets and get your groove on.

Valley Fiesta | 29 August - 2 September 2018

Each year Brisbane City Council put on a free weekend of live music in Fortitude Valley, but this year is a little different, with the lineup extending over five big days! The music is always epic, and this year will be no different with a full program of live music, theatre and arts.

Spring 2018

BIGSOUND Festival | 4 - 7 September 2018

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.

Brisbane Festival | 8 - 29 September 2018

Brisbane Festival

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. 

Listen Out |30 September 2018

Australia’s national dance music event is stopping in Brisbane this October with big name acts including A$AP Rocky, Brockhamptom, Skrillex, Confidence Man, Skepta, Snakehips & Petit Biscuit.

Island Vibe Festival | 25 - 28 October 2018

Enjoy three days of reggae, roots, soul and electronic arts over on North Stradbroke Island. You'll be hearing Naaman, Ben Walsh & The Bird, Chris Tamwoy and KingTide. 

Jungle Love Festival | 29 November - 1 December

Returning for a fourth 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 2018/19

Woodford Folk Festival | 27 December 2018 - 1 January 2019

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford is an event of international standing held annually across six days and nights. More than 2000 performers will come together for the 32nd festival this year. 

FOMO | January 2019

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.

Electric Gardens | January 2019

Celebrated over the Australia Day long weekend, Electric Gardens showcases the very best in house electronic music. 

Music By The Sea | February 2019

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.

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival | February 2019

This boutique festival stays forever young by finding the what's fresh and putting it on stage around the country and internationally. Headlining acts from 2018 included Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, and Mac Demarco – what world famous artists could be performing in 2019?

Earth Frequency Festival | 15-18 February 2019

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 2019

CMC Rocks | March 2019

CMC Rocks

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

Minden 4th Live Music Festival | 29 - 31 March

Three days, five bands and a Glam and Rock show with 70's themed party. Comprising of tribute and cover bands, each band will play for at least two hours to blow the roof off this no noise restriction venue. 

Hot Dub Wine Machine | TBC April 2019

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 a winery near you with a full day of food, wine, beer and live music between the vines. 

Brisbane International Jazz Festival | May 2019

Grab a bunch of cool cats to celebrate jazz music from all around the world at Brisbane's International Jazz Festival.

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