Brisbane is set to have a red hot September this year, with the annual Brisbane Festival dropping a ‘yuge lineup of artists making the trip up to sunny Queensland this year.

Previously announced to start out with a bang (and close out with a mighty roar), Ball Park Music and San Cisco will help to open up the three-week-long festival with a big, beaut show at The Riverstage, bringing Ruby Fields and Tia Gostelow along for the party.

For the rest of the festival, venues across the city will play host to come local and international heavy-hitters, including Unknown Mortal OrchestraViolent SohoMeg MacGareth Liddard DestroyerMethyl EthelWAAXRolling Blackouts Coastal FeverYothu Yindi and The Treaty ProjectTouch SensitiveTkay Maidza, Polish ClubEskimo Joe, and more.

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Woof, that’s an exhaustive list of top-notch treats. Here’s where you can catch everyone:

Opening Night Concert
Riverstage – Saturday, Sept 8

Ball Park Music
San Cisco
Ruby Fields
Tia Gostelow

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Tkay Maidza – Saturday, Sept 15
Touch Sensitive / CC : Disco B2B – Saturday, Sept 22
Destroyer – Sunday, Sept 23
Jen Cloher – Wednesday, Sept 26

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Thursday, Sept 27
The Teskey Brothers – Friday, Sept 28

Pub Choir – Wednesday, Sept 12

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Saturday, Sept 15
Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project w/ Yirrmal – Sunday, Sept 16

Harry James Angus: Struggle With Glory – Friday, Sept 28

Tivoli in the Round
Polish Club – Tuesday, Sept 25
Sarah Blasko – Wednesday, Sept 26
Gareth Liddiard – Thursday, Sept 27

Gratitude & Grief: Katie Noonan’s Elixir, Michael Leunig and Camerata – Sunday, Sept 9
Eskimo Joe w/ Camerata – Friday, Sept 28

Closing Night Party
Riverstage – Saturday, Sept 29
Violent Soho
Meg Mac
Methyl Ethel

Brisbane Festival brings some of the nation’s finest arts, performances, and raving parties to Brisvegas, this year including the Heaps Gay Trash Palace, drag performances from YUMMY, and entire cabaret about gin called Mother’s Ruin, comedy from Steen Raskopoulous,  and eight same-sex couples tying the knot at the huge street party on King St in Bowen Hills.

It’s truly on for young and old, and I highly suggest you clear your calendar, and make all important events in September somehow happen in the general festival area. First dates at Betty Grumble‘s show, take ya grands out to dinner and a rock show (they’ll love it), just set up camp in the Tivoli. Live there. Do it.

Tickets for the main festival are on sale now over on the Brisbane Festival site, so get your ticket-buyin’ fingers ready. 

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