Each September the Brisbane Festival explodes across the city with a thrilling program of theatre, music, dance, circus, opera and major public events such as Sunsuper Riverfire.
The festival attracts an audience of around one million people every year and has been embraced by the city and admired by the world. The full program of events will be announced on Tuesday July 11, but Brisbane Festival has already released details of some of its musical and theatrical shows, serving to get us well and truly excited for what’s to come.
Brisbane Festival will welcome London Grammar as its marquee music event, with the indie-pop sensation headlining a special outdoor “mini-festival” on Saturday September 23. Beloved Sydney band The Preatures are heading back out on tour with their much anticipated second album ‘Girlhood’, stopping in at The Courier-Mail Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent on Thursday September 14. On Saturday September 16, Tex Perkins (The Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon) and Don Walker (keyboardist and songwriter for Cold Chisel) will join Charlie Owens to perform songs from their long-awaited album You Don’t Know Lonely – their first in 12 years.
As for theatre, the Bille Brown Studio will play host to An Octoroon – the story of historical Louisiana. Or historical Far North Queensland. Or it’s the story of a black playwright. Or how race is portrayed on stage. Or, maybe it’s about how they’re all the same story. In a version subtly recontextualised to uncover and skewer Australia’s shameful history of slavery, leading Aboriginal artist and commentator Nakkiah Lui (Black Comedy) makes her directorial debut in an Australian exclusive. La Boite will stage a run of Laser Beak Man – a stage play jam-packed with the trademark visual puns of artist Tim Sharp and featuring live music composed and performed by Sam Cromack of Ball Park Music. The world of Laser Beak Man is brought to life in puppet form by the creative geniuses of Dead Puppet Society (The Wider Earth, Argus, The Harbinger) in this stunning new visual theatre work.