State of song – sonic smorgasbord Queensland Music Festival kicks off this weekend
Few things in this cold and often senseless world are as unifying as music. From our highest moments to our biggest struggles, music is there to intensify the experience for better or for worse. Being able to stand in a room full of strangers and relate to them on a deeply personal level is a pretty powerful experience, which is exactly what live music does every single day, all around the world. From July 7–30, the entire state will come alive with the sound of sweet unity for the Queensland Music Festival – keep your eyes peeled and your ears primed for surprises and inspiration around every corner.
The Queensland Music Festival is a biennial affair that has seen some of Australia’s most revered musicians, composers and directors come on board to create a truly all-inclusive event. This year’s Artistic Director is no other than the incomparable Katie Noonan – the george frontwoman joins fellow directorial alum James Morrison, Deborah Conway and Paul Grabowsky in curating the state-wide celebration. Katie has collaborated with local, national and international talent to bring together this year’s festival, which will showcase more than 100 performances in 45 towns, cities and regions across the state over three weeks. Sheeesh!
The whole line-up of the Queensland Music Festival is super-stacked and seriously impressive, so we’ve taken the liberty to pick out a few of our highlights from the program. Songs That Made Me shines a light on emerging female talent as well as some of our faves (hello Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin), while 16 Lovers Lane utilises some of the country’s brightest stars to celebrate beloved Brisbane band The Go-Betweens. Hang with QYO blends classical music with a fresh and contemporary twist, Immersion sees a series of intimate and acoustic shows going down in a hotel room at The Johnson, plus Mission Songs reveals the Australian Indigenous songs that reflect life on missions in the 20th century.
This is just a small sample of the amazing things you can hear throughout the Queensland Music Festival – to see the full program and nab tickets to events, head to the official website.