Let’s get this fiesta started – five must-see acts to catch at this year’s Valley Fiesta
For 26 years Valley Fiesta has brought a spectacular selection of established and emerging talent to Fortitude Valley. This year is shaping up to be no different, with a loaded line-up of talented musos hitting the stage on November 3 and 4, including headline acts Mallrat, Mildlife and Hatchie – all for free! While we suggest you check out these musical heavyweights, there are plenty of lesser-known individuals and groups that are well-worth adding to your fiesta itinerary. It’s sure to be a doozy, so keep reading for our top picks …
Hailing from lutruwita/Tasmania, proud Yorta Yorta, Djadja Wurrung, Kalkadoon and Yirendali woman Miss Kaninna has been commanding stages and carrying forward the powerful storytelling of her ancestors from a very young age. Her fiery and ferocious single ‘Blak Britney’ effortlessly blends pop, rap and RnB together in a call for empowerment for women and people of colour. You can catch Miss Kaninna at the Brunswick Mall stage from 8:15–9:00 pm on Saturday November 4.
Helming from Sydney, two-piece noise band Party Dozen is bringing its choose-your-own-adventure sounds to Brisbane, taking over the Brunswick Street Mall stage from 7:00–7:45 pm on Saturday November 4. Made up of Kirsty Tickle on the saxophone and Jonathan Boulet (percussion and sampler), Party Dozen is what the audience makes of it. Whether it be jazz, hardcore, psychedelic or no-wave, this instrumental-based duo is a Valley Fiesta must-see.
The youngest talent on this year’s Valley Fiesta line-up, 13-year-old guitarist JayBird Byrne is certainly a not-to-be-missed artist on this year’s roster. For the past five years, JayBird Byrne has been making waves in the guitar world, with a passion for performing matched only by her dedication to practise. Influenced by a number of hard rock heavyweights, her style follows a similar sound to guitar greats such as Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai and Polyphia. Start your afternoon fiesta with a performance from JayBird at the Brunswick Street Mall stage from 3:40–4:10 pm.
Over the past 18 years, Samoan-born artist Taitu’uga has transformed from renowned beat boxer to cultural torchbearer. He creates and weaves cultural anecdotes, neuroscience and mythological sagas through his fresh fusion of EDM, hip-hop, reggae, beatbox loop machine and traditional instruments. Taitu’uga will be taking over the King Street Stage on Friday November 3 and his one-of-a-kind performance will be Auslan interpreted.
Cutting his teeth in Sydney’s close-knit electronic community, Russell has unveiled his most personal project to date. Skeleten is a genesis of years of restless experimentation, which sees the artist as both vocalist and producer for the very first time in his most unfiltered performance. Pulse-igniting instrumentation, meditative rhythms and raw sounds are informed by a history in dance and electronic music, creating something that feels familiar and new all at once. Skeleten is performing at the Brunswick Street Mall stage on Saturday November 4 from 9:15–10:15 pm.
All of this action is sure to make you hungry and a little thirsty, so to remedy this we suggest heading to the King Street Food Fiesta on Friday November 3 to enjoy a loaded line-up of nosh from all of your favourite King Street eateries. A lip-smacking array of street-food-inspired tasting plates from just $8 will be on offer, alongside an array of awe-inspiring entertainment. You can wet your whistle at some of The Valley’s best (and cosiest) cocktail joints, which will be linking up for a special night of seek-and-discover sipping. Boozy boltholes like Stir Down, Dark Red, Nug General Store, Stranded and Suzie Wong’s Good Time Bar will be participating in the Hidden Lanes Small Bar Trail. In between live-music sets punters can pop into Dark Red for cocktail jugs, carbonara gyoza at 1st Edition and French wines at QUIVR Bar. For a map leading to all of the participating venues, check out The Lanes website.
There’s more goodness to discover, so head to the QMusic website for more information and to view the full program of events.
This article was written in partnership with our friends at Brisbane City Council. Valley Fiesta is presented by Brisbane City Council and produced by QMusic.