2018 Brisbane Festival Music Line-up

Touch Sensitive is part of Brsbane Festival's 2018 music offering. Touch Sensitive is part of Brsbane Festival's 2018 music offering.

The music component at this year's Brisbane Festival (8-29 September) is one of its strongest ever with Ball Park Music and San Cisco to headlined an opening night extravaganza before Violent Soho, Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel and WAAX close the festival to the back-drop of Sunsuper Riverfire (both events take place at The Riverstage).

In between these two epics events will be an explosive offering of world-class music with the Festival's Treasury Brisbane Arcadia on South Bank Cultural Forecourt home to multiple performance venues, bars and food stalls.

The esteemed Courier-Mail Spiegeltent returns with a mouth-watering line-up featuring Canada's Destroyer as well as Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (click here to read our recent interview with the band), Jen Cloher, The Teskey Brothers and Tkay Maidza with Touch Sensitive to perform back to back with CC:Disco.

Across town at The Tivoli Theatre, a special 'in the round' set-up will be home to performances from Sarah Blasko, Gareth Liddiard (The Drones) and Polish Club.

The Tivoli will also welcome New Zealand via Portland psych-rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra (click here to read our recent interview with the band), Cat Empire frontman Harry James Angus with his celebrated solo project Struggle With Glory as well as Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project with their reinvigorated, electronic formation.

Two 'unconventional musical collaborations' will be staged at QPAC when Katie Noonan's Elixir, Michael Leunig and Camerata perform the emotive musical production 'Gratitude & Grief'. While rock and orchestra will meld as one when Eskimo Joe team with Camerata to perform live.

"Brisbane loves music and Brisbane Festival reflects that spirit with a line-up of some of our greatest local bands alongside other top Australian and international acts," Brisbane Festival's Artistic Director David Berthold says.

"We're thrilled that we can offer two, brilliant mini-festivals at The Riverstage to mark our opening and closing, each led by bands that make Brisbane proud.

"And between those two concerts we have a mix of great music, often in energising one-of-a-kind presentations such as our 'In The Round' at The Tivoli, the Touch Sensitive/ CC:Disco back to back and the Camerata collaborations."

'Brisbane Festival aims to connect artists and audiences in ways that lift the spirit, disrupt the conventional and open our city to the world.'

For more information about individual events and to purchase tickets, click here.

To check out the art line-up, see our other story here.

Brisbane Festival 2018 Music Line-up


Riverstage Opening Night Concert

Ball Park Music
San Cisco

Ruby Fields

Tia Gostelow

Riverstage Closing Night Party

Violent Soho

Meg Mac

Methyl Ethel



Gratitude & Grief – Katie Noonan’s Elixir, Michael Leunig and Camerata

Eskimo Joe with Camerata


Treasury Brisbane Arcadia / The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent


Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Jen Cloher

The Teskey Brothers

Tkay Maidza

Touch Sensitive & CC:Disco B2B


The Tivoli Theatre

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Harry James Angus - Struggle With Glory

Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project

Pub Choir

Tivoli In The Round

Sarah Blasko

Gareth Liddiard

Polish Club


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