Brisbane Festival unveils full 2017 line up
Local heroes like Regurgitator, Megan Washington and Ed Kuepper’s reformed The Aints. A celebration of the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s acclaimed Romeo + Juliet on its 20th anniversary. And a massive all ages show headlined by London Grammar.
These are a few of the big ticket items on this year’s Brisbane Festival line up.
But look beneath the surface and there is, as always, a cavalcade of killer music on the program that will have the chin-strokers and casual music fans equally enthralled.
The festival announced a few shows last month – Tex, Don & Charlie at the Spiegeltent and Angus & Julia Stone at The Tivoli have sold out already – but there are plenty of gems we can reveal today.
Local heroes Regurgitator have scored great acclaim for their reimagining of The Velvet Underground and Nico's legendary debut album for over a year now. They bring that show to their home turf for the 2017 Brisbane Festival, filling the halls of The Tivoli with
Megan Washington teams up with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for a reimagining of some of her best loved tracks of the past decade or so for a special show at QPAC.
The Aints play their first show in decades at The Tivoli, kicking off a national tour with a leg in Ed Kuepper’s hometown. The band also features Peter Oxley (Sunnyboys) and Paul Larson (Celibate Rifles) and will be playing tracks from Kuepper’s old band The Saints’ first three records (I’m) Stranded (which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year), Eternally Yours and Prehistoric Sounds.
One of the festival's opening shows is Young Hearts Run Free, a riotous celebration of the music from Baz Luhrmann's acclaimed 1997 adaptation of Romeo + Juliet.
Fans of cult horror and prog rock will have the rare chance to see Claudio Simonetti's Goblin performing a live soundtrack to the 1977 film Susperia.
The Spiegeltent program this year again features a cavalcade of top-notch Australian talent. The Preatures, Ali Barter, High Tension, Thelma Plum, and Double J Australian Artist of the Year nominee Ngaiire are among the artists to appear this year.
And one of the world's hottest bands, London Grammar, will be joined by some soon to be announced special guests when they play the Brisbane Riverstage this September. Festival director David Berthold promises the international support is enormous, with a further handful of great local artists opening the day-long event.
Brisbane Festival happens across the Queensland capital from Saturday 9 – Saturday 30 September. Head to their website for more information.