Queensland Music Festival takes music to the regions in massive 2017 program

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A huge range of names makes up this year's Queensland Music Festival bill.

The line up for the 2017 Queensland Music Festival was unveiled last night, with regional Queensland this year securing a number of exciting shows as part of the line up. 

The full program features over 100 performances in 43 towns around the state, with seven of those shows world premieres

The festival opens with Mission Songs, a show featuring the amazing voices of Jessie Lloyd, Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe and Jessica Hitchcock, performing "the hidden songs and lost stories of 20th century Indigenous life on the missions".

16 Lovers Lane is a tribute to The Go-Betweens' classic 1987 album of the same name that will see all those great songs reimagined by a range of familiar faces and voices. 

 

Members of The Go-Betweens at the time of this record’s making – Lindy Morrison, Amanda Brown and John Willsteed – lead the band, which will also feature the esteemed Dan Kelly, Danny Widdicombe and Luke Daniel Peacock.

Joining them will be guest vocalists Steve Kilbey (The Church), Mark Callaghan (Ganggajang), Ron S Peno (Died Pretty), Katie and Tyrone Noonan (George), Montaigne, Sam Cromack & Jen Boyce (Ball Park Music), Tim Nelson & Zoe Davis (Cub Sport), Sahara Beck and Kirin J Callinan.

Dan Sultan brings his Australian tour up to some remote parts of the country as a part of the festival this year. He will perform three enormous free shows in Aurukun, Woorabinda and Palm Island around the start of the festival. 

Immersion is a series of concerts taking place in hotel rooms in Brisbane's CBD, allowing audiences to get very close to great Australian artists who'll perform for audiences of just a handful of people. The likes of Montaigne, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier, Katie Noonan, Jeremy Neale and Robbie Miller are playing as part of the shows. If you want to see them, you'll need to register through the QMF site. 

Lior plays shows in Brisbane and Noosa as a part of the festival, while Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch and Hannah Macklin lead Songs The Made Me, a mentorship program and finale concert that looks to empower young Queensland women to tell their stories through song. 

Nambour hosts a range of excellent bands as a part of the Currie St Music CrawlBlank Realm, Screamfeeder, Emily Wurramara, Major Leagues, Sahara Beck and Shifting Sands are among the 20-odd bands who’ll perform in different venues along the Sunshine Coast's fast-developing music and cultural hub. 

This is a mere snapshot of the enormous full program, head to the QMF website for all the details. 

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