The largest music conference and festival to hit Brisbane each year, BIGSOUND, arrives next week and you know what that means? It’s time to flex your live music muscles Brisbanites and warm up for the main event by checking out the city’s hottest gigs this week. Here’s our top picks…
THURSDAY, 29 AUGUST
WASTELANDS FEAT CATALANO & MOON SALOON @ NETHERWORLD
MIDNIGHT RUMBLE HEAT #5 @ EMPIRE HOTEL
Empire Hotel, Jim Beam and Wagwurst Studios present Midnight Rumble Heat #5 featuring contestants Crimson Nights and Nicole McKinney along with performances by Soft Surface Playground and Hoo Ha Hipsters.
FRIDAY, 30 AUGUST
ELLA FENCE ‘DON’T FEED THE MONSTER’ SINGLE LAUNCH @ HEYA BAR
THE FACTION & WALL OF SOUND BIG BRISSY BIRTHDAY BASH @ CROWBAR
What: The Faction & Wall Of Sound Big Brissy Birthday Bash
When & Where: Friday, 30 August @ Crowbar from 7PM
Genre: Rock, metal
Cost: FREE. More event info HERE.
Two of Brisbane’s heaviest media outlets, The Faction and Wall Of Sound, are throwing a joint birthday party to celebrate two and five years in business, respectively. They’ll begin the evening spinning the new TOOL and Wage War albums in full and giving away promo materials before local heavy acts Wildheart, He Danced Ivy and Meliorist take to the stage. Happy birthday!
TINY CASTLE ‘COMPOSURE’ SINGLE LAUNCH @ BLACK BEAR LODGE
A blast from the past, but an explosion into the future, Tiny Castle’s latest heartfelt release Composure is a welcome return for the Brisbane rockers. They’ll be launching this gem with the help of pals Hazel Mei and flamingo blonde. Stream Composure HERE.
HAYLEY MARSTEN ALBUM LAUNCH @ THE ZOO
Launching her debut album in her adopted hometown is Brisbane’s favourite country sass Queen, Hayley Marsten. Get your boots ready for dancing because that’s what you’ll be doing! Hayley will be joined by indie-pop powerhouse Kieran T Stevenson and Americana goddess Melody Moko.
SATURDAY, 31 AUGUST
THE JENSENS 'HYACINTH HAZE' ALBUM LAUNCH @ BLACK BEAR LODGE
Brisbane heroes The Jensens recently released their long-awaited debut album Hyacinth Haze, and this weekend they’ll be giving this unforgettable record the celebratory party it deserves! Joining them are special guests Future Haunts and Georgie Neilsen and The Growing Pains.
SELFISH SONS @ THE BRIGHTSIDE
SHREDFEST @ THE BACKROOM
Brisbane’s biggest annual metal fest, SHREDFEST, returns for its fifth year presenting 40 bands across three stages of pure metal madness. Dragonsmead, Terror Parade and Kold Creature are just a few of the Queensland acts you can catch at this epic all-day heavy music bonanza!
SUNDAY, 1 SEPTEMBER
PIANOAEROBICS FOR DADS @ THE MILK FACTORY
What: Pianoaerobics For Dads feat. Ivey Ives, Quarter Short & Izzy Losi
When & Where: Sunday, 1 September @ The Milk Factory from 4PM
Cost: $10. More event info HERE.
Brisbane sirens Ivey Ives and Quarter Short are teaming up with Melbourne babe Izzy Losi to fill your ear holes with soulful piano-based indie pop this Father’s Day. Buy your dad a beer and treat him to a full ear workout with Pianoaerobics.
Feature image: Ella Fence by Shirley Lam
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