It may be the dead of winter, but music festivals are blooming throughout Queensland this month. The cool weather may be a tempting reason to stay inside, but you’ll be better off heading outside and soaking up the sun and sounds of these five Queensland music festivals happening this July!
Celebrating its twentieth year, Queensland Music Festival (QMF), aka the world’s largest live festival (yes really!), is bringing unforgettable music experiences to the cities, regions and remote corners of Queensland. From large outdoor opera experiences to intimate and bespoke concerts, world premieres, and mass community participation projects there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this three-week soiree. Our top picks include Brisbane’s free Immersion concert series which features rising emerging acts including Emily Wurramara, Sahara Beck, Asha Jeffries, Ella Fence, Clea and many more, closely followed by The Fortitude Valley Music Hall’s Official Opening which takes place on 26 July as a part of the festival. All line-up, event and ticket info available HERE.
Brisbane’s largest heavy music and arts festival, Dead Of Winter, returns for its tenth year presenting 60 bands over six stages across two venues (Fortitude Valley’s Tivoli and Jubilee Hotel). With a line-up featuring everyone from international heavyweights like COG to beloved local acts like Flangipanis, Nowhere Else and Tai Sui, Dead Of Winter is the place to get your heavy music fix. All line-up, event and ticket info available HERE.
BIG RED BASH MUSIC FESTIVAL | 16-18 July | Birdsville, QLD
Outback Queensland comes alive this July with Big Red Bash Music Festival taking place in the red sands of the Simpson Desert over three massive days. Headlined by Aussie icons Midnight Oil and featuring a slew of other infamous homegrown acts like Kasey Chambers, The Living End and Busby Marou, punters are in for some boot-scootingly good times. Attendees can also enjoy sand dune, camel and helicopter rides as well as the chance to channel their inner Priscilla at the festival’s Fashions In The Desert drag race to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctors Service. All line-up, event and ticket info available HERE.
Like Heston Blumenthal supersizing our favourite foods, Jumpers & Jazz Festival is upsizing your homemade knits to wrap Warwick CBD streets in winter woollies, creating a heart-warming living gallery. What started as a quirky “tree jumper” project back in 2004 is now a thriving ten day music and art festival home to an eclectic mix of events. Reflecting the town’s laidback lifestyle and country hospitality, punters attending Jumpers & Jazz Festival can enjoy everything from a night around the Fire Drums of Killarney to kicking back with a fine local wine to the sounds of elegant jazz at a charming country hotel. All line-up, event and ticket info available HERE.
GROUNDWATER COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL | 26-28 July | Gold Coast, QLD
Uniquely combining ‘Country with the Coast,’ Groundwater Country Music Festival, is a free, three-day event showcasing the best country music on the Gold Coast’s glorious beachside. Acts on the 2019 bill include Lee Kernaghan, Casey Barnes, Juzzie Smith and more. As the festival’s saying goes: trade your swag for swagger, grab your Stetson and sun cream and mark this premier event in your calendar! All line-up, event and ticket info available HERE.
OUTMOSHYAMA FESTIVAL | 27 July | Brisbane, QLD
Returning for it’s third year, Outmoshyama is one of Brisbane’s premier festivals for heavy music. Delivering a potent line-up of the hottest up-and-coming names in hard rock and metal, this all-ages event will leave you sore the next day from moving (and screaming) along to the music. Local loves Kold Creature, Lunchtime and Goatzilla are just a few of the local acts on this year’s epic bill. All line-up, event and ticket info available HERE.
Feature image: courtesy of Wendy Wei.