Wishing it was Friday already? Then whip out your diary and start planning your weekend with Music Is My Muse’s guide to the best gigs in town. Not one to break the bank, we’ve trawled the internet to find the most happenin’ local gigs in Brisbane THIS WEEK (9 – 15 May) for $10 or less. Hit the expand ‘+’ button to see more details for each show…you might even find some freebies!


Life Factory Party (Secret Headliner) @ The Foundry

Life Factory Party

What: Life Factory Party w/ *Secret Headliner,* Caroline, Simi Lacroix, makeout creek ϟ death cult & The Dollar Bill Murrays
When & Where: Thursday, 12 May @ The Foundry from 8PM.
Genre: Rock, punk, garage
Tickets: FREE. More event info here.

The Foundry is proud to present the first inaugural party to celebrate the unsung heroes of the Valley scene. A secretive and mysterious headliner known to be skilled in the art of throwing down sick jams and bringing good vibes will be joined by locals Caroline, Simi Lacroixmakeout creek ϟ death cult and The Dollar Bill Murrays. Throw down some money on drinks and get ready to party!

Indie Empire feat. The Young Art + Maja & Steve Tyssen @ Empire Hotel

Indie Empire

What: Indie Empire feat. The Young Art + Maja & Steve Tyssen
When & Where: Thursday, 12 May @ Empire Hotel from 8.30PM
Genre: Indie
Tickets: FREE. More event info here.

Indie Empire lights up the Valley every Thursday night with a rotation of local indie and indie-pop acts on stage. This week features Steve Tyssen, Maja and The Young Art. Pop on in for some tunes that are sure to sweeten your mood!

Ghost Audio 'Paint' Single Launch @ The Zoo

Ghost Audio

What: Ghost Audio ‘Paint’ Single Launch
When & Where: Thursday, 12 May @ The Zoo from 7.30PM
Genre: Alternative, garage rock
Tickets: $10 presale, $15 on the door. More event info here.

After a jam packed 2015, the band coined by fans as “Space Grunge”, Ghost Audio are gearing up for an even bigger 2016 as they launch the second single Paint, from their upcoming album Heartbones. They’ll be joined by psychedelic prog-rock three-piece Reud Mood, Regular Band & groove-grunge artists KHAM. Get along for a loud and spacey time!

Dangerpenny, Trapdoor, Nowhere Else & Belrose @ Crowbar


What: Dangerpenny, Trapdoor, Nowhere Else & Belrose
When & Where: Thursday, 12 May @ Crowbar
Genre: Post-grunge, punk, blues
Tickets: $10. More event info here.

Post-grunge punks Dangerpenny are menacing Crowbar this Thursday with blues rockers TRAPDOOR, Nowhere Else and Belrose.



Cheeky Velvet

Cheeky Velvet

What: Cheeky Velvet’s Freaky Friday with special guests
When & Where: Friday, 13 May @ The New Globe Theatre from 8.30PM
Genre: Pop
Tickets: $10 presale, $15 on the door. More event info here.

Brisbane’s newest evil alien of pop music Cheeky Velvet invites you to get your freak on at her ‘Freaky Friday’ production. A colourful pop show full of hickeys, sailors, dancing, stories and costumes galore, Cheeky Velvet’s show promises to be anything but a bore.

Ladi Abundance & Miel @ The Boundary Hotel

Ladi Abundance

What: Ladi Abundance & Miel
When & Where: Friday, 13 May @ The Boundary Hotel from 7PM
Genre: Soul, RnB, pop
Tickets: TBC. More event info here.

Since her recent move to Byron Bay, seeing Brisbane’s Ladi Abundance perform with her full band is a rare but delightful sight. With a sound that is always explorative and transformational, expect a few surprises as Ladi and her crew serve up some sweet soulful and dance floor banging tunes.

Machine Age, Darling James & Hannah Makk @ The Milk Factory

Machine Age

What: Machine Age & Darling James Joint Single Launch
When & Where: Friday, 13 May @ The Milk Factory from 7.30PM
Genre: Rock, electronic, experimental
Tickets: $13.30 (includes OzTix booking fee). More event details here.

Both with new singles under their belts, Brisbane’s Machine Age and Melbourne’s Darling James join forces for a tri-state tour of impeccable musicianship, amazing songs and mateship. They’ll also be joined on the night by the effervescent Hannak Makk of MKO Sun.


Best Of The Zoo Series @ The Zoo

Horizontal Falls for The Zoo Best Of Series

What: The Best Of The Zoo Demo Series w/ Horizontal Falls, Gloss, Tracks & Roadhouse
When & Where: Saturday, 14 May @ The Zoo from 8PM
Genre: Rock, punk, indie, dance
Tickets: $8 presale, $10 on the door. More event info here.

The Best of Demos Series showcases some of the best local bands that have been through The Zoo’s doors in recent months. Featuring punk-rock-dance duo Horizontal Falls, indie-rockers Gloss, pop-punk locals Tracks and Roadhouse, this show is one for local music lovers and Zoo fans.

Digital Insanity @ The New Globe Theatre

Digital Insanity May Lyn

What: Digital Insanity feat. The Keepaways, Nasteski, Wreckwizzit, Deadbeat Dave & May Lyn
When & Where: Saturday, 14 May @ New Globe Theatre from 6.30PM
Genre: Electronic
Tickets: $10 presale. More event info here.

Digital Insanity features some of the most unique acts Brisbane has to offer, with a focus on performers utilizing an amazing combination of traditional and electronic instruments & technology to forge their own sound. The Keepaways, Nasteski, Wreckwizzit, Deadbeat Dave and May Lyn are on the line-up with more still to be announced.

CC The Cat 'Free Your Mind' Single Launch @ The Boundary Hotel

CC The Cat

What: CC The Cat ‘Free Your Mind’ Single Launch
When & Where: Saturday, 14 May @ The Boundary Hotel from 7PM
Genre: Rock-reggae
Tickets: FREE. More event info here.

Rockin reggae funksters CC The Cat are ecstatic to announce the launch of their much awaited first single Free Your Mind from the upcoming album Free Spirit at West End’s newly cookin’ reggae hub the Boundary Hotel. Let the party times roll…