As Brisbane Festival wraps up three weeks of epic Sunshine State celebrations in September, organisers are teaming up with Secret Sounds to throw a closing night bash for the ages, bringing together a massive line-up of Australia’s brightest talent headlined by home grown heavyweights Violent Soho.
Taking place at the iconic Riverstage venue and providing the perfect accompaniment to a
spectacular fireworks display, the show will also feature rising superstars Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel and WAAX.
Held in conjunction with Sunsuper Riverfire at one of Brisbane’s most picturesque locations, this stand-alone marquee event is exclusive to Brisbane Festival, topping off festivities with a dazzling combination of music and pyrotechnics.
Loved and respected the world over but especially in their home town, Violent Soho have imprinted their ‘heavier than a boulder, catchier than ebola’ sound into the DNA of Brisbane. Their 2012 record Hungry Ghost had a seismic impact on release, propelling them to the forefront of festival stages with massive tunes like Covered In Chrome and Saramona Says. 2016’s follow up WACO was no less shattering and resulted in an ARIA #1 and sell out shows at almost every major Brisbane venue, from multiple nights at their very own Mansfield to the Riverstage itself.
Named one of triple J’s Top 5 Unearthed discoveries of the last decade, Meg Mac has firmly
established herself as one of the most breathtaking Australian talents to emerge in recent years. With her expansive vocals that move effortlessly between intimate and intense, the Melbourne songstress has accumulated a global following since the release of her highly acclaimed debut EP featuring ‘Roll up your sleeves’.
With its raw emotion and searing soul, the song was also playlisted on radio stations across America and featured in the US TV series ‘Girls’ and ‘Grace and Frankie’. On the back of a tour supporting soul legend D’angelo came her first full length album Low Blows, which was recorded in the US and released to critical acclaim last year. A breathtaking live performer, Meg Mac was named the number one SXSW act to watch out for on Buzzfeed.
A band steeped in innovation and quicksilver melodies, Perth’s Methyl Ethel have been the act in everyone’s ear of late. Led by mad genius Jake Webb, these supernatural sandgropers have mastered their own brand of musical mysticism.
Red hot single Ubu recently landed at number 4 in last year’s triple j Hottest 100 (you’ll know the hook of “why’d you have to go and cut your hair?”), they’re signed to prestigious label 4AD worldwide (label mates Bon Iver, Grime, The National) and they share a producer with Arctic Monkeys (James Ford). Methyl Ethel are at the forefront of a worldwide charge in experimental Australian pop music.
Brisbane born rockers WAAX set the standard when it comes to pulsating on-stage energy. Lead by bottle-rocket Marie DeVita, they possess a rare blend of power and melody and are garnering a reputation as one of the hardest touring new bands on the Australian circuit. Their latest single Labrador only served to cement a bourgeoning rep for for snarling, catchy-as-hell punk rock. They have supported the likes of Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, Fall Out Boy (US), L7 (US) and Biffy Clyro (UK) and have been flat out touring the country of late making sure that they’re in tip top shape for what will be an epic homecoming at Riverstage.
The Venue & The Party:
Right in the heart of the city, between the beautiful Botanic Gardens and the mighty Brisbane River, the Riverstage is internationally recognised as one of the greatest outdoor entertainment venues to grace a major city. An audience of approximately 10,000 music lovers will witness the sky above illuminated by Brisbane’s spectacular annual fireworks display (Sunsuper Riverfire), while Brisbane greats Violent Soho along with Meg Mac, Methyl Ethel & WAAX will provide the perfect soundtrack.
For three weeks every year, Brisbane Festival draws the eyes of the world to its sun-daubed streets, as it summons the city’s indefatigable spirit of fun and wonder through unparalleled music, art and theatre experiences that erupt in the face of convention.
Bringing artists and audiences together for a mind-bending, curated experience unlike any other city sees, Brisbane Festival is the biggest party of the year. 2018 will be the heaviest hitting Brisbane Festival music line up ever seen, with national, local and international greats making the bill. Keep an eye on brisbanefestival.com.au and watch this space for the main announce on Tuesday July 3rd. All Together Brisbane.
Sponsored by QUT Creative Industries and held in conjunction with Sunsuper Riverfire, the spectacular Brisbane Festival Closing Party concert will take place on Saturday, September 29 at Riverstage. It’s you and your friends, plus Violent Soho and their friends, at a private front-row Sunsuper Riverfire party.
“QUT Creative Industries are proud to be a presenting partner to the Brisbane Festival concert. The featuring of several successful Brisbane bands who have forged their own individual artistic identity and pathway aligns perfectly with the philosophies of the QUT Music degree. Our state-of-the-art recording facilities, Skyline Studios, enables world class music creation, recording and production.” – Professor Mandy Thomas, Executive Dean: QUT Creative Industries Faculty.
BRISBANE FESTIVAL CLOSTING PARTY
VIOLENT SOHO - MEG MAC - METHYL ETHEL - WAAX
Riverstage - Saturday September 29
Pre-sale: Thu 28 June, 9am – Fri 29 June, 9am. Sign up at secretsounds.com
General sale: Fri 29 June,10am. Tix from brisbanefestival.com.au