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Brisbane Winter Sessions Is the New Six-Day Music Festival Popping Up Across the City This August

No Money Enterprise, Thy Art Is Murder, Ian Haug, Ben Ely, Last Dinosaurs and Nina Las Vegas are all on the lineup, across more than 30 free and ticketed gigs.
By Sarah Ward
June 21, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
June 21, 2021
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Six days. More than 30 gigs. A whole heap of local and Australian talent taking over 16 venues in Fortitude Valley, the CBD and Brisbane's suburbs. That's what's on the agenda this August, with Brissie set to welcome a brand-new six-day music festival called Brisbane Winter Sessions.

Announced today, Monday, June 21, Brisbane Winter Sessions is all about warming up the city via a jam-packed lineup of live tunes — and getting Brisbanites out and into venues such as The Zoo, Fortitude Music Hall, Ric's, The Triffid and The Brightside. You can also expect to spend time at Felons Barrell Hall at Howards Smith Wharves, La La Land, Woolly Mammoth, Press Club, Greaser, Brooklyn Standard, Suzie Wongs, Can You Keep A Secret? and The Bearded Lady, checking out a lengthy list of acts including No Money Enterprise, Thy Art Is Murder, Ian Haug, Ben Ely, Last Dinosaurs and Nina Las Vegas.

Some shows will be free and others will be ticketed, but they'll all give you an excuse to support the city's live music scene — which needs the love after the past 15 months or so. The fest will kick off on Thursday, August 5, then run through until Wednesday, August 11. And if you're wondering why it ends midweek, that's because that's when this year's Ekka public holiday falls.

Among the highlights: the setup at the Fortitude Music Hall, which'll use a 360-stage and welcome in 1000 festival-goers; The Zoo's drag night; and the return of the Brisbane Burger Fest, which'll take place on Stratton Street. The full lineup is lengthy, though, so don't go saying you don't have anything to do this August.

BRISBANE WINTER SESSIONS 2021 LINEUP:

Felons Barrell Hall:
Miiesha
Felivand
Hallie
Sofia Isella
Sweater Curse
RVG
A. Swayze and The Ghosts
Dopamine
Girl and Girl
Slowrip

The Fortitude Music Hall:
Thy Art is Murder
Skin On Skin & Friends
Nina Las Vegas
No Money Enterprise
JamesJamesJames
Creed Tha Kid
Zheani
DJ Homoc1d3

The Triffid:
Trophy Eyes
The Dreggs
Hayley Mary (The Jezabels)
Cheap Fakes
Meg Ripps
McDermott & North
Hazel Mei

The Brightside:
Last Dinosaurs
Egoism
Flamingo Blonde
Staples

Press Club:
The Dead Love
Being Jane Lane
BLUSSH
King George
Life Admin

The Brightside / O'Skulligans:
RAT!Hammock
Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers
The Lazy Eyes
Melaleuca
WALKEN
The Minor Threats
Olivia's World
Garage Sale
Minor Premiers
Pipin
Mouse
GRMLN

The Zoo:
Ben Ely
Bad//Dreems

La La Land:
Ian Haug (ex-Powderfinger)
Tyrone Noonan
Nik Phillips
First Beige
Dream Coast

Woolly Mammoth:
Jess B

Greaser:
Pablum
Concrete Palms
Plateau
Velociraptor
Oscar Borschmann
Tolal Pace
Tejavu
Platonic Sex
Eratas
Slow Rip
Girl and Girl
Rattus
Great Sage
Square
Samm
Mozza
Pelican Moon
Radium Dolls
Gabe Fressh

Ric's Bar:
Sinkin' Schooners
Sky Valley
Ban Solo

Brooklyn Standard:
The Buzz
Colt Seavers Band
Ramjet
Dave Wesbter Solo
Imessa

Suzie Wongs:
The Skandolosos
LR March
The Lazy Leis
Dan Lewis
La Boum

Can You Keep A Secret?:
Life on Earth

The Bearded Lady:
Refedex
The Cassowarys
Eloelo

Brisbane Winter Sessions will take place between Thursday, August 5–Wednesday, August 11 across 16 venues in Fortitude Valley, the CBD and Brisbane's suburbs. For further details and to grab tickets, head to the festival's website.

Top image: Vincent Shaw.

Published on June 21, 2021 by Sarah Ward

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