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Locally Focused Music Festival Summer(ish) Sounds Is Bringing Its Stacked Lineup to Brisbane

After successful runs in Adelaide and Melbourne, the event is now headed to the Brisbane Riverstage.
By Ben Hansen and Sarah Ward
March 23, 2021
By Ben Hansen and Sarah Ward
March 23, 2021

The road back to music festivals in a post-COVID world has been long and bumpy. Many festivals attempted to be among the first to return, announcing dates and lineups before being forced to postpone. One event that has managed to succeed despite changing restrictions on mass gatherings over the past few months: the new Summer Sounds Festival.

Back in November 2020, it was revealed that Splendour in the Grass organisers Secret Sounds — with the help of the Australian government — were working on a new music festival. An announcement for the Adelaide edition of Summer Sounds Festival followed shortly, with the SA leg of the fest taking place across January with a lineup full of local Australian talent, including Ball Park Music, Bernard Fanning, Mallrat and Ruel.

A season in Melbourne at the end of February and the beginning of March followed, too — and, come April and May, it'll be Brisbane's turn. Because summer is now over for the year, the Brissie leg of the fest has been dubbed Summer(ish) Sounds. Well, the weather is usually still warm and pleasant in autumn, so it fits.

Taking place over four nights, the Brissie lineup features Violent Soho, The Avalanches and Ball Park Music. They'll be joined by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tropical Fuck Storm, The Murlocs, Tired Lion and Seathru. More acts are set to be announced, too, with the lineup of gigs running from Friday, April 23–Monday, May 3.

In order to comply with COVID-19 protocols, ticketing will be split into sections, with limited spots available in each area. This means you're saved the pain of rubbing up against too many sweaty strangers in the crowd, plus you'll be able to have a dance with your closest friends. Plus, at the front of the site — right by the stage — there'll be a reserved seating area if you have some cash to splash (and want to sit down).

Violent Soho by James Simpson


Friday, April 23 — King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tropical Fuck Storm and The Murlocks
Friday, April 30 — The Avalanches and special guests
Saturday, May 1 — Violent Soho, Tired Lion and Seathru
Monday, May 3 — Ball Park Music and special guests

Summer(ish) Sounds Festival Brisbane will take place at the Brisbane Riverstage from Friday, April 23–Monday, May 3 Registration for the pre-sale is now open, with pre-sale tickets available from 10am AEST on Wednesday, March 24 — and general ticket sales opening at 10am AEST on Thursday, March 25.

Top image: Summer Sounds Festival Adelaide by Morgan Sette

Published on March 23, 2021 by Ben Hansen


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