It has been 22 years since the Valley Fiesta first turned Fortitude Valley's live music scene into a weekend-long street party — and when it returns for its annual spin in 2018, it'll be bigger (and possibly better) than ever.
Taking over every space it can around Brunswick, Wickham and Ann streets, as well as the Chinatown mall, this year's Fiesta will feature live music, theatre and arts from August 29 to September 2. If that sounds longer than normal, that's because the event will enjoy an extended run across five days.
While the actual lineup is set to be announced in the coming weeks, Brisbanites can look forward to plenty of local and Australian bands playing plenty of tunes, as part of a program of both free and ticketed events in the Valley's various venues, laneways and shops. That includes outdoor gigs — there's nothing like seeing half of Brisbane descend upon one of the area's streets, after all — plus a huge art showcase that'll involve lighting, projections, installations and themed decor. There'll also be a special focus on active activities designed to get punters moving beyond making shapes and tapping their toes.
Announcing the expanded event, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk noted that Valley Fiesta will "provide a fantastic platform for our city's emerging musical and creative talent, with a packed program of performers."
As far as the packed part of that statement goes, the Valley is certain to be busy regardless of the lineup — up to 65,000 attendees are expected over the five days.
The 2018 Valley Fiesta will run from August 29 to September 2 — keep an eye on the festival website for more details.