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Brisbane Winter Sessions

Postponed from its winter slot due to lockdown, this multi-gig music festival is now spending spring spreading a heap of shows across inner-city Brisbane.
By Sarah Ward
July 29, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
July 29, 2021
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A lot can change in just a few months, and even quicker than that — as we've all learned several times over during the past 18 months or so. So, when Brisbane Winter Sessions announced plans to takeover the city in August via a brand-new six-day music festival at 16 venues in Fortitude Valley, the CBD and Brisbane's suburbs, it was always possible that COVID-19 would get in the way. It did, and the festival has now adapted.

It's keeping the name, but now Brisbane Winter Sessions is warming up the city in spring, summer and even autumn — from Sunday, September 5–Saturday, Friday 24, in fact. You can still expect a jam-packed lineup of live tunes, though, at venues such as The Zoo, Fortitude Music Hall, Ric's and The Brightside. You can also expect to spend time at Felons Barrell Hall at Howards Smith Wharves, La La Land, Woolly Mammoth, Greaser, Can You Keep A Secret? and The Bearded Lady, checking out a lengthy list of acts including Ben Ely, Last Dinosaurs, Concrete Surfers, Sweater Curse and Bad//Dreems.

Some shows are free and others are ticketed, but they'll all give you an excuse to support the city's live music scene — which needs the love given all that the last two years have delivered. And yes, the full lineup is lengthy, so don't go saying you don't have anything to do over the next few months.

Top image: Vincent Shaw. Updated September 5.

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