King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, The Avalanches, Violent Soho and Ball Park Music are taking over the Riverstage.
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's 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 between Friday, April 23–Monday, May 3, 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, The Kite String Tangle, Clypso, Beddy Ray's, Alex the Astronaut, Sycco and Hope D.
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).
SUMMER SOUNDS FESTIVAL, BRISBANE
Friday, April 23 — King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tropical Fuck Storm and The Murlocks
Friday, April 30 — The Avalanches, The Kite String Tangle and Clypso
Saturday, May 1 — Violent Soho, Tired Lion and Beddy Ray's
Monday, May 3 — Ball Park Music, Alex the Astronaut, Sycco and Hope D
Top image: Summer Sounds Festival Adelaide by Morgan Sette