It's Commonwealth Games time, which not only means plenty of athletes competing for glory on the Gold Coast, but a plethora of arts and cultural events as well. The latter falls under the guise of The Festival, the one-off fest running alongside the sporting action — and while it's largely focused on the Goldie, it's bringing some fun to Brisbane as well.
Indeed, if you like live music — and you like seeing it for free — then you're going to want to head along to The Festival's Brissie music lineup. It's a packed bill featuring plenty of ace acts, including Regurgitator, The Preatures, Bob Evans, Kev Carmody, Ed Kuepper, Urthboy, Cheap Fakes, Airling and Major Leagues.
They'll all take over South Bank's Cultural Centre Forecourt, and they'll be joined by Jackie Marshall, Don Walker, Thando, Shellie Morris, Digging Roots, Kardajala Kirridarra, Heart Music, Electric Fields, Abbe May, Stella Donnelly, a Pub Choir session and more. The list really does go on, meaning that seeing a gig — and not spending a cent — isn't going to be a problem for the 11 days between April 5 and 15.