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MPavilion Music Meets

Queen Victoria Gardens' epic ampitheatre-like pavilion will be filled with (free) live music every weekend in January.
By Hudson Brown
December 18, 2018
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By Hudson Brown
December 18, 2018
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MPavilion is currently in the midst of its biggest arts program to date, featuring 400 free events across a massive four-month program. And throughout January, the striking space is set to come alive with a range of free eclectic musical performances.

First up, you can end the week in style with Friday Night Fiestas. Taking place between 5–7pm every Friday, this happy hour shindig allows you to catch an exciting lineup of local DJs and musicians for free — and with a drink in hand. Friday, January 18 will see Brisbane-based independent record label Tenth Court drop into town and showcase what they elegantly describe as "the wealth of beautiful scumbag talent inhabiting Australia".

But the free music doesn't stop there. Polito: A Crimson Audiovisual Lanscape will showcase two duos of collaborators, Robert Downie and Finnian Langham of Polito and performers Arabella Frahn-Starkie and Hillary Goldsmith of Visual Display, in an engrossing improvisational event. Happening Saturday, January 12 from 9–10pm, the groups will respond to each other's on-the-fly creations, generating a highly rhythmic experience.

The following Saturday, beloved indie label Bedroom Suck Records presents the third and final instalment of its Music in Exile program. Melbourne neo-soul duo Caseaux O.S.L.O will join creative forces with Amadou Suso, frontman of the Senegambian Jazz Band, and explore the commonalities between hip-hop, ancient musical traditions and storytelling.

Finally on Sunday, January 27, Jewel Box Performances will present emerging opera singer and songwriter Jessica Hitchcock. Having recently collaborated with the likes of Jessie Lloyd's Mission Songs Project and Deborah Cheetham's Short Black Opera, Hitchcock will perform songs at MPavilion from her upcoming solo EP — set to be released in May 2019.

And, to get you in the mood for these weekend performances, don't miss out on a bit of early morning exercise with Hip Hop Yoga Brunswick. Classes run Fridays at 7.30am and will have you flowing through 45-minutes of groovy hip-hop and R&B.

For more information on MPavilion's extensive summer program, visit the website.

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