Brisbane welcomed the IndOz Festival 2014 - a celebration of the partnership between Australia and Indonesia that encompasses business, education, defence, security, culture and arts, to King George Square and City Hall in Brisbane on Saturday. Erin Smith brings you these photos.
There was a lot to love and a lot to dislike about The Aston Shuffle's gig at the Zoo on Friday night. The good things came from The Aston Shuffle themselves, however the long wait before the boys hit the stage was much less enjoyable.
KOFFIA’s 2014 stint in Brisbane kicked off last night with a bang - quite a few bangs, actually, and an explosion and several car stunts. Jo Ui-Seok and Kim Byung-Seo’s Cold Eyes (or “감시자들", its Korean title, which translates to “Stakeout” or “Surveillance") was an excellent choice for the first film of the festival, embodying everything that is great about modern Korean cinema - brilliant writing, engaging cinematography and skilful delivery from some of Korea’s top actors.
Progfest is the annual Australian music festival that showcases Australia's underground progressive music bands. In the past having played host to headlining bands such as melodic Melbourne metallers Sydonia, instrumental rock giants sleepmakeswaves and recently-announced-for-this-years-Soundwaves Ne Obliviscaris, it's a hotbed of talent and our very own Matthew Evans was there to capture the first leg at the Zoo in Brisbane.
the AU's Aidan Hogg captures Amela playing at the New Globe Theatre to celebrate the completion of her upcoming EP, with supports from Gabriella Cohen and Angharad Drake.
Arcane starts the night off with the tasteful prog metal they're known for in the local music scene. The first song is a soft down-tempo number with mellifluous tones of Jim Grey leading the band but it's not too soon before the audience gets a blast of the more metal side of the band. The band's sound is intense without out and out aggression but more in their sense of purpose with not a single wasted note. The technicality is obvious from intricate cymbal work, effortless renditions of time signatures that don't divide nicely and of course instrumental solos that still prize emotion over sheer technicality. It's great to see the band back on stage for the first time in almost two years with new bassist Adrian proving a perfect match for the band's sound.
The Valley Fiesta has given Brisbane years of entertainment. Every year the music line up is stellar, and it gives people a night they’ll never forget. Now with the recent renovations to Fortitude Valley and the increasing popularity of the Fiesta the event stretches over 2 days. This year, the celebrations have spilled over into Chinatown, with the fantastic new Chinatown Chow Down banquet and entertainment extravaganza on August 23. The AU got a great sneak peek of the Chow Down, so here’s what you can expect.
So I saw a band gig last night. Maybe you’ve heard of them? Australian Chamber Orchestra rings a bell? They are rad live. Jokes aside, QPAC opened up a portal to period of musical history that communicates to us in its most pure form – beautiful sounds. Intimate Letters in collaboration with Bell Shakespeare transmutes love letters, personal correspondence of sad acceptances and a certain intimacy maybe we weren’t meant to be privy to. I wasn’t joking about the live part though. ACO fills the space with an incredible force of music.
It's not long now until three weeks of arts, music and culture takes over the city of Brisbane in the form of the annual Brisbane Festival. With hundreds of performances taking place, we're cutting through the list and bringing you our ten picks of live performances not to miss... here are our first five, in no particular order:
David Williamson’s early work The Removalists has been revived by Critical Stages and Rock Surfers Theatre Company in a eerie portrayal of 70s suburban culture. If the play isn’t startling enough the contrast of how we view women today and back then definitely will be.
Fortitude Valley has a multitude of venues for those looking for a good drink. There are boutique bars that are small and character filled, and there are huge bars with multiple levels and loud music for people to dance to. However, there are very few bars that reach a middle point between these two types of venue. Secrets on Ann manages to find that mid-point. It is a night club that has an inviting atmosphere, décor and lighting that creates a dramatic mood and a range of unique cocktails with flavours you won’t find anywhere else.
Rock and roll will always be louder than a gunshot. Because no matter what happens, no matter want monstrosities and nightmares young people go through music will continue to amplify the sounds in our hearts and things we simply can’t say quietly to those we love. Rolling Thunder Vietnam is a true testament to this idea.
The mighty Kasabian wrapped up their Australian tour with The Delta Riggs in Brisbane tonight, and Andrew Wade was there to bring us these farewell pics from the pit:
Meredith had a chat with Andrew McMillen about his debut book, Talking Smack. Talking Smack asks the questions Do drugs inspire creativity? Is there any truth in the old ‘sex, drugs ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll’ cliché, or is drugs and music a deadly combination? Andrew gets the answers from a vaudeville crew of musicians and bands like Grinspoon, Wally De Becker (or Gotye for those who don’t recognise the name) and even old school rock legend Paul Kelly.
If you’re ever feeling sad, down or just generally bleh, can I recommend you go put on A Great Big World’s record, or better yet, just go to one of their shows. I was blown away by just how heartfelt, sincere and just plain happy these two young gentlemen are when they perform.