While there’s plenty of local talent on display at the EKKA this week, there’s also plenty of live music happening in the city precinct to keep you entertained without the huge carnival entry fees! Here our top gig picks…

TUESDAY, 13 AUGUST

B SIDES: SONGWRITERS, LIVE ART, POETRY @ THE MILK FACTORY

Brisbane gigs
What
: B Sides: Songwriters, Live Art, Poetry feat. Charlie Shay, Opaeka & Lucy Francesca Dron
When & Where: Tuesday, 13 August @ The Milk Factory from 7PM
Genre:
Varied
Cost:
FREE. More event info HERE.

An intimate showcase of local artists, songwriters and poets curated by Jeremy Newell  and Madeleine McCaw, B-Sides is the place to discover your new favourite emerging act! This edition features the smooth sounds of Charlie Shay, Opaeka and Lucy Francesca Dron.

EKKA EVE PARTY @ BLACK BEAR LODGE

Brisbane gigs
What
: EKKA Eve Party
When & Where: Tuesday, 13 August @ Black Bear Lodge from 8PM
Genre:
Varied
Cost:
$10. More event info HERE.

Gather one, gather all, as Black Bear Lodge plays host to yet another epic Ekka Eve party in 2019. Helping you boogie the night away are weapons WHALEHOUSE, Dopamine and Glasshouse. Who needs to go to the actual EKKA when you’ve got entertainment like this!

EKKA EVE PARTY @ THE FOUNDRY

Brisbane gigs
What
: EKKA Eve Party
When & Where: Tuesday, 13 August @ The Foundry from 7PM
Genre:
Varied
Cost:
$10 presale | $15 on the door. More event info HERE.

Another lap around the sun, another decent excuse for midweek shenanigans. This midweek party to celebrate the EKKA holiday that takes place the next day will feature the dance-worthy tunes of CONCRETE SURFERS, Fight Ibis, Minor Premiers, Sycco and Babyshoes. It’s not every week you get a day off midweek so make like it’s Friday and PARTY!

WEDNESDAY, 14 AUGUST

RADIOTHON VARIETY SHOW @ 4ZZZ CARPARK

Brisbane gigs
What: 4ZZZ Radiothon Variety Show
When & Where:
Wednesday, 14 August @ 4ZZZ Carpark from 11AM
Genre:
Varied
Cost:
FREE. More event info HERE.

What better way to spend People’s EKKA public holiday than by supporting the good people at 4ZZZ who support local and national emerging acts. As a part of their annual fundraising effort, Radiothon, 4ZZZ are hosting a suave little soiree in the carpark this People’s Day featuring music from Guava Lava and Flangipanis, mural painting and a costume competition for punters. They’ll also be limited edition 4ZZZ Show Bags for the first 20 subscribers on the day. Don’t be a clown, get on down to 4ZZZ Radiothon Variety Show!

THURSDAY, 15 AUGUST

PASTELLE ‘TILL THE COWS COME HOME’ SINGLE LAUNCH @ THE MILK FACTORY

Brisbane gigs
What: Pastelle ‘Till The Cows Come Home’ Single
When & Where:
Thursday, 15 August @ The Milk Factory from 8PM
Genre:
Brit-rock
Cost:
$8 presale | $10 on the door. More event info HERE.

Bringing Brit-rock to Brisbane is local outfit, Pastelle, who’re launching their third single Till The Cows Come Home, which is promising to get punters dancing. They’ll be joined by special guests Video Avenue.

THE BEAMISH BROTHERS ‘BRUTALISM’ EP LISTENING PARTY @ REVERENDS

Brisbane gigs
What
: The Beamish Brothers ‘Brutalism’ EP Listening Party 
When & Where: Thursday, 15 August @ Reverends Coffee & Bar from 7PM
Genre:
Alt-pop
Cost:
FREE. More event info HERE.

Toowoomba’s The Beamish Brothers are ready to unleash their music on the world with their new record Brutalism due out 16 August. To celebrate, they’re giving Brisbane fans an exclusive first listen at their acoustic listening party at Reverends the night before the EP officially drops. Consider this a slice of alt-pop heaven!

FRIDAY, 16 AUGUST

SAMMM. ‘BREAK ME IN’ SINGLE LAUNCH @ HEYA BAR

Brisbane gigs
What
: Sammm. ‘Break Me In’ Single Launch
When & Where: Friday, 16 August @ The Yamaha from 8PM
Genre:
Rock, pop
Cost:
$10 presale | $13 on the door. More event info HERE.

Marking a new period of self-awareness and recovery, Brisbane’s Samuel Geddes (aka Sammm.) turns anguish into art on his brave new single Break Me In. To celebrate the release of this poignant piece, he’ll be joined by mates Off Plum and Fraser Bell. Get ready for meaningful guitar-pop like you’ve never heard before! Listen to Break Me In HERE.

EMPIRE WITHIN 'SUBMERGENCE' EP LAUNCH @ TOMCAT

Brisbane gigs
What
: Empire Within ‘Submergence’ EP Launch
When & Where: Friday, 16 August @ Tomcat from 7PM
Genre:
Post-hardcore, rock
Cost:
FREE. More event info HERE.

Join post-hardcore rockers Empire Within this FriYAY as they launch their new record Submergence with the help of local pals Lunchtime, Whisky Grinn, Alaina and Strange Fiction.

SILO #9: RAAVE TAPES, GREAT SAGE & BAD SEXT @ THE FOUNDRY

Brisbane gigs
What
: SILO #9: RAAVE TAPES, Great Sage & Bad Sext
When & Where: Friday, 16 August @ The Foundry from 8PM
Genre:
Dance
Cost:
$12.25 ($10 + booking fee). More event info HERE.

GRAIN, Coopers and Hutchies Present: SILO #9 featuring the marvellous RAAVE TAPES, Great Sage and Bad Sext – guaranteed to keep you dancing all night long!

SUNDAY, 18 AUGUST

YOUR MAN ALEX SMITH 'TRIGGER' SINGLE LAUNCH @ RICS BAR

Brisbane gigs
What
: Your Man Alex Smith ‘Trigger’ Single Launch
When & Where: Sunday, 18 August @ Rics Bar from 5PM
Genre:
Rock
Cost:
FREE. More event info HERE.

Saddle up, buckle in and get ready for one hell of a rock ‘n’ roll ride, cause Your Man Alex Smith is turning the volume up to full throttle to celebrate his rambunctious new single, Trigger. Like Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone but cooler, Alex will be joined by fellow cool kids Soupy LaRue and Harrison Paroz to launch this baby into the stratosphere! Listen to Trigger HERE.

Feature image: Bad Sext by Will Johnstone

Top 10 Brissie Gigs For $10 is a weekly list of Brisbane’s best gigs featuring local acts that won’t break the bank.