State of Origin isn’t the only big thing happening in Brisbane this week. There’s plenty of local gigs to fill your calendar up with this weekend, and to make things easier we’ve shortened the list of choices to our Top 10. Did we mention they’re all $10 or less? Bargain!
THURSDAY 23 JUNE
'Sisters' feat. Maja, Isabel & Livvia @ The Bearded Lady
“Sisters” showcases the soul-infused sounds of Isabel, the sultry, powerful vocals of Livvia and Maja‘s thought-provoking lyrics and hard-hitting soul numbers. Featuring special guest poet Ashley McGregor, come and see these sistas in action!
Best Of Locals feat. Luna Sands, O.J Mengel & Gamla Stan @ The Zoo
What: Best Of Locals feat. Luna Sands, O.J Mengel & Gamla Stan
When & Where: Thursday, 23 June @ The Zoo from 7.30PM
Genre: Indie, rock, acoustic
Cost: $8 presale, $10 on the door. More event info here.
In 2015, Luna Sands found their feet playing on some of the best stages in Brisbane. Now they’ve refined their sound and smoothed over the rough edges to create a mesmerising soundscape worth getting lost in. They’ll be joined by acoustic daydreamer O.J Mengel and indie-rockers Gamla Stan for a memorable night farewelling Zoo co-founder Joc Curran.
The Con & The Liar "Biting" EP Launch @ The Brightside
You won’t regret going out on a school night to celebrate with alt-rockers The Con & The Liar as they launch their new EP. They’ll be joined by fellow Brisbanites beneb, Future Haunts and Raw Sugar for a night of unforgettable fun!
Indie Empire feat. Th'fika, Hunting Jade & Washington Morrow @ Empire Hotel
What: Indie Empire feat. Th’fika, Hunting Jade & Washington Morrow
When & Where: Thursday, 23 June @ Empire Hotel from 8.30PM
Cost: FREE. More event info here.
Gold Coast pop-rock duo Th’fika headline this week’s Indie Empire alongside eight-piece alternative pop outfit Hunting Jade and Washington Morrow. Pop in for after work drinks and you might just discover Brisbane’s next big thing!
FRIDAY 24 JUNE
Cookies & Cream @ The Backroom
What: Cookies & Cream feat. Fire and Whistle Theory, The Goldhearts (album launch), Granvil, Last Living Phantasms & ROO
When & Where: Friday, 24 June @ The Backroom from 6.30PM
Genre: Rock, indie, alternative
Cost: $10 presale, $12 on the door. More event info here.
There’s a lot to love about the third instalment of Vincent & Jules’ Cookies & Cream Series. There’s the thought-provoking folk melodies of opening act ROO, the psych-blues-punk blend of Last Living Phantasms and the alternative tunes of Brisbane trio Granvil. Not to mention the melt-in-your-mouth, indie-pop glory that is The Goldhearts who will be launching their new album before blues rockers Fire and Whistle Theory polish off the night. For a musical buffet that rivals the Sizzler dessert bar, get along to Cookies & Cream!
Speedracer’s 'Deadly Breed' Album Tour @ Beetle Bar
Heavy rockers Speedracer are bringing their powerful live show to Brisbane’s Beetle bar in support of their new album Deadly Breed. They’ll be joined by local favourites Wax Mammoth, The Flame Fields, Smoking Martha and Sons Of The Soil for a night of pure rock n roll debauchery!
The Ninjas & Old Fashion Joint Single Launch Party @ The Milk Factory
What: The Ninjas & Old Fashion Joint Single Launch Party
When & Where: Friday, 24 June @ The Milk Factory from 7.30PM
Cost: $10. More event info here.
With Queensland spirit at an all time high (also known as State Of Origin Game II fever), local PR gurus Footstomp Music have teamed up with AAA Backstage to present a stellar all-Queensland line-up at The Milk Factory this Friday. The night will see indie rockers The Ninjas launch their divine new single Morphine while fellow rockers Old Fashion unveil their latest single Romeo. They’ll be joined by Brissie mates The Bear Hunt and The Bikini Machine for a night that will prove the Sunshine State’s music scene is slayin’.
Jimi Beavis’ ‘Post-Apocalyptic Love Songs’ Album Launch @ The Bearded Lady
What: Jimi Beavis’ ‘Post-Apocalyptic Love Songs’ Album Launch
When & Where: Friday, 24 June @ The Bearded Lady from 8PM
Genre: Blues, folk
Cost: $10. More event info here.
If the world were to end on Friday night, you wouldn’t be sorry you spent your last hours celebrating the restless concoction of musical innovation that is Jimi Beavis’ new album Post-Apocalyptic Love Songs. A fusion of dirty-soul, roots, blues, Americana and funk, Jimi’s new tunes will have you grinning and grooving into the weekend.
BTM Management's June Showcase @ New Globe Theatre
BTM Management have scoured the local music scene and brought together six of the city’s up-and-coming bands for a night of good tunes and good company. Grab a drink, sit back, relax and enjoy tunes from The Apathies, The Rared, Peperine, The Vellacott Trio, Dead-Set and Mothwing.
SATURDAY 25 JUNE
Punks for West Papua @ Beetle Bar
Brisbane punks continue to help give the people of West Papua a voice. Join Whiskey & Speed, Broken Leg, Monster Fodder, Secondhand Toothbrush, Göatzilla and Dispunktion at the Beetle Bar for a loud night of Brissie’s finest hand-crafted punk rock.