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3-25 September 2021 / Brisbane, QLD

Brisbane Festival


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Homegrown heroes and national icons light up stages across the city in a Brightly Brisbane line-up of incredible live music events during Brisbane Festival 2021.

From acoustic to electronica, symphony to swing, rock to baroque and every genre in between, the Festival spotlights a brilliant program of local and national musical acts from 3 – 25 September.

Beloved music venue The Tivoli will light up the Festival in 2021, alongside a new performance space at The Princess Theatre.

Headline acts include Boy & Bear, WAAX, Sheppard & Marlon Williams complemented by performances spanning opera, jazz, First Nations artists, solo performers, local bands and DJs.

Relaunching in time for Brisbane Festival, The Princess Theatre at Woolloongabba is Brisbane’s newest home for live music and entertainment and is making its presence felt with an epic Housewarming party featuring live and local artists on 11 – 12 September.

Brisbane’s oldest-standing theatre, the revamped Princess will also host electronic act COLLAR on 3 September and local singer-songwriter Jarryd James on 8 September.

An older sibling to The Princess, The Tivoli returns to Brisbane Festival with a diverse concert program including Client Liaison on 11 September, opera star Jess Hitchcock in Songs That Made Me on 12 September, Boy & Bear from 16 – 17 September, An Evening with Marlon Williams on 22 September and WAAX on 25 September.

The Princess and The Tivoli co-owner Dave Sleswick said this year’s Brisbane Festival music program was about “getting under bands and really supporting them” after a tumultuous 18 months.

“This program  should create hope, inspiration and forward momentum to artists and an opportunity for the community to get together, reconnect and enjoy  outstanding live music,” Mr Sleswick said.

The Tivoli is also home to a strong, First Nations-led program of music including the world premiere of Restless Dream on 19 September, a new piece with cinematic soundscapes and dance that reflects the ongoing social justice work of Kamilaroi elder Uncle Bob Weatherall.

The iconic Brisbane music venue also hosts Blak Day Out on 10 September, bringing together musicians including Alice Skye, dameeeela, DancingWater, DRMNGNOW, Mo’Ju, Selve, Shakaya, The Ancient Bloods and The Merindas to celebrate music and community.

Brisbane Festival returns to fill the city with art, music and joy from 3 – 25 September 2021.

Brisbane Festival is proudly supported by Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government.

All Brisbane Festival events comply with Queensland Health’s COVID Safe Events framework and health authority directions.


Brisbane Festival 2021 will be running from Friday, 3 September to Saturday, 25 September.

The Brisbane Festival 2021 program will be released on Wednesday, 14 July.