The 2011 Brisbane Festival is the best one yet, bringing together all creative muses to create a multimedia extravaganza right across the city. The music contingent is quite high too, with a variety of eclectic artists frequenting the Spiegeltent in King George Square over the next fortnight (such as Syl Johnson and Gareth Liddiard...).
Another event that is sure to take the locals by storm is Neon Mountain. The two events showcase some of Australia's underground musical talent. The first, curated by Andrew Tuttle (Anonymeye, Micronations and all round good guy), is on this Saturday (17 September) and focuses on audio projects such as DOT.AY and Qua. This will be an incredible, immersive show - get your tickets here.
However the second Neon Mountain show is more conducive to Sonic Masala circles. Curated by Dan Lewis of boutique record label Bon Voyage Records, it focuses on underground rock. Headlining is Sydney slacker noise outfit and SM favourite Naked On The Vague, and will be supported by Melbourne witch-house mystery Horse MacGyver; Brisbane’s own dark psych circle, Secret Birds; and local noise-pop outfit Martyr Privates. Projections on the night come from visuals duo syncingboat. This one will be held on Saturday September 24 (the final night of Brisbane Festival). Get your tix here. Both events are held in the Metro Arts carpark, so weather permitting, it will be an unforgettable series of shows.
The event precedes what is set to be an exciting end to the year for Bon Voyage, with vinyl releases forthcoming from Brisbane’s psych pop girl-group Feathers, Martyr Privates, and St Etienne les Orgues no-wave duo Looks Like Miaou. Circulating on vinyl and tape media, as well as digitally, Bon Voyage specialises in short-run limited editions, taking in psychedelia, lo-fi, noise, avant-pop from Australia and across the sea.