Category Archives: Brisbane

The Caxton Street Seafood Festival – Sunday 4th May 2008

Caxton Street Seafood Festival Crowd 

To experience some of the best live music Australia has to offer this Labour Day long weekend, there’s only one place to be – The Caxton Street Seafood Festival.

This year’s Festival will be held on Sunday 4 May 2008, and along with delicious seafood, wine and beer, there’s a sight and sound for every musical palate.

There’s a massive amount of locally home-grown talent on offer including the likes of Nik Phillips, Nina May, DJ Jimmy Z, the infectiously manic Butterfingers and electro tinged rock band, Elation.

The eclectic mix also includes indie rocker Diana Anaid, jazz diva Grace Knight and trio and Sydney based hip hop and beats label, Urthboy.
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Black Mustang

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Black Mustang have quickly established themselves as one of Brisbane’s most undeniably exhilarating new bands. Having developed an explosive live set with teenage kicks and manic pop thrills, their sound veers from rambunctious garage rock n roll to grungy blues-infected dynamos. Black mustangs sheer sonic momentum, combined with their intelligent use of melody, displays a maturity far beyond the band’s tender years. Powerful emotions, spanning from love and lust to fear and frustration are ever present. In short, Black Mustang provides a roller coaster ride of unashamed, delirious rock n roll.

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Buddha Birth Day Festival – Brisbane, May 2-4 2008

Buddha Birth Day Festival

An estimated 200,000 visitors are expected to attend the 12th annual Buddha Birth Day Festival. The Festival is a signature cultural event for Queensland and is now one of the largest Buddhist celebrations in the world.

Endorsing this year’s theme of “Harmony in All”, the Festival promotes a peaceful existence and appreciation of Australia’s multicultural identity and focuses on generating community and individual ‘respect for life’.

Spread over 12 locations throughout the South Bank Parklands, the Buddha Birth Day Festival involves over 700 volunteers, 300 performers, 200 events, 2 performance stages, a fireworks display, 21 information and meditation sessions including 2 multi-faith forums, 18 Cultural, Art and Environmental activities for the children, a Children’s Amusement Area with a number of rides, an Art Exhibition, an organised Festival tour for over 1,000 school children, 50 food and merchandise stalls and 4 Official functions including the Opening Ceremony on Saturday night.

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Links:  Buddha Birth Day Festival Site 
Photos: LifeMusicMedia flickr photoset

Greazefest Kustom Kulture Festival

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The GreazeFest is Australia’s annual kustom kulture weekender celebrating rockabilly and psychobilly music, custom cars, vintage bikes and lowriders, pinstriping, low brow artwork, dancing, fashion, and other cool stuff born in the 1950s.

Now in it’s ninth year, the GreazeFest has become a yearly pilgrimage for rockabilly and kustom kulture fans from all parts of the globe.

Held at Souths, West End – Brisbane, Australia between July 31 and August 3, 2008.

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Links:  Greazefest official site – Greazefest on MySpace
Photos:  flickr photoset

4C Arts Collective – Art Party – 7 March 2008

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4C say “4C is an arts collective devoted to utilising and promoting the strengths and talents of artists in a myriad fields to create events that positively contribute to the community”. 

Friday night saw just such a commitment fullfilled with a massive arts party @ The Valley Studios – Brisbane.  Offering live bands (Black Mustang, Villains of Wilhelm, The Black Arts, My Fiction), DJ’s (Beat and Blue, DJ Charlie Hustle), burlesque performers (Lena Marlene, Dangergirl), artwork exibits (Clarissa Bones and more), Breakdancers and Circus Performers, the night was ever moving and entertaining.  Crowd participation was inspired with an art wall that attracted many a budding artist. 

Links:  4C Arts Collective
Photos: flickr photoset 
 

WOW Brisbane Broncos Fan Day

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In the lead up to the NRL season, the WOW Brisbane Broncos held their annual Fan Day at Roma Street Parklands.  The day saw the entire Broncos first grade squad meet their fans for autographs, photographs and a game or two of touch footy. 

Wally Lewis  Darren Lockyer  Sam Thaiday  Justin Hodges

Links:  Brisbane Broncos Site

Photos: Photoset on Flickr

The Odyssey 2007 Xmas Cabaret Freakshow – The Globe, Fortitude Valley – December 15 2007

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Review by Lisa Lamb

The Odyssey Xmas Cabaret Freakshow is one of the highlights of the year, held annually with three stages of music, theatre, art, dance, film, animation, comedy, puppetry, experimental noise, digital media, fire, mask, magik and soul. Combining the best of local talent with international performers such as Tiger Lil (*The Happy Sideshow* & Machine Gun Fellatio).

All part of an evil plan devised by Daniel Endicott of Odyssey Productions to unleash the world’s most daredevil entertainers on the seedy underbelly of this city starring the cream of Brisbane Burlesque including Miss Bertie, Miss Kitty Conquest, La Viola Vixen, Lena Marlene, The Gamble Sisters, Miss Mindi, Peppa Minx and Tony Campbell in all his tap dancing glory

Kafka played the foyer stage with their unique blend of jazz and funk.
The Blood Poets were a great opening band on the main stage with their catchy pop, rock and dance tunes, just the name alone is enough to keep you interested. Delivering a tight set with an unexpected appearance by burlesque performer Lady Vee as an added bonus!
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Upsize, The Radiators and the Angels @ Acacia Ridge Hotel – May 4th 2007

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The Basement Bar at Acacia Ridge Hotel played host to an awesome night where Upsize , The Radiators and The Angels played live and loud! Rock shall never die!

Brisbane rock band Upsize totally rocked the Basement Bar to over a crowd of a 1000. Upsize are playing gigs around Brisbane promoting their debut CD West End Delicacy . They were the perfect band to get the crowd worked up in anticipation of The Radiators and The Angels performances. Upsize’s performance was outstanding, playing all the songs off their debut CD plus a few others which had the crowd jumping and yelling for more!

The Radiators
When The Radiators hit the stage, a wave of people surged forward. If it wasn’t for the guardrail the band would have been engulfed completely. The crowd varied in ages, from late teens to mid to late sixties. The Radiators had everyone nodding, feet tapping, jumping up and down as well as singing along. Everyone, no matter what age, appeared to know all the words to all the songs.

The Radiators started with a few of their slower and older classics like Summer Holiday , and by the time they started playing You Gimme Head , you couldn’t hear the band over the crowd singing. After decades of playing live gigs, The Radiators continue to wow their audience with an adrenaline filled performance.

The Angels
The Angels. What more can be said? The name itself makes you want to bow down low and chant “We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!” The Angels have a repertoire spanning nearly 3 decades with countless hits including Take A Long Line, After The Rain, Mr Damage, Straight Jacket and their first major hit Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? , which were all performed to the delight of the audience. All that experience has been polished to the extent that you almost feel that you’re listening to the CD.

Friday night was surreal. Not only did we have more Australian rock’n’roll history than you could poke a stick at, the rock’n’roll was picked up and carried forward into the present by Upsize. As I said at the beginning of the review, Rock shall never die!

Reviewed for: FasterLouder.com.au 
Photos: Upsize flickr photo set  and   The Angels & The Radiators flickr photo set