The Ultimate 2018 Summer Gig Guide

The Ultimate 2018 Summer Gig Guide

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By Emmy-Lou McKean | 18th January 2018

Someone once said that you should always have two things to look forward to. That way, once the first event is over, you still have the second one to look forward to and as you plan another exciting event, the cycle continues.

To be honest, we’ll tell ourselves anything to make the post-holiday blues that little bit easier to hurdle. But if there is one thing that always has us on a countdown, it’s a live music gig.

There is no question that Brisbane and it’s surrounding coastal towns had a pretty epic lineup of festivals and gigs over the summer holiday period, but just because we’re back in work mode doesn’t mean the live music is stopping anytime soon.

Whether you’re looking for a mid-week boogie or want to fill your weekends with some stellar live music, we’ve got you covered with our 2018 summer gig guide. We’ve even put it in date order so you can plan out your diaries!

The Creases

After a massive 2017 with the release of their debut LP Tremolow, these four Brissie lads are back on home turf for a couple of intimate shows before gearing up for an even bigger and better 2018. Tickets to their Friday show have already sold out, so you’ll have to be quick if you want to catch them live on Thursday night.
The Foundry, 288 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley
TICKETS: $17.85, available online
DATES: Thursday, January 18, from 8pm

Foo Fighters & Weezer

When one of the biggest bands in rock 'n' roll history returns to Australia, it’s no surprise they’re bringing equally as epic, American rockers Weezer along for the ride. Brisbane rock duo, DZ Deathrays will kick off the show as the support act and will no doubt be shredding for summer.
Suncorp Stadium, Castlemaine Street, Milton
TICKETS: $100 to $208 available online
DATES: Thursday, January 25, from 8pm

Electric Gardens Brisbane

Kick off Australia Day eve with one of Australia’s leading summer dance music festivals, which boasts massive headliners including Fatboy Slim and Gorgon City. If you’re a fan of house music, this is one gig you’ll be praising like you should!
The Marquee, Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
TICKETS: $90 available online
DATES: Thursday, January 25, from 4pm

Holy Holy

If you missed out on tickets to their Brisbane show, Aussie indie rockers, Holy Holy will be taking their sell-out Love Is For Amateurs Tour up to Maroochydore for Australia Day.  For a last chance to catch them live before the duo take a break from touring and return to the studio, grab your gig crew, your tickets and start gearing up for a road trip.
Solbar, 10/12-20 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
TICKETS: $34.70 available online
DATES: Friday, January 26, from 8pm

Hotter Than Hell

If you’re a fan of Aussie rock 'n' roll from the late 90s to early naughties, the Hotter Than Hell tour will be well worth the trip to Ipswich. With Eskimoe Joe, Jebediah, Frenzel Rhomb and Body Jar on the lineup, you can expect a day full of head banging and old school rock vibes.
Racecourse Hotel, 215 Brisbane Rd, Booval
TICKETS: $75 available online
DATES: Saturday, January 27, from 2pm

Macklemore

The four-time Grammy-Award winner and thrift-shop aficionado is back for his headline tour this summer. You can bet your bottom dollar he’ll be playing all his hits including Thrift Shop, Downtown and Same Love.
Brisbane Riverstage, 59 Gardens Point Road, CBD
TICKETS: $91.54 available online
DATES: Friday, February 2, from 6pm

Ben Folds

Returning to Australian shores armed with a songbook brimming with hits spanning his entire career, including Rockin’ The Suburbs and Brick, Folds is set to give one of his most memorable performances yet. In the second half of the gig, the audience is encouraged to write song requests onto a paper plane and launch them onto the stage on cue where Folds can randomly select and perform the audience requested songs.
The Tivoli, 52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley
TICKETS: $89 available online
DATES: Friday, February 2, from 7.30pm

RNB Vine Days

Two of the biggest names in R&B, Boyz II Men and TLC, will be hitting the stage at Sirromet Winery to perform some of their biggest hits including, No Scrubs, Waterfalls, End Of The Road and I’ll Make Love To You, while you and your gang enjoy an afternoon full of your favourite Queensland vino. Mr lover-lover himself, Shaggy will also be performing as support act.
Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton
TICKETS: $119 to $179.90 available online
DATES: Sunday, February 4, from 3pm

Roger Waters

Pink Floyd founder and bass player, Roger Waters will be bringing his incredible live performance down under for what is said to be his last tour. Expect to see live performances of some of Pink Floyd’s most iconic hits from albums including The Dark Side Of The Moon, The Wall, Aminals, Wish You Were Here plus new songs from Roger’s album Is This The Life We Really Want with a one-of-a-kind audio/visual production.
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 403 Melaleuca Dr. Boondall
TICKETS: $89.90 to $1,018.94 available online
DATES: Tuesday, February 6 & Wednesday, February 7, from 8pm

Red Hot Summer Tour

There is no denying that the Red Hot Summer Tour has garnered a reputation for bringing together some of the biggest local and international acts for one epic day of music and fun and the 2018 lineup is one of the most impressive yet. With Suzi Quatro, The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets and more on the bill, it’s no surprise tickets to the Saturday show sold out. With a Sunday show now added, this is one hot ticket.
Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Rd, Sandstone Point
TICKETS: $109.95 to $169 available online
DATES: Sunday, February 11, from 12.30pm

Hotter Than Hell

If you missed out on the first Hotter Than Hell show in Ipswich, the tour will be back in Redland Bay with Eskimoe Joe and Jebediah but the bands will be bringing along The Superjesus and Thirsty Merc for the ride.
Redland Bay Hotel, 160 Broadwater Tce, Redland Bay
TICKETS: $75 available online
DATES: Saturday, February 10, from 2pm

Laneway Festival 2018

Laneway Festival is renowned for delivering a lineup of the best new and established international and local acts and this year is no different. With the likes of Amy Shark, Mac Demarco, Anderson Pak, Billie Eilish, Bonobo, City Calm Down, The Internet and more epic acts on the lineup, you can bet these tickets are set to sell out. It has also just been announced the I Oh You have teamed up with Red Bull to host their own mini Block Party within the festival. Brisbane’s Block Party lineup includes some of Australia’s favourite emerging DJ's, such as Basenji, Wilaris. K and UV Boi and will no doubt take the festival to a whole new level.
Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
TICKETS: $149 available online
DATES: Saturday, February 10, from 11am

George Maple

You may recognise her mesmerizing vocals featured on a number for chart-topping hits including Buried by What So Not, but its George Maple’s flawless debut album Lover that has put the Australian singer/producer/songwriter in a league of her own.
The Triffid, 7-9 Stratton Street, Newstead
TICKETS: $45.30 available online
DATES: Friday, February 16, from 9pm

The Mountain Goat Valley Crawl

With a timetable structure similar to Big Sound, the Valley crawl is back for a third year with one of it’s most impressive lineups yet. With acts such as Ninajirachi, Hatchie, Midas.Gold, Jess Locke and Philadelphia Grand Jury performing on stages across the Valley, you’ll want to create your own timetable to coordinate seeing your fave acts and avoid the queues. Brisbane’s first Gin Festival will be taking place just down the road in Bakery Lane on the same night and we couldn’t think of a better pairing. Live music with a side of gin is just what the doctor ordered!
The Flying Cock, Crowbar, Black Bear Lodge, The Foundry, The Zoo, The Brightside & Barbara, Fortitude Valley Brisbane
TICKETS: Free
DATES: Saturday, February 17, from 5pm

Robbie Williams

Let the man himself entertain you with his unmatched catalogue of hits as he brings his heavy entertainment show world tour down under. For the die-hard fans, there are ticket options with exclusive access to Vip parties before and after the show.
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 403 Melaleuca Dr. Boondall
TICKETS: From $99 to $199 available online
DATES: Tuesday, February 20, from 7.30pm

LCD Soundsystem

After pulling huge crowds at their 2017 Splendour in the Grass show and following sell-out sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne, LCD Soundsystem are back on tour and bringing Aussie favourite Nick Murphy (FKA Chet Faker) along for the ride.
Brisbane Riverstage, 59 Gardens Point Road, CBD
TICKETS: $120 available online
DATES: Wednesday, February 21, from 5.30pm

Ball Park Music

Local legends, Ball Park Music are no strangers to the stages of Brisbane but this time they will be kicking off their first headline Australian tour since 2016 on home soil. The band will be accompanied by the talented Ali Barter and Brisbane pop queen, Hatchie as they take their Exactly How Your Are tour to the capital cities across the country. After selling out tickets to their first show, they’ve added a second gig so everyone can get a taste of the stage show.
The Tivoli, 52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley
TICKETS: $61.20 available online
DATES: Sunday, February 25, from 7pm

Alice Ivy

The Melbourne-based beat prodigy is bringing her I'm Dreaming tour to Brisbane for one night and is bound to have you boogying to her popular tracks including ‘Get Me a Drink’ and ‘Be Friends’.
Black Bear Lodge, Level 1 – 322 Brunswick Street Mall, Fortitude Valley
TICKETS: $18.90 available online
DATES: Friday 23 February from 8pm

The Rubens

On the back of the release of their latest track Million Man, The Rubens are hitting the road one last time with special guests Joyride and Kira Puru before venturing to the US and Europe. Catch the boys in all their glory as they play their chart-topping album Hoops.
The Tivoli, 52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley
TICKETS: $70 available online
DATES: Saturday, February 24, from 7.30pm

A Day On The Green

Sirromet Winery is about to be rocked to its core as The Living End and Spiderbait headline the next A Day On The Green festival and is sure to deliver nothing but non-stop indie rock anthems.
Sirromet Winery, Mount Cotton
TICKETS: $152.78 available online
DATES: Sunday, February 25, from 1pm

Feature Image: A Day On The Green

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Article by Emmy-Lou McKean

Emmy-Lou McKean is a Journalist at Style Magazines. She is a self-confessed pyjama enthusiast and on her weekends when she isn't in said pyjamas you'll find her enjoying live music, sipping Matcha lattes and eating her way through Brisbane and beyond.

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