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The Sound Society - FREE Live Music at South Bank and Roma Street Parklands

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At the risk of sounding parochial, I think that Brisbane is blessed with the best free live music programs in Australia. Where else can you spend balmy Saturday evenings under a palm tree, or Sunday mornings with a picnic brunch, right in the heart of the city, enjoying the very best of talented musicians, performers and singers? Brisbane's winning combination of perfect outdoorsy climate and a thriving local music scene are coming together again for the city's latest free music program, The Sound Society.

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Image from Visit Brisbane website.

On the first weekend of every month in 2018 The Sound Society will utilise two of Brisbane's best outdoor venues, South Bank Parklands and Roma Street Parklands both on the city's doorstep to introduce leisure-seeking Brisbaneites to some of our city's best musical talent, as well as interstate and international acts just passing through. And it will all be enjoyed under the shade of a tree, on lush green lawns, without pressing crowds and traffic noise. And did I mention that it's free? Nirvana.

Go on a date, get your friends or workmates together or chill out solo. Spread out a rug, BYO picnic or pick up something from the food vendors on site. What could be more relaxing? And the entertainment? You'll be treated to a lineup from a range of musical genres: jazz, soul, folk, pop, indie and country.

South Bank Parklands

The Sound Society at South Bank Parklands will be on the first Saturday of every month from 2pm to 7pm at Rainforest Green.

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Below is the lineup for the rest of 2018:

Saturday 3 March 2018
Joe Mungovan: 2pm 4.15pm (folk/indie)
The Fergies: 4.45pm 7pm (folk, pop, rock and indie)

Saturday 7 April 2018
PeppermintOllie: 2pm 4.15pm (pop, folk, jazz, country and theatre)
Z-Star Delta: 4.45pm 7pm (rock duo)

Saturday 5 May 2018
Hayley Marsten: 2pm 4.15pm (country)
Killed by Drone: 4.45pm 7pm (drone music looped with live instruments. Don't ask me!)

Saturday 2 June
Van Larkins: 2pm 4.15pm (guitarist)
Sky Eater: 4.45pm 7pm (reggae and indie pop duo)

Saturday 7 July
Hailey Calvert: 2pm 4.15pm (folk/blues)
My Nightingale: 4.45pm 7pm (indie-folk band)

Saturday 4 August
Pat Tierney: 2pm 4.15pm (guitarist)
Fresco Kyoto: 4.45pm 7pm (indie pop)

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Fresco Kyoto (featuring former The Voice contestant Robbie Balmer). Image from Visit Brisbane website.

Saturday 1 September
Shag Rock (duo): 2pm 4.15pm (surf rock)
Electrik Lemonade: 4.45pm 7pm (funk, hip hop, blues, soul )

Saturday 6 October
Dakota Striplin: 2pm 4.15pm (easy going acoustic)
LS Philosophy: 4.45pm 7pm (groove, funk, acid jazz)

Saturday 3 November
Tailor Birds: 2pm 4.15pm (electric violin)
Andrea Kirwin: 4.45pm 7pm (hip hop, funk and soul)

Saturday 1 December
Innocent Eve: 2pm 4.15pm (acoustic duo)
Performer to be confirmed: 4.45pm 7pm

Roma Street Parkland

The Sound Society at Roma Street Parkland will be held on the first Sunday of each month, starting in March 2018, from 9am to midday under the Banyan trees.

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Image from Visit Brisbane website

Below is the lineup for the the first half of 2018 (the schedule for the second half of the year will be released later):

Sunday 4 March 2018
Shannon Marshall Trio: 9am - 12pm (jazz, Latin and 60's soul classics)

Sunday 8 April 2018
Charlotte McLean Quartet: 9am - 12pm (jazz quartet)

Sunday 6 May 2018
Out of Abingdon: 9am - 12pm (jazz duo)

Sunday 3 June 2018
SCAT: 9am - 12pm (4 piece jazz band)

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SCAT. Image from Visit Brisbane website.


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Why? Free smooth tunes and tasty treats
When: First Weekend of every month in 2018: Saturdays at South Bank from 2 to 7 pm, sundays at Roma Street Parkland from 9am to 12 noon.
Where: South Bank Parklands and Roma Street Parkland
Cost: Free entry. Food costs vary.
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