We’re back Brisbane! We love our stage and one of the best parts about creating our festival-feel weekends each season is pulling together local musicians and djs to set the FK vibe. We’ve been supporting music alongside independent art and design since day dot and are so excited to bring you another diverse Entertainment Program this Spring / Summer.
There’s something for everyone this Spring/Summer season, including kids band Red Rocket 3 – bringing crazy sing-alongs, silly dress ups, improvised antics, and energetic interactive games to the weekend!
We thought you might like a taste test (or for those stallholders road-tripping, one for the road!) so we’ve created a Brisbane Spotify playlist. Get it on the DL and get ready to discover new tunes by amazing artists. Also, don’t go forgetting about the bar! Share a drink (or two) with friends and dance along to sweet tunes all weekend long.
Taking out a Queensland Music Award for his take on “The Valley” and copping hefty praise as an MC, Rainman first became known to Brisbane audiences as a DJ in the early 2000’s as party of the Drop Zone DJ collective. Continually flipping back and forth between mic, production and Doing duties on his own and other’s albums, Rainman has since held local residencies, played around the country and even ended up in Seoul, Korea in DJ mode for Hi Seoul Festival.
When in charge of selections, Rainman mixes influences ranging across classic and new soul, funk, reggae, hip hop, disco, Afro-beat, Latin, ska and mid-tempo beats, remixes and mash-ups. Rainman has also recently been commissioned to curate and perform tailored DJ sets for a diverse range of events such as Robotronica (QUT robotics and interactive design festival) and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition.
O Little Sister
“O’ Little Sister’s strengths are plenty and evident and if I were asked about her most brilliant attribute, I’d say that she is believable. The listener walks into and away with earnest tales. Poetry. And the delivery is inviting and beautiful. .” – Global Texan Chronicles
O’ Little Sister is Lucinda Johnson, hailing from the sleepy bay of Redcliffe. Her main objective in her performance and songwriting is to share a real exchange with the audience. “So much is disposable, and convenient and that has made its way into music too.. I want to walk away with friends, not something fake”. After her last soothing Single ‘Cold Feet’, O’ Little Sister is set to release more intimate and honest songs in 2019.
DJ James Wright
James is one of Brisbane’s most esteemed and discerning selectors. as comfortable behind the drums as he is the turntables, James blends genres and styles from all over the world: Nigeria in the 1970s, Japan in the 1980s, Detroit in the 1990’s, and the cornucopia of amazing music resonating around the world today.
Kayla Smart, 20 (a.k.a. Dorah Jacson), is quite the mellifluous soul, and a talented song writer to add. Her writing style is heartfelt, yet whimsical. She delivers song-bird like vocals, accompanied by driving guitar licks, all forming her own stylings of indie, pop, and alt-rock.
The Sunshine Coaster performed solo around the region for over a year, and has supported many bands such as Ayla, High Tropics, Fragile Animals and Bugs at her local venue Solbar. Throughout this time, she captivated her audiences, and has gained an admirable following.
In early 2019 Dorah won the spot to open Big Pineapple festival thanks to JJJ Unearthed.
Hope D is an alt pop-rock singer from Brisbane, who has been crafting her talents since she was just 9 years old. Her first release “Swim” (May 2019) launched her into the eyes of media and fans alike, spotlighting her unique ability to weave intricate lyrics into thoughtful and meaningful melodies.
Since 1998 Seja Vogel has been an integral member of Brisbane synth-punk trio Sekiden, who have released two albums and two EPs. Sekiden’s high-energy live performances have reverberated worldwide, with extensive touring throughout Australia, Canada, Japan and the USA. 2007 saw Seja join iconic genre-mashers Regurgitator.
An artist constantly wanting to push her own creative boundaries, Seja has also lent her keyboarding and singing skills to touring buddies such as SPOD, David McCormack and Ben Salter. Seja has created two solo albums under her own name We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares and All Our Wires. The latter sees contributions from the likes of Robert Forster of Australian legends the Go-Betweens, Cut Copy’s Tim Hoey Regurgitator’s Ben Ely and Wally De Backer (Gotye). Seja was the winner of the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship in 2013 and is currently touring Australia with Regurgitator performing the iconic Velvet Underground and Nico album.
DJ Mister Sheffield
DJ Mister Sheffield has been DJing at Brisbane’s best worst bars since 2008. After running the Honky club night upstairs at Ric’s for five years, he then frequented Black Bear Lodge, The End, Southside Tea Room and a few weird government festivals before “retiring” gracefully, only coming out of his hibernation for special events and things his mates organise. Yes, he loves the Brisbane Broncos and yes, he takes requests.
Red Rocket 3
Red Rocket 3 is a 3 piece live band for kids from the Brisbane area. RR3’s high-energy 1 hour shows help kids explore their world through music, games and a whole lot of fun! Crazy sing-alongs, silly dress ups, improvised antics and energetic interactive games are the order of the day at a Red Rocket 3 show. Where will Red Rocket 3 land next?
Isabel Wood is an alternative pop artist from the Sunshine Coast who combines soothing vocals, vulnerable lyrics and infectious melodies to make for a sonically compelling experience that is every bit as therapeutic as it is irresistible. After graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Popular Music, Isabel’s career has gone from strength to strength with her latest single ‘Sunburn’ receiving radio airplay across the country and the artist performing some of her biggest shows to date. Isabel’s inspirations include the likes of Nina Nesbitt and Norah Jones; she is set to follow up ‘Sunburn’ with a string of stirring singles throughout 2019/20 that are sure to tear you apart and piece you back together. Fire your therapist, Isabel has got you covered!
Emma Whines is an alternative singer-songwriter who hails from Northern NSW Hinterland where she grew up listening to her parents play Fleetwood Mac, Simon and Garfunkel and every cringe 80’s hit you could imagine. Now, writing her own music which is heavily inspired by her younger years, she has had the opportunity to play sets at Bluesfest, Mullumbimby Festival and also be apart of the 2019 QUBE Effect program run by Brisbane City Council. She hopes to release an E.P in later 2019, that will bring her closer towards her everyday goal of connecting to people through music.
Hailing from the Sunshine Coast in QLD, Fieu (pronounced fee-yoo) is a vibrant indie-pop songstress with a sound influenced by the likes of Sia, Vera Blue and Florence Welch. Having been described as “Simply cinematic, rich with perfectly-timed explosions of liberation and inspiration”, her songs are emotional yet energising, showcasing soaring vocals with sophisticated electro-pop layers.
Since beginning her journey in 2014, Fieu has topped Triple J unearthed charts, gained national radio play, and has been recognized for her writing as a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest and a highly commended in the 2016 Queensland Music Awards. Having worked with Sydney producer Tim Carr (Matt Corby, Urthboy) to record her first EP titled ‘Put It On The Line’, Fieu has since taken to Perth to embrace a new and refined sonic direction with producer Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe, Meg Mac). In 2016, Fieu released her buoyant pop single “impossible” which gained much critical acclaim including a radio premiere by Triple J’s Richard Kingsmill. 2019 sees Fieu’s definitive return with her latest offering “Cheaper Than A Drug” and “Awake” set to feature on her upcoming sophomore EP later in the year.
For a number of years now, 19-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xander Holmes has been quietly shocking the Brisbane music scene with his prolific and heartfelt songwriting and mesmerising, emotionally charged live performances. Taking influence from artists such as Matt Corby, Bon Iver and Mutemath, Xander’s mix of raw emotion compiled with the sounds of atmospheric indie pop make for a fresh and exciting experience. Having sold out numerous shows and with a QMusic award under his belt, Xander is one young Aussie artist to watch in 2019.