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Take a seat - new mini festival out to stake a claim over Brisbane CBD


An all day, all free music festival in the heart of Brisbane, City Symphony Live is bringing the best of the city’s talent together.

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City Symphony Live will be staged on May 15  and will take over the CBD, with performances in King George Square, the Queen Street Mall and the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

Lineup poster for City Symphony Live (Image: Supplied)

All free and all day, the mini-festival will begin at 11am and finish at 7pm.

The lineup includes Hope D, Ella Fence, MZAZA, JADE New World Collective, The Ancient Bloods, Kitch Wesche, The Barefoot Boyz and more. 

Hope D is a real homegrown talent, bursting onto the Brisbane scene in 2019 with a unique brand of alt-pop and rock with popular single ‘Swim’ and more recently, their debut EP ‘Cash Only’.

They have since played festivals around Australia including Laneway Festival, Splendour in the Grass, and BIGSOUND, winning the 2020 QMusic Emerging Artist award.

“I am super keen to be involved with the City Symphony this year! It is so amazing to have this local lineup in the heart of our community, as well as all the other arts showcased in this free event,” said Hope D.

“Sharing stories in this form is very important to me, since so many things like it have had an impact on my own art and have influenced me in what I do today, and I am very excited for many more like it to come!”

QMF launched the Queensland Music Trails last month, a part-festival part-road trip which aims to spread the benefits of a thriving music culture far and wide across Queensland.

They set their sights within the city limits with City Symphony Live, aiming to reimagine local spaces and support the community through the power of music, after what has been, at the very least, a difficult year for the music industry.

“The cultural vibrancy of our CBD is such an important contributor to the way locals and visitors experience Brisbane,” said QMF Chief Executive Joel Edmondson.

City Symphony will be a great example of how our most talented young musicians can make a real difference to how the CBD feels”

“It will also be a timely expression of the power of music to reconnect and rejuvenate our community.”

City Symphony Live is a free festival on May 15 in locations across Brisbane CBD, for more information visit the City Symphony Live website.

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