Brisbane Festival is back for another huge year, with a whole host of amazing local and international artists set to takeover the city between 8 – 29 September. Two huge book-end opening and closing night mini-festivals will see Ball Park Music, San Cisco, Meg Mac and Violent Soho tear up the Riverstage. We had the chance to interview headliners, Ball Park Music, in the lead up to the festival. Check out our Q and A with the band below, along with all the Brisbane Festival deets you need.
Q: You guys are Bris-vegas natives – what’s it like to return to your hometown for tours and gigs like Brisbane Festival?
A: All of us except Jen still call Brisbane home and to be able to headline a show at the Riverstage for Brisbane Festival is as big as it gets for us in our hometown. We’ve spent a decade as a band heading to countless gigs there to see absolute legends take the stage, and to be doing it ourselves feels surreal. The people of Brisbane have always been unreservedly supportive of us and we’re super thankful for that.
Q: Congrats on dropping your fifth studio album, Good Mood, earlier in the year. When it comes to live gigs, what’s it like trying to balance a mix of old and new tunes from your catalogue? Are there ever any heated discussions on what should make the set list?
A: It’s getting a lot tougher as the years go on, that’s for sure. Our headline sets have stretched out to 90 minutes, so we can fit just over 20 songs in one of those shows (which is ridiculous in itself) but we will often bump heaps when it comes to festival sets where we might only have 45 minutes allocated. Trying to literally cut your regular set in half and still keep everyone happy is no easy feat.
Q: You guys have an epic tour planned for later in the year. What can punters expect?
A: We played our first ever show on the 2nd October 2008 so this tour will be mark our 10 year anniversary as a live band and we intend to celebrate that in as big a way as possible. I guess you can expect to hear songs from our entire back catalogue so we can all experience a classic Ball Park sing-along that we’ve become accustomed to at our live shows over the years. We’re touring this time with the legendary San Cisco who we’ve been friends with for years. They are also known for their big sing-along tunes so I can imagine there’s going to be no shortage of incredible vibes floating around these shows. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t the most anticipated tour of our career.
Q: What’s next for BPM in 2019?
A: After the tour we’ll be playing some festival shows in Australia and chipping away, trying to figure out what’s next for us in terms of record releases etc. It’s going to be a really nice 12 months of celebrating success and planning what the future holds.
Q: Favourite song to play live?
A: She Only Loves Me When I’m There
Q: If you could collab with another artist from Brisbane Festival, who would it be?
A: Meg Mac
A: She’s an incredible singer and I like her song writing style.
Q: Any embarrassing tour rider requests?
A: We always request a deck of cards because we’ve covered about everything there is to speak about and need to be occupied so we don’t go insane.
Brisbane Festival, 8 – 29 September 2018
Tickets: Official Website
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Full Music Line-up:
Riverstage Opening Night Concert
Ball Park Music
Riverstage Closing Night Party
Gratitude & Grief – Katie Noonan’s Elixir, Michael Leunig and Camerata
Eskimo Joe w/ Camerata
Treasury Brisbane Arcadia / The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
The Teskey Brothers
Touch Sensitive / CC : Disco B2B
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Harry James Angus – Struggle With Glory
Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project
Tivoli in the Round