Va­ri­ety key to fes­ti­val line-up

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Queens­land Mu­sic Fes­ti­val artis­tic di­rec­tor James Mor­ri­son will un­veil the fes­ti­val’s full pro­gram of events in May. The bi­en­nial fes­ti­val, from July 12-28, boasts hun­dreds of events in more than 30 re­gions across Queens­land. Lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional tal­ent will per­form ev­ery con­ceiv­able style of mu­sic for Queens­lan­ders from all walks of life. For Mor­ri­son (pic­tured), each project echoes QMF’s vi­sion to trans­form lives through un­for­get­table mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences. ‘‘From one-off mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences, in­ti­mate sto­ry­telling-based events to large-scale free mu­si­cal spec­tac­u­lars and world record at­tempts, there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for Queens­lan­ders to kick up their heels and ex­pe­ri­ence live mu­sic like they’ve never heard it be­fore,’’ he says. ‘‘In Glad­stone we are stag­ing Boom­town which tells the story of this vi­brant city in a mu­si­cal spec­tac­u­lar that is the largest pro­duc­tion we’ve ever un­der­taken. Imag­ine hun­dreds of per­form­ers on stage, a set too big to fit in any the­atre, singing, danc­ing, bands, choirs, a fire-breath­ing dragon and zom­bies – and you’re only half way there.’’ QMF will open in Bris­bane when the World’s Big­gest Orches­tra assem­bles to try to ‘‘blow in’’ an of­fi­cial record­break­ing per­for­mance. ‘‘Add to that the world’s largest trum­pet en­sem­ble – led by yours truly – and the Sun­shine State will be swing­ing,’’ Mor­ri­son says. Bris­bane’s Riverstage will host How Deep is Your Love, a star-stud­ded trib­ute to the Gibb Brothers’ song­book, backed by a 35-piece orches­tra un­der the stars.

The Queens­land Mu­sic Fes­ti­val plays venues through­out the state from July 12-28. Visit qmf.org.au

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