Variety key to festival line-up
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