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News October 27, 2015

G20 sparks 24 days of free music in Brisbane

Queensland artists including Busby Marou, Emma Louise, The Medics, Sampology, Velociraptor, Women In Docs, Tyrone Noonan, William Barton, The Phoncurves and Halfway will be in the spotlight during the G20 Summit.

For 24 days, between October 24 to November 16, there will be 50 free music events across Brisbane city and its suburbs. The Queensland Government has put together the G20 Cultural Celebrations to cash in on 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media from around the world being in Brisbane. This is “a once in a generation opportunity for Queensland,” points out Arts Minister Ian Walker.

He adds that the music program “is designed to appeal to a range of audiences and the artists throughout this program represent Brisbane to the world as the tremendous music city that we all know it to be.”

There will be solo, collaborative and one-off shows performed at traditional music venues to one-offs like St John’s Cathedral and the Old Museum, to suburban locations including Yeronga Pool and Sandgate Town Hall.

The program was put together by Athol Young, Chairman of QLD Music Festival and BEMAC, and Technical Director Jono Perry, who worked at Brisbane Festival and Opera Australia.

The events include Global Groove, Halloween at the Globe, Soul Sister Sunday Session, The Astral Plane, The Long Player Sessions, West End World Beat, Music By The River, The Book of Rhythm, and A Prayer for Peace with original works by Tyrone Noonan, didgeridoo player William Barton and Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal accompanied by the Camerata of St John’s.

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