What’s On: Valley Fiesta 2021

Photograph by Dave Kan

Valley Fiesta 2021

28 – 30 October 2021

Various venues, Fortitude Valley


Valley Fiesta returns in 2021 with an epic three-day lineup of live gigs, featuring more than 70 artists across 20 local music venues.

Now in its 24th year, Valley Fiesta is one of Brisbane’s biggest annual parties, showcasing the Valley’s vibrant live music scene with Australia’s best-established artists and emerging talent. This year’s Valley Fiesta, presented by Brisbane City Council and QMusic, falls on the rescheduled Ekka public holiday long weekend and will be a jam-packed program of homegrown acts.

“There is no better way to revive our embattled music industry than to ensure the show goes on and Valley Fiesta will be a shot in the arm for our beloved music venues and artists who have lost their livelihoods due to snap lockdowns and restrictions,” said Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner. “This year, the fiesta will fall on the rescheduled Ekka Friday long weekend, I want to see as many people as possible dedicate their long weekend to supporting our local live music industry.”

Brunswick Mall will also transform into a Music Marketplace on Saturday 30 October, with vinyl swaps, vintage clothing, pop-up DJs and more.

Head to the Valley’s beloved live music and heritage venues to see local luminaries such as hip-hop ingenue Jesswar, singer-songwriter Hope D and punk rockers Beddy Rays with a DJ set from DZ Deathrays. Rounding out the lineup is rapper Nerve and legendary Brissie hip-hop group Butterfingers, plus the indie rock stylings of Halfway, King Stingray’s Yolngu surf-rock tunes and the psych-pop feels of Nice Biscuit. These stellar acts (and many more) will take to the stage at one of the 20 participating venues in and around the Valley, including Black Bear Lodge, The Brightside and The Brightside – Outdoors, O’Skulligans, The Tivoli and The Zoo.

Artist Hope D said knowing that iconic events like Valley Fiesta were still pushing ahead in these times to give bands and music fans the chance to come together again, is exactly what we all need right now. “We are so lucky to be at this stage (so to speak), and I can’t wait to be a part of such an incredible festival run by an incredible team for incredible artists to be enjoyed by incredible people,” she said.

Powderfinger guitarist and Valley Fiesta ambassador, Ian Haug, said, “I’ve been to nearly every Valley Fiesta over the last 24 years and every year is wildly different – the venues are varied, the bands are diverse and the Brisbane audiences are excitable. What could go wrong? I love the music scene in the Valley.”

QMusic CEO Kris Stewart said, “It’s never been more challenging to plan and produce a live event, but we didn’t hesitate to continue Valley Fiesta’s legacy of putting homegrown heroes on homegrown stages. Events like Valley Fiesta are absolutely critical to saving the music industry right now…for artists, venues, live gig fans and the future of Queensland culture.”


For ticketing and further information, visit the Valley Fiesta website


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