When I first learned Brisbane City Council puts on a music and arts festival in Fortitude Valley I was surprised, but that shock didn’t compare to seeing the lineup they had this year. The Royales, The Creases, Allday, Dan Sultan and The Preatures lead the talented lineup of musicians playing Brunswick Mall. The Brisbane City Council pulled together some of the best up-and-coming bands to play Valley Fiesta, and it was a free, all ages festival.
The Royales opened the stage with their own blend of rock. It’s a unique style sometimes fringing on glam rock, similar to The Killers’ later albums. Lead singer Jacob Davis worked the stage like he was born for it, getting the crowd dancing to forget about the ominous grey skies. Their set ended too quickly, judging by the crowd’s reaction, but Jordan Rakei soon entertained them with his infectious blend of jazz and soul.
It started to rain right before The Creases started their set, but people still turned up in droves to see this rapidly rising band play in their hometown. Their latest single Static Lines was met with excited applause and a whole crowd hanging off every word. Dan Sultan’s set was a standout. Within the first fifteen minutes he had played Under My Skin and the crowd was jumping around with boundless energy. Sultan showed off unparalleled skill with his blistering solos emanating from his Gibson guitar. The last act I saw was Rabbit as they played their set at Ric’s Bar within Valley Fiesta. Rabbit’s live performance was tight and the crowd chanted along to their track Ghoul (If You Want Me To) in the cramped venue.