Brisbane’s music scene will be celebrated with 24 days of free live shows in the lead-up to the G20 Summit.

From Friday 24 October to Sunday 16 November, hundreds of local musos will take to stages across the city and suburbs of Brisbane to play shows as part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations.

“There will be 4,000 delegates and about 3,000 media who will visit Brisbane during the G20, making it a once in a generation opportunity for Queensland,” Arts Minister Ian Walker said.

“In all, there will be about 14,500 Brisbane hotel rooms booked for this event, which is great news for our tourism industry. The economic boost to Brisbane alone will be $100 million, so the flow-on effects to Queensland generally will be enormous.

“The G20 is really something to celebrate and this free music program allows us to do just that. It 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.

“More than 50 free music events will use a variety of Brisbane’s performance spaces, from established music venues, special concert halls such as St John’s Cathedral and the Old Museum, to more unconventional and suburban locations including Yeronga Pool and Sandgate Town Hall.”

Athol Young, creative director of the G20 Cultural Celebrations, said the program will celebrate the talent and diversity of Brisbane’s music scene.

“Brisbane is known internationally for its unique and ever evolving live music scene that has produced many of the country’s most celebrated artists. We have curated this program to bring together a diverse array of genres and events with a focus on supporting our local artists, producers, promoters, agents and managers.

“No matter where you live or what music you’re into, there is something for everyone.”

Highlights of the free program include:

  • Brisbane singer-songwriter Emma Louise, best known for monster single Jungle and fresh from international success in Europe, will play The Hi-Fi on Saturday 25 October.
  • Rockhampton blues and roots duo Busby Marou will hit the suburbs for a show with Jackie Marshall at Bramble Bay Bowls Club on Thursday 6 November.
  • Opera soprano Maggie Noonan — the matriarch of the prolific Noonan family — will feature in a series of concerts at St John’s Cathedral, including A Prayer for Peace, on November 4. A Prayer for Peace will also feature original works by Tyrone Noonan, world renowned didgeridoo player William Barton, and acclaimed Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, accompanied by the Camerata of St John’s.

For the full program, including more than 50 events across 24 days, visit