Queensland Music Festival

Lend your voice to the largest music festival in the world.

What began as biennial state-wide festival of music has grown to annual event with more than 800 live music experiences in 43 locations in 2019.

By its geography, length, participation and attendance, Queensland Music Festival (QMF) is the largest live music festival in the world.

QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan said the festival is a celebration of the Sunshine State.

“Our purpose is to transform lives and communities through music,” Ms Noonan said.

“It’s very much about celebrating the extraordinary art and music makers we have here in Queensland.”

The 2019 line-up features something for all music tastes including the world premiere of a chamber music work by composer Jessica Wells, live-streamed community choir performances led by Glen Shorrock, an opera gala and a musical treasure hunt.

Ms Noonan said QMF has been an essential part of the Queensland music scene over the past 20 years.

“It’s been a huge part of my development as an artist, as it has been for all sorts of people like Kate Miller-Heidke, Megan Washington and many classical composers,” Ms Noonan said.

“As artists, we’ve deeply benefitted from QMF and its led to really beautiful, significant creative relationships.” 

Katie Noonan’s top five QMF highlights

  • The Mt Isa Blast: “It’s a huge, spectacular community event celebrating an amazing area of Queensland.”
  • Little green road to fairyland: “Our beautiful ballet production that’s going to St George, Roma, Goondiwindi and then an 18-show season at the QPAC Playhouse.”
  • Frank and fearless: “It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from an extraordinary woman, Merle Thornton, an amazing feminist who changed the lives of women in Australia for the better.”
  • Help is on its way: “Our massive community choir event where we encourage everyday people form anywhere in the world to use their voice for good. We’ve made a beautiful arrangement of Help is on its way and we’re using the song to focus on mental health.”
  • QMF charity single: “Buy our charity single Help is on its way. 100% of the profits go to Roses in the Ocean, who are an amazing Queensland-based suicide prevention charity.” 

For the full Queensland Music Festival program visit the website.