Valley Fiesta unveils party-packed preview of 2022 program

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Dance in the streets, sing from the rooftops and lose yourself in laneways when Valley Fiesta returns in a FREE, three-day celebration of music, culture and community from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November 2022.

Brisbane’s iconic inner-city street party released a preview of its 2022 program today, offering an access-all-areas pass to headline acts including Holy Holy, homegrown talent, venue takeovers, events and parties destined to electrify the Fortitude Valley precinct.

Valley Fiesta celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, showcasing the best of Brisbane’s music and arts scene and providing a platform for the City’s emerging musical and creative talent since 1997.

QMusic CEO Kris Stewart said it was fitting to mark the milestone with an accessible and diverse program.

Valley Fiesta is a street festival like no other, it’s an annual pilgrimage for thousands of party-hungry music fans to Fortitude Valley,” Stewart said. “I’m particularly proud of how accessible and inclusive this year’s event is, from a First Nations Smoking Ceremony to the Access All Areas Stage to the SIREN LGBTQIA+ stage at Stranded Bar.

From first dance to last drinks, this year’s program is entirely free, takes over some of the Valley’s greatest live music venues and spans a vast cross-section of musical and artistic genres so make sure you come out early and stay ‘til late!
Kris Stewart | CEO, QMusic

Gather, feast, groove and enjoy Friday’s opening night at the all-ages King Street Food Fiesta as restaurants along the dining strip serve tasting plates of signature dishes from 4pm to 9pm, with roving entertainment and live music from Brisbane’s best emerging talent.

Saturday dawns with the Hidden Lanes Festival Pop-Up inviting people of all ages to discover the secret treasures of Bakery, Winn and California Lanes from 9am to 9.30pm.

Browse market stalls, listen to buskers, snap up vintage fashion, catch QUIVR DJs spinning disco and funk bangers or channel your inner kid and get your face painted.

Choose your own adventure as the sun goes down when Valley Fiesta, Live! takes over 11 iconic Fortitude Valley venues from 6.30pm to late with free entry and an incredible line-up of acts.

ARIA Award-nominee Holy Holy, co-founded by Brisbane singer-songwriter Tim Carroll, headlines Valley Fiesta Live!, playing Fortitude Music Hall alongside pop duo WIIGZ and West Coast rising stars Alter Boy, an experimental emo-pop group fronted by trans/hard-of-hearing vocalist Molly Priest.

You can also catch Gordi, Kian, Jess Day, Dulcie, MOSS, Dean Brady, CLOE TERARE, VOLI K, Ash Lune, Tralala Blip, Radium Dolls, Andy Martin, Elcid Flores and Paris Irwin.

Also on Saturday, The Sound Garden hosts the brand-new Access All Areas Stage, presented by Spinal Life Australia, featuring a space made accessible for everyone to experience the thrill of live music without barriers.

Stranded Bar transforms into an alluring night of voice, circus, burlesque and drag artists with SIREN, a debut Valley Fiesta event presented by local producer, photographer and RUMBLE! creator Joel Devereux, in partnership with QMUSIC and Grant Thornton.

Keep the party going on Sunday with Underground Frequencies, a joint celebration of everything weird and wonderful about the Valley’s DIY, alternative and subculture communities.

4ZZZ kicks off the afternoon with an all-ages car park gig for the books while QUIVR hosts a laneway party bursting with hot electronic talent.

By day, Elements Collective presents a creative workshop series followed by a twilight jazz showcase and Backdock Arts keeps the fire burning into the night with markets and performances celebrating people of colour in the arts.

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