City Sounds is Australia's largest and longest-running free live music program, introducing fresh bands and artists to Brisbane City audiences every week.

With original, alternative, indie, folk, jazz and electronic music, there’s something for every music lover. And best of all, it's completely free!  

City Sounds transforms Brisbane’s ordinary urban spaces into music venues including Queen Street Mall, Post Office Square, Reddacliff Place and other pop-up locations in The City. 

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About City Sounds

The program houses a weekly roster of emerging and established artists, many of whom have gone on to become national and international stars.

We’ve been fortunate to invite Brisbane pop-rockers Ball Park Music, Sheppard and Last Dinosaurs, plus local folk-pop songstresses Kate Miller-Heidke and Dami Im (both Eurovision stars) to make music on our stages in the City Centre.

Over the past 60 years, Brisbane has produced some of the most influential musicians in Australia – from ‘60s pop music icons The Bee Gees and legendary ‘70s punks The Saints to ‘80s indie rockers The Go-Betweens and ‘90s rock powerhouse Powderfinger.

Whether you seek out the stage or stumble upon a gig while shopping in The City, there’s a City Sounds experience to put a smile on everyone's face.   

Want to serenade Brisbane with your talents?  

You can apply to perform as part of City Sounds via our the artist application form below.

To complete the application process, ensure you have the following information ready: your ABN, a bio, a brief description for a web listing, and suitable images for publication. If you don't have an ABN, you can obtain a hobbyist statement form from the ATO website. 

Please note that applications without any online material or track to attach are unlikely to be considered.

Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Performance standard
  2. Original material preferred, though an occasional cover is acceptable
  3. Musicians must perform live - those who use playback as backing will not be considered for the program (samples/sequencing permitted).
  4. The artist must be suited to the venue and production provided. This primarily relates to noise levels, as most performances are outdoors in public spaces with a mix of residents, retailers, and restaurants nearby.

Image Requirements:

  1. The images submitted must be the property of the person submitting the application or have approval for publication.
  2. At least one image is required (please supply a high-res landscape image)
  3. Images must be in one of the following formats: png, jpg, gif
  4. Images must not contain any text or logos (e.g., event posters or artist names added to the image).


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