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Paul Kelly Sunset Sounds 2011


In its third year, Sunset Sounds once again proved to be a summer success. With a selection of the lineup having already warmed their vocals at Falls, the artists were ready to bring the party up to Queensland. Sleigh Bells, Interpol, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Public Enemy and the Melbourne rock trio The Living End were just some of the names on the bill.

The best viewpoint for the two-day festival was hands down the Air Asia Sunset VIP Lounge. Especially when the rain came! But no amount of rain could dampen the spirits of the festival guests. Particularly the ones who were treated to a luxury Chinese massage service, and first class view of the gorgeous Riverstage at the Royal Botanic Gardens care of Air Asia.

Brothers Cider shared the fruits of their labour at the Sunset bars, this little delight is the official cider for Glastonbury and was available for all to enjoy. Welcome aboard guys!

And of course, festival favourite Red Bull helped us celebrate at Sunset Sounds. It wouldn’t be a party without them!

Check out the Sunset Sounds website here


Sunset Sounds Returns in 2011




Sunset Sounds’ smooth grooves and fine rockin’ tunes are warming up for this hot summer festival – back for the third year in 2011 after sell out shows the past two years running.

Set under the lush green canopies of Brisbane’s magnificent City and Botanic Gardens, this gathering of superfine artists from near and far will be sure to put the rock in your roll and the funk in your soul.

The darkly atmospheric indie rock of INTERPOL (USA); the undeniably iconic, unrelentingly cool, JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS (USA) bringing us raw rock ‘n’ roll passion; London based whiz- kids, KLAXONS (UK) playing their epic new album; quite simply, one of Australia's greatest living rock bands, THE LIVING END; raw and reflective, with deep musical and lyrical wonders, THE NATIONAL (USA); the nation’s loved purveyors of harmonic rural pop, ANGUS AND JULIA STONE; the psychedelic circus of TAME IMPALA; legends of rhyme, PUBLIC ENEMY (USA) performing in full their masterpiece ‘Fear of a Black Planet’ on the 20 year anniversary of its release; superwoman of pop, LADYHAWKE (NZ); the piano based indie blues, manic vocals and irresistible lyrical crescendos of COLD WAR KIDS (USA); with their stripped back garage rock THE SOFT PACK (USA); duo SLEIGH BELLS (USA) with their jagged, dance punk take on bubblegum pop; PEACHES (USA), bringing her one woman travelling show down under once again for a special DJ/Karaoke/Performance Art set (!); modern icon of Australian music, PAUL KELLY; KITTY, DAISY AND LEWIS’ (UK) quirky blend of vintage inspired rockabilly, swing and country; THE COOL KIDS (USA) bring their brand of classic hip hop; Senegalese rappers DAARA J FAMILY (AFR) with their afro-beats and reggae inspired sounds; indie-pop, fabulous foursome, HOT HOT HEAT (CAN); legend of the Australian roots scene, ASH GRUNWALD; jagged grunge punk rockers, CHILDREN COLLIDE; the stunning harmonies of Townsville’s THE MIDDLE EAST; indie melodies of CLOUD CONTROL; the dense harmonies and brooding arrangements of BOY AND BEAR; sailing right into the heart of Sunset Sounds, YACHT CLUB DJs bring their churning, energetic set; revel in the heavenly sounds of Australia’s pop darling, WASHINGTON; the furious guitar picking and gravel soaked vocals of blues singer CHARLIE PARR; JUNIP (SWE) featuring Jose Gonzales (vocals and guitar), Tobias Winterkorn (keyboards) and Elias Araya (drums); for the first time in Australia behold the shimmering brightness of Californian four- piece, THE MORNING BENDERS (USA); downright funk and soul from THE BAMBOOS; flamenco and live Latin Cuban percussion from TIJUANA CARTEL; an eclectic, infamous DJ set from Vampire Weekend’s CHRIS BAIO (USA).

Dates: Wed 5th & Thu 6th January 2011

Venue: Sunset Sounds combining the Garden Stage in the Botanic Gardens and the Riverstage in the City Gardens, Brisbane QLD



Sunset Sounds - A Sold Out Summer Sensation!


sunset sounds 2010

Hot off the heels of a stellar four-night NYE run at The Falls Music & Arts Festival, we traded our tents and veggie burgers for two days of afternoon beers and socially-conscious water at Sunset Sounds 2010.

Now kids, it may have only been Sunset Sound’s second year on the scene, but this little beauty always had a sell out on the cards! Even the light rain didn’t do much to dampen 15,000 guests’ thirst for world-class international and national musical luminaries!

We were all spoilt with incredible performances from Australian act The Temper Trap (incredible!), Xavier Rudd (unbelievable!), Midnight Juggernaughts (mesmerizing!), Lisa Mitchell (Captivating!), Sarah Blasko (Blissful!), Grizzly Bear (Stunning!), the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s (Karen O’s voice enchanting!) and the world renowned Moby!

One thing is for sure, this young summer fiesta has come up with the goods two years in a row, and we look forward to watching it mature in years to come! 

To re-live your favourite Sunset Sounds moments and maybe even spot yourself in the crowd, click here!


Falls Festival Tickets Sold Out! Is There Still Hope?


falls festival sells out

Tickets to The Falls Music & Arts Festival in Lorne (Vic) & Marion Bay (Tas) have completely sold out!!! 

Lorne completely sold out in a record breaking 15 minutes, and Marion Bay followed suit only a month later!

But hey, if you missed out, pack up your swag and head on up to Sunset Sounds which returns for the second year to Brisbane Botanical and City Gardens over January 6 & 7, 2010.

This hip happenin’ summer soiree hosts a number of international and local acts including the likes of: Editors, Yveskleinblue, Moby, King Khan & The Shrines, Seasick Steve & The Middle East.

Tickets available at but be quick, they're sure to sell out fast!

Sunset Sounds 2010 Line-Up Announced!


Sunset Sounds Lineup Announcement 2010

Hey if your planning on spending New Years Eve in Brissy and don’t want to travel down south for Falls Fest, never fear!

Sunset Sounds is here! 

If you love ‘music from lands abroad and towns near, tropical summer lovin’ weather and rolling green grass to frolic on’ , you better get your tickets to the Sunset Sounds Festival quick, coz’ last year’s sold out event was one hell of a way to bring in the New Year! 

Brisbane’s Botanical and City Gardens will host the summer soiree over two heavenly evenings as Sunset Sounds crafts its own stunning and spacious home by combining the Garden Stage in the Botanic Gardens and the Riverstage in the City Gardens.

Both Falls and Sunset Sounds share some amazing artists, so make sure to hit up the Sunset Sounds website for more info before tickets go on sale on 24 September 2009!

Whether you are enjoying a summer break or an après work beverage with a sound track to shake to, kick start your 2010 on January 6th & 7th in super fine style.

Bands appearing at Sunset Sounds:

King Khan & The Shrines
Seasick Steve
The Middle East
Grizzly Bear
Sarah Blasko
Xavier Rudd
The Temper Trap
Hilltop Hoods
Rodrigo & Gabriela
Andrew Bird
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Lisa Mitchell
Emiliana Torrini
The John Steel Singers
Art vs. Science


Let There Be Light @ Sunset Sounds 2009


Sunset Sounds 2009

Falls Festival organisers proclaimed “Let there be light” in Brisbane this week as they illuminated the Sunshine State with their Sunset Sounds Festival for the first time ever. 

And sunshine there absolutely was.

Everyone was feelin’ hot hot hot as our beloved sun burnt country blessed us with flawless examples of Australian summer heat.  Punters spent Wednesday and Thursday in sweltering conditions amongst the brilliant backdrop of Brisbane’s stunning Botanical and City Gardens.

Turning up the heat even higher was the summer festival’s scorching line-up, bragging massive names as The Hives, The Kooks, Franz Ferdinand, Tegan and Sarah as well as Santogold.

Sunset Sounds appealed to the punter within thousands of Brisbaners who spent two sultry evenings frolicking in the Gardens, taking in some of the most picturesque sights Australia has to offer.  No wonder both days were well and truly sold out with capacity for the venue increased to accommodate a whopping 25,OOO partygoers.

Sunset Sounds has well and truly gained the respect of Brisbane’s music savvy community, kicking off 2009 with a bang.  And what a way to initiate the New Year indeed! 

After its successful inauguration, Australia’s hottest summer festival will light up the Sunshine State once again in 2010 so be sure to stay tuned for the lineup announcement!