Listen Out Brisbane 2019

Listen Out Brisbane 2019

Written by Julia Crosswell

Photos by Vincent Shaw

The Brisbane leg of Listen Out 2019 was met with huge crowds dressed in their best festival apparel. The Brisbane Showgrounds housed the mammoth dance music festival for the first time this year, and the sprawling venue was packed to the brim with fervent festival goers. With three stages, we were spoilt for choice. From smaller acts to massive headliners, Listen Out 2019 had something for every music lover.

We kicked off our day at the 909 stage with Triple J Unearthed artist, Nerve. The Brisbane based producer, rapper and songwriter commanded the small, but eager crowd with his electric stage presence, all the while wearing one of the best jumpsuits we’ve ever seen.

Next up was JEFFE, another Triple J Unearthed artist. Although she was quite a change in pace from the rhyme spitting, beat dropping Nerve, her daydream-like indie pop resonated with the slowly growing crowd. As she sang her final song, Motionless, the audience was anything but, swaying along to the sounds of her ethereal voice.

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The ever mysterious Leikeli47 was next up on the 909 stage. Her infectious music erupted through the tent. The crowd devoured every her every syllable, with some lucky fans invited to join her on stage. Leikeli47 left the audience on a high with her final song I Got Money.

JPEGMAFIA then took the stage with upbeat keyboard melodies, raunchy riffs, and dusty beats echoing throughout his set. JPEGMAFIA’s insane energy coursed throughout the crowd as the American rapper lit up the stage.

Over at the Atari stage Brisbane based singer Wafia created a gorgeous atmosphere, radiating good vibes, and captivating the crowd with one of the best performances of the day. Despite the beating sun, fans gathered to soak in her electronic-pop tunes. We were lucky enough to hear a preview of one of her favourite unreleased songs, which is now one of our favourites too.

After pulling out of Listen Out’s first leg in Melbourne due to vocal issues, Denzel Curry hit Brisbane’s Atari stage with enough intensity for two performances. Denzel Curry’s hardcore rap was replaced by 6lack’s moody hip hop, showcasing the diversity within the genre. The Atlanta native’s set was intermixed with chill tracks and classic rap tunes that had the audience hanging off every word.

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Although the day had cooled off the mood was heating up, just in time for ScHoolboy Q. His set featured tracks from his latest album, CrasH Talk, with some of his older classics sprinkled in. ScHoolboy Q took the packed crowd into the night, as we all waited in anticipation for the final two acts of the evening.

The penultimate act of the night began with a bang. Fire and psychedelic imagery lit up the stage, as the crowd grooved along to Diplo’s Grammy Award winning music. Throughout his set, Diplo intertwined EDM with pop hits like Kesha’s Tik Tok and Lizzo’s Truth Hurts to the backdrop of eye catching visuals.

The colossal crowd collectively lost their minds the moment Flume, the last act of the night, entered the stage, and maintained an insane level of energy throughout his set. His iconic

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tracks were interlaced with theatrical interludes. This performance truly had it all: welding, spray painting, and Tai Chi backup dancers. Pots were thrown across the stage, and speakers were destroyed with sledgehammers, proving to be a cathartic experience for all.

The stage was flooded with hues of blue and purple as Flume expertly moved between DJ stations while Reo Cragun joined the stage to perform hits from his latest EP. The audience was then treated to Vera Blue’s otherworldly stage presence as she performed Flume’s Never Be Like You, and their latest collaboration, Rushing Back. Flume and his guest artists rushed to greet fans at the front of the mosh, and with one final bow, closed what had been an incredible leg of Listen Out 2019.

Brisbane’s Listen Out 2019 was undeniably an unforgettable experience. With the new year fast approaching, we can’t wait to see how Listen Out 2020 will top this year’s festival.

Written by Julia Crosswell

Photos by Vincent Shaw

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