A Different Kind of Concert: Laura Street Festival

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My adventures in Brisbane continue to steer me back to the music scene, but this time in a rather different way. Rewind a couple of days back: I had been walking my usual route to the riverside (which I love to pieces, but that’s a story for another day) when I saw a flyer haphazardly taped to one of the pillars at the bus stop. Laura Street Festival it read. Long story short, I found myself on a bus to this mysterious event today.

From the welcome banner alone you could tell this wasn’t your ordinary music fest. It was a street party teeming with all kinds of people, with a heavy handed serving of hipsters and artists. I let myself be swept with the crowd into a basement with cool tunes flowing from the basement window. Once I found myself a spot and took in my surroundings, I was smack in the middle of this underground-y mini concert.

I continued to explore the street and several garages, porches and gardens had been converted into gig grounds! Every house had a different genre of music floating from its area. Jazz, country, reggae, rock, even a modern spoken word sort of thing that I didn’t quite understand (but appreciated nonetheless.)

Aside from the music acts, there was a cacophony of fun stuff going on. People were walking around in full body paint, kids and adults alike covered the pavement in chalk art, and a group of people even threw some flaming poi into the mix.

These adorable kids kept trying to eat the chalk!

Such a thoughtful addition to the event :)
After sampling a set from every house with music playing, I packed up my camera and called it a day. The Laura Street Festival gets an A+ for creativity, I’d love to see this kind of thing happen back home! :)


  1. Joe

    26 November, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Glad you found it, Carla. Thanks for the photos!

  2. elizabeth sirena

    26 November, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    So happy you joined in the fun Carla!
    Fabulous photos! Really captured the spirit of the day.
    Elizabeth (Palm Grove Palace)

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