Thu, Mar 22


WAVE Festival presents hip-hop, orchestra, poetry and electronic music

Some of Australia’s biggest names in music will take to the stage with Queensland Symphony Orchestra for the first-ever WAVE Festival.

The new festival will feature experimental new musical collaborations with The Kite String Tangle, hip-hop duo Horrorshow and poet Luka Lesson over two days of rich contemporary music.

“Our music sound-world is infinite, and we want to share the exhilaration of live orchestral music in all its shape-shifting glory,” says Music Director Alondra de la Parra about the new festival to be held at Brisbane Powerhouse.

The announcement comes after the launch of an innovative 2018 season that embraces classical and contemporary music with equal gusto, creating a sonic bridge between different musical genres.

“This orchestra is committed to cracking stereotypes wide open,” said Chief Executive David Pratt at the end of last year, on the orchestra’s evolving musical philosophy.

Here’s the line-up of musical collaborations happening at WAVE Festival. A chance to experience the world of music in a completely new way, each show promises to bring a new dimension to orchestral performance and contemporary music alike.

Luka Lesson: Luka Lesson will perform his powerful brand of poetry and lyricism alongside music from composers Heather Shannon (The Jezabels) and Gordon Hamilton.

Horrorshow: This will be the first orchestral collaboration for hip-hop icons Horrorshow. Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s brass will collide with the arsenal of beats and masterful lyrics in Horrorshow’s catalogue of hits.

The Kite String Tangle: After the release of his debut album in last year, Brisbane local Danny Harley (AKA The Kite String Tangle) will perform his electronic music with the orchestra, who will play arrangements from Ross Irwin (The Cat Empire).


20–21 April
Brisbane Powerhouse
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