Celebrate Teneriffe’s past, present and future with entertainment, food, music and culture at the annual Teneriffe Festival.
Now in its seventh year, the Teneriffe Festival is known as one of Brisbane’s most prominent community events, celebrating the suburb’s history, energy, cultural diversity, commerce and beauty.
Held on Saturday 2 July, the one-day festival incorporates a rich program of street markets, family-friendly activities, music, dining and historical displays.
Live music is a core component of the festival and covers many styles from jazz to roots and alternative pop to indie. Even genres such as theatrical crooning, modern vintage, psych-rock, alt-country Americana, and acoustic post-punk have been scheduled this year.
Teneriffe Festival’s chairman, Jillian Kingsford Smith says there will be a stunning array of local music talent this year.
“We pride ourselves on presenting a diverse line-up designed to appeal to musical enthusiasts from all segments of the community and the Teneriffe Festival offers something for virtually every musical taste,” she says.
“We’ve been working with local music venue The Triffid and their partners at Footstomp Music to create a series of acts across 3 stages, which showcase local artists, highlight a few interstate acts and I think festival goers will love the vibrancy throughout the day. We’ve certainly got plenty of places for people to enjoy a wide range of live entertainment.”
The Merthyr Village Street Stage (located at the Florence Street end of Vernon Terrace) will kick off with Capre and ROI before rolling out acts such as Project Montreal, Big Bad Echo, Columbia Buffet and The Ninjas.
The Newstead Series River Stage, located in the Sir Manual Hornibrook Park on Vernon Terrace, provides a lively atmosphere to listen to acts such as Danny Widdicombe, Thom Lion, Quintessential Doll, Eden Mulholland, Dan Kelly and Halfway.
Rounding out the music offering on the Newstead Series River Stage is the headline act The Belligerents, a much loved five-piece band who have garnered great success in South East Queensland’s live music scene. They’ll be unleashing their pop-infused, brass fueled funk and ska sounds to festival-goers.
Back again to open at the Nova Music Corner are Festival favourites Jake Whittaker, Amela, Hannah Rosa and Tia Gostelow. The Nova stage – traditionally a proving ground for up-and-coming musicians – will feature a tremendously high calibre of artists this year, making it the perfect post for uncovering new talent.
But it’s not just music festival-goers can look forward to this year, with an array of other activities on, as well as local restaurants hosting incredible foodie experiences.
Returning this year is the Brisbane Cheese Market, delighting cheese lovers with the treats from artisanal cheesemakers such as The Frolicking Goat and Casa Motta. Halloumi and Raclette style of cheeses will also feature, with demonstrations and tastings sure to tempt the senses. And don’t forget the accompaniments like condiments, olives, grilled halloumi, croquettes as well as master classes to attend throughout the day.
Each year the laneway party proves to be the hidden gem of the Festival and this year will be no different with The Defiant Duck hosting their first ever Teneriffe Festival laneway party. Ethel Street will transform into a festive playground with a chilled out beats and the Defiant Duck team dishing up all-star American fare, served with a dash of Southern hospitality, a pinch of soul and a generous pour of casual comfort.
Make sure you check out the popular steeple-chasing piglets too, where piglets streak around a 45m track jumping hurdles. Cute!
The Teneriffe Festival will be held this Saturday 2 July. For more information visit www.teneriffefestival.org