After a successful opening weekend, Queensland Music Festival (QMF) is gearing up for a further 30 performances during its second week. The festival, which opened on Friday, 7 July, will run until Sunday, 30 July.

Artistic Director Katie Noonan said the first weekend of the festival had given a glimpse of the huge range of performances and events on offer.

“Brisbane and regional and remote Queensland audiences are in for a contemporary and classical musical fiesta during week two,” said Noonan.

Sanctuary will have its world premiere at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on Thursday, 13 July, a timely, beautifully curated program that explores the themes of sanctuary and refuge.

16 Lovers Lane will kick off the weekend at the Concert Hall in QPAC on Friday, 14 July. This  concert pays homage to one of Australia’s greatest bands and albums, featuring The Go-Betweens’ Lindy Morrison, Amanda Brown and John Willsteed, with Dan Kelly, Danny Widdicombe, and Luke Daniel Peacock.

Songs That Made Me at The Tivoli on Sunday, 16 July will feature an all-female lineup of artists including Deborah Conway, Clare Bowditch, and Hannah Macklin. This concert will be the finale of Noonan’s mentorship program that has supported emerging female singer-songwriters from Mount Isa, Mackay and Gladstone with a series of masterclasses and local concerts.

Internationally celebrated composer Elena Kats-Chernin will perform 10 improvised musical sketches in The Sound of Art at Old Government House on Sunday, 16 July.

Brisbane’s stunning new Art Series hotel The Johnson will become a hotspot for Immersion, which will feature a different artist each night performing acoustic sets of unique and original tunes. These intimate concerts are limited to just 20 audience members per event.

After a sold-out opening night, Joh for PM, the satirical musical romp created by playwright Stephen Carleton and composer Paul Hodge will continue to delight audiences at Brisbane Powerhouse until Sunday, 16 July.

The Jazz Music Institute’s JMI Up Late Series continues with the Music of Duke Ellington featuring the E.M.O. (Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra) in Fortitude Valley. Concerts are taking place every Friday in July to span a selection of jazz styles over 100 years.

QMF will also play host to AURALITY, an augmented reality audio project; After Julia, seven new works created by female composers inspired by Julia Gillard’s leadership and the inherent gender inequality it exposed, and the Australian premiere of Samuel Beckett’s radio play, Words and Music.

Noonan said this year’s festival spans many musical genres, with shows for the young and old and everyone in between, to stir the emotions.

“You will laugh, cry, be wowed, informed and educated. You will be inspired, your eyes will be opened and your heart will be filled. You will have the opportunity to unite with your community and use your voice to make a difference,” said Noonan.

“This is a festival for all Queenslanders, so I urge you to hear and be heard.”

Read about the full program here.

Read more about Songs That Made Me here.