Brisbane’s  Red Deer Music & Arts Festival is returning for its seventh year in October 2017. The iconic ‘BYO booze ‘n couch’ festival will deliver a memorable day and night of entertainment at the Mount Samson amphitheatre.

This year’s ‘space mission’ will be captained by Sydney rockers The Preatures and Brisbane alt-electronic whiz The Kite String Tangle, along with a plethora of artists across several genres, including surf quartet Band of Frequencies, alt-rock groovers Shag Rock, neo-roots trio The Cool Calm, and dirty-dance duo Mezko.

Folk songstress Leanne Tennant, acoustic young gun Josh Mcnz, Brisbane quintet Fire and Whistle Theory, dream-pop songwriter Tiarne, eclectic soul singer Natalie Welch, and the three Red Deer Residence artists round out the first of two line-up announcements for the 2017 festival.

As usual, there will be a wide variety of live music, unique art installations, food stalls and an immersive camping experience. For the first time in its history, the festival will feature a third live music stage to provide opportunities for regional and emerging artists.

“We encourage performers and artist of all types to apply to be a part of this new, eclectic program,” said Red Deer Festival co-founder Bas Pelly.

Festival organisers are promising a relaxed event that treats its patrons like adults, with plenty of crowd participation opportunities and no lines for expensive drink tokens.

“Red Deer is basically a house party at your mate’s place, except your mate lives on 40 acres of pristine grazing land beneath the rolling hills of the D’aguilar Range,” said Pelly.

Apart from a renowned live music program, festivalgoers will have their pick of activities and entertainment.

Options include belly dancing, meditation, and hula-hoop workshops, the annual ‘Fashion of the Fields’ dance-off contest, and a return of the much loved Red Deer sack-race.

This year, organisers hope festivalgoers will embrace the space oddity theme, which will see an array of astronauts, shooting stars, and extraterrestrial life forms take to the main stage in front of thousands for a chance to win an exclusive prize.

The festival will also be welcoming even more ‘day’ ticket holders this year in the hope of reducing the carbon footprint on the hinterland site made by campers and cars. Several ‘Space Shuttles’ will ferry festival-bound astronauts from the West End as well as Ferny Grove and Petrie train stations, providing a unique transport option for hundreds to the 2017 festival.

The festival will still offer overnight camping tickets and VIP ‘Our Deerest’ tickets, which include guest camping, hospitality and merchandise packs, and access to the VIP backstage bar.

Read about the Queensland Music Festival here.