Promising to be more fun than any office end of year party, X-MESS IV stands out as a beacon of good taste and good times in a season of repetitive classics and regurgitated mediocrity.
Set across two stages in the heart of Brisbane’s live music mecca, Fortitude Valley, and featuring a 14-strong lineup with music from 5pm till midnight, the fourth instalment of the event is incredible value at just $25 (pre-sale) / $30 (door). 100% of proceeds will be donated to The Smith Family to help keep them doing the phenomenal work they’ve been doing for almost 100 years for the nation’s less fortunate, especially during the holiday period.
The killer lineup of Brisbane’s best underground and emerging artists has been meticulously curated by two of the city’s most passionate proponents with the evening designed to present the punter with a continuous stream of face-melting and mind-expanding sonic experiences.
“What started as a lil’ Christmas bash with a few friends’ bands has evolved into a multi stage monster over the past 4 years,” says Benjamin Shannon (Founder), “I decided to team up with one my favourite labels and dudes (John Russell, 4000 Records) in conjunction with experimental / progressive Australian label Art As Catharsis. I’ve always been a fan of all styles of music and am really proud this lineup can showcase that, and for a such a timely cause.”
X-MESS IV Lineup:
HRBRT (math rock / progressive jazz)
LeSuits (hard funk / fusion)
Ghost Notes (instrumental post-rock)
Weightless in Orbit (progressive metal / post-metal)
Requin (math rock / experimental pop)
Elder (progressive indie / jangle rock)
Inovo (progressive rock)
Valtozash Bigband (heavy metal jazz)
Local Authority (post-punk / goth rock)
Endless Valley (psychedelic rock / cinematic folk)
Monsterra (progressive metal / djent)
Aubergine (ambient / jazz / groove)
Mister Abacus (experimental / stoner rock)
Brisbane Conduction Orchestra (classical / improvised / noise)
“It’s very exciting for me to jump on board for the festival’s fourth iteration,” says John Russell (4000 Records), “We’ve helped expand the lineup from last year’s 6 bands to 14 amazing artists this time around. We’ve also pushed the scope outside of a prog-rock and metal focus out to include an eclectic variety of genres.”
The festival takes place at Brisbane’s biggest supporter of alternative music, Crowbar. With the event steadily growing in numbers each year, X-MESS IV will definitely be the biggest and best yet!
Further event info and tickets can be found on the Facebook Event Page.