If Riverfire doesn’t take your fancy this long weekend, then there’s no shortage of other activities.

You can choose from music festivals, a roller derby, or a couple of pretty important footy matches!

Thomas Hartley reports.


Tomorrow Brisbane’s Riverstage will host Parklife, the electro-indie music festival boasting international acts like Nero, Passion Pit and Justice.

Local boys, The Belligerents, managed to win a much sought-after spot in the lineup, thanking their supporters for getting them there.

Andy Balzat, The Belligerents: “I mean support wise the main thing I’d probably say is the fans. As soon as we said we were playing Parklife people jumped on it and they were super supportive.”

Those keen for a bit of blood, sweat and tears – but aren’t into their footy – can come to the Tropi-carnage Roller Derby showdown at the Morayfield Leisure Centre.

Heather Murray, Qld Roller Derby League: “This year it’s going to be a very fiercely competitive competition. As I said we’ve got 12 teams from all over the state. You’ve also got Brisbane City Rollers, Northern Brisbane Rollers and Sunstate Roller Girls.”

And of course there’s the all-important footy finals.

If you missed out on tickets, pubs and clubs around Brisbane will be screening the premierships on Saturday and Sunday.

Hotels are busy preparing for the big weekend.

Andrew Ford, Story Bridge Hotel: “We’ve got plenty of pallets coming in. The pallets have been coming in all week. Lots of kegs, lots of Bundy rum, lots of RTD’s and plenty of wine.”

Those planning on having a big night this long weekend are being urged to take it easy on the roads.

Steven Spalding, RACQ: “If you know you are driving the next day, then stay off the alcohol so that you drive in a safe, sober manner.”

By mid-afternoon today the traffic exodus out of Brisbane for the three-day break was well underway.

Thomas Hartley, QUT News.