Freedom Sounds: A Joyous Celebration of the Armistice

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RSL Queensland organised an afternoon of homegrown music on November 11, 2018 to mark the Centenary of the Armistice. The concert echoed the incredible scenes of jubilation that broke out in cities and towns across Australia when peace was declared at the end of WWI.

It was an opportunity for people of all ages to relax and rejoice. Families spread out picnic rugs to enjoy the sunshine, children played with bubbles in the activity zone and others grooved away on the dance floor.

It was also a chance for RSL Queensland to reach a wider, younger audience and highlight some of the many services and activities we provide for the Defence community in Queensland.

On stage was one excellent artist after another – the Australian Army Band, Ash Grunwald, Kate Ceberano and finally, as the sun was going down, Pete Murray. As he closed his set, Pete reminded the crowd what the day was all about – thanking our veterans for the sacrifices they made and being grateful for the freedom we enjoy as a result.

Families sitting on the grass at the Riverstage.
Families sitting on the grass at the Riverstage enjoying a sunny spring afternoon. 

Kate Ceberano at Freedom Sounds
Kate Ceberano performing at the Riverstage in Brisbane for Freedom Sounds. 

Ash Grunwald at Freedom Sounds
Ash Grunwald showed the crowd why he has carved out a fearsome reputation on the blues and roots scene. 

Pete Murray at Freedom Sounds
Pete Murray wooed the crowd with his mellow folk-pop tunes. 

Kids activities at Freedom Sounds
The bubble machine was a hit with Max and his dad Angus. There was a host of activities to keep kids happy at the concert. 

The Australian Army Band Brisbane
The Australian Army Band Brisbane has earned a reputation as one of the fines military bands in Australia.

Perfect weather for the concert
The spring weather was perfect for a concert and a great chance for RSL Queensland to introduce itself to a whole new audience. 

Dance floor at Freedom Sounds
The dance floor was always full of grooving people.