Torch Fest is a first of its kind mental health music festival, shining a light on inspirational artists and their stories.
The name Torch Fest comes from the idea that everyone has a Torch Song; the light that gets you through, and the first edition of Torch Fest took place in Brisbane, at West Room on 10th April 2021.
With mental health having such a huge impact on the music industry, especially in recent COVID times, the festival is a chance to eradicate the stigma associated with talking about mental health, while retaining the essence of fun and celebration.
Twelve local Queensland artists were hand-picked to take to the stage over the course of the 10 hour festival. All performers on the day performed their Torch Song, the light that gets you through, as part of their full set and the festival gave out torches to each attendee to flick on when each of the Torch Songs were played throughout the day.
The festival attracts attendees that want to see their favourite artists in an up-close-and-personal setting, not in a sprawling field with thousands of people, and enables artists and fans alike to feel safe, and be vulnerable if they feel the need, through a unique experience.
The Torch Fest Brisbane line up included: Tia Gostelow, DOOLIE, Genes, MARLOE., Ella Fence, Tori Forsyth, Jordan Merrick, ELEEA, Lovegrove, Hello Jane, Emma Beau, Freight Train Foxes and Kate Gill.
Watch this space as the next editions of Torch Fest launch in 2021.
Torch Fest – The light that gets you through