Our Guide To The Valley’s Best Live Music Venues

The beating heart of Brisbane’s music scene is about to beat a whole lot louder when Fortitude Music Hall opens July 26.

This venture between John ‘JC’ Collins (former member of Powderfinger and owner of Brisbane venue, The Triffid), Paul Piticco (co-founder of Secret Sounds) and Scott Hutchinson (Chairman of Hutchinson Builders and Live Nation) brings an entertainment venue to inner-city Brisbane on a scale not seen since the days of the iconic Festival Hall.

With a nod to its predecessor in its name, the Fortitude Music Hall has positioned itself as an essential destination for both local and international touring artists, with the capacity to host up to 3500 patrons.

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The Tivoli. Credit:  Mitch Lowe Photo

The Tivoli. Credit: Mitch Lowe Photo

The Tivoli

This classic Brisbane institution always has a great sound, a homely old-world feel with art deco features and an ability to host a broad variety of shows, from local legends like Regurgitator, Violent Soho and Dune Rats, to timeless, world-renowned acts like Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey and Rufus Wainwright.

COMING UP AT THE TIV

Thursday 8 August - DOPE LEMON
Friday 16 August - HAYDEN JAMES
Tuesday 03 September - FRED ARMISEN
Friday 13 September - THE MIDDLE EAST

 
Ballpark Music at The Zoo. Photo Credit:  Tom Sue Yek

Ballpark Music at The Zoo. Photo Credit: Tom Sue Yek

The Zoo

Under the canny management of co-founder Joc Curran from 1992 to 2016, The Zoo quickly rose to become one of Brisbane’s most loved and respected venues, from punters and artists alike.

The keys were handed over to new owner Pixie Weyand in 2016 and The Zoo saw significant upgrades with more than $100,000 invested into renovations and the installation of air-conditioning (does anyone else remember those sweltering sold out shows in the middle of a Queensland summer?).

Many can attest to The Zoo’s consistently impressive roster of international and local shows, but if you don’t believe the personal testimonies, you can always visit the Gigography on their website and see every show played there between 1994 and 2016. Long live The Zoo.

COMING UP AT The Zoo

Friday 16 August - KIRIN J CALLINAN
Sunday 25 August - WAAX (under 18 show)
Saturday 12 October - BUCKCHERRY
Saturday 19 October - ASH GRUNWALD
Saturday 07 November - GANG OF FOUR (UK)

 
The Triffid. Photo Credit:  Erin Smith

The Triffid. Photo Credit: Erin Smith

The Triffid

Owner and legendary Powderfinger bassist, John Collins wanted to give something back to his home city after 25 years in the music industry. Previously a commercial hangar, The Triffid opened its doors in November 2014. Already, the state-of-the-art live venue and beer garden has become an incredibly significant part of Australia’s music scene, bringing some of the best international, national and local acts to Brisbane’s backyard.


Coming Up At The Triffid

Friday August 9 – SLOWLY SLOWLY ‘JELLYFISH TOUR’ W/ SLY WITHERS & TEEN JESUS & THE JEAN TEASERS
Saturday August 10 – THELMA PLUM (AUS) ‘BETTER IN BLAK’ TOUR
Thursday August 15 & Friday August 16 – WAAX (AUS) ‘I AM’ TOUR
Saturday August 17 – JORDAN RAKEI (AUS/NZ) ‘ORIGIN’ TOUR
Friday September 13 – NORTHEAST PARTY HOUSE
Thursday October 3 – SEEKER LOVER KEEPER (AUS) W/ JUNE JONES
Sunday October 6 -  TONES AND I (AUS) W/ ADRIAN EAGLE

 
The Brightside. Photo Credit:  Claudia Ciapocha

The Brightside. Photo Credit: Claudia Ciapocha

The Brightside

The Brightside is a unique and diverse venue that is truly exceptional when it comes to creating a community for music lovers. Whether it be band battles & local showcases or a tribute night to a music legend, there is always something happening at the Brightside.

Coming Up At The Brightside

August 8 – ‘VALLEY SOUNDS’ LOCAL SHOWCASE
August 30 – LINKIN PARK TRIBUTE
August 31 – SELFISH SONS
September 19  - LEISURE ‘TWISTER’ ALBUM TOUR

 
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We’ve introduced a special pre-show set menu featuring a heap of Little Valley faves.

This menu is designed to come out quickly, giving you time to have a decent bite to eat and get to your show at any of these great venues without missing a beat.

 
 
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