The capital of the Sunshine State does one thing like no other city, local, live music venues. There are so many sprawled across the city that it’s impossible to count. Even better, most are independently owned and provide a platform from thriving musos who just want to perform their tunes to enthused crowds. In celebration of Brisbane’s roaring local music scene, here are the five best venues where you can catch some sweet sounds.
#1 The Zoo
It is possibly one of the longest standing music venues in Australia and it has been independently owned, operated and booked by females for the past 25 years (power to the ladies!). The space is filled with passion and a burning love of music and the creative arts. It is a much needs platform for touring artists and local musos, with past performances from Lorde and The National.
Sunday 24th September – Camp Cope
Friday 3rd November – The Growlers
Saturday 11th November – The Belligerents
#2 Brooklyn Standard
It was the winner of the best live music bar in 2015, and for good reason. Not only does the bar provide the best in great musical acts but killer cocktails and great local beers. They showcase a wide variety of genres from funk to soul and even a little rock ‘n’ roll.
Live music every night (Monday to Saturday) from 7:30pm.
#3 The Foundry
If it’s music you seek, music you will find. This three level complex is soley dedicated to the thriving local music scene in Brissy. The Foundry has it all, upstairs hosting a rehearsal space, recording studio and accommodation room for touring artists. Come here and celebrate the Australian music scene with a huge live band room and an impressive sound system. The events at the Foundry are endless, in August they celebrated their second birthday and hosted a ‘Stamina Session’ presented by Set Mo.
Wednesday 6th September – Bedlam records Presents Midnight Misfits
Saturday 30th September – Young Lions
Thursday 19th October – Citizen Kay
#4 Woolly Mammoth
This alehouse is a contemporary beer hall where you can relish in the largest selection of craft beer and some of the best entertainment Brisbane has to offer. The Woolly Mammoth offers its guests indoor activities like giant jenga and shuffleboard, as well as countless music tours and club nights. The likes of Violent Soho, Rl Grime and Allday have all left their mark on the alehouse’s main stage.
Friday 8th September – Pierce Brothers
Saturday 16th September – Shire Records Launch Party
Saturday 11th September – Winston Surfshirt
#5 The Triffid
This cheeky Brissy bar is open mid week through till Sunday from lunch, featuring a tasty all day menu and cheap bevvys. Even better, they host an array of great gigs, and true Queensland style, a heap of late arvo sessions.
Thursday 14th September – The Getaway Plan
Saturday 23rd September – Cloud Control and Special Guests
Friday 3rd November – Saskwatch and Special Guests
Image Sources: The Zoo, The Foundry, The Triffid, Australian Traveller.