Best Live Music Spots Brisbane
Live music is a creature all its own as it’s not just the music you hear, it’s also the hundreds of people singing along with you, the laughter, the cheers and nthe sounds of clinking glasses. Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer, or just looking for something to do one quiet night, Brisbane is home to a bunch of cool venues that remind us of the good ol’ days before internet downloads. Here are our picks for a great night out:
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
You haven’t experienced live music until you’ve been one tiny voice in an ocean of thousands, all screaming the same lyrics out of tune. A big venue is nothing without the big names to set it off: Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, Guy Sebastian, Paul Simon and Sting, and plenty more giants of the international music scene.
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
With spacious theatres, studios, playhouses, and both indoor and outdoor concert areas, the QPAC has something for everybody. It’s not surprising this venue has a history of sell-out performances given its upcoming acts, such as Roy Orbison, Tori Amos, the London Symphony Orchestra, and Jethro Tull, as well as tributes to Dire Straights, Queen, ABBA, and Michael Jackson.
Brisbane Jazz Club
If big bands and symphonies aren't your thing, why not try a night of jazz? The Brisbane Jazz Club is renowned as one of the best in the country, featuring local, national, and international artists, as well as its own 19-piece Big Band. With stunning views of Brisbane’s skyline and a luscious food and drink menu, it’s a great place for a night out.
Protest The Hero, Anberlin, Sticky Fingers, Cannibal Corpse, Bluejuice, Dead Kennedys, The Whitlams, Manchester Orchestra – sound familiar? Head over to Brisbane’s Hi-Fi. Split over two levels, the Hi-Fi contains a VIP mezzanine peering down onto the main stage, coupled with a well-stocked kitchen and bar. This venue is one of the city’s must-visits if you’re after more than just a local pub band.
This art-deco inspired theatre holds up to 1500 people, and is renowned for its warm, intimate sound that draws musicians and audiences closer together. The entire venue can also be hired for functions, with catering assisted by its own executive chef. But it’s the music that draws the crowds: Bob Dylan, The Dandy Warhols, The Cat Empire, Boy and Bear, plus Angus and Julia Stone are just the tip of the iceberg.
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