Brisbane Venue Guide
Katy Bedford | On 20, Jul 2017
On the hunt for a new venue to hit up? Look no further, here’s your very own guide on some of Brisbaneâ€™s hottest gig spotsâ€¦
Black Bear Lodge:
322 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
This is a cosy gem of a venue hidden away up a staircase in Brunswick Street mall. It has an insanely inviting atmosphere and almost feels as though you are stepping into a 90â€™s episode of Twin Peaks. Black Bear Lodge is for anyone who loves to experience those more intimate gigs, with a variety of genres primarily including indie, folk and jazz.
Capacity: Approximately 250 people
Some artists who have performed there: Woodes, The Art of Sleeping, Sahara Beck, Clea, Daggy Man, Dean Lewis and Major Leagues
The Woolly Mammoth:
633 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Although this venue is named after a prehistoric creature, it is by no means cold or old. The Woolly Mammoth is constantly buzzing with energetic performances from a variety of local artists. It facilitates genres such as punk, rock, metal, DJ sets and indie artists. If youâ€™re into craft beer on tap and plenty of room to get dancing, then this is definitely the venue for you. They also do some killer tribute nights and are always a key venue in Brisbaneâ€™s Mountain Goat Valley Crawl. Â
Capacity: 200-600 depending on what floor you are on (downstairs or upstairs)
Some artists who have performed there: Methel Ethyl, Fight Ibis, Amy Shark, Ocean Grove, Gang of Youths and Thelma Plum
228 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley
The Foundry is a funky, multi-faceted venue with a labyrinth of areas and corridors to get lost in. Thereâ€™s a main stage area, dance floor, deck, bar and a few â€˜back roomsâ€™ for smaller gigs. This venue hosts a diverse range of artists including the odd funk and disco set. If you enjoy getting your groove on under some coloured lights then this may just be the space for you!
Capacity: 400 in the main area
Some artists who have performed there: Cub Sport, Golden Vessel, Flowertruck, The Jungle Giants and Clea
52 Costin St, Fortitude Valley
The Tivoli is one of Brisbaneâ€™s most iconic venues, with a stunning old time feel that never fails to evoke a sense of nostalgia. Itâ€™s the go to site for artists that require the space to facilitate a bit of a larger crowd. If you enjoy the atmosphere of a packed-out crowd accompanied by some beautiful architecture then this is a â€˜must goâ€™ venue. 2017 is actually the buildingâ€™s 100th anniversary!
Capacity: 700 (seated) and 1500 standing
Some artists who have performed there: Bob Dylan, Powderfinger, Paul Kelly, Nick Cave, San Cisco, Boy and Bear, Dope Lemon and San Cisco.
These are just some of the venues that form an integral part of Brisbaneâ€™s close knit creative community. Whether you’re looking for gigs from your favourite upcoming artists or are an artist yourself, these are the prime places to be!
Next time we look at some venues outside of the Fortitude Valley scene.