Brisbane can throw a party ya'll.
It was the official housewarming of Brisbane's newest live music venue - The Fortitude Music Hall.
Situated in the epicentre of Fortitude Valley, Brunswick Street Mall, is the new hub for all things live music. And the best way to celebrate the opening and all things Brisbane was to share it with our favourite B(risbane) - grade celebrities.
First, let us tell you a bit about the venue itself. If you are familiar with the layout of other Bris locales The Tivoli and The Triffid, it has a similar vibe with its two storey floor-plan. Think of The Tivoli as your Friday night, where you might want to get a little bit loose, but no so much that you can't get out of bed on Saturday morning. The Triffid is your Sunday afternoon - laid back and easy going with the beer garden to match, but can get wild if you're up for it. The Fortitude Music Hall on the other hand is your classic Saturday night. It's when you really want to party with golden lights, chandeliers and sequins. Smack dab in the middle of everything else going on and easy walking distance to other venues for kick on's.
The Fortitude Music Hall boasts:
- 5 bars
- huge main stage
- a smaller stage on the upstairs level
- 3,000 person standing capacity
- tiered viewing platforms on both levels
The opening night featured the likes of Tia Gostelow, DZ Deathrays, Jeremy Neale, a mini Powderfinger reunion, Patience Hodgson, Thelma Plum, Sahara Beck and more!
Tia Gostelow kicked the party off and showed us exactly why she's making waves.
Tia hit all her classics and even brought Thelma out on to stage for a dope duo moment.
Next up on the bill: DZ Deathrays.
Things took a turn for the heavy with DZ taking the main stage. Though all the sets were only around 7 or so songs, DZ brought the heat hitting all their best and biggest tracks. They also kept the collaboration vibes going with bringing Jeremy Neale to the stage for a rendition of Beatles classic 'Twist & Shout'.
Everything then went next level when Powderfinger alum Bernard Fanning and Ian Haug joined DZ. The whole venue cried happy tears when DZ and friends launched into '(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind'. I'm going to say it - it was more Queensland than any Maroon jersey.
Last, but certainly not least, the ever loveable Ball Park Music.
Like DZ, BPM was only here for a semi-short stay. They cranked out everything we would want, from 'Literally Baby' to 'She Only Loves Me When I'm There' and 'Hand's Off My Body'. Collab central once again as The Grates front-woman Patience Hodgson joined BPM on stage for a treat of 'Burn Bridges' from The Grates discography.
All in all, it was one hell of night. Showcasing not only that Brisbane can produce some of Australia's best and brightest music, but we now have a fancy new venue to match.
If you want to find us, we are now going to be living at The Fortitude Music Hall sipping drinks and cutting shapes.