Brisbane opens new large-scale live music venue
Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard today welcomed the launch of Brisbane’s new 3000 capacity live music venue, The Fortitude Music Hall.
The opening coincided with the unveiling of The Valley Walk of Fame’s latest addition, a bronze plaque to commemorate Queensland Music Awards 2019 Song of the Year winner Clea, who earned her place among indie legends and megastars like Amy Shark and The Bee Gees.
Located at the heart of the Walk of Fame, The Fortitude is the brainchild of Brisbane-based John ‘JC’ Collins (Powderfinger, The Triffid), Paul Piticco (Secret Sounds) and Scott Hutchison (Hutchinson Builders), who threw open the doors with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Councillor Howard helped to unveil The Valley Walk of Fame’s new star before congratulating the team behind The Fortitude Music Hall.
Councillor Howard said it was a huge win for Brisbane.
“Brisbane is increasingly being recognised as a lifestyle destination and this visionary new live music venue creates more to see and do in the city, boosting the visitor economy and enhancing liveability for residents,” she said.
“It’s a significant selling-point for Brisbane, delivering a new experience for tourists and giving them another reason to extend their stay and spend in the city.
“The Fortitude Music Hall now stands alongside an exciting array of new tourism developments across the city, including new 4 and 5-star hotels, the vibrant Howard Smith Wharves precinct, the upcoming Brisbane Airport second runway, and Brisbane Queen’s Wharf integrated resort development.
“Whether it’s our lively entertainment precinct, our hugely talented homegrown musicians or Australia’s biggest industry event Bigsound, Brisbane has built a reputation for its rich musical history and culture.
“It’s fantastic to see the industry continue to grow, work together and create opportunity for locals and visitors to experience our thriving music scene.
“I strongly encourage residents to come see the latest addition to the Walk of Fame and visit The Fortitude Music Hall to be part of what will no doubt be a future icon for the city.”
QMusic CEO Angela Samut said she was thrilled to expand the Walk of Fame.
“QMusic is so proud of Clea who received the Song of the Year Award as well as the Pop Award for her single Dreaming at our Queensland Music Awards held earlier this year,” she said.
“Clea now joins other Queensland acts who have a QMA Song of the Year plaque including Amy Shark, Violent Soho, Ball Park Music, Cub Sport and Emma Louise.”
The opening continues tonight at 7pm with performances from award-winning Queensland musicians, including Ball Park Music, DZ Deathrays and Tia Gostelow.
Powderfinger alumni Bernard Fanning and Ian Haug, Custard frontman Dave McCormack, The Grates frontwoman Patience Hodgson, singer songwriter Thelma Plum, Busby Marou, Velociraptor frontman Jeremy Neale and singer songwriter Sahara Beck will also make special appearances throughout the night.