Good news, Brisbanites! A huge new $40 million live music and entertainment venue is about to built in your city, thanks to a former Powderfinger member and a man behind some of Australia’s biggest music festivals.
As Fairfax Media reports, the new venue, which will be built in Fortitude Valley, is the brainchild of former Powderfinger member John Collins and Secret Sounds’ festival wizard Paul Piticco (who operate The Triffid), and it’s seeking to fill the hole left by the closure of Festival Hall back in 2003.
The new project, led by Scott Hutchinson of Hutchinson Builders, will see a 2,500 square metre venue erected at 312 Brunswick Street, with a capacity of 3,300. Another 1,000 square metres will be dedicated to retail and food outlets, and the whole thing is supposedly being designed with a modernised ’50s facade.
Piticco says he and Collins wanted to replicate the success of The Triffid, but in a larger venue.
“Not massive, but just something that will fill the gap for a larger audience,” he says. “This is another case of the right venue coming up at the right time.”
“I guess our hunch about the potential growth of the live music scene back then has paid off in spades,” Collins adds.
“I think that venues created for music by musicians add something extra to the whole experience for both audiences and performers.”
Construction of the new venue is expected to begin in January 2018, with work being completed by mid-2019.