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Fortitude Music Hall opens in Brisbane
Brisbane’s newest music venue, the 3000-person-capacity Fortitude Music Hall, has been opened, filling a void for mid-sized music venue in the Queensland capital that has existed since the demolition of the Festival Hall in 2004.
The new dedicated music performance space has been developed by Hutchinson Builders Chairman Scott Hutchinson, former Powderfinger bassist John ‘JC’ Collins and Splendour in the Grass Promoter Paul Piticco.
Built at a cost of $43 million, the new venue references Brisbane’s strong history of art deco architecture while offering the latest entertainment technology and fan orientated design featuring a grand box-office area that flows into a large foyer that features a long bar illuminated by white crystal lighting.
Beyond the foyer is the main auditorium, which is being billed as the largest ballroom-theatre-styled space in Australia. Retractable curtains allow a second level to be blocked off, creating more intimate 1800-person shows on the main floor. There’s also a pair of giant chandeliers that can be lowered or raised, depending on the event. Upstairs on the mezzanine, sections have been tiered to create multiple sightlines, allowing punters to see the stage from any aspect.
Commenting on the project, Collins advises “I feel very blessed to be given the opportunity by my partners to design and construct this wonderful building (so) thanks to Scott for putting his wallet where his mouth is.
“As much as it’s about music (the venue can also host) a gala event, a dinner, a show, a comedy, a forum event, a podcast - we want the place to be used for a variety of purposes.”
At the back is a second venue called the Outpost, which fits 300 people and pays tribute to the Ann Street venue where Collins played his first gig at the age of 16.
Piticco adds “for a lot of young musicians and bands in the city, this may be the first place they play.
“It gives them something to aspire to. They become part of the culture of the venue and hopefully years later fill the main room.”
Situated in the heart of Brisbane’s Brunswick Street Mall, the venue also offers five bars.
Images of the Fortitude Music Hall courtesy of Morgan Roberts.
28th May 2019 - Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall set to open in July
3rd April 2019 - Federal Budget delivers for live music but fails creative industries
5th September 2018 - Live Nation backs new Brisbane live music venue
15th August 2018 - Developer explains commitment to new Brisbane live music venue
23rd July 2018 - Review to assess future Live Music Office operations
18th October 2017 - New $40 million live music venue planned for central Brisbane
25th August 2015 - Australian Music Week to be a five-day celebration of live music
13th August 2015 - Live Music worth over $15 billion to Australia in 2014
26th March 2014 - Live music venues threatened by new laws and noise complaints
20th November 2013 - Task force calls for cut in ‘red tape’ to save live music industry
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