As Brisbane’s dedicated entertainment precinct, Fortitude Valley proves you can’t stop the music with plenty of live-streaming options from local musicians, DJs and clubs in recent months. As Valley venues start to reopen, gigs kick back into gear and live tunes start spinning again, here’s where to find the music and good times at the moment.
The Brisbane icon has reopened parts of the megaclub (Crystals Nightclub, Street Bar and Wreckers) with DJs spinning the pumping tunes again and drag shows nightly. Note: a 4sqm rule applies at all times within The Beat. Open nightly from 8pm.
Retro’s Fortitude Valley has dusted off the discoball to reopen on Friday and Saturdays nights. Operating within government guidelines, Retro’s will take it back to the old school with all your fave tracks from the ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s – get amongst it!
Sub Rosa became Brisbane’s first Virtual Club then introduced a Micro Club experience on Friday and Saturday nights in June where 20 select patrons enjoyed a four-hour DJ event and table service in the garden. Celebrating its first birthday and grand reopening on Friday 10 July, sign up online for membership to be one of 100 lucky patrons at the Renaissance birthday bash.
Kicking off from Saturday 11 July, The Zoo’s Anti-Social Program debuts social distancing gigs for 100 people per session per night at the much-loved venue. Brissie band Butterfingers will initiate proceedings with Bugs, Resin Dogs and Screamfeeder just some of the other local acts to check out later in July. Tickets available via the website.
Located on the Brunswick Valley Mall, Blute’s is many things – a karaoke den, stand-up comedy bar and trivia night venue, to name a few. A party pub at heart, Blute’s is currently open for walk-ins and bookings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4pm until late, serving up beers and meals from Lucky Egg Fried Chicken. Stay tuned for when you can grab the mic for karaoke again with comedy back on from Thursday 2 July.
Time to frock up again, Cloudland is bringing elegant dining and big brass sounds back for the Big Band Cabaret Dinner & Show on Friday 14 August after sellout July shows. Channeling the vibe of music halls in bygone eras, expect a night of sequins, swinging tunes and showstopping burlesque performances. With only 100 seats per show, book your spot now via Facebook.
We’re looking on the bright side when this alfresco live music venue reopens for gigs in September. The Valley Drive In (aka the former Brightside carpark) will kick out the jams with Boys Like Girls on Saturday 5 September, while Wavves will grace The Brightside Outdoors on Saturday 19 September. Tickets available via Facebook.
Like to rewind back to the ‘90s? Us too. Get your tickets via Facebook to cut loose at The Foundry’s No Scrubs: 90s + Early 00s Party on Saturday 20 August. Then follow up with live music with new and postponed gigs scheduled at the Wickham Street venue from 4 September.
With its candlelit ambience, the hunting lodge-meets-live music bar vibes of Black Bear Lodge will be back with its renowned stellar lineups in October, kicking off with singer-songwriter Josh Pyke on Thursday 1 October and plenty more gigs scheduled. Head to Facebook to get your tickets and tune into Black Bear Radio on Soundcloud while you wait.
Everyone’s fave cocktail bar will welcome live music back in October, kicking off with indie-rock trio Stumps on Friday 2 October. Head to Facebook for tix. In the meantime, stay tuned for when Barbara reopens for drinks and eats.
The Outpost Bar
The Valley’s newest 300-capacity venue with live music and a 3am licence, The Outpost resides within The Fortitude Music Hall. With rock, revelry and Brissie’s music legacy at its heart, check the website for new and rescheduled shows from October 2020. Rock on, friends.
Image Source: Barbara
– July 2020