Launch of The Triffid

Launch of The Triffid

Candice Jackson spoke with ex Powderfinger bassist John Collins ahead of the official launch of his newest project and Brisbane’s newest live music venue, The Triffid, on November 8.

By Candice Jackson | 3rd November 2014

While Brisbane’s live music scene is thriving, the recent history of live music venues in Brisbane has been a little shaky. However, we’ve got faith this new venue in Newstead stands a good chance of putting down its roots on Brisbane’s music map!

John Collins during construction of The Triffid

John Collins during construction of The Triffid

Developed primarily by musician John Collins (ex Powderfinger bass guitarist) in partnership with leading music industry figures Paul Piticco and Jessica Ducrou (Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, Secret Sounds Touring), and Brisbane hospitality identity Brett McCall, the newest live music venue ‘The Triffid’ aims to become the city’s summer hangout, with international acts and special nights planned for nurturing local talent.

Housed within one of Newstead’s historic WWII hangers, The Triffid has undergone 18 months of development to create something Brisbane was yet to have; a medium sized concert space with an 800 person capacity.

John Collins says the idea behind The Triffid was to create a mid sized venue, that would also provide a kind of backyard for the people who live in and around the Newstead area.

“I spent 25 years touring with Powderfinger, playing all manner of venues, so it was really important to me to build a venue that was not only somewhere that punters looked forward to going to, but a space that bands enjoyed playing at as well. I know the importance of having a room that sounds good, and that has been a major focus,” says Collins.

He lists the components of a successful venue as having good sound, ambience, location - and a well stocked bar! The architecture of the space is beautifully unique to Brisbane, with the imposing arched roofline of the old WWII hanger being redesigned for optimal sound quality and their clever renovation of the vacant car park outside sure to impress, as it represents a 490 square metre outdoor beer garden with shipping containers housing bars and food stands.

Why Brisbane? It’s Collins’ home and he believes it’s a great city with a fervent live music scene that is producing some really great bands at the moment.

“I think the bands emerging from Brisbane at the moment are great! Acts like The Creases, Ball Park Music, Violent Soho, Mosman Alder, Moses Gunn Collective - there’s no shortage of talent in Brisbane.”

“We will be running ad hoc nights called Triffid Seed that will showcase up and coming local acts. Plus we’ll have the beer garden open from Tuesday to Saturday and we’ll have live music on there including Triffid Roots on Sundays,” he says.

Triffid Roots will kick off on November 9, curated and hosted by Triple J’s Sarah Howells and featuring Pat Tierney and Liam Gerner.

(LEFT) John Collins (RIGHT) Interior of The Triffid live music venue

(LEFT) John Collins (RIGHT) Interior of The Triffid live music venue

Collins says the reception by artists (international and local) has been positive so far, with everyone intrigued and eager to see the place in action.

Despite recent live music venues in Brisbane closing down, Collins has high hopes that The Triffid will do so well that they’ll still be putting on great bands in 20 years time and we think they’re on the right track, with artists already lined up until February next year.

The Triffid officially kicks off on November 8, with an all-Australian line-up launch party, featuring Byron Bay locals MT Warning, Brisbane indie favourites The Creases and Melbourne 9-piece Saskwatch.

The Triffid launch party artists. (LEFT) Saskwatch, (TOP RIGHT) The Creases, (BOTTOM RIGHT) MT Warning.

The Triffid launch party artists. (LEFT) Saskwatch, (TOP RIGHT) The Creases, (BOTTOM RIGHT) MT Warning.

While Collins says he won’t be gracing the stage of The Triffid anytime soon… Bernard Fanning, former Powderfinger front man, has confirmed he will be performing at the venue in January.

So who else is set to rock the Triffid stage? Other upcoming highlights include Ed Kuepper, Paul Dempsey, Giants of Science,The Gin Club, Screamfeeder, The Delta Riggs, Megan Washington, Stonefield, Velociraptor and The Trouble With Templeton, to name a few.

Check the website for all upcoming events and ticketing details.

The Triffid
7-9 Stratton St, Newstead


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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.


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