It’s been over a decade since the beloved Festival Hall closed down, and Brisbane has continued to reel from the loss. Thanks to Fortitude Music Hall, the wait is over – it’s the replacement venue that’s promising to deliver the re-vamp that the Valley has desperately needed!
Located in the middle of Fortitude Valley’s Brunswick Mall, the long-awaited new development is set to open its doors by July. The Fortitude Music Hall is the brain-child of former Powderfinger bassist and Triffid owner, John Collins and Australian music entrepreneur Paul Pittico, who is best known for his work in organising Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival. With Live Nation signing on as a “principle partner” in the project, investors have assured the venue will attract many big-name acts.
Plus, with the Sydneysider Mark Gibbons recently announcing that he’ll be the full-time booking agent for both The Triffid and Fortitude Music Hall, we don’t doubt that big-name acts will truly be a regular occurrence. Gibbons has booked artists for the past six years at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, Metro Theatre, and smaller Factory Theatre. His booking-expertise combined with Collins & Pittico’s entertainment-venue knowledge? We know the performances at Fortitude Music Hall will not be ones to miss.
Although, concerts and live performances aren’t the only uses for the new space. Collins envisions that the venue will host dance festivals, music award nights, speech nights and even future ARIA awards ceremonies. With such a flexible array of events, the space itself will need to be adaptable – and the owners have recognised this. The venue will host 3300 people at maximum capacity, with flexible floor and seating variations for events of 1200 and 2000, and a smaller, intimate “bar-style” venue for approximately 300 guests upstairs.
For the grand opening, Collins envisions a celebration of a range of Brisbane and Queensland music, rather than getting one sole artist. The date for the opening-evening event hasn’t been set, but with expectations of completion by mid-year, we’re sure we’ll be finding out soon!
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