Photo Credit: The Triffid
Reported by The Australian on Monday, Brisbane will be getting a 3,300 capacity live entertainment space in Fortitude Valley’s Brunswick St Mall. The project will cost around $40m to develop and aims to fill in the gap for a mid-sized venue in the city. This has been sought after due to the demands of the growing touring needs in the music industry.
The venue operations will be managed by the owner-operators of The Triffid in Newstead, including former Powderfinger band member John Collins, Paul Piticco from Secret Sounds Group (responsible for the operations of notable live festivals such as Splendour in the Grass and Falls Fest) and Hutchinson Builders’ Scott Hutchinson, who is also the current patron of QMusic.
The team is planning to use the venue as a multi-use theatre and function space, measuring about 2,500 square metres at 312 Brunswick Street. The space was previously used by the Optus Centre and a Coles store was originally built in 1957.
After the closure of Festival Hall in 2003, Mr. Hutchinson mentioned that the city was ready for a new venue saying, “Brisbane is an incubator for live music and a touring destination for a range of Australian and international artists,”
He continues, “312 Brunswick will offer a new space in the heart of Brisbane’s live music precinct to support and generate more music artistry.”
Work on the entertainment space will begin in January next year with an expected completion by mid-2019.