Embracing the "dark" – Brisbane’s Gothic nightclub scene

Recently we received a fascinating collection of posters and flyers from Gothic music venues in Brisbane during the 1990s. The collection was donated to the library by ex-Abyss DJ, Myles Sinnamon. Brisbane had a reasonably strong Gothic scene which more or less emerged from the Punk scene but without the aggressive protest element, Goths tending more towards artistic and romantic ideals. Brisbane’s Gothic heyday was probably the 80s and early 90s, but the Gothic scene tends to wax and wane and is still alive in Brisbane.

Flyer advertising the Abyss nightclub at Normanby Hotel, Brisbane, c.1996. Abyss was a Gothic nightclub. State Library of Queensland                 Flyer advertising the Abyss nightclub at the Normanby Hotel, Brisbane, c.1996. Abyss was a Gothic nightclub. State Library of Queensland                 Flyer advertising the Abyss nightclub at the Normanby Hotel, Brisbane, 1996. Abyss was a Gothic nightclub. State Library of Queensland

Most of the posters in this collection emanate from the Normanby Hotel, the Abyss Nightclub, Arcadia, London Burning, Midian, Dark Entries, the Bloodlust Ball and the Majestic Hotel. Collections such as these are extremely valuable in documenting Queensland’s music history, and I would like to hear from you if you have Queensland music material of any type, which you would like to donate to our collection. We collect contemporary and older materials. All items in our collections are housed in ideal conditions for their preservation and access by current and future researchers. Please feel encouraged to call me or email me at any time.

Laurel Dingle
Queensland Music Coordinator
State Library of Queensland
Ph: (07) 3840 7835
Email: laurel.dingle@slq.qld.gov.au