The 12th installment of the alternative rock music festival, the Livid Festival, was held on 3 October 1998 at the Brisbane Showgrounds in Bowen Hills.
Inconveniently the festival fell on the same date as the Australian federal election. This was the second time in the festival’s history that Livid coincided with an election day. During the second Livid on 2 December 1989, the results of the Queensland state election were announced to the crowd, with Wayne Goss and the Labor Party ousting the National Party who had been in power in the state since 1957.
The line-up for ’98’s Livid featured a number of Australian and international acts including Public Enemy, Pulp, Sonic Youth, Regurgitator, Custard, The Living End, The Dandy Warhols, The Whitlams, Grinspoon, Toothfaeries, Underground Lovers, Resin Dogs, Lavish, Even, Frank Yamma, Robert Forster and more. Spread across seven stages with over 30,000 fans in attendance, it was a far cry from the first Livid at University of Queensland back in January 1989 with a crowd of 1,500, albeit with a much small line-up consisting of the Go-Betweens, Chris Bailey, Died Pretty, Ups and Downs and Great Caesar’s Ghost.
In State Library of Queensland’s digital collection of photographs are 20 images taken during Livid 1998 by photographers Jo-Anne Driessens and Peter Fischmann. These photographs include pictures of the crowds, Brisbane group Custard performing, Aboriginal singer/songwriter Frank Yamma and a photograph of Public Enemy’s Flava Flav signing autographs with fans. These images can be viewed via our One Search catalogue.
Livid Festival continued to run annually up until 2003, after which the festival was discontinued.
- Pig City: Brisbane’s Historic Soundtrack concert, 2007 (featuring The Saints, Riptides, Regurgitator, Custard and more)
- Jailhouse Rock at Boggo Road Gaol, 1993
- Early photograph from one of the Go-Betweens’ first concerts
- The Go-Betweens: Right Here documentary features SLQ images
- A night at Cloudland with XTC, Flowers (Icehouse) and The Numbers, 1979
- A night at Cloudland with Rockpile (feat. Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds) and The Apartments, 1979
- A night at Cloudland with Dr Feelgood, 1979
- A night at Festival Hall with the Ramones, 1980
- A night with Mental As Anything and Dave Warner at UQ Refec, 1979
Myles Sinnamon – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland