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Livid Festival, 1998

Brisbane band Custard playing in front of a large crowd at the Livid Festival in Bowen Hills, Queensland,1998. From 27510 Peter Fischmann Photographs. In copyright. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 27510-0001-0038

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 … Read more

Defence Force Bands and the Development of Jazz in Queensland

2nd Battalion 26th Infantry Band at the Enoggera army barracks on Armistice Day Queensland 1918

Guest Blogger – Dr Lauren Istvandity, 2017 John Oxley Library Fellow. What do the defence forces and our local jazz scene have in common? Musicians, of course! In decades past, Australian Defence Force bands have played a key role in sustaining the jazz scene in Queensland, while the locally-trained musicians upheld the Queensland-based bands which … Read more

The Go-Betweens: Right Here documentary features SLQ images

Grant McLennan and Robert Forster performing at Baroona Hall, Brisbane, April 28, 1978. From Paul O’Brien Collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 29127-0028-0002

The 2017 documentary, The Go-Betweens: Right Here by director Kriv Stenders, delves into the history of the beloved indie group. The Go-Betweens were formed in Brisbane by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan in 1977. The documentary uses several images from the State Library of Queensland’s Paul O’Brien collection to illustrate the Brisbane music and political scenes of … Read more

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s first public concert, 1947

The Australian Broadcasting Commission, The Queensland Government and The Brisbane City Council presents the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (1947). SLQ ephemera collection

On March 26, 1947, the newly-formed Queensland Symphony Orchestra gave their first public concert at Brisbane’s City Hall, in front of an audience of 2,500 people. The concert was supported by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission), the Queensland State Government and the Brisbane City Council. Percy Code was the guest conductor for the event. Favorable … Read more

Pig City: Brisbane’s Historic Soundtrack Concert (2007)

On July 14, 2007, Pig City: Brisbane’s Historic Soundtrack concert was held at University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus. Part of the Queensland Music Festival, the concert was inspired by Andrew Stafford’s book Pig City: from the Saints to Savage Garden, which documents Brisbane’s music scene from the 1970s through to the 2000s. A cavalcade … Read more

Queensland Jazz Memories – Protecting histories of pre-1970s jazz scenes

Billo Smith's Dance Band performing at the Trocadero dance hall, Brisbane, ca. 1943. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 2648

Guest blogger: Dr Lauren Istvandity –  2017 John Oxley Library Fellow. Queensland has long been known for producing quality musicians and supporting diverse music scenes, including those based in jazz. The significance of local jazz music history has been highlighted through the 2017 John Oxley Library Fellowship, which supports the project I’m currently undertaking titled … Read more

A night at Cloudland with Rockpile (feat. Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds) and The Apartments, 1979

Rockpile (Dave Edmunds, left and Nick Lowe, right) at Cloudland, Brisbane, October 13, 1979. From 29127 Paul O’Brien Collection 1970-1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. (In copyright CC-BY) Image 29127-0006-0025

On October 13, 1979, Brisbane radio station 4ZZZ presented British rock and roll group Rockpile in concert with Mental As Anything and The Apartments at the now demolished Cloudland in the suburb of Bowen Hills. Tickets were $5 or $3 for 4ZZZ subscribers (approximately $23 and $13.50 respectively today). Rockpile featured the talents of singer-songwriters … Read more