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A night at Cloudland with XTC, Flowers (Icehouse) and The Numbers (1979)

XTC (L-R - Andy Patridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory) performing at Cloudland, Brisbane, 1979. From 29127 Paul O'Brien Collection 1970-1987. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY

“Cloudland, a symbol of the past, ballroom luxury, lurex and romance has now become known overnight as Brisbane’s chief rock venue outside Festival Hall”, reported Robert Cameron in the June 1979 edition of non-profit community magazine, Time Off. From the late 1970’s, until its controversial demolition in 1982, Brisbane’s Cloudland Ballroom became a regular venue for rock concerts. Some of the fledgling … Read more

ABBA, Joh, his deputy and the Brisbane concert that never was

Front page of the Brisbane Telegraph newspaper, 9 October 1976

In October 1976 news came from Stockholm that Swedish pop group ABBA were heading Down Under in March 1977. There was one noticeable exclusion from their tour itinerary – Brisbane. To the disappointment of Queensland fans, ABBA would only visit Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. On the same day as the sad news was conveyed to Queenslanders, … Read more