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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

Street Life: Posters and their role in the Brisbane music scene 1975-1995 (project update)

Go-Between & Xero concert poster. Designed by John Willsteed

Guest blogger – John Willsteed, recipient of the Letty Katts Award discusses his project Street Life: Posters and their role in the Brisbane music scene 1975-1995 My first move after the Queensland Memory Awards night was to put out a call on social media (Facebook, in this case). It looked a bit like this: “We are all … Read more

Vale Carol Lloyd

"Only A Matter Of Time", Railroad Gin (1974). John Oxley Library Collection, State Library of Queensland

This week Queensland lost influential singer-songwriter Carol Lloyd, who passed away in Brisbane after a long illness. Lloyd was part of Brisbane’s music scene during the 1970s as frontwoman of the band Railroad Gin. The band is best known for their 1974 single A Matter Of Time. The single reached the number 1 spot in … Read more

Whatever happened to Queensland rock magazine Backstage?

Queensland rock monthly magazine Backstage. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In July 1980, Backstage, a Queensland rock music magazine published its first edition. Valued at 40 cents, Backstage was modelled after successful rock music magazines of the period, such as UK’s NME and Melody Maker and the Sydney based Rock Australia Magazine (RAM). The publication was the brainchild of Graham Aisthorpe, who came up with the concept … Read more