Morrissey’s Momentous Return to Brisbane: A Celebration of Music and Legacy

Morrissey, one of Britain’s most influential figures in pop music, is set to grace the stage in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. This anticipated return marks a significant moment in the artist’s history with the city, reflecting a renewed connection and an opportunity for Brisbane fans to celebrate his illustrious career.



Morrissey’s Brisbane concert is a highlight of his “40 Years of Morrissey” tour. This special event is scheduled for 8 Dec 2023, at The Fortitude Music Hall, located in the vibrant heart of Fortitude Valley.

The evening promises an unforgettable experience, starting at a time that will allow fans to immerse themselves fully in the musical journey Morrissey has curated.

Acclaimed for his role as the lead singer of The Smiths, Morrisey has had a nuanced relationship with Brisbane. Despite past challenges, including instances where he felt unwelcomed due to heckling during performances, Morrissey’s upcoming tour brings a positive new chapter. His return symbolises a bridge mended, showcasing his unwavering commitment to his fans across Australia.

Morrisey
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As Morrissey himself stated, “I suppose there are people who think of Australia only in terms of Sydney and Melbourne, but I’m not one of them.” 

This sentiment underscores his appreciation for the diverse fan base in Australia, including those in Brisbane.

The “40 Years of Morrissey” tour is a homage to his impactful presence in the music industry. This tour will feature a mix of beloved songs from both his time with The Smiths and his solo albums.



Fans can look forward to a night filled with music that has defined a genre and influenced generations.

Published 6-Dec-2023

Brisbane Ranks 3rd Australia Rudest City in Survey

Brisbane has emerged as the third rudest city in Australia whilst the quaint Queensland town of Bundaberg ranked at the top, according to a recent survey conducted by the learning platform Preply. 



Aimed to uncover which Australian cities were perceived as having the rudest residents, the survey sheds light on why this trend potentially challenges the nation’s reputation for friendliness.

The survey unveiled that whilst the overall average rudeness rating for Australians was 5.31, several towns stood out for their elevated rudeness levels, all of which were located in Queensland. 

Topping the list was Bundaberg, with a rudeness score of 5.81, closely followed by Rockhampton at 5.79 and Brisbane City at 5.58.

Photo Credit: Preply

Experts at Preply speculated that this regional trend in rudeness could be attributed, in part, to the challenging climate conditions that Queensland regularly faces. The state has experienced severe climate extremes, including floods, bushfires, heatwaves, and droughts, which might contribute to heightened stress levels among residents.

Interestingly, Preply’s survey also highlighted that the Sunshine Coast, another Queensland region, claimed the title of the most polite city in Australia, with a courtesy score of 4.58. This incongruity raises questions about the factors influencing residents’ behaviour across different parts of Queensland.

Polite City
Photo Credit: Preply

Preply’s survey involved 1,503 participants from 22 major metropolitan areas across Australia. Respondents were asked to rate the rudeness of their respective cities on a scale from one to 10, with 10 indicating the highest level of rudeness. 

Additionally, the participants were questioned about the most common types of rude behaviour they encountered. These ranged from being noisy in public spaces and talking on the phone while going through supermarket checkouts to not giving a thank-you wave when another driver allowed them to merge in traffic.

rudest behaviours
Photo Credit: Preply

Interestingly, neglecting to offer guests a drink or refreshments at home was considered the least voted rude behaviour, highlighting the significance of hospitality in Australian culture.



Amy Pritchett, the Cultural Director at Preply, explained that the survey was designed to help travellers gauge what to expect when visiting different cities and regions.

Published 25-Aug-2023

Dine-in Igloos are Coming to Fortitude Valley

All throughout July, Brisbane will be able to cosy up and dine in with friends in their own private igloos at the Cielo Rooftop in Fortitude Valley.



From the 1st of July all the way until the 1st of August, pop up igloos will open up in Fortitude Valley — each coming complete with their own set of furniture, fairy lights, and fleece blankets to help bookers cosy themselves in. The best part? Each booking comes with food packages that come with their choice of drinks. 

Those interested in reserving an igloo for themselves as well as their friends and loved ones can do so via this link. Igloo can be booked for up to 1.5 hours at a time. Each igloo can house 2 to 6 people; however, food options must be selected. Igloos cannot be reserved without ordering food packages.

Four different food packages will be available for bookings: the Standard Package, the Premium Package, the VIP Package, and the Vegan Package. Each package come with grazing boards  with an array of snacks and finger foods, a main course, and either alcoholic beverages or soda.



The Standard Package entails a grazing board which contains prosciutto, mortadella, pecorino cheese, asiago cheese, hummus, olives, focaccia bread, and pickles as well as a main course in the form of a calamari and arancini plate. Drink options include sparkling, red or white wine, or beer per person.

The Premium Package, on the other hand, offers everything the Standard Package does with the addition of dessert in the form of Tiramisu Bomboloni: Italian doughnuts filled with Tiramisu cream and chocolate sauce. Additional drink options also include espresso martinis and aperol spritz. 

However, the VIP Package offers everything the Premium Package does in addition beetroot cured salmon bruschetta and an oyster platter. Margaritas will also be available in the drinks list of this exciting package. 

Lastly, the Vegetarian Package offers a completely different set of food options entirely in order to accommodate people’s dietary restrictions. The grazing board contains roasted capsicum, Evoo preserved eggplant, fried artichokes, stuffed olives, hummus, focaccia bread and pickles. Instead of a main course, dessert will be offered in the form of a raspberry tortino topped with chocolate mousse and berry coulis. Drink options are the same as those offered by the Standard Package. 



Those interested in booking an igloo can do so by visiting this website

The Winter Pop Up Igloo Dining event will be held at Cielo Rooftop, 209 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable but may be resold. Those unable to make it to their booked times and dates will lose their space unless they resell their tickets. 

Honouring Graham Pampling, Beloved Busker of the Queen Street Mall

A petition has been called by the Brisbane public to erect a statue of the late-yet-legendary busker Graham Pampling at Queen Street Mall, where he played the saxophone six days a week from 1998 to 2018. 

Graham Pampling, who passed in 2019, was a beloved busker who had become something of a community staple in Queen Street. It was hard to ignore the blind busker whose music had become an integral part of everyone’s everyday life, regaling the city with his saxophone.

His labradors, who served as his guide dogs and loyal friends, often accompanied him during these sessions. Pampling became something of a local celebrity given his inspiring story.



Pampling was born with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic condition that slowly causes cells in the retina to die which then leads to blindness.

Throughout his life, he experienced a great many hardships — including the death of his 19-year-old son, who tragically perished in a forklifting accident in 1985.

The marriage between Pampling and his wife of 28 years also broke down, which then led to the busker-to-be to travel to Brisbane with his saxophone, where he stayed for the next three decades. He’d set up in Queen Street Mall and begin busking for every passerby, serenading the public with his beautiful music. 



His music wasn’t the only thing that cemented his status as a local icon and inspiration in the city, for Pampling had also volunteered at local schools to teach visually impaired students how to type without using their sight. 

Brisbane residents from all around the city have signed a petition, titled Remember Graham Pampling, to immortalise him and celebrate his memory by creating a statue in his honour. As of the 28th of February, 2021, over 6,900 people have signed in hopes of having the statue raised. Those interested in contributing to Graham Pampling’s memory can find and sign the petition here.

CQUniversity Brisbane Health Clinic Swings Into Action

As the COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, the CQUniversity Brisbane Health Clinic has swung into action to assist the local sporting community.

A CQUniversity Physiotherapy team, including Clinical Supervisor Nikki Rathbone and fourth-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) students Kaysie Florance and Breanna Keleher, attended a golf competition on Saturday, the 6th of June to provide massage to the members of the Gailes Golf Club.

Photo Credit: Flickr

“It was great to be able to get out into the community and provide a service to the public,” said Ms Florance.

Ms Keleher said she was grateful that the clinic was open and she was able to complete her clinical placement.

“It was also a great opportunity to get exposure to a sporting event during this time, as most organised sport has been cancelled due to the restrictions,” Ms Keleher said.

Photo Credit : CQUniversity

Ms Rathbone believes physiotherapists will be in high demand as restrictions on sport begin to be lifted.

“As we gradually return to our normal activities post COVID-19 restrictions, we expect there to be a spike of people suffering exercise or sporting-related injury concerns.

“Our hope is to build some relationships with the local community, especially sporting clubs,” Ms Rathbone said.

The Physiotherapy service is a new addition to the CQUniversity Brisbane Health Clinic at Indooroopilly.

“It is a very exciting opportunity to be involved in the new CQUniversity Brisbane Physiotherapy clinic, as it will be able to accommodate an extra 20 to 30 placement opportunities for our third and fourth-year physiotherapy students each year,” explained Ms Rathbone.

Photo Credit: Flickr

“The clinic also operates alongside our very successful student-led chiropractic clinic, which is a rare opportunity to have both disciplines working together out of the same location.”

According to the Australian Government Job Outlook, employment prospects for future physiotherapists is bright with a very strong future growth forecasted.

It is anticipated there will be around 13,000 job openings over the next five years.

Both Ms Keleher and Ms Florance chose physiotherapy as a career because of the opportunity to help people.

“I wanted to do something that helps people, and physiotherapy can help people with a hands-on approach. It gives people independence to help themselves, to improve their health and wellbeing long term,” explained Ms Florance.

Photo Credit: Flickr

Ms Keleher said, “I always wanted to work in healthcare, and I admire what physios do, especially with those patients who have longstanding or chronic issues.”

The CQUniversity physiotherapy students are available for appointments Monday to Friday to assist with back and neck pain, sporting injuries, as well as post-operative rehabilitation and exercise programs.

Appointments are just $30 for a thorough physiotherapy assessment and treatment.

To book call the clinic on (07) 3023 1498 or email BrisbaneHealthClinic@cqu.edu.au

Brisbane Digs Deep for Cross River Rail

The first road header has started tunnelling at Roma Street, the site of one of Brisbane’s new train stations heralding the start of Queensland’s largest job-creating infrastructure project, the Cross River Rail.

Roma Street is where a large station cavern is also being excavated as part of Brisbane’s new underground line. It will have a cavern that’s 280 metres long and 27 metres below ground.

Weighing 115 tonnes, the 22-metre long roadheader arrived in Roma St in pieces and were assembled at the bottom of the 18-metre-deep shaft. If all goes to plan, it will excavate approximately 50 tonnes of rock and soil per hour.

A second roadheader will begin work at Roma Street, tentatively before the end of the third quarter.

“Above ground demolition has also been underway for several months at the site of the new station – but today is a huge milestone for this project as we start tunnelling for the first time,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“This is just the beginning of the underground works, with 5.9 kilometres of twin tunnels and four underground stations to be excavated in total,” she said.

The Roma street railway station will have two train platforms.

Demolition

The tunnelling site is covered by an enormous “acoustic shed.” The shy will contain dust and construction debris, as well as minimise noise.

Meanwhile, the demolition of the nearby Hotel Jen building will continue to progress at the present pace of one floor per week. Once this is done, the massively unpopular Brisbane Transit Centre will be next up for demolition.

Creating Jobs and Solving Congestion

She went on to explain that boosting employment and busting congestion are the twin focus of the project. The Cross River Rail is expected to create more than 7,000 local jobs, a massive boost to the local economy, particularly in light of the employment challenges experienced by various sectors during the coronavirus months.

“We’re not only building a new train station and digging tunnels. Cross River Rail will also generate billions of dollars of new private sector investment in the city as we redesign the precinct around the new station,” Ms Jones added.

“That means more jobs and more economic stability at a vital time for Queensland,” she said.

Construction, according to Treasurer and Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Cameron Dick, is one of a number of traditional industries that had helped insulate Queensland from the economic fallout brought about by COVID-19.

“So many Queensland families and businesses have been hit hard by something they could not have imagined just a few months ago,” the Treasurer said.

“But some of Queensland’s traditional strengths like mining, agriculture and construction have weathered the storm better than other areas. As our economy reopens, we will be supporting jobs in these sectors, as well as jobs in new and emerging industries,” he added.

State Development Minister Kate Jones agrees. “Coronavirus has had a huge impact on our economy. But we won’t let it derail Queensland’s largest infrastructure project,” she said.

Bus Station Closure

In other news, the Roma Street busway station will be closed for 15 weeks, beginning on the 18th of May.

Photo Credit: Translink

You may be able to catch your bus at a different stop or station. Use the TransLink journey planner to find your alternatives.

The Bowery Bids Brisbane Goodbye After 17 Memorable Years

Seventeen years of memorable fun times at The Bowery in Fortitude Valley will come to an end as the owners recently announced they are closing shop. To mark this special, albeit sad day for its patrons, the bar will be hosting a big send-off on Sunday, the 26th of January 2020, its final day of trading. 

“We would like to sincerely thank all the people that have made this great bar what it is, the staff, the bands, the DJs and all the customers that frequented the bar throughout its long run as one of Australia’s best cocktail bars,” The Bowery announced on its social media pages. 

“The Bowery will be trading as per normal from tonight until Sunday the 26th of Jan. That Sunday we will be holding the official goodbye Bowery party. In which we will send the bar off in style.” 




Photo Credit: The Bowery Bar/Facebook

The relaxing and intimate watering hole on Ann Street is credited for moulding Brisbane’s nightlife scene. Patterned after 1920s New York’s dimly-lit dive bars with brick walls and red-leather seats, The Bowery launched in 2003 amidst large-scale drinking venues, which was then the rage in Queensland. 

Locals, however, quickly became drawn to The Bowery because of its extensive drink list. The place also provided an easygoing vibe, where both staff and customers could have friendly and pleasant encounters amidst the cool sound of jazz music featuring The Bowery Hot Five. 

The site will not be padlocked for too long as Brooklyn Standard and Fat Angel Sports Bar & Grill will takeover in mid-February. 



Youth Week In Fortitude Valley: Learn, Dance, Create!

Enjoy this year’s Brisbane Youth Week from 6-15 April across the city. In Fortitude Valley, you are in for a lot of activities.

Visible Ink will be hosting a number of free workshops for the youth. This is a Brisbane City Council program targeted at young people aged 12-25.


Bloom Live Music Festival

A free live music festival for everyone happening from 6-15 April, the Music Industry College will entertain you with good music at various locations around the suburb.

For the full schedule and locations, click here. 


French Knitting Communal Weave

When: 9-15 April / 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Learn how to french knit and create colourful pieces on your own.

No bookings required, just walk-in!


Maker Space: Arts Hub

When: 9 – 12 April / 12:00 p.m.

Try your hand at drawing, sticker design, badge making, and painting. There will also be activities that will let you make your leather key rims and t-shirt tote bags.


Paint Your Own Pot and Succulent Cutting Party

When: 9 April / 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This workshop is hosted by Chloe and the Paper Pots where you can decorate your own pre-made paper mâché indoor pot and take it home with you. You also get to choose the plant of your choice.

You can also join the succulent cutting party.


Daggy Dancing

When: 9 April/ 11 April / 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Get down and boogie! This class will involve a lot of stretching, guided freestyle dancing and aerobics. Think of it as a fun exercise!


Yoga To Your Favourite Tracks From the 2000’s

When: 10 April / 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Ideal for beginners, do yoga to your favourite 2000’s soundtrack.


Back to the 80’s Yoga

When: 11 April / 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This class will be all about the 80’s soundtrack whilst you do yoga poses.


Love Food Hate Waste

When: 11 April / 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Visible Ink

This class will focus on ways to reduce food waste and cut prices on your grocery bills. It will also teach young people to shop and eat more efficiently.

Learn how to make a vertical garden using recycled pallets. Finish the afternoon with a compost free workshop.

Afternoon tea will be provided.


Hackathon

When: 12 April / 9:00 a.m.
Where: Visible Ink

This program will teach the youth the basics of social enterprise and start-up businesses. They will learn about the concepts of business modelling and many more. They also get a chance to pitch their own ideas!

Email visibleinkvalley@brisbane.qld.gov.au or call 3403 0136 for bookings.


Visible Ink Takeover The Pod

When: 12 April / 13 April / 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Brunswick Street Mall

Catch Brisbane’s emerging musicians:

  • Jamie-Lee Griffiths
  • Hallie Tait
  • Nathan MT
  • Acoustic
  • Lucy Dron
  • Jalapeño Business

On 13 April, catch these talented musicians:

  • Zebra
  • Pivotex
  • Marco Ghikas
  • Evano
  • Hope D
  • Bailey Rivera
  • Lucy Dron

Silent Disco

When: 12 April / 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Brunswick Street Mall

Experience music and dance the unique way – to your own beat!


Spooky Yoga

When: 13 April / 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Visible Ink

Perfect for Friday the 13th, get your spook on and do some stretches!


KISVIS Horror Edition

When: 13 April / 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Visible Ink

Collaborate with other artists, this is the perfect place to meet like-minded people. Get involved in writing workshops, music jams, and free food!


Brunch With Glo

When: 14 April / 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Visible Ink

Support the GLO young women and listen to their ideas on how to solve social issues within their local communities.

Global Sisters is a national not for profit that focuses on empowering young women from refugee and migrant backgrounds to become entrepreneurs.


Suitcase Rummage

When: 14 April / 12:00 p.m.
Where: Brunswick Street Mall

Bring a suitcase or two and fill it with your own goods and treats. Bring it over to the Brunswick Street Mall and sell them. Or you can come to shop!


A Good Ol’ Clothes Swap

When: 15 April / 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Visible Ink

Clean out your closet and swap with others. You can also learn how to mend your old clothes or make your own t-shirt tote bag using your old items. Bring a maximum of ten items to swap.

Bookings are required. Email visibleinkvalley@brisbane.qld.gov.au or call 3403 0136.

Jack Dauth in Trouble Over Brisbane Street Jam in Fortitude Valley

Police received several reports on the 21st of October stating that a ‘scooter gang’ comprised of teenagers brought chaos along the streets of Fortitude Valley towards Kangaroo Point.

The minors involved were reportedly participating in the annual Brisbane Street Jam, including 18-year-old YouTube star Jack Dauth. The latter claimed that he was arrested. Other teenagers asserted that police were aggressive towards them.

Internet sensation and YouTube star, Jack Dauth
Credit: Jack Dauth YouTube Page

Police confirmed that no teenagers were arrested or charged in connection with the incident, adding that they had contacted the parents to coordinate where they could safely collect their children. The police also maintained that the teenagers were dangerously riding their scooters going towards oncoming traffic.

Footage released by Nine News Queensland showed police dispersing the crowd from Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. Footage also showed boys wearing safety helmets charging towards the police, prompting them to cordon off parts of Brisbane CBD for crowd control. Hundreds of scooter riders were driving on the wrong side of the road.

The situation spun out of control when Dauth, whom police had tagged as the instigator, claimed that he was violently arrested by police. “First they tackled me down, they ripped my camera, grabbed my microphone and twisted out. They picked me up and just threw me in,” the boy was quoted as saying in an interview with other media.

The police has since released Dauth but he posted a video of his arrest both on his Instagram and YouTube accounts. By October 23, the hashtag #FREEJACK had gone viral on the internet. Dauth has 170,000 YouTube subscribers and 160,000 Instagram followers. In the video that he posted on his Instagram account, fellow scooter riders can be heard chanting “Free Jack!” in the background.

🚨LEAKED FOOTAGE🚨 Full video dropping tomorrow on my YouTube channel! TAG 3 FRIENDS #FREEJACK @marcus_spence1

A post shared by YOUTUBER • SCOOTER RIDER (@jackdauth) on

Credit: Jack Dauth/Instagram

Dauth’s social media profiles state that he is from Sydney, Australia. He has been riding scooters since 2011 and calls himself a professional freestyle scooter rider. His profiles also state that he is currently sponsored by UrbanArtt. “My aim is to document what I get up to while out riding, exploring and all round having a fun time,” he wrote in one of his profiles.


Credit: Jack Dauth/YouTube

Police also clarified through a statement given to other media that authorities were not informed ahead of the event. Further investigation revealed that the event was only organised through social media.

Valley Fiesta Returns to Fortitude Valley with Awesome Artist Line-up

The countdown begins as Valley Fiesta returns!

Presented by Brisbane City Council, the event will be held on 27-28 October in the streets of Fortitude Valley. With only five days to go before Brisbane’s biggest free music festival, here are some interesting trivia about the exciting line-up of artists who are set to perform.

The Jungle Giants has recently made its comeback to the music scene in 2017 with a new single titled, “Feel The Way I Do.” This track follows their 2015 album, “Speakerzoid,” which gained praises from music critics, earning 4 stars from Rolling Stone. This Brisbane band has been performing since getting together in 2011, with Sam Hales on Vocals/Guitars, Cesira Aitken on Lead Guitar, Andrew Dooris on Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals, and Keelan Bijker on Drums/Trombones.

Fatman Scoop
Credit: Valley Fiesta Facebook Page

Hip-hop artist Fatman Scoop is popular for his song “Be Faithful” that ranked number one in the UK and Ireland in 2003, and top five here in Australia. He has also worked with internationally known artists like Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Pitbull.

The Creases
Credit: Valley Fiesta Facebook Page

The Creases has just released its debut album, “Tremolov” in August 2017,  rated three stars by Rolling Stone. The AU Podcast Network describes the album as “a collection of songs so solidly constructed they couldn’t fall over if pushed.”

The Bleeding Knees Club
Credit: Valley Fiesta Facebook Page

The Bleeding Knees Club released their newest EP, “Chew The Gum” in April 2017. This alternative/indie band has come a long way from its first introduction as a duo back in 2010. Friends Alex Wall and Jordan Malane founded the group, which hails from Gold Coast, Australia.

The Gooch Palms, originally from Newcastle, Australia, is now based in Los Angeles. The gonzo-punk sweethearts are now touring the US, Europe and Australia. Aside from the Valley Fiesta, the duo has been back in Australia this October for Spring Break.

RACKETT
Credit: Valley Fiesta Facebook Page

RACKETT is known for its loud and experimental punk-pop music. The band has left its mark in the music scene since their introduction in 2016. It is set to release a new single “Ready or Not” within 2017.

Velociraptor was founded in 2009. The group defines its genre as garage pop. While the group is a home-grown Brisbane band, they are known internationally. Their most recent release, “The Hunk With A Hunch,” was in November 2016.

The Jensens takes pride in its continuous search for “new sound.” The group’s bio on TripleJ Unearthed states that the group was “formed out of a deep friendship and a desire to make great music that pleases the ear and touches the soul.”

The Fresh Outfit Concrete Surfers released its new single, “Miscommunication” in September 2017, with an EP to follow soon after. The group is comprised of brothers Jovi (vocals) and Jamie Brook (guitar and drums). Other members of the band are Sean Froster on lead guitar and Trent Courtney on Bass.

Home-grown Port Royal was founded in 2016. The group released their debut EP in May 2016. They finally gained popularity in March 2017 with their single “Get Heavy.”

FeelsClub defines its genre as Trash Pop. Since their first gig in March 2016, the band has performed with Philadelphia Grand Jury, Bugs and Gideon Benson.

Harmon
Credit: Valley Fiesta Facebook Page

Producer/Songwriter Harmon’s influences in music are Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Radiohead and The Strokes. Aside from performing at the Valley Fiesta, he will be touring Brisbane, bringing with him his indie-rock music.

The Seefelds draws inspiration from punk, grunge, Britpop and Indie rock music. Widely considered to be a group that’s just bursting with potential, the group’s gig at the Valley Fiesta will be their largest event to date.

Valley Fiesta is a FREE event. No tickets required. Performances done in public stages are open to the public. Private events at different venues in Fortitude Valley during Valley Fiesta, however, require payment. For more information, click here.