“Tubular Bells” Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Fortitude Music Hall

Mike Oldfield’s groundbreaking album “Tubular Bells” is set to come alive on stage at the Fortitude Music Hall on August 11, 2024 as part of its 50th Anniversary tour. The iconic instrumental work follows a successful sold-out run in the UK and Europe.

The concert, presented by DRW Ent & Future Factory, will feature an expansive live group led by Robin A Smith, Mike Oldfield’s long-term collaborator. Smith, who has worked with Oldfield for over 25 years, has arranged the performance to showcase the album in its entirety.

The History of Tubular Bells

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“Tubular Bells,” released in 1973, was Oldfield’s debut studio album, composed when he was just 17 years old. The album gained worldwide recognition when its opening theme was used in the horror film “The Exorcist,” propelling it to become the highest-selling instrumental album of all time.

The Brisbane show will not only include a full performance of “Tubular Bells” but also feature other Oldfield compositions such as “Moonlight Shadow,” “To France,” “Family Man,” and excerpts from “Ommadawn.”

Robin A Smith, Mike Oldfield’s long-term collaborator

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Smith, whose impressive resume includes collaborations with artists like Rod Stewart and Andrea Bocelli, expressed his enthusiasm for the project: “The wonderful thing about Tubular Bells is that it never seems to age. It takes you on a journey through progressive rock and electronica, blues, folk, jazz, and classical and along the way evokes such melodic beauty and drama.”

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The concert is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM, with doors opening at 7:00 PM. It’s important to note that the event is restricted to those 18 and over, and while Mike Oldfield himself will not be present, the performance promises to capture the essence of his pioneering work.

Tickets for this reserved seating event are now on sale, offering fans a unique opportunity to experience this landmark album live, half a century after its original release.

Published 1-July-2024

Experience the Timeless Tunes of Fleetwood Mac at the Fortitude Music Hall

In September, The Fortitude Music Hall will echo with the unforgettable melodies of Fleetwood Mac in Yesterday’s Gone – The Fleetwood Mac Legacy, performed by some of Australia’s most talented artists.

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Kav Temperley, Fanny Lumsden, Charlie Collins, and Karen Lee Andrews are set to grace the stage on Friday, 13 September 2024, delivering renditions of classics like “Dreams,” “Landslide,” “Don’t Stop,” and “Go Your Own Way.”

A Legacy of Influence

Fleetwood Mac
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Fleetwood Mac needs little introduction in Australia. For over five decades, this British-American rock band has captured hearts across generations with their timeless music. From viral videos to dance remixes and countless covers, their songs remain ever-present, continually winning new fans. 

Fleetwood Mac
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Interestingly, back in 1990, Fleetwood Mac kicked off their Behind the Mask Tour at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. This extensive global tour spanned 101 shows across 13 countries. 

This marked the final tour for Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Rick Vito as members of the band. Nicks and Vito departed in 1991 and 1993, pursuing solo careers, while McVie retired from touring and left the group permanently in 1998. However, both Nicks and McVie would later reunite with Fleetwood Mac in 1997 and 2014, respectively.

An All-Australian Tribute

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Joining forces with top Australian musicians, Kav, Fanny, Charlie, and Karen promise a night of musical brilliance. Backed by a stellar ensemble, these acclaimed artists will bring their unique styles to Fleetwood Mac’s beloved repertoire, ensuring a concert experience that honours the band’s legacy while offering a fresh perspective.

This concert not only celebrates Fleetwood Mac’s enduring appeal but also marks a milestone in Australia’s music scene. As part of the 2024 Night at The Barracks series, the event promises to be a highlight of the cultural calendar, offering fans a chance to relive cherished classics and discover new dimensions to familiar favourites.

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For fans and newcomers alike, Yesterday’s Gone – The Fleetwood Mac Legacy presents a rare opportunity to witness the magic of the rock band reimagined by a stellar Australian lineup. Whether you’re drawn by nostalgia or a newfound appreciation for timeless rock, mark your calendars for an unforgettable evening of music at Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall.

Published 18-June-2024 

Relive the Magic of Led Zeppelin IV with ARC at The Fortitude Music Hall

Brisbane’s music scene is set to experience a monumental event this weekend as the Australian Rock Collective (ARC) brings Led Zeppelin IV to life at The Fortitude Music Hall.

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The supergroup, composed of Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Mark Wilson (Jet), Davey Lane (You Am I), and Kram (Spiderbait), is known for their electrifying performances and deep reverence for classic rock.

Dates and Venue

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Mark your calendars for June 15, when ARC will take the stage at The Fortitude Music Hall. This historic venue, renowned for hosting legendary acts, will be the perfect backdrop for a tribute to one of rock’s most influential albums.

The Album: Led Zeppelin IV

Led Zeppelin’s fourth album, often referred to simply as Led Zeppelin IV, was released on November 8, 1971. Produced by the band’s guitarist Jimmy Page and recorded between December 1970 and February 1971, primarily at the country house Headley Grange, the album is a masterclass in rock music. It features iconic tracks such as the eight-minute epic “Stairway to Heaven,” “Going to California,” “Black Dog,” and “Rock and Roll.”

ARC will perform Led Zeppelin IV in its entirety, bringing every note and nuance of the album to life. The concert will start with the full album played from start to finish, capturing the essence of the original recording. Following this, ARC will dive into a second set filled with fan favorites and classics from Led Zeppelin’s extensive catalogue, promising an unforgettable night of rock.

ARC’s Legacy of Tributes

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Presented by Live Nation and ARC, this tour marks the band’s fifth national tribute. Their previous tours have been met with unanimous praise and sold-out venues, honoring albums such as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (2023), Neil Young’s Harvest (2022), The Beatles’ Let It Be (2021), and the extended dates of their debut tour celebrating The Beatles’ Abbey Road (2019-2020). 

Each performance has showcased their ability to not only play these classic albums but to breathe new life into them, offering audiences a fresh yet faithful experience.

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Led Zeppelin IV is more than just an album; it’s a cornerstone of rock music history. Hailed as one of the most innovative and influential bands, Led Zeppelin’s legacy is cemented in tracks that have stood the test of time. This ARC performance promises to honour that legacy whilst allowing fans to relive the magic of a seminal moment in music history.

Published 12-June-2024 

Brisbane’s Conor Wallace Stops Jack Gipp in Six-Round Clash at Fortitude Music Hall

Rising Australian light heavyweight Conor Wallace and fellow contender Jack Gipp promised an action-packed fight, and they delivered on that promise Sunday night at the Fortitude Music Hall.

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The opening salvo

From the opening bell, the four-inch shorter Gipp stalks Wallace, looking to land his big left hook. Wallace obliges the crowd by engaging in heated exchanges, with both men having successes. Gipp bloodied Wallace’s nose at the end of the first round.

The back-and-forth action continued in the second. In the third, Gipp started finding a home for his left hook, backing Wallace to the ropes at times, though Wallace taunts and showboats to the crowd. Wallace begins landing in bunches in the fourth, while Gipp connects on an eye-catching lead left uppercut late in that same round.

The tide shifts for Conor Wallace

In the fifth, Gipp traps Wallace on the ropes and unloads, but Wallace spins off and fights back hard to gain the momentum edge heading into the sixth round.

Early in the sixth, the pace slows for a moment before Wallace starts letting his hands go in ferocious combinations, hurting Gipp and ultimately dropping him with a barrage along the ropes. After an eight count, Wallace refuses to let Gipp off the hook, swarming until the referee waves it off at the 2:48 mark.

What they said

“I think we did a bit of everything,” an ecstatic Wallace said. “My coach Greg Eadie is one of the best…without him none of this would be possible.”

Gipp showed class in defeat, stating: “I knew Conor would probably be the hardest fight of my career…I’m still getting used to light heavyweight. Maybe down the line we can do it all again.”

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Wallace’s promoter Mick Francis raved: “That was possibly the fight of the year…We need to move on to bigger and better things.”

Wallace concurred: “I’m definitely moving on overseas, right now.”

Published 19-March-2024

Tony Hawk Brings Iconic Video Game to Life in the Fortitude Music Hall

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is coming to Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall on 27 January 2024 for a once-in-a-lifetime event celebrating 25 years of the hit video game franchise Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (THPS).

Tony Hawk to skate down iconic ramp

Hawk will perform live skating demonstrations on a more than 11-foot vert ramp installed inside the venue. Joining him are Lizzie Armanto, Elliot Sloan, Reese Nelson and Felipe Nunes of the Birdhouse skate crew.

Bringing THPS to life

Tony Hawk
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The event aims to capture the energy and excitement of the beloved THPS franchise. In addition to the skating, it will feature musical performances by bands from the original THPS soundtracks, including Bodyjar, DZ Deathrays, and Alex Lahey. Sydney-based cover band Birdman will also play songs from across all THPS games.

Attendees will be able to play classic THPS video games on a giant 5-metre projection screen behind the bands. Console stations for each franchise entry will be set up across the venue.

Finally, the Fortitude Music Hall itself will recreate a level from the iconic game series, bringing it to life.

With a storied career spanning decades, Tony Hawk has become synonymous with skateboarding. From pioneering gravity-defying tricks to creating one of gaming’s most popular franchises, his influence continues today through his support of skateparks across the United States through his organisation, The Skatepark Project.

Experience Tony Hawk’s legendary skills in person, alongside the musical entertainment and gaming activation that defined a generation. Book your tickets here.

Published 23-November-2023

Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane’s New ‘Festival Hall’ to Open in July 2019

Fortitude Valley, once the centre of alternative music in Brisbane, will become livelier with the soon-to-open Fortitude Music Hall.

The brand new music venue, located at 312 Brunswick Street right in the middle of the Brunswick Mall is slated to open this July.

It will be a 3,300-capacity venue with a mix of retail stores, an events space and a smaller, intimate “bar-style” venue for approximately 300 guests upstairs.

The $43 million venue is backed by construction giant Hutchinson Builders, former Powderfinger bass player John Collins and and the band’s former manager Paul Piticco, in partnership with his Secret Sounds Group co-founder Jess Ducrou.

Fortitude Music Hall’s launch will be a celebration of Brisbane music, according to Collins who announced there will be performances from Queensland’s artists.

As early as now, the venue already has bookings for the second half of 2019. Aussie surf rock and garage trio Skegss will perform in the venue this July whilst British rock band Architects will hold a concert in the music hall in August.

The Beatles’ Abbey Road Live, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, will also take place in the Fortitude Music Hall in August 2019.

Collins has high hopes for the new music venue, anticipating it to become a popular destination not just Friday and Saturday night but throughout the week.

The new music hall is set to replace the Brisbane Festival Hall, an iconic indoor arena sold and demolished in August 2003.

It hosted performances for virtually every major tour by visiting overseas artists, with the likes of The Beatles, The Bee Gees,  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, U2, and Ozzy Osbourne.

Scott Hutchinson, CEO of Hutchinson Builders, believes that the venue will fill a huge gap in the market, since the demolition of the original Festival Hall.

To stay in the loop about the upcoming gigs in the new venue, check out their website or follow them on Facebook.