*Stuart is the former drummer of short lived Hobart bands Trainpark and Lifecoach, we asked him to give us his perspective on the Tassie music scene.
The Brisbane Hotel – Hobart
By all honest accounts the Brisbane Hotel is not a particularly glamorous place, but if you look beyond the sticky floor and dated décor you’ll find one of the state’s best live music venues. At the Brisbane you won’t find your average cover bands, trip-hop DJs and ambient acoustic mood setters. You’ll find bands full of passionate musicians that play music for themselves not the bar’s predetermined mood. The Brisbane does a lot for Hobart music and are one of the only places to frequently support all ages shows. Here you can expect to find a welcoming group of regular patrons, two bars, two stages, cheap drinks, cheap meals and a nice time.
The Grand Poobah – Hobart
The Grand Poobah is a venue dedicated to performance rather than a bar that hosts bands. At the Poobah you might stumble upon night markets, exhibitions, stand-up comedy or even cabaret, but the venue is best known as a comfy, relaxed space to see great local and touring bands on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday nights. The Poobah lives in an expansive space above Collins Street shops in Hobart’s CBD and hosts a lavish, well seated main bar as well as a smaller separated space known as the Kissing Room. The twin peaks-esque, heavy red velvet décor makes for a cosy, yet sophisticated atmosphere where the cool of Hobart feel right at home.
The Republic Bar – Hobart
The Republic is probably Tasmania’s most popular music venue. With seven nights a week of live music, the Republic hosts acts spanning a broad of range of genres, featuring artists at all stages in their music careers. The Republic is also generally the last step before the big time, concert hall level shows with a huge number of internationally renowned artists gracing their stages, such as GZA and Ghostface Killah of the Wu Tang Clan in recent years. Sitting on the corner of the bustling North Hobart restaurant strip, the Republic draws big crowds which they can easily accommodate with their generously sized bar, quality range of drinks and the best beer garden in Hobart.
The Royal Oak Hotel – Launceston
In the Launceston music scene there has been one consistent force providing a space for artists to perform in the city, The Royal Oak. This traditional pub style venue has operated under the same owner for the last 40 years and is widely recognised as a Launceston institution. Another supporter of local and touring musicians of all forms, you can see anything from death metal to mellow folk on any given night at the Oak. It’s a nice, big relaxed venue, providing plenty of space to watch bands or just hang out over a few beers.
Club 54 – Launceston
Club 54 is a great young venue that consistently draws a great young crowd. Club 54 is another dedicated live music venue that boasts a large open plan night club style layout perfect for big shows and a Friday night boogie. The space is open from 8pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and has become a welcome home for young Launceston music lovers who are keen to hang around late into the night. On a night out at 54 you might see your favourite touring Triple J band, but don’t be surprised if it’s some of the state’s best punk and metal bands either.
Article published: 8 September 2015