State Library gets loud

State Library of Queensland (SLQ) kicks off an exciting program celebrating the soundtrack of our state with a one day mini-festival on Saturday 11 May.

Live! Queensland band culture is a program of exhibitions, live performances, events, and workshops at State Library and will draw on 160 years of collective memory to tell Queensland’s very own musical story.

State Librarian Janette Wright said Live! has something for everyone.

“Music is an incredibly valuable part of our culture and an excellent way to listen more closely to the heartbeat of our society at any point in history. More importantly, everyone has their own personal experiences with live music and their own stories to tell about how these experiences have shaped their lives,” said Ms Wright.

From May to August SLQ will host live performances from an array of local bands, including Steve Towson, Last Chaos, The Mouldy Lovers, The Ragtag Band, and La Trav, as well as music documentary screenings, dance classes, interactive exhibitions, talks, fashion and technology workshops, audiovisual displays, and pop-up performances.

Ms Wright said, “It’s fitting with Queensland being the birthplace of Australian punk, via renowned band The Saints, that SLQ continues to challenge the traditional idea of what a library should be by getting loud and breaking the mould.”

As part of the ongoing FREE program, Live! Second Saturdays will focus on different themes each month - I heart Queensland, Tear it up, Golden days, and All that jazz.

“On 11 May we will hold the first of the Second Saturdays, I heart Queensland, which will explore everything there is to love about our state, with a mix tape of our born-and-bred bands.

Opera singer Luke Captain, The Australian Voices, and DJ Fluent JB will perform, as well as The Gin Club, Velociraptor, and Queensland’s longest running band, the Brisbane Municipal Concert Band. They will be joined by singer, actor, and presenter Michael Tuahine and John Willsteed, former member of legendary Brisbane band The Go-Betweens, who will officially launch Live!,” said Ms Wright.

There will also be exhibitions in each of SLQ’s three gallery spaces, which will show the way Queensland band and fan culture has changed since the 1860s with the evolution of technology, fashion, and venues.

Visit for the full Live! program.

Live! Second Saturdays
3pm–9pm | Free, bookings 3840 7768
Cash bar open from 5pm | State Library of Queensland

I heart Queensland
Saturday 11 May
Celebrate everything there is to “heart” about Queensland bands.

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