Tear it up at State Library

Tear it up with State Library of Queensland in June as we continue to celebrate our Live! Queensland band culture program.

June has been dedicated to our local punk trailblazers who are part of a long list of innovators who threw down the gauntlet to conformity and made their voices heard.

State Librarian Janette Wright said SLQ was thrilled with the response so far to Live! Queensland band culture and was keen to see the reaction to the next major instalment in the program, Tear It Up.

Tear It Up is an action-packed mini festival running from 3pm-9pm on Saturday 8 June, which looks at the independent, DIY voice of Brisbane, starting with punk band The Saints who first flung themselves onto the world stage, making our town’s voice heard,” said Ms Wright.

As well as panel discussions, free films, and market stalls, visitors to SLQ can indulge in free performances by local bands Last Chaos, Steve Towson, Impossible Odds and The Mouldy Lovers.

Ms Wright said, “Live! house band of the month The Mouldy Lovers with their blend of gypsy-ska-punk are sure to drive people off their seats while Steve Towson’s one man, one guitar act always delivers a passionate live show, mixing music and politics with his unorthodox solo, electric style.
Brisbane band Last Chaos will feature and Fred Leone and Kaylah Tyson of Impossible Odds will also take to the stage to drum their message of social justice.”

"Audiences will also get the chance to sit in on some great panel discussions. Kate Scott, Sean Sennett and Gavin Sawford, who have each carried the torch as editor of local street press magazines Rave and Time Off will discuss the history of independent music journalism in Brisbane.”

There are plenty of opportunities for musicians and music lovers throughout the whole the Live! Queensland band culture program, which runs until September.

QMusic’s professional development series is not only an opportunity to learn more about how the music industry functions through workshops but also a chance to network with music industry professionals (28 May and 4 June).

The Go-Betweens fans can join Robert Forster on 12 June as he reflects on the band dynamic, their UK exile and ongoing musical legacy.

For the full Live! program, visit slq.qld.gov.au or download the free SLQ Live! App.

Live! Second Saturdays: Tear It Up
Sat 8 Jun, 3pm–9pm (cash bar from 5pm)
Free, bookings slq.eventbrite.com 3840 7768
Visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on for the timetable

Fri 12 Jul, 9am-5pm
$33, groups 10+ receive 10% discount, bigsound.org.au

QMusic workshops & hook-up
Releasing your music & The business of music
Tue 28 May and 4 Jun, 6pm-8pm (hook-up networking opportunity from 8pm)
Free, bookings qmusic.com.au 3257 0013

Live! with Robert Forster
Wed 12 Jun, 6pm
Free, bookings slq.eventbrite.com 3840 7768

Media enquiries:
Cinnamon Watson Publicity
0432 219 643

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