Cut Copy Brisbane music posters 1977–87

Free exhibition
slq Gallery, level 2
28 September 2020 – 9 May 2021

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Discover music posters and handbills from State Library’s collections. Explore their do-it-yourself design and recall the bands and venues of Brisbane’s independent music scene of the 1970s and 80s.


A sign of the times

As punk rock swept across Australia in the late 1970s, Brisbane became home to a small but strong independent music scene. Along with a DIY attitude towards music-making, came a similar approach to music promotion.

Rocking the suburbs

Posters and handbills reflected the resourcefulness and determination of its creators to support local line-ups through years of instability, venue shortage and split audiences.

DIY meets technology

Technology advancement during the 1980s led to new production methods and greater design possibilities. Fast forward to the present day, DIY culture has made a comeback through compositions and performances that can easily be created, recorded, mixed, published and distributed independently.



Explore posters promoting the gigs, bands and venues of Brisbane's underground music scene 1977-1987.
Add your memories and stories.

Brisbane band The Hard Onz preforming

Dive into our collection of photos from Brisbane gigs throughout the1970s and 1980s. Were you there? Do you know the bands, people and places in the photographs?

Roadies unloading equipment for the 4ZZZ Radiothon concert at the University of Queensland

Photographs and ephemera of performances by Brisbane punk bands, including the Black Assassins, Flêche and La Fetts.

Support Queennslands Fight Against Police State poster

Uncover our collection of original music posters from around the state, collated by local artist and musician John Willsteed.

People attending 4ZZZ market day 1982 relaxing on a hill

Explore photographs taken of the fun and live acts at the first 4ZZZ Market Day in 1982. 

People at a party 1979

Discover photographs of bands and fans in the Brisbane punk scene from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

Punk rock band The Humans performing on stage in Brisbane Queensland ca 1980

Clippings and photographs of Brisbane new wave band The Humans and rockabilly band The Convertibles.


Close up of Birds of tin poster

4 Dec & 23 Jan | Free
Hosted by 4ZZZ, hear from local musicians, broadcast live from State Library.

People inside the Cut Copy exhibition

26 Nov | Free
Hear from John as he interviews the exhibition's curators Robyn Hamilton and Reuben Hillier.

Inside the Cut Copy exhibition

Recurring | Free
See the curators reveal the DIY design ethos of the era and discover the stories behind the posters and handbills, and the bands and venues that inspired them.

People inside the Cut Copy exhibition

8 Dec | Free
Hear from John as he interviews Peter Loveday on his memories and his work featured in the exhibition.

Women in the Cut Copy exhibition

19 Jan 2021 | Free
Hear from John as he interviews Gary Warner on his memories and his work featured in the exhibition.

Posters inside the Cut Copy exhibition

16 Feb 2021 | Free
Hear from John as he interviews Kitty van Vuuren on her memories and her work featured in the exhibition.

Posters inside the Cut Copy exhibition

16 Mar 2021 | Free
Hear from John as he interviews Andy Nehl on his memories and his work featured in the exhibition.

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Visit State Library today and remember the music, the locations, the attitude and the style through posters and handbills.