On 14 December 1988, 4ZZZ was taken off air and forcibly evicted from its UQ premises by the then student union executive, headed by one Victoria Brazil. The move prompted many previously apolitical students to take a firm stand against the move and to rally support for the station. While Zed was not to return to the premises its' volunteers had helped hand-build, unprecedented community support saw the station live to fight another day.
After spending 25 years in the music industry as one of the founding members of Australia’s biggest rock act, Powderfinger bassist John Collins (JC) wanted to give something back to his native Brisbane.
Having toured the nation and the globe innumerable times, JC knows what makes a good venue – visually spectacular, quality programming and a fantastic team of staff.
During this globe-trotting the seed was planted for bringing a venue of this quality to Brisbane, and Triffid began to sprout. Triffid’s ethos is focused firmly on bringing the best of international, national and local acts to Brisbane’s backyard in Newstead.
Situated on the urban fringe walking distance to James Street and the Valley, Triffid is an old commercial hangar that merges its industrial identity with state of the art sound techniques. The outdoor pop-up beer garden with food and drinks served up from shipping containers promises to create a space for locals to call their own.
Whilst initially concentrating on an amazing music roster, Triffid will expand to incorporate all elements of the arts – from film festivals to art shows. Triffid is also available for private function hire.