When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, many industries suffered at the hands of the shutdown, but none more so than those of live music and entertainment. With venues shut, crowds unable to gather and the sound of silence getting louder, many music crews improvised and put on shows online. But now, with bars and venues able to re-open in limited capacity, we’re excited by the prospect of finally seeing a live show again—and the first ones to hit the post-iso calendar has finally been announced.
First off the bat, iconic Fortitude Valley music venue The Zoo is re-opening its doors on Saturday 11 July for its Anti-Social Series, a blast of 15 shows over several weeks with over 30 local acts hitting the stage. You can catch the likes of Butterfingers, The Steele Syndicate, Asha Jeffries and First Beige as they return to the stage, all in a Covid-safe environment that sticks to relevant restrictions and guidelines, with every show capped at just 100 attendees. Tickets go on sale 10am June 11, and you can check out the full line-up here.
Next to announce their return is The Triffid, who will be raring and ready to go come Friday 10 July, with a month-long festival stacked with intimate, seated gigs from acts like Bernard Fanning, Dami Im and Troy Cassar-Daley, among others. It might be different to your usual moshpit experience, but it’s the start of everything coming back, and it’s important to show up for the industry. You can check out the details for their Cabin Fever Festival here.
Not quite ready to hit the dance floor? Check out this drive-in karaoke and concert experience.
Image credit: Kelsie Jade/The Zoo