Brisbane is a hotbed of musical talent: bands and artists such as Savage Garden, Powderfinger, Keith Urban, The Grates and Yves Klein Blue all hail from here. While there are plenty of central places to fire up with a few drinks on Friday and Saturday nights, the big push is out to Fortitude Valley’s bars and clubs. Live music venues are very fluid and tend to open and close in the blink of an eye; places listed below should be here to stay, but check with music stores such as Rocking Horse, or have a browse through Scene mag (scenemagazine.com.au) or Time Out Brisbane (au.timeout.com/Brisbane) for up-to-the minute reviews and listings. There’s no standard charge for club entry, and many places offer free nights and deals.

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