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Introducing Brisbane's Newest Heavy Music Venue, Bad Luck

16 February 2023 | 8:40 am | Mary Varvaris

Bad Luck is here to fill the void Crowbar Brisbane left.

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Bad Luck is here to fill an important void of a small venue for bands to cut their teeth in Brisbane's buzzing Fortitude Valley.

"Bad Luck is brought by the team at King Lear’s Thorne, which is next door to Bad Luck," Denis Hogan, Bookings Manager at King Lear's Throne and the ex-booker at Crowbar, told The Music and Kill Your Stereo

Hogan has described the vibe as what fans of Crowbar would love and love: "If you know me, you know I’ll be booking on the heavier side of things, punk, metal and everything in between. Bad Luck is and will always be a safe space," Hogan adds.

The venue will hold 300 people, with "a separate room for DJs, private functions (not the band, still on top though!) etc." Hogan is hoping to book bands to perform at Bad Luck every night, with an attitude that's just perfect for rock and roll: "If it sounds good, I’ll book it!"

The role of Bad Luck isn't just to give punters the release heavy music can provide, but to "fill the void Crowbar Brisbane left. The goal is to create a venue that looks after both the artists and patrons and have fun at the same time!"

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Last week, the popular Brisbane venue, O'Skulligans, was forced to cease live music following complaints from nearby residents. Bands scheduled to play the intimate rock'n'roll lounge bar in the coming weeks have taken to socials to share their disappointment that the beloved Fortitude Valley space, which primarily hosts heavier music, on the 11th of February.

“Some idiots move[d] into the building upstairs from O'skulligans and have been complaining about the noise,” local act Apparitions shared ahead of their show tonight supporting Dream, Inertia.

“Dream, Inertia, old home, Super Death and ourselves are going to turn it up extra loud, so come and help us really annoy the hell out of these pathetic people.”