Aus Suburb Listed As One Of World’s Coolest Due To Its Music Scene

24 November 2022 | 1:59 pm | Emma Whines

We're not surprised...

Photo Credit: Will Johnston

Photo Credit: Will Johnston

Acclaimed travel and culture magazine TimeOut has listed Fortitude Valley as one of the top 51 coolest neighbourhoods in the world, and we couldn't agree more. 

In the article, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane, Queensland, has made the 47th spot, with live music as the main exhibit of the suburb.

Dubbed the "cool-kid neighbourhood" with plenty of alleyways, cafes and boutique shops to explore in the day, it goes on to note that "At night it transforms into a live-music hub, with young party-seekers descending upon the excellent range of clubs, bars and concert halls. If you want to party, this is one of the best places in Australia."

Giving their readers an example of a perfect day in The Valley, Timeout wrote: "Wake up in your suite at Hotel X Fortitude Valley, and head to their LA-styled rooftop pool for a few laps before the weather heats up. Head to James Street for a spot of shopping, and grab a coffee at one of the many cafés lining the street. Pick up a day pass (available from Monday to Thursday) for the Calile Hotel and grab a spot of lunch before lazing the afternoon away on the chic pool deck. Duck into the Institute of Modern Art before catching a gig at The Zoo, then party the night away."

They've also listed September as the best time to visit, with the main reason being to check out BIGSOUND, arguing that it's "Australia’s answer to SXSW" and that it showcases the best in Aussie music. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also chimed in on the fun, posting the article to her Facebook with the comment, "You read that right."

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You read that right.

Posted by Annastacia Palaszczuk MP on Tuesday, November 22, 2022

It seems to us that our incredible live music scene is the ultimate drawcard to Fortitude Valley, so much so that it beats out thousands of other neighbourhoods around the world. 

With venues like The Triffid, The Zoo, The Fortitude Music Hall, and home-ground artists like Ball Park Music, Violent Soho, Powderfinger, Kate-Miller Heidke and heaps more, it's easy to see how live music has made The Valley an internationally recognised spot.