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Popular Brisbane Venue Forced To Axe Live Music After Noise Complaints

10 February 2023 | 3:22 pm | Dan Cribb

'Some idiots moved into the building upstairs.'

(Pic by Mitch Fresta)

Brisbane venue O'Skulligans has been 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, will hold its final gig tomorrow.

“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.”

Saturday will be the venue’s last night hosting live music, with the Mountain Goat Valley Crawl bringing dog god, Lounge, Dust and The PB’s to the space.

Other artists have been forced to cancel or relocate upcoming shows, including Dave & The Mudcrabs.

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“Sad news everyone, due to circumstances out of their control O'Skulligans have had to stop all live music events,” the band said.

“It really sucks when this happens to smaller venues and we hope they can get back to having shows as soon as possible.”

Pic by Mitch Fresta

Also needing to relocate a show, Seven Enemies posted: “We were really pumped for our gig next Friday but due to unforeseen circumstances, O'Skulligans has been forced to stop all live music.”

Brisbane rehearsal studios Via Studios shared that O’Skulligans is “a great little venue and it sucks that people move into a noisy precinct to be close to the action, then complain about the noise when they do”.

O’Skulligans, which occupies the Warner Street space that speakeasy Barbara once did, opened in late 2020.

The Music has reached out to O’Skulligans for comment.

Pic by Mitch Fresta