Historic Bris Live Venue Demolished Ahead Of Apartment Development

24 February 2022 | 1:18 pm | Staff Writer

“Pretty soon there'll be no nightlife here.”

(Pic by Mitch Fresta)

Live music venue The Arena in Brisbane, formerly known as The Roxy, has been reduced to rubble as developers make way for apartments.

Photos of the site have been making the rounds via social media, with many airing their disappointment around a historic building being torn down for more apartments.

“The Roxy nightclub in the Valley has been destroyed to accommodate this disgusting monstrosity,” one Twitter user said, sharing updated renders of the looming apartment complex.

“Pretty soon there'll be no nightlife here.”

Pic by Mitch Fresta

As The Roxy, the Fortitude Valley favourite hosted the likes of Radiohead, Soundgarden, New Order, Paul Kelly, Powderfinger and stacks more throughout the ‘90s, before being turned into The Arena in 1998.

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In the years that followed, the venue featured more big-name acts, both local and international, including Snoop Dogg, Queens Of The Stone Age, Thrice, The Living End, Violent Soho and more, before shutting its doors to live music in 2014.

A year later it was reported the venue had been snatched up by a developer for around $US12 million and it was revealed The Arena would be levelled for new apartments.