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    Rock Against Poofter Bashing, Foresters Hall Paddington, 24/11/79 | Photo by Paul O’Brien

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    Outside the 279 Club, Exchange Hotel, 27/2/81 | Photo by Paul O’Brien

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    At an Apartments show | Photo by Paul O’Brien

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    Hard-Ons, Curry Shop, 1979 | Photo by Paul O’Brien

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    Xero, National Hotel, 19/12/80 | Photo by Paul O’Brien

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    The Living Egg (Johnny Xero), Easter 1983 | Photo by Booth

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    Xero, Brisbane Festival Hall, 11/8/81 | Pic by Gerry Teekman

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    John Willsteed, 2015 | Photo by James Debenham


It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity

Presented by QUT Creative Industries

A pair of dark, colourful, noisy evenings in which both sides of the river are scoured for remnants of Brisbane’s musical past.

It’s Not The Heat, It’s The Humidity is a journey into the dark.

In the spring of 1976, The Saints released “(I’m) Stranded” and the Brisbane music scene was never quite the same again. The spores of DIY culture spread and unfurled over the following years into a vibrant, colourful post-punk fungus. It flourished in the early 80s, still deep in the dark, fed by the heat and the repression.

Discussing different content over two nights, renowned Brisbane musician and now academic John Willsteed will summon precious visions of a lost time, where faces and places and sounds long buried and forgotten, bloom and sway and speak again.

Brisbane Powerhouse and John Willsteed will present free live music following the presentation of It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity, with Thursday featuring Pork and Xero, and Friday with Swell Guys and Xero.

Inspired by
Music History / Brisbane / TEDx
Known for
Halfway / The Go-Betweens / Ed Kuepper / The Riptides / Plug Uglies

About the Venue

Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm every day.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane