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Storyology Saturday: The Streets Of Your Town

Presented by The Walkley Foundation

What does Brisbane’s story look/sound/taste like in 2017?

Once every Queenslander with a creative dream had an exit strategy. But today young writers, musicians, journalists, artists and slashies of all stripes are staying and slaying in Brisbane. Hear from some of the brightest voices in the Sunshine State today, including singer-songwriter Airling (Hannah Shepherd), comedian Mel Buttle, Jerath Head from Griffith Review, and partners in life, love and The Grates, Patience Hodgson and John Patterson.

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Airling (Hannah Shepherd), singer-songwriter

Airling (Hannah Shepherd) is fast becoming one of the most talked about young artists in the Australian music industry with her own twist on pop music. In just her first 18 months, her career has a fantastic grounding: the release of her debut EP Love Gracefully, the successful track “Forces” (co-written with Japanese Wallpaper and featuring Airling’s own vocals), and already gracing the stage across many of the major music festivals and venues in the country (Laneway, Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Sydney Opera House, The Forum). Now with the release of her bare-all, soulful pop debut album Hard to Sleep, Easy to Dream Airling is set to capture the hearts of all music lovers across the globe.

Mel Buttle, comedian and columnist, QWeekend

Mel Buttle is a hilarious bundle of contradictions, and she’s a package that is rapidly making herself felt in all mediums, right across the country. Originally from Brisbane, she has been performing on the live comedy circuit across the country for years. As well as live performance, she is a seasoned writer with a weekly column in The Courier-Mail, writing on ABC2 and Pivot TV’s award winning Please Like Me, and Network Ten’s This Week Live. You may have seen Mel appearing on Network Ten’s The Project and This Week Live or on ABC TV’s Tractor Monkeys, Back Seat Drivers or It’s A Date. In 2015, Mel found out she could have her cake and eat it too scoring the job of co-host on The Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel alongside her friend Claire Hooper and judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. Bake Offwill be returning in 2017 with its third season.

Jerath Head, assistant editor, Griffith Review

Jerath Head is assistant editor at Griffith Review, and co-editor of Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. He’s also a research assistant and content contributor for Griffith University’s Policy Innovation Hub. His writing has been published in New Philosopher and Kill Your Darlings, and numerous arts and culture publications in Australia and Ireland.

Patience Hodgson & John Patterson, The Grates/Southside Tea Room

With more than 15 years’ experience at the forefront of the music industry —both in Australia and internationally— and 5 years experience owning & operating a bar/cafe, Patience Hodgson, together with her partner John Patterson, brings a unique and charming perspective to both indie rock music and hospitality alike. Known for their catchy pop songs, adventurous and gamboling live shows—complete with costumes, life-sized, hand-made backdrops and fun, creative attitude—Patience and John have, through their band The Grates, been unwittingly integrating music, art and entertaining throughout their music career. The Grates have four studio albums, five EPs, and countless hours of national and international touring under their belts. In 2012 Patience and John opened Southside Tea Room, a cafe in Morningside, which slowly expanded to include a bar (Death Valley), a food truck (Red Robin Supper Truck) and a boutique festival (Death Valley Fun Camp). Like all they embark on, the business has strong community values, providing a warm home away from home for the diverse clientele that occupy the space. As The Grates’ frontwoman, Patience has proved her mettle as a natural TV and radio host, having hosted the new music program with James Mathieson on the Nova Network, co-hosted Video Hits, appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone, Yen Magazine and countless newspaper and street mag covers. Not to mention her world-famous dance moves. John Patterson has not only music nous, but technical know-how and unstoppable creative drive. The Grates are renowned for their playful aesthetic and DIY attitude—largely thanks to John’s prowess as a graphic designer and tech nerd.

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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 on performance days.

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 Proud Mary. 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.

Accommodation
Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane