Check your diaries: the Fortitude Music Hall will unlock its doors for a grand opening on Friday, July 26 with a star-studded concert led by Ball Park Music, DZ Deathrays and Tia Gostelow.

The opening party line-up is a who’s who of the Queensland music scene, with Powderfinger’s Bernard Fanning and Ian Haug, Thelma Plum, Custard’s Dave McCormack, Sahara Beck and Jeremy Neale all confirmed to perform on the night, organisers said today.

Also, The Grates’ Patience Hodgson, co-host of the 2019 Queensland Music Awards, will take emcee duties.

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A joint venture with Secret Sounds, Live Nation and the team behind the Triffid (John “JC” Collins, Paul Piticco and Scott Hutchinson), the new site will max-out as a 3,300 capacity music or event space which its operators claim as “the largest ballroom/theatre-styled space in Australia”.

Situated in the centre of the lively Brunswick Street Mall, just next door to the Black Bear Lodge and about 150 metres from Cloudland, the host venue for the 2019 Bigsound conference, the new venue will have a mix of retail stores and a function space. Its smallest configuration, the upstairs bar, should cater to 300 punters.