Brisbane boy Luke Kennedy, who shot to fame on the second season of The Voice after a life spent on the stage, shares his favourite things about our city.
River Quay, South Bank
I love this area of South Bank. Whether you want to sit and relax on the grass with picnic, or indulge a little bit at great restaurants like Popolo, Cove, or the always incredible Stokehouse, River Quay will never disappoint you. It has an incredible vista of the city and the river, and you can also catch the occasional live music set. A perfect place to sit and watch the sun go down.
September is my absolute favourite time of the year in Brisbane. For starters the weather is perfect, but for three weeks every September our city absolutely comes alive thanks to the Brisbane Festival. With local and international acts across a vast array of genres including theatre, cabaret, comedy, opera, visual arts, comedy, dance and circus to name just a few. There are plenty of free events for those who just want to dabble, or book early to see some local superstars like Megan Washington, Bernard Fanning and Katie Noonan, who are all performing in the festival this year. The opening night is not to be missed, and the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank has a huge amount of tasty treats. Seriously, it’s the best.
Rogue Bar + Bistro, Newstead
I ummed and ahhed a lot about whether to include Rogue Bar + Bistro on my list as I love them so much, and I don’t want them to get so busy that I won’t be able to get a table. This is my favourite brunch in Brisbane. They have amazing menu selections for brekkie on Saturday & Sunday, or dinner Wednesday to Saturday, as well as the friendliest staff in Brisbane. So the deal is, Rogue Bar + Bistro: now that I have given you a shout-out, please can I always get a table?
Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets
I was pleasantly surprised by the volume of amazing fresh produce, flowers and cool handmade gifts at Carseldine Farmers & Artisan Markets. There was also an incredible amount of delicious brunch/lunch options at the food court area. There seems to be a food theme with all my favourites here. Nevertheless, it’s massive, it’s impressive and it’s worth a look.
The Triffid, Newstead
Brisbane’s coolest new live music venue is The Triffid in Newstead. A tonne of the hottest indie acts from Australia and abroad have rocked The Triffid in its first year, making the buzz around The Triffid HUGE. Headed up by Powderfinger’s JC Collins, every inch of this venue is well considered and well designed. Inside is what I think is the best rock venue in Brisbane (though they cater for seated concerts, and cabaret-style seating as well), and outside is a great place to unwind in the beer garden.
Despite its youthfulness, The Triffid also pays homage to the history of the Brisbane live music scene, with an impressive wall Of fame towering over the beer garden. Check out their list of upcoming shows, or just head down for a Sunday sesh. It’s well worth a look.
Luke Kennedy’s Skins & Scars EP is available now.