Powderfinger bass player John Collins has announced that he’ll be opening a new 800-capacity venue in Brisbane later this year.

The venue – dubbed Triffid – is currently being built in one of Newstead’s iconic WWII hangars and will help fill the city’s need for mid-sized bandrooms. Collins told The Courier Mail that he hopes the venue will become “Newstead’s backyard”. “[It’s] somewhere to come and hang out after work, hear some music, have a drink and can grab some food,” he says.

Triffid will be near the new Gasworks development but Collins says he is already working closely with sound engineers to ensure the venue would not impact residential neighbours. “There’s no neighbours nearby yet, but there are a few developments,” he explains. “We have been talking to acoustic engineers to make sure it isn’t pumping out volume to the neighbours because inside we are going to have the best, professional gear and a big enough stage for decent-sized acts.”

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