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High Rotation at Museum of Brisbane. Photo: Dylan Evans.

High Rotation

Go behind the scenes of the early music scene in Brisbane.

Showcasing some of Brisbane’s most memorable musicians over the past 30 years, High Rotation took music lovers on a trip down memory lane, while introducing a new generation to this iconic musical era through film clips, photographs, instruments, souvenirs and ephemera, as well as an immersive digital component that elevated audience experience.

Music is an intrinsic part of Brisbane’s cultural backbone, and the city is long known for being a hotbed of emerging music, with many homegrown artists fostering a gung-ho, do-it-yourself approach to music making. Visitors experienced a 30-year catalogue of rare, remastered film clips, and heard from music labels, managers, artists, producers and venue managers, as they shared the stories, influences and highlights from Brisbane’s past, present and future of Australian music.

We tuned in to the musical prowess of artists including pop and rock heavyweights Keith UrbanThe Veronicas, SheppardGeorge and Kate Miller-Heidke, as well as indie darlings The GratesViolent Soho, Emma Louise and Ball Park MusicHigh Rotation also paid homage to heritage legends, including Kev Carmody, Powderfinger, Custard, Regurgitator and Savage Garden as well as rising stars including WAAXThelma Plum and Confidence Man.



Follow the remarkable journey of the Brisbane music industry from 1989 to present day as part of our High Rotation interview series. Hear interviews with local songwriters, bands, managers and producers, including Ben Ely from Regurgitator, Australian music industry veteran Leanne de Souza, Patience Hodgson from The Grates, Stu McCullough and Cesira Aitken from The Jungle Giants and Fred Leone.


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