Nina, Ken and Tom are the proud owners of the newest live music venue in Ipswich - Banshees Bar and Art Space. To celebrate their grand opening, they invited 100 friends to their colourful and quirky new digs. It isn't often that you are greeted by an owner with 'Make yourself at home' when you enter a venue, but those who know the creative and genuine people involved will know that this visually appealing space will be somewhere they can feel comfortable and have a good time.
Already this venue is becoming not only a hub for Ipswich creatives, but also the adoptive home of Brisbane's underground music community. Nina, Ken and Tom have cultivated a relaxed environment where regulars can sit at the bar and live music appreciators can dance the night away. With their quirky, retro and funky mix of music over the speakers and the interesting and exciting acts they invited to play it is clear that there are no genre restrictions. Ken's house sound was clearly well done - loud, but not too loud. The soundproofing towards the venue facade ensured that the bands could play at a reasonable volume and the location of the bar at the back of the venue ensured that guests could order drinks and chips or even have a chat without shouting.
Kicking off the live music were Baltimore Gun Club who played a hard, heavy and thoroughly entertaining set to smiling faces, bopping heads and tapping feet. Guitarist/vocalist Psymon's on stage banter was hilarious, a bit dank and well received.
Closing out a fun night were Dirty Liars who delivered a fast, loud, fun set with punk, pop, rockabilly and hardcore flavours to a delighted, cheering and dancing crowd.
Banshees Bar and Art Space is a place all its own and the South East Queensland music community are very lucky to have people like Ken, Nina and Tom and this fabulous new venue. This space is literally around the corner from Ipswich train station and well worth a visit for locals and 'out of towners' alike.