In our research and discussions surrounding all-ages live music engagement at our Contemporary Music Roundtable last year, we identified that even though a third of young Australians are involved in making music, in recent times there has been a cultural shift away from all-ages live music. This is concerning and urgently needs to be addressed. Decreasing live events for young people will inevitably lead to a loss of young audiences, but if more education programs and best practice models are encouraged, youth audience renewal is certainly achievable.
In the spirit of fostering engagement with young people, a new dedicated all-ages space has launched in Brisbane. ‘Live From Outer Space’ is a new all-ages music program from the team behind Outer Space, an artist-run initiative that has expanded into the cultural hub of West End.
Last week the Director of Music Programming, Louis Whelan, caught up with The Music to chat about the new all-ages initiative.
“Back when I first graduated from high school I found it extremely frustrating trying to find decent live music options for under 18s in Brisbane, which lead me to start organising my own.” Whelan told The Music.
Outer Space was originally set up as a not-for-profit art gallery and studio complex operating out of Woolloongabba. Now with the support of Brisbane City Council, Outer Space has expanded to West End with plans to transform the space into a resource for creative young people.
“Outer Space will house several spaces dedicated to a whole range of arts and community activities,” Whelan explained.
“This includes but isn’t limited to an annual exhibition program, a zine library and zine making facilities, a six studio arts residency program and a community events room available for organisations and individuals wishing to host lectures, forums, workshops and other activities that benefit the wider community.”
To celebrate its launch, Outer Space is kicking off with three weeks of all-ages, live music programmed throughout the rest of January. There are also opportunities opening for young people to get directly involved.
“We’re currently taking submissions from bands interested in performing as part of our February and March programming, so anyone keen to play should get in touch.” Whelan stated.
‘Live From Outer Space’ kicked off last weekend and will continue weekly throughout the month. For more information, head here.