Conference Speaker

John Collins (JC)

QLD, Australia

The Triffid / The Fortitude Music Hall - Venue Director


After spending 20 years touring and recording with Brisbane band Powderfinger, JC has now turned his focus to the world of live music venues. His first step was opening the Triffid in Brisbane in 2014, filling a huge void in the Brisbane music scene. This venue has since gone on to win countless awards and has become an industry and crowd favourite.

JC and team then combined forces with music industry power brokers, Secret Sounds and Live Nation, to present Brisbane’s latest music live venue, The Fortitude Music Hall. This state of the art and beautifully appointed venue is located in the vibrant Brunswick Street Mall – long considered the heart of the Brisbane music scene. As Venue Director, JC was instrumental in the design, fit out and delivery of the project. It quickly gained a great reputation for pleasing artists and patrons alike. It is recognised as a world-class venue.

JC also proudly sits on Board of the forward-thinking Music Industry College and revels in the opportunity to help students who share a passion for the industry.

“I feel all the years spent on the road touring with the band are coming to life in a whole new way. I love being involved in the industry in this capacity, the best thing is seeing artists and punters enjoy a brand new space that you and your team have created.”

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