John Patterson


Conference Speaker

The Grates - Musician


The Grates are proof in point that there’s no such thing as a typical career in the music industry. Emerging, quite literally, from a garage in Brisbane’s outer-suburbs, the band found worldwide acclaim with their jagged, energetic indie rock. Recent years have seen Patience Hodgson and John Patterson become business owners – their recently re-launched Southside is one of Brisbane’s most celebrated casual restaurants – raise two children, produce records, run craft classes, helm podcasts and contribute to the city’s independent art scene. They’re a creative powerhouse and a fascinating lesson in teamwork, creative thinking, and staying true to your vision.


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