The Saints Mural &
Music Project Announced

Legendary Queensland punk rock band The Saints will be immortalised through a large-scale inner-city Brisbane mural, celebrating their lasting contribution to the local and international music scene 40 years after the release of their ground-breaking first album. 

The project was announced at the launch of the 2017 BIGSOUND music festival in Brisbane this morning by the Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk.

The Premier said that as Queensland showcased the diversity and vibrancy of its contemporary music scene over the four-day festival, it was fitting to celebrate a band that had a pioneering influence on many artists of today.

BIGSOUND is a world-class contemporary music festival that continues to go from strength to strength as it enters its 16th year, showcasing our incredible established and emerging local musical talent and providing them and others in our music industry invaluable access to national and international industry representatives.

Annastacia Palaszczuk

“Many of the 150-plus musical acts converging on Brisbane for BIGSOUND would acknowledge the huge influence of The Saints, for not only helping change the face of rock music worldwide in the 1970s but for showing that a Queensland band could have a big impact on the world stage, paving the way for many of the great Queensland musical acts to follow.

“My Government’s funding of $61,930 will support the mural and accompanying live music and recording event to commemorate 40 years since the release of The Saints’ ground-breaking first album.

“We are committed to fostering a diverse and vibrant arts sector and we’re proud to support significant cultural projects, along with events like BIGSOUND, which has grown to become Australia’s largest gathering for the contemporary music industry, bringing thousands of people to our state each year and making a significant contribution to cultural tourism.”

The 2017 BIGSOUND festival runs until Friday 8 September featuring 153 music acts and 360 industry speakers at 18 venues throughout Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

Speakers include Australian industry legends Tina Arena, Archie Roach and Dave Faulkner, along with British music manager Simon Napier-Bell (Wham!, The Yardbirds, Ultravox), Hollywood music supervisor Mary Ramos, and CEO of London-based Worldwide Independent Network Alison Wenham.  

Artists performing include Oh Mercy, Abbe May, Washington and Laura Jean.

The Saints mural and music project, was developed by musician and academic Dr John Willsteed, himself a member of another influential Brisbane band, The Go-Betweens.

“The mural will be situated on the north side of Upper Roma St, close to The Saints’ original practice room, share house and live music venue at 4 Petrie Terrace, known as Club 76.

“In conjunction with this will be a concert and recording by former Saint Ed Kuepper, who will reimagine songs from the first three Saints albums in collaboration with Robert Davidson of Topology.

“This exciting project will create a rich addition to public art in Queensland and will fittingly celebrate a home-grown band revered worldwide as one of the most influential punk rock bands of all time,” Ms Palaszczuk said.  

Queensland Government funding for the project includes $56,930 from Arts Queensland’s Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP), along with $5000 and in-kind support from Environment and Heritage Protection.