Save The Brisbane Hotel

$30,114 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 471 people in 10 days
Go Fund Us… High 5s and Hand Outs

We’ve been operating one of Hobart’s best live music venues (or the best as we see it) for over twelve years. We’ve fed you, hydrated you and shown you some good times and great nights (and some sore mornings). But sadly, now we need some help.

You’ve been looked after with cheap cheap beers, cheap shows, free shows, free bingo & krackieoke for YEARS. We’ve provided a safe and friendly environment where everyone can come and have a drink and a dance or just chain smoke yard darts out back.

The Briz has supported bands that have had their first gigs, and for some their last shows. We’ve nurtured bands to see them mature to worldwide fame, we’ve seen generations of punters come, have a great time and for some to grow up and move on, or others who are still partying with us today. 

There have been a heap of fundraisers over the years for many great and worthy causes, and this one is very close to our hearts ‘cause it is our hearts. We’ve put our blood, sweat, beers ‘n’ tears into this place. We’ve loved and lost and fought and won and lost out. Now we’re fighting to keep the doors open and to ensure we keep the rock ‘n’ roll alive.

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Whilst we do not know the final dollar value on how much this will all cost, we know it’s a huge investment!!! This is an old building that needs work anyway but the old girl has plenty of life left in her. We guestimate the renos and upgrades will cost more $100,000 but we won’t know an exact figure until everything is done and dusted. The difference in classification between hotel and live entertainment venue is harsh as when it comes to the safety features required. And because we have upstairs it’s even more so. There have been thousands of band members and friends who have crashed out or partied on upstairs over the years as well as the awe and wonder of Grimoire in some of the winter years past and the scares (and maybe wee puddles left) of the Haunted House. To keep upstairs running and compliant each room, all ten of them, and the hallway that runs through them needs upgrades. And new walls and doors to be built/installed to ensure that if there was a threat of fire everyone, upstairs and down, would be safe.

As for downstairs, some of what needs to be installed will hopefully never but used but is required to be there. New exhaust systems in the windows and/or skylight in case of smoke, the real kind, not the silly fake stuff. Upgraded fire alarm systems, new exit door and lighting are needed as well. An upgrade with the most practical benefit will be the installation of a wheelchair accessible toilet and permanent wheelchair access into the pub! There are some issues as the building is Heritage Listed but we’re working with designers to make this happen.

And it’s not just the costs of the new gear needed, it’s the labour of all the tradies that will be in to make these changes - brickies, sparkies, engineers, painters, locksmiths, builders and more. The place will be a high vis party for weeks.

We’d also like to be able to recompense staff, security, promoters and bands who have or will have to lose out until this can be rectified. It’s not just us personally suffering through this tough time, it’s the full Brisso team/family and we don’t want people to miss out. The show will go on but we’ll be hitting pause on the banging setlist for a little while.

As with all business, the bills will roll in even if the rock ‘n’ roll isn’t happening.

We know that this is a lot of money needed and whilst we’ve been setting aside our own funds in preparation, we’ll need help. So think about how much you’ve saved from all those $2 pints and chuck us some bickies.


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Thank you to everyone who has donated to the gofundme page!! We're sitting just under 29k, IN ONE WEEK!!
What an amazing response it has been! We're very thankful to have such great people supporting us and it's keeping us going!
However, the fight isn't over yet. We now have 90 days to complete the major works to get us fully compliant! Battle plans are being put in place so we're confident everything should go as plan.

The doors are back open for live music!! So if you want to book a show send us an email. Our email is on on Facebook page.

With the loss of accommodation we are opening up two rehearsal studios for bands to practice in. We're hoping to have one up and running by weeks end and the other up and running the following week. We'll post a separate update about this when it has been completed.

Once again, thank you all for your continued support and kind words.

Lots of love Gibbo & Casey
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Things are looking on target to open up this Friday with the Temporary Occupancy Permit.
Small wins and big plans!
Thanks to everyone who has donated!
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What an amazing response in 30 hours of our fundraiser campaign. We're so grateful of all the support we have been receiving!

So far behind the scenes people have been organising exhibitions, gigs, Save The Brisbane T-Shirts, merch sales and offering their assistance in their particular fields. Keep an eye out for a music compilation that will be available on Bandcamp through Rough Skies Records.
If you have an idea for raising funds or awareness please in contact with us.

And once again, thank you!! The level of community that has been coming to the party has been incredible!!

This is our place, this is our home, this is our blood, this is our home!!

Long live rock n roll!!

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