Five best bands from Brisbane

Some Brisbane bands have enjoyed success on a global scale. Do you know who they are?

Brisbane’s music scene is going strong and a number of highly successful bands have started their careers in the Queensland capital. See if these five were on your list:

The Saints

A rock band formed in 1974 by Chris Bailey, Ed Kuepper and Ivor Hay, The Saints are known for their raucous vocals and fast tempos that are characteristic of early punk rock. They debuted with their single '(I’m) Stranded' in 1976 and are recognised as one of the most influential groups of the punk genre, alongside the Sex Pistols and The Clash.

The Go-Betweens

In 1977, singer-songwriters and guitarists Robert Forster and Grant McLennan formed The Go-Betweens in Brisbane. In 1988, their single 'Streets of Your Town' became the biggest chart hit in the UK and Australia. Their hit 'Cattle and Cane' was selected by APRA in 2001 as one of the top 30 Australian songs of all time. Brisbane’s toll bridge linking Milton to West End is named after them.

Savage Garden

Vocalist Darren Hayes and instrumentalist Daniel Jones formed the pop duo Savage Garden in 1993. They rose to international success in the late 1990's and early 2000's with singles including 'To the Moon and Back', 'Truly Madly Deeply', 'The Animal Song', 'I Knew I Loved You and I Want You'. Their two studio albums reached the top 10 in the UK and the US.


From 1992 until their breakup in 2010, Powderfinger made their mark on the rock music industry. The group’s album, Internationalist, peaked on the ARIA music charts at number one in 1998. This was followed by four more studio albums reaching number one in a row, Odyssey Number Five (2000), Vulture Street (2003), Dream Days and the Hotel Existence (2007) and Golden Rule (2009).

The Grates

Formed in 2002 by John Patterson, Alana Skyring and Patience Hodgson, The Grates are an indie rock band who caught their big break with their 2004 single 'Trampoline'. Their first two albums, Gravity Won’t Get You High and Teeth Lost, Hearts Won both reached the top 10 in the ARIA charts. Hodgson and Patterson are now married and run a cafe in the south of Brisbane.