High rotation

Your backstage pass to 30 years of Brisbane’s music scene.

Aspiring musicians often move to Melbourne or overseas to further their musical career, but a new exhibition at the Museum of Brisbane proves there’s no place like home when it comes to musical talent.

Showcasing some of Brisbane’s most memorable musicians, High Rotation is set to take music lovers down memory lane, while introducing a new generation to this iconic musical era through film clips, photographs, instruments, souvenirs and ephemera, as well as an immersive digital component to elevate audience experience. 

Tune in to the musical prowess of more than 80 local artists, including pop and rock heavyweights Keith Urban, The Veronicas, Sheppard, George and Kate Miller-Heidke, as well as indie darlings The Grates, Violent Soho, Emma Louise and Ball Park Music. 

High Rotation also pays homage to legends including Kev Carmody, Powderfinger, Custard, Regurgitator and Savage Garden as well as rising stars including WAAX, Thelma Plum and Confidence Man.

Museum of Brisbane Director Renai Grace said music had always been a part of Brisbane’s DNA.

“What High Rotation does is turn the volume up on these extraordinary musicians, as well as the unsung heroes behind the scenes, who work hard to bolster our thriving music sector,” Ms Grace said.

“This exhibition empowers you to explore your love of music by revisiting or discovering some of the biggest music moments in Brisbane’s history, while also keeping an ear to the ground for the next wave of Brisbane musicians.”

Exhibition highlights include Kate Miller-Heidke’s 2018 Eurovision dress, a smashed guitar from Violent Soho and the original artwork for Powderfinger’s iconic Vulture Street album.


30 August 2019 – 19 April 2020


Museum of Brisbane


Adults $12, students/concessions $9, family pass $30. Children under 12 are free.