The Zoo Address - 711 Ann St, Fortitude Valley
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About The Zoo
The Zoo
711 Ann St , (Level 1), Fortitude Valley
Brisbane, QLD, 4006
Australia
P:07 3854 1381
The Zoo Army is the name given to the group of people who rallied around Joc & C and the Zoo when the local council attempted to close the venue down in 1996. The team included builders, architects, councilors, family and friends. Bands played fundraisers (both here and in Melbourne at the Punters Club). Publicity and promotion workers got the word out about the crisis the Zoo was under and merchandising people and screen printers made Zoo army t-shirts for free. (Power to the People – was the logo used to empower the Zoo Army and it’s cause in saving the Zoo). Artists donated their work for a fund raiser auction. Local businesses, bands, family and friends all contributed to the sponsor-a-stair campaign. Where by each person bought a stair. Still to this day there are plaques on the front stairs to prove this support.

It was a trying time that took almost a year to endure, but hell, it gave some credence to the adage that the people united will never be defeated... and what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.

They do not supply cigarette products (although you can smoke in the venue until July 1st 2006 when new laws come into play and all venues become non smoking.). They also prefer to stay away from the hardcore end of the musical spectrum - too much testosterone stirs up the ghosts, and strange things start happening. They don’t sell rum products again too much sugar makes some people a bit hyper it is a personal choice and one they think makes for a more gentle night for all.

They have no dress code, and everybody is welcome. You do need to wear shoes to protect your feet. They do call themselves a “Please and Thank You” establishment, whereby they simply ask customers to remember – when you are ordering drinks simple manners go a long way with zooies. People in wheel chairs are more than welcome, but you will need to call ahead so our friendly Zoo staff can help carry you up the wonderful Zoo Stairs.

Fast forward to 2006 - the Zoo, is in it’s 14th year and still going strong. Many names and faces have changed but the Zoo ethos remains. Joc, who is now a mother to 4 year old Walt is presently back at the Zoo full time in the role of venue booker and manager. Along with an amazing supportive team – who can be viewed in the Zooie section. C is currently taking time off after the birth of her beautiful daughter Coco and enjoying the role of mother.

They don’t know what the future will bring but they hope there will always be a role the Zoo can play in the live music scene in Brisbane. Over the last year they have tried to develop nights to encourage and promote the younger and newer bands on the scene.
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