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Banshees Bar boosts live music scene

Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Ipswich has a new live music venue – Banshees Bar & Artspace – and owners Kenneth and Nina Weaver are passionate about supporting original artists and ensuring the live music scene thrives in the heritage city.



Kenneth and Nina at Banshees Bar, Ipswich, Queensland.

The couple, who opened the bar with Nina’s brother Tom Douglas Powell, are bringing a wide variety of performers to the space, from locals to touring bands, covering everything from punk and alternative genres to rockabilly and country.

The trio renovated, painted and modified the former bridal shop space, which was once a chemist, adding a sound wall and lining the vast interior with modernist-looking pairs of seats – a whole busload of them – to create an interesting and welcoming ambience.

Regular art shows will also be staged here.


Canny and Hall play Banshees Bar, Ipswich, Queensland.

“It’s about art, live music and community… we want this to be a safe, comfortable space for everybody, ” Kenneth said.

Open mic nights on Wednesdays and karaoke on Thursdays are a part of the line-up and the space is also available for private functions.


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Banshees Bar & Artspace is open from 5pm to midnight on Wednesday, noon-midnight Thursday and Friday, and from 5pm to midnight on Saturdays.

Check out the line-up of upcoming performers on the Facebook page.


Discover Ipswich

Discover Ipswich

Staff Writer

Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy blogging or hanging out with his bestie Windora the Bilby, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.


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