back­story 1984

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - TIMEOUT - MYLES SIN­NA­MON

On July 1, 1984, Ge­orge­ma­nia came to town and the ex­cite­ment was enough to stop traf­fic. Bri­tish pop group Cul­ture Club, with their flam­boy­ant lead singer Boy Ge­orge, had ar­rived in Bris­bane the pre­vi­ous day for two sold-out con­certs at Fes­ti­val Hall. Apart from these, a spe­cial pub­lic­ity en­gage­ment awaited them as the band was given the hon­our of open­ing the new $ 2.5 mil­lion stu­dios of Bris­bane ra­dio sta­tion, Ra­dio 10.

In echoes of the Bea­tles’ fan­fare 20 years ear­lier, ea­ger fans be­gan mass­ing as early as 6am to se­cure the best van­tage spots. Al­though a Sun­day, Corona­tion Drive (be­tween Syl­van and Park Rds in in­ner-west Toowong) was closed to traf­fic at 3pm as the crowd out­side Ra­dio 10 stu­dios swelled to ap­prox­i­mately 2000. Fi­nally the band ar­rived and Boy Ge­orge, some­what em­bar­rassed, cut the rib­bon stretched across the door­way, as well as un­veil­ing a plaque. Dur­ing a sub­se­quent in­ter­view at the sta­tion, the Boy chris­tened Ge­orge O’Dowd re­vealed he had vis­ited the Gold Coast ( pic­tured ) and went into the surf fully clothed.

The band was more than an hour late for its first con­cert, but no-one seemed to mind. The Courier-Mail re­ported: “The 12-year-olds and the rest were all dressed up in black hats, braids, head scarves, patch­work jack­ets and eye-shades”. Al­though the fans screamed, one ob­server com­mented that this gen­er­a­tion of Queens­land teens were bet­ter be­haved than their par­ents were at the same age. “It cer­tainly wasn’t like the Bea­tles days,” com­mented Fes­ti­val Hall pro­pri­etor John Wren. “The crowds were much wilder then, bash­ing down gates and things. These kids were re­ally well-be­haved.”

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