If these boards could only talk
A STAGE once graced by the world's greatest musicians like Michael Jackson, Elton John and The Beatles has a new use as a Kingscliff veranda and art studio.
The recycled wooden floorboards from the famous Brisbane Festival Hall, torn down in 2003, live on as the outdoor eating area of a Boomerang Street property.
Spanning 40 years, the hall hosted many memorable performances, including Black Sabbath, Eric Clapton, Bob Marley, U2, Radiohead, Ben Harper, Nirvana and AC/DC.
Now, the house and its slice of music history are up for sale.
Daughter of the owner, Leigh Abernethy, who is residing there temporarily, said the floorboards are an essential part of the living space.
“We're all big music fans here, it will be a shame to part with it,” Ms Abernethy said. “There is a certain level of sentimentality.
“We've all got our memories of the old hall.”
Ms Abernethy said she attended several shows at the Festival Hall.
“I saw the Red Hot Chilli Peppers perform back in the 90s for my 18th birthday,” she said.
“I will never forget that.”
Ms Abernethy said her mother, who is currently overseas, has resided in the Kingscliff house for almost 20 years.
“It's a shame she is leaving, because she has lived here so long. She is planning on staying in the area,” she said.
“She holds art lessons and art therapy on the veranda as well.
“It's a great place for inspiration.”
LJ Hooker Coolangatta real estate agent Anthony Davis said there was no denying the four-bedroom, two-bathroom property had appeal.
“It's an interesting selling point for the house, that's for sure,” Mr Davis said.
“It is one of the more unique houses I've been involved with. I once sold a castle in Piggabeen which looked like something from a fairy tale.”
Mr Davis has shown about 10 potential clients through the Kingscliff house since it was listed a month ago.
“They all see the veranda as a great entertainment area. No one has really made a big deal about the special floorboards,” he said.
“Then again we haven't had any diehard music fans through yet.
“This is definitely a great piece of music nostalgia.”
Festival Hall originally opened as the Brisbane Stadium in 1910 before reopening in April 1959.
It was originally built as a boxing stadium, but as popularity of the sport declined over the years it was opened up to other forms of entertainment. The hall had a crowd capacity of 4000.
After it was closed the building was sold and demolished for apartment development Festival Towers.
There is an open house this Saturday 1.15pm to 2pm.