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Published July 25th 2011
There's always that exciting moment when you watch your favourite band play live for the first time. You don't know whether to dance along, take photos for proof of attendance or just stand there and admire their talent. The artists always seem to look taller in person, and that's something you can tell your friends when they ask you how the concert was.
Two weeks ago, I watched Sydney band Tonight Alive play ten metres in front of me at The Step Inn. The speakers, attached to the roof, momentarily impaired my hearing in a good way. Located in Fortitude Valley, The Step Inn is a music venue and bar that promotes local, national and international bands. The small stage provided enough elevation for the band members to tower over the audience and connect with every person who had come to support them. A merchandise store is set up just inside the entrance and when I was there, the drummer and guitarist from Tonight Alive were helping out on the registers. I made sure to tell my friends that.
The bar is located away from the main stage area, which holds up to 360 people, and the large outdoor area allows for a relaxing downtime away from the loud music. The Step Inn promotes heavy metal, dubstep, garage rock, hiphop and indie rock. Sometimes three bands from separate genres play simultaneously throughout the night. The close proximity of the stage and the audience helps to evoke a sense of intimacy between the spectator and the artist. Unlike concerts at entertainment centres, each audience member is within thirty metres of the artist.
Open for live music every night from Wednesday to Saturday, The Step Inn also has a small gambling area and a nightclub upstairs. So if you're not one for large crowds and you haven't got any plans this weekend, why not venture to The Step Inn this Saturday night and discover local talent that you never even knew was there.