Do you live in Australia’s most creative suburb?
If you want to be a rockstar and happen to live anywhere other than Melbourne you should seriously consider moving. Or so says APRA who have today released the most popular postcodes of Australia’s musicians – ranking the top 10 “creative” suburbs and the genre of music most associated with each one.
The results? Aspiring DJs love Sydney suburbs Bondi and Surry Hills, but if you make alternative rock, blues and roots, classical or pop music then Melbourne’s hipster haven Brunswick – endorsed by both Beyonce and Josh Homme – is the place to be. Oddly, aspiring Wiggles and other children’s performers overwhelmingly favour Preston – a suburb that was lovingly immortalised by Courtney Barnett in her song ‘Depreston’.
Melbourne’s Northern suburbs Northcote, Fitzroy North and Brunswick were the most popular postcodes with musos, with the former punk enclave of St Kilda the only suburb south of the Yarra River to make the top 10. However, this may all be set to change with Melbourne’s West Footscray showing the strongest national growth of the top 50 postcodes.
While the rest of Australia failed to really register, according to APRA Brisbane’s West End jumped over 20 spots to now sit in the top 20 while Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley showed the strongest growth outside the top 50. Non-capital city and regional areas have also flourish over the last 12 months including Penrith (NSW), Ipswich (QLD), Brunswick Heads (NSW) and Ballarat (VIC). See a graph below and head to APRA for the full results.