Brisbane Punk Rock Icon Brentyn ‘Rollo’ Rollason of Blowhard passed away last night

The punk rock world is in mourning today after the tragic news of Blowhard frontman Brentyn ‘Rollo Rollason‘s passing overnight, just prior to their performance at The Brightside in Brisbane.

The ska/punk band announced the news via Facebook stating:

Those friends who were at Brightside tonight will be aware that Rollo suffered a heart attack right before we went on stage. Unfortunately our dear mate didn’t make it, despite the best efforts of venue staff, paramedics and QHealth emergency crew.

Rollo: the Brisbane punk community and broader alternative music scene are forever in your debt.


With all our love, Ben Jones and BH.

Devastating news for the punk rock community not only in Brisbane but across the country (and globe) who would have in some way shape or form, come into contact with Rollo at one point during their lives. The mesmerising frontman had been a key player in the scene for well over 20 years, playing festivals like Big Day Out, Livid and Vans Warped Tour in the process.

The band released three albums Blowin’ Off (1993), Hornbag (1996) and The Toxic Swing (2009) + not to forget the compilation album Five Minute Ride Through Hell, as well as countless singles and EPs released via Rollo‘s own record label, Splurt Records. On top of all of that, as many tributes have mentioned this morning, the Blowhard guys gave plenty of upcoming bands the opportunity to share a stage with them and gave back to the scene regularly, always lending a hand or a hug to those in need.


Our thoughts go out to Rollo‘s family, friends, peers and fans during this difficult time…


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