Time Off

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Time Off
Editor Steve Bell
Categories Arts
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 76,000
Publisher Street Press Australia
Year founded 1976
Final issue August 2013
Country Australia
Based in Brisbane
Language English
Website Official site

Time Off was a free weekly tabloid-sized music magazine (street press) that is released in Brisbane, QLD, Australia. The magazine began on campus at the University of Queensland, and was originally printed on A4 glossy stock. In the late 70s, Time Off began distribution off-campus on newsprint. With a strong rock music bias, the magazine also focuses on cinema and the arts, and now has a separate dance music section.

The magazine was edited/published for the bulk of its history by Sean Sennett who bought the magazine while it was in receivership in 1990 and successfully grew the paper over the ensuing period. For nearly twenty years Sennett oversaw the magazine taking it from 16pp to up to 72pp adding a glossy cover and expanding the magazine's print run and content. During this period Sennett interviewed over 1000 artists and gave many local writers the opportunity to have their worked published. Sennett also instigated the 'Core Sample' series which saw local bands featured on various compilation CD's. Sennett has now established Time Off Media; the aim of which is to take the 'indie spirit' of Time Off into the digital age with Tom Magazine. Under Sennett's guidance Time Off were the second street paper to go online in Australia [behind Beat Magazine] in the early 1990s.

Earlier editors included Shar Adams, Gavin Sawford and Brent Hampstead who shaped the paper from a 'what's on' guide to a more music themed publication. The magazine was owned by the Melbourne-based Street Press Australia group, and had a strong local content, but also featured interviews with many international artists. The magazine was published every Wednesday, and was distributed throughout Queensland and into NSW.

In August 2013 Time Off was merged with two other magazines, Drum Media and Inpress, owned by Street Press and was renamed as The Music.[1]


  1. ^ Sarah Bella (1 August 2013). "Drum Media, Inpress and Time Off to be Rebranded". Music Feeds. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 

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