Hot in the city – the raunchiest shows to check out at Brisbane Festival
September will usher in a lot of things – warmer weather, the early days of the silly season and our favourite annual fiesta – Brisbane Festival. The much-anticipated celebration will be injecting some razzle dazzle into our city from September 3–25 with a stimulating three-week program that is full to the brim with sultry, sexy and scintillating shows. If you’re keen to get a bit dirrty Xtina-style, then luckily for you, we have rounded up Brisbane Festival’s raunchiest events. From fierce LGBTIQ+ fashion parties to seductive cabaret troupes airing all of their dirty laundry, it’s going to get hot and heavy up in here.
Like we said, Brisbane Festival is truly turning up the heat this year and who are better to help them to do just that than the Club Briefs gang? Taking over South Bank Piazza from September 8–11, the always fabulous Fez Faanana (AKA Shivanana) will lead the crew’s brand-new show Dirty Laundry, which boasts a line-up of classic Briefs boys along with some new alluring characters. Event goers can expect an electrifying evening full of physicality, comedy and showmanship – and even some naughty confessions from your fellow audience members.
Scantily clad characters, sexy spies and a whole lot of action – is there a movie franchise sexier than James Bond? We tend to think not. If you want to soak in the seductive theme songs from the 007 franchise, then Skyfall is the show for you. Grab a martini and settle in for an evening of tunes courtesy of Queensland’s leading couple of song, Naomi Price (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Ladies in Black) and Luke Kennedy (The Voice Australia, Swing on This), who will be joined by The Little Red Company’s incredible band in an alluring show that will leave you shaken and stirred.
What happens when a cult cabaret group and some much-loved musos team up? The answer is plain and simple, friends – they create magic. Briefs Factory and Betty Smokes & The Forgetaboudits are collaborating for Cover Up, a sexy stage-show spectacular hitting South Bank Piazza from September 21–22 where the two talented cliques will put a sensual spin on pub-rocking tunes to celebrate some of the greatest hits of all time. You’ll be able to sing along to chart-toppers from The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and everyone’s favourite party starters – the Spice Girls.
rab your best wig, highest heels and leave your inhibitions at the door – queer costume and dance party is inspired by and will pay homage to Australian performance artist, fashion designer and LGBTIQ+ icon, Leigh Bowery. You can groove the night away to a sizzling line-up of performers and DJs curated by Sweaty Baby (aka Thomas Parer), including Angel Grindr, Crimson Coco, Gogo Bumhole, The House of Alexander and many more. There will even be a huge costume competition at the end of the evening so start practising your catwalk now.
Want to toe-tap to some titillating tunes? Well, we’ve got some great news for you. Everyone’s favourite television crush and triple-threat talent Hugh Sheridan is trotting into South Bank Piazza from September 17–18 for a sensory spectacular of disco beats, cool cabaret and good vibes. Hugh and their team of dedicated dancers will spin beats from iconic singers – think Whitney Houston, George Michael, Sister Sledge, Olivia Newton-John and Michael Jackson – while you get down and dirty.
Tingling with anticipation? You can dive in to the 2021 Brisbane Festival program and purchase tickets to events here.
Please note: In case Ms Rona pays Brisbane a visit and events can’t go ahead, Brisbane Festival will do quick and easy refunds for everyone. So, grab your tickets and dive into the Festival – it’s going to be a blast!
This article was written in partnership with our friends at Brisbane Festival.