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What's on in Brisbane this weekend
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What’s on in Brisbane this weekend

Hey Brisbane, guess what? LOVE WINS AND OUR COUNTRY IS FINALLY SITTING ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HISTORY! If that’s not a good enough reason to head out and celebrate all weekend, we don’t know what is. Aside from making time to buy all of your LGBTQI+ mates a beer or two, there’s plenty of cool stuff happening to occupy your time with. From hot summer nights to coffee tours and wine bluffs, here’s what’s happening in Brisbane on the November 16–19 weekend. more

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Sizzling and salacious – Wonderland Festival returns to add some debauchery to your summer
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Sizzling and salacious – Wonderland Festival returns to add some debauchery to your summer

We all know that Brisbane summer is a truly magical time despite (or sometimes because of) the heat – the days get longer, the nights get steamier and people tend to go a little bit loco. As we emerge from our winter hibernation with a renewed sense of confidence, we’re suddenly in the mood to play. Best to embrace the change, yeah? From November 23, Wonderland Festival will take over its spiritual home of the Brisbane Powerhouse for 11 hot and heavy nights of pure entertainment. Check your inhibitions at the door, people – things are about to get wild. more

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Who run the world? Women in Voice celebrates 25 years with a star-studded cabaret
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Who run the world? Women in Voice celebrates 25 years with a star-studded cabaret

Twenty-five years ago, a spirited group of talented performers came together to perform some cabaret in a West End cafe. Who would have guessed that this low-key affair would blossom into one of the most iconic arts institutions to come out of Queensland? Beloved Brisbane cabaret institution Women in Voice is set to celebrate its 25th birthday with a strictly limited run of shows from November 10–12 at the Brisbane Powerhouse – and you’re invited. more

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Valley Fiesta comes of age by throwing a street party with all the trimmings
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Valley Fiesta comes of age by throwing a street party with all the trimmings

Turning 21 is a pretty big deal – it’s the kind of occasion where you throw a massive rager, invite all of your friends and try to extend the good times for as long as possible, right? It’s definitely a milestone worthy of a two-day party featuring killer bands, loads of live entertainment and drool-worthy food, which is exactly what iconic street festival Valley Fiesta is doing to celebrate its upcoming birthday. Taking over the Brunswick Street and Chinatown malls as well as a host of adjoining venues on the October 27–28 weekend, this is one party you’ll want to invite yourself to. more

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Summer sounds – five must-see gigs in The City that you should nab tickets to
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Summer sounds – five must-see gigs in The City that you should nab tickets to

When it comes to live music, Brisbane truly has it made. We’re ultra lucky to have an abundance of venues that play host to all manner of gigs across limitless genres, from hole-in-the-wall hideaways to mammoth stadiums. Whilst some of the bigger bands tend to play further out, one of our best assets is actually right in the middle of The City. The natural amphitheatre of the Riverstage is undoubtedly one of Australia’s favourite venues, drawing both big-time local and international acts on the regular. From worldwide pop superstars to beloved home-grown artists, we’ve picked our top five gigs coming to the Riverstage that you simply should not miss. more

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Raise your stein to celebrate ten years of Oktoberfest Brisbane, the country’s biggest German party
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Raise your stein to celebrate ten years of Oktoberfest Brisbane, the country’s biggest German party

Germany is known for a lot of things – its highly expressive language, its iconic selection of food and rich cultural history combine to make it a bucket-list destination for pretty much anyone who hasn’t been already. Undoubtedly one of the biggest celebrations of all things Germanic is the world-famous Oktoberfest, but unfortunately not all of us have the cash to drop on a European getaway. Luckily, we have the next best thing right in our own backyard – Oktoberfest Brisbane! Held over two weekends at the Brisbane Showgrounds in October, this massive party is celebrating its tenth year of bringing us a big ol’ slice of Germany’s culture. more

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Watch love flourish and fall apart in cult musical The Last Five Years
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Watch love flourish and fall apart in cult musical The Last Five Years

Love is a tricky old thing, eh? When you’re on the right track with someone else you can feel totally invincible, but having your heart truly broken is probably one of the most traumatic things you can experience as a human. Like it or not, love and life happen simultaneously – and often they get in the way of each other. That being said, lost love is something we can all relate to. Cult musical The Last Five Years is coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse from October 7–14 to give us an all-singing arrow to the heart, following the timeline of a disintegrating relationship from start to finish with no holds barred. more

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See Tim Rogers’ iconic album What Rhymes With Cars and Girls get the stage treatment
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See Tim Rogers’ iconic album What Rhymes With Cars and Girls get the stage treatment

There are certain people who quite simply have a way with words – when they have something to say, we pay attention. One of these people is Tim Rogers, a bona fide Australian arts legend. Perhaps best known as the frontman for rock and roll outfit You Am I, Tim’s prolific career has spanned to include solo albums, books and now a stage production. The celebrated raconteur has teamed up with the Melbourne Theatre Company to bring us What Rhymes With Cars and Girls, coming to the Brisbane Powerhouse from October 25 to November 4 to hit us hard with feelings. more


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Brews, beats, strongman battles and eats – strap yourself in for the Beer InCider Experience
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Brews, beats, strongman battles and eats – strap yourself in for the Beer InCider Experience

Us Australians as a people have gained something of an international reputation in regards to our drinking habits – particularly that we’re really damn good at it. Here’s the thing though – the booze that is being produced in Australia is some of the best in the world, so it’s no wonder we enjoy a tipple or two. Our craft beer and cider culture is actually killing it, largely due to a passionate subculture that has added a serious dose of sophistication to our national profile. One event that champions this movement is the Beer InCider Experience, headed to its new and much larger home at the Brisbane Showgrounds from September 22–23 to bring us more fun, flavour and frivolity than ever before. more

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Roll up, roll up – Brisbane Festival’s jam-packed residency begins this weekend
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Roll up, roll up – Brisbane Festival’s jam-packed residency begins this weekend

Hot damn, this town really loves spring. Far from gently awakening from a winter slumber and delicately dipping a toe into the pool to see if it’s warm enough, Brisbane prefers the cannonball method when it comes to new season celebrations. One such event that personifies this ethos is the annual Brisbane Festival, a crazy and colourful carnival running from September 9–30 that brings together all manner of artistic matter. From sex clowns to hoedowns, you’ll find it at Brisbane Festival. more

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Large and in charge – BIGSOUND brings tunes and tastemakers to The Valley
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Large and in charge – BIGSOUND brings tunes and tastemakers to The Valley

There’s a certain event that happens every September in Brisbane that holds excitement levels akin to that kid in the Youtube video unwrapping a Nintendo on Christmas morning. We’re talking BIGSOUND, the four-day rager that sweeps Fortitude Valley’s best arts venues with a global gathering of musicians, industry, brands and media. Running from September 5–8, BIGSOUND comes into its 16th year ready to gift us with a festival experience jam-packed with sounds we know and love alongside artists we are ready to fall head over heels for. more

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The Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival delivers back-to-back top tunes and endless good vibes
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The Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival delivers back-to-back top tunes and endless good vibes

As much as we love them, the humble music festival can be a bit of a daunting experience. From standing in the same spot in the blistering sun for hours on end to navigating heartbreaking set clashes and dank food, it’s all just part of the ‘experience’, right? Wrong, amigo. It doesn’t have to be this way! There’s a new player in the festival game and though it be young, it is pretty damn impressive. Mixing its line-up of big names with a more boutique approach, the Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival is returning to the Sunshine Coast’s New Maroochy CBD on Saturday August 26 to bring us the perfect balance of thrills and chills. more

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It's show time! The Ekka celebrates 140 years of Queensland culture (and strawberry sundaes)
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It’s show time! The Ekka celebrates 140 years of Queensland culture (and strawberry sundaes)

Some things are just so quintessentially Queensland that it almost physically hurts. If someone is to mention the Big Pineapple, The Veronicas, XXXX Gold or Stefan’s Skyneedle, we undoubtedly feel a twang of pride deep within – that’s a seriously impressive legacy in anyone’s eyes for sure. Jokes aside, there is one thing that stands above all as being the cornerstone of our state’s rich culture – the Royal Queensland Show, or The Ekka as it's more affectionately known. This year sees the show celebrating its 140th edition, returning to its home at the Brisbane Showgrounds from August 11–20 to celebrate the best that our fair state has to offer across food, fashion and all things fun. more

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On the line – Restrung explores the explosive places in between genres
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On the line – Restrung explores the explosive places in between genres

While genres can come in handy for classification, they can also be kind of limiting. We all know that one person who only listens to this or that, throwing some things aside and embracing others all because of a label (we see you, people who profess to hate country more than anything). Life is way more fun when you take the time to dig a little deeper and uncover what’s not so obvious – Restrung is taking over the Brisbane Powerhouse from August 17–19 to bring us a smorgasbord of strings-driven music, dance, theatre and art that pushes the boundaries of music and art. Let’s take a closer look at the spaces in between … more

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Art after hours – check out top tunes and talks when the Marvel exhibition stays Up Late
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Art after hours – check out top tunes and talks when the Marvel exhibition stays Up Late

The best things often take on a bit of an edge after dark – the lights dim, the music gets louder and the atmosphere changes completely. Things are just a little bit more exciting, you know? This is the premise of GOMA’s absolutely killer Up Late sessions, where night owls can gain exclusive access to world-class exhibitions with a side of live music and quality chat. The latest instalment sees the awesome Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe exhibition host six unique sessions across Friday nights starting from July 28, treating punters to some of the best live acts in the business. more

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Experience the pure passion of performance when Dmitry Sinkovsky’s Singing Violin sets the stage ablaze
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Experience the pure passion of performance when Dmitry Sinkovsky’s Singing Violin sets the stage ablaze

Some people have the certain skill of being able to command a room with their talent – this in itself is no easy feat. Of these special people, there are a rare sub-breed possessing an air and energy that simply swallows everything around them, taking those in the vicinity on a journey to another world. One of these people is the incomparable Dmitry Sinkovsky, a baroque music star shining bright on the classical landscape. Audiences will be treated to a performance like no other on Tuesday August 8 when Dmitry whips the QPAC Concert Hall into a frenzy for The Singing Violin, his one-night-only stop on a national tour with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. more

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Try and understand it – You’re the Voice makes noise for a cause
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Try and understand it – You’re the Voice makes noise for a cause

Even the most powerful movements in the world often start with a single voice. Sometimes all it takes is the courage of an individual to stand up to injustice and eventually the tide can turn as a chorus of others join in and speak up. The louder the call gets, the harder it is to ignore – this is the principle for You’re the Voice. Running as part of the Queensland Music Festival, this unique project will culminate at the South Bank Piazza on Saturday July 29 to shine a light on domestic and family violence. more

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State of song – sonic smorgasbord Queensland Music Festival kicks off this weekend
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State of song – sonic smorgasbord Queensland Music Festival kicks off this weekend

Few things in this cold and often senseless world are as unifying as music. From our highest moments to our biggest struggles, music is there to intensify the experience for better or for worse. Being able to stand in a room full of strangers and relate to them on a deeply personal level is a pretty powerful experience, which is exactly what live music does every single day, all around the world. From July 7–30, the entire state will come alive with the sound of sweet unity for the Queensland Music Festival – keep your eyes peeled and your ears primed for surprises and inspiration around every corner. more

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QAGOMA’s Future Collective Revel is the arty party of your dreams
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QAGOMA’s Future Collective Revel is the arty party of your dreams

Any Brisbane local who is trying to impress someone from interstate or overseas will almost always bring up two things – the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. This writer is definitely guilty of humble-bragging to mates across the border about our world class, kickass cultural jewels (I am not sorry and I will never apologise). One of the key factors to QAGOMA’s success – apart from the amazing staff – is the Future Collective, a group of benevolent young guns that throw their financial support behind the galleries. Once a year they throw a party to end all parties in the name of raising dosh for art – prepare yourself for Future Collective Revel. more

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Joh for PM is the political musical comedy we never knew we needed until now
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Joh for PM is the political musical comedy we never knew we needed until now

When it comes to politics, often the truth is stranger than fiction. Here in Australia, we have seen all manner of larger-than-life characters make their way through the government at various levels – some of them loveable (g’day Bob Hawke), some of them incomprehensibly daft (looking at you, Pauline Hanson) and some of them downright sinister. One of the most controversial figures in Australia’s political history is finally getting what he deserves – that’s right, it’s time to learn all about the life and times of Joh Bjelke-Petersen through the medium of the musical. Heading to the Brisbane Powerhouse from July 7-16, Joh for PM will have you roaring with laughter about something that definitely wasn’t funny at the time. more