HOTA’s new Fireside events series to light up your winter nights this July
After months of virtual concerts, live-streamed ballet lessons and 80s-themed lounge-room workouts, we’re thrilled to bring you news of Fireside, a month-long series of events happening at HOTA this July. Yes, we’re talking actual events with actual people, real performers, live music, food, drinks and a helluva lot of fun. It’s time to pack away the loungewear, folks – July just got a whole lot better.
That’s right, HOTA is officially back with a bang, with its first post-pandemic event program designed to spice up the cool winter nights and welcome back Gold Coast locals and artists to the precinct. Kicking off on Friday July 10, Fireside will bring together homegrown talent, food and conversation with a series of performances, intimate concerts and comedy shows held in the Lakeside Room on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Friday nights will be all about cabaret, comedy and outrageous fun with Fireside: Fringe. Cap off the working week with events like Stories in the Key of GC (local tales told amongst a soundscape of live sound), a night of live tunes by Cheap Fakes and Volcanic Lovers (July 17), knee-slapping comedy from The Unreal Housewives of the Gold Coast (July 24), as well as an unbridled night of circus, music and comedy with The Gods of Rock (July 31).
On Saturday afternoons, locals will be treated to a behind-the-scenes insight into new works from some incredible artists with Fireside: Unfiltered, with everything from play readings and in-development opera shows to curated conversations with renowned Australian artists Michael Zavros and Justene Williams. Each Saturday night you can sip drinks on the fire-lit terrace before enjoying unmissable Fireside shows like intimate circus performance Short Pieces for Long Nights (August 1), an evening of musical classics from Mozart to Louis Armstrong on July 18 with Camerata (Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra), as well as a one-off performance by powerhouse singer-songwriter and Eurovision alumni Dami Im on July 25.
The vibe will be laid back on Sunday afternoons with Fireside: Live Lounge rounding out the weekend with events like Stories in Song featuring music makers Felicity Lawless and Black Rabbit George (July 12) and Eddie Ray and The Oogars (August 2). Then, enjoy an afternoon of poetry and music with The New World on July 19, followed by the powerful words and rhymes from some of 2020’s most exciting hip-hop artists with For the Love of Rhyme and Flow on July 26.
Bookings are essential. Head to the HOTA website to secure your seats.
Note: A comprehensive COVID-Safe Plan is in place for these performances.