Top 10 things On in Brisbane this week 01/03/2020

War’s upon us.


10) Making Meaning: Collections as Data

6th March

What: Making Meaning: Collections as Data is a one-day symposium featuring influential and challenging speakers from the research, government, digital humanities and GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sectors. Making Meaning aims to raise awareness of the potential of collections as data and build a community of practice in Australia. The symposium is an outcome from our commitment to digital collecting, engagement and empowerment in the State Library of Queensland Digital Strategy.

Why: Symposia can really work up an appetite. Why not order Menulog? $10 off first order. While you’re at it, bulk laxatives are on special on eBay, we’ve noticed via your extended morning usage of your subscription to The Washington Post that you’ve been experiencing increasing irregularity.


9) Yoga + Beer at the XXXX Brewery

5th March

What: Yoga and Beer. An unlikely combination, but one that will have you getting bendy in an hour-long yoga flow then enjoying a nice cold schooner of Gold provided by XXXX Brewery while you have a laugh and rock out to awesome jams.

Why: There’s nothing like finding your centre with a central nervous system depressant.


8) Hidden Valley

6th March

What: Hidden Valley is back for its first instalment of 2020! This is a special event with 100% of proceeds going towards victims of the current Bush Fires across Australia. Experience a night like no other fuelled by a lineup of deep and dreamy progressive psytrance DJs.

Why: Psytrance and watered down club liquor for a good cause. Proof that the proverb “two wrongs don’t make a right” is irrelevant to the 21st Century EDM bro. Not that we needed more proof.


7) Talisker Whisky Dinner

3rd March

What: Start 2020 with a big bang. Talisker is one of the most interesting whiskies out there with a lot of different variations, and it’s a perfect liquid accompaniment to an experimental menu of gourmet food. The night is going to be hosted by Diageo’s Queensland Brand Ambassador Tim Glasson resident Chef Evan White. The whiskies that are going to be offered on the night are: Talisker 10 years, Talisker Storm, Talisker Port Ruige, Talisker Distillers Edition and Talisker Niest Post.

Why: There’ll be ten whiskies. Even if Tim and Evan end up living through the night with their ability to speak unmolested, it’ll still be a good time.


6) Wage War (Live)

1st March

What: Through an unwavering dedication to progression, metal band Wage War sharpen their patented hybrid of heavy pit-starting technicality and hummable hypnotic melodies with each subsequent evolution. While they are in Australia supporting Polaris, they will be performing some exclusive headline dates in Brisbane which will mark the band’s debut headline performance on Australian soil.

Why: They would’ve stood by you until the gates of hell, but they had a tour to do, babe.


5) Colorfest 

7th March

What: Experience the biggest Holi Festival celebration in Brisbane: Colorfest 2020 at Rocklea Showgrounds! Celebrate the wet and wild Hindu Indian festival of happiness and love with family and friends this year with extra vibrant colours to throw around, delicious gourmet food stalls, loads of authentic Bollywood DJs and tons of water balloons!

Why: Ignore the other traditions supposedly rooted in Hinduism that are currently playing out in India right now, because paint fight!


4) Mom Jeans (Live)

5th March

What: ‘Self aware, but not indulgent’ is how Californian sad punks Mom Jeans describe their sound; trading sappy for heartfelt, and the melodrama for truth, to create a sound important to our era. The four piece have been announced as part of the huge Farmer & Owl Festival in 2020 alongside Press Club, Uncle Acid & The Dead Beats, & Hot Chip, they’ve announced their Australian headlining tour.

Why: If you’ve not bought a ticket to these guys, you might as well turn in your beard clippers and start drinking generic off-the-shelf beer. You aren’t welcome in the club anymore.


3) New Zealand Food & Wine Festival

7th March

What: Celebrate all things New Zealand at the New Zealand Food & Wine Festival! Enjoy live music with a variety of artists, traditional New Zealand dancers, pop-up bars, the BEST hand selected gourmet food vendors serving up amazing food and more!

Why: Taste the nectar of the quiet, overachieving brother that everyone used to make fun of.


2) Approachable Members of Your Local Community ‘Love Thy Neighbour’ Tour

6th March

What: Approachable Members of Your Local Community make music that’s a gently heaving wave of team spirit and pop melodies; funny but not a joke, approachable but not simple, and generously glazed in extra servings of groove and charisma. Reliably funky and devilishly handsome in their matching Adidas, four nebbish boys from the streets of St Kilda who make up the Approachable Members deliver a service the community knows and loves. Praised as one of the buzz acts of BIGSOUND 2019 and having supported the likes of Half.Alive (USA), Lime Cordiale, Kira Puru and Joyride, to writing with the likes of Japanese Wallpaper and Alex Lahey, the Approachable Members know collaboration is key to a successful community. If you like getting a little bit drunk with your Grandma at Shabbat dinner, matching your outfit to your best friends, and deeply funky grooves, this tour is for you.

Why: The potatoes of the music world. Generally inoffensive, universally consumable and white through and through.‘Love-Thy-Neighbour’-Tour/d25f3630-59d6-11ea-96b7-b132cf2a7536


1) Brisbane Comedy Festival 

1st-22nd March

What: Australia’s fastest growing comedy festival, Brisbane Comedy Festival has grown into a multi-venue extravaganza, bursting at the seams to host a hand-picked selection of the funniest folk in the country. It’s year 11 for the Brisbane Comedy Festival, featuring a bumper line-up of 85 acts playing in 14 performance spaces across 5 venues. The month-long fun and frivolity begins with the Opening Gala. The festival will of course shine a spotlight on top Queensland talent including Mel Buttle, Steph Tisdell, Becky Lucas and Matt Okine, local collectives Act/React, Brisburned, and Politics In The Pub as well as Agro with Jamie Dunn. National heavyweights Dave Hughes, Peter Helliar, Fiona O’Loughlin, Nazeem Hussain and Frank Woodley will be along for the ride, as will international acts such as Stephen K Amos, Jonathan Pie, and Jimeoin. Queerstories and Livewired return in 2020 as well.

Why: We’ve been laughing at death since the war went cold. It’s time for a change in stimuli.

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