Top 10 things On in Brisbane this week 16/02/2020

Don’t laugh. When you’re in your seventies you’ll look ridiculous in black leather too.


10) Double Exhibition Opening: Marianna Simnett & Sancintya Mohini Simpson

22nd February

What: See London-based artist Marianna Simnett’s CREATURE, which brings together three of her most significant film and installation works for her first exhibition in Australia. Simnett has gained global attention for her visceral and theatrical works, which draw upon conventions of storytelling and folklore to explore the body as a site of transition. Often featuring the artist performing alongside a cast of non-actors, Simnett’s work speaks to the relationships we develop with our bodies—shifting between control and violence, phobia, and dysmorphia—as they undergo intervention and transformation. Sancintya Mohini Simpson’s exhibition Kūlī nām dharāyā / they’ve given you the name ‘coolie’ evokes the lived experiences of indentured labourers taken from India to Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) to work on sugar plantations during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Continuing to trace her familial history, Simpson creates a new archive that speaks to shared narratives of indentured labour.

Why: Nod like you understand the point of this. Twice.


9) Roots, Boots and Blues Festival 

22nd February

What: The Gold Coast will once again vibrate to the sounds of Roots, Boots & Blues Festival. This festival is an opportunity for the Gold Coast community to celebrate local musical and artistic talent, food and beverages and cultural diversity. It’s a free, family friendly event featuring local and international blues, country and roots bands, dance, excellent market stalls, exotic food vans, kid’s activities and more with over six up and coming live bands taking the stage.

Why: Nothing captures the understated ache of roots and blues like a kid running around, overdosing on fairy floss and puking in the jumping castle.


8) Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance

21st-29th February

What: The Supercell Festival of Contemporary Dance is a celebration of people and place through vibrant and exquisite contemporary dance. The festival is bursting with powerful performances, inspiring workshops and thought-provoking conversations. The 2020 festival explores topical issues from urban gentrification to mental health, feminism to the millennial’s identity crisis. Aiming to challenge, inspire and shift perspectives on the world through contemporary dance, the fourth edition of Supercell presents a stellar line-up of internationally acclaimed artists using contemporary dance to spark critical dialogue and social change.

Why: You know that nightmare when you’re assaulted on the street on the way to work by a band of contemporary dancers who won’t let you leave until they finish their endless gyrating adaptation of an obscure piece of literature as set in the year 4000? This is like that but you never wake up.


7) Jaguar Jonze ‘Kill Me With Your Love’ Tour

21st February

What: With only two singles in her pocket, Jaguar Jonze has enraptured those who have crossed her path deep into her spacey cowgirl universe. ‘You Got Left Behind’ debuted on Spotify’s New Music Friday US and landed her a deal with Canadian label Nettwerk, ‘Beijing Baby’ premiered on LA’s FLAUNT Magazine and left lingering impressions on the blogger circuit. An enigmatic yet vulnerable songwriter, Jaguar Jonze delivers defiant ferocity through smoky vocals that shift between fragile and forceful and a mature musicality that provides sweetness through dissonance. Don’t miss the chance to catch Jaguar Jonze in an intimate setting before the world finds out about Brisbane’s best kept secret.

Why: She’s up for the Eurovision spot. A contest renowned for its display of tasteful, understated, raw talent.‘Kill-Me-With-Your-Love’-Tour/4dbe13c0-4eae-11ea-96b7-b132cf2a7536


6) BrisAsia Festival 

16th-29th February

What: With an incredible line-up of dance, arts, food, film, music and more showcasing and celebrating the city’s vibrant and diverse Asian cultures, BrisAsia Festival is one of Brisbane’s best things to see and do in 2020! Treat yourself to more than 90 individual events happening across the city and suburbs as part of the festival.

Why: If you find your mind slipping, just look to your left, there’ll be something loud, colourful and distracting enough to squash that apocalyptic mass infection-induced graveyard image that tried to worm itself into your brain.


5) A Day on the Green 2020 feat. A-ha and Rick Astley

22nd February

What: A Day on the Green is an “experience” combining the best Australian and International artists with carefully selected wineries, offering a day of good food & wine, good friends and of course great music. To date there have been almost 400 concerts under the A Day on the Green banner with over 3 million people attending. This concert will feature A-ha and Rick Astley.

Why: See the unfortunate endpoint of meme culture endlessly wanking itself off with an audience largely comprised of people unable to legally drink.


4) Red Hot Summer Tour 2020 feat. Hunters & Collectors, James Reyne, The Living End, The Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera 

22nd February

What: The Red Hot Summer Tour celebrates 10 years of Red Hot Rock in 2020 and in true style, organisers have put together an incredible all Australian line-up for a massive series of dates. In an incredible coup for music-fans, ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Hunters & Collectors are reuniting to headline the 2020 tour, bringing with them special guests James Reyne, The Living End, The Angels, Baby Animals, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera.

Why: A lineup of rockers so hardcore they haven’t as of yet cancelled due to fears concerning air quality.


3) Jonathan Van Ness: Road To Beijing 

20th February

What: Queer Eye star and celebrity hairstylist, Jonathan Van Ness, is set to bring his Road to Beijing world tour to Australia & New Zealand for the very first time this February! In an unforgettable live show, fans can expect to experience Jonathan’s fabulous, unstoppable energy as he serves up cirque-du-so-gay-realness between stand-up sets so good your face will be in need of a massage from all the smiling!

Why: Because the best comedians are known for their optimism.


2) Alice Cooper ‘Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back’ Tour

18th February

What: School’s out for Summer! Iconic shock rocker and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper is returning to Australia with his all-new “Ol’ Black Eyes Is Back” show. With a revamped setlist and a new outlandish stage show, Australian fans are in for a real treat when he takes to stages across Australia. Special guests will be Aussie rock stalwarts Airbourne along with MC50, featuring Wayne Kramer of the legendary MC5 with an all-star band.

Why: He wants to kiss you but he wants it too much. And he’s 72 years old.‘Ol’-Black-Eyes-Is-Back’-Tour-(Brisbane)/fa4f5510-45e2-11ea-96b7-b132cf2a7536


1) Brisbane Comedy Festival

21st February-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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