Top 10 things On in Brisbane this week 18/08/2019

Moses is standing high atop the mountain…screaming “let’s get tanked!”


10) Grant Burge Taste the Barossa Dinner Series: Brisbane

21st August

What: Hosted by chief winemaker, Craig Stansborough and co-hosted by Josh Elias, a highly respected sommelier, the evening will commence with canapes and sparkling wine, before enjoying a selection of iconic Grant Burge wines, perfectly paired with a five course curated menu by the Head Chef at Urbane.

Why: Drink wine; gorge yourself. The only downside? Having to spend the evening with people who consider ‘sommelier’ to be a legitimate profession.


9) Pesta Rakyat 

18th August

What: Pestra Rakyat is an annual event held by PPIA Queensland (Indonesian Student Association) in Brisbane. The festival takes you on a cultural journey through traditional Indonesian arts, music, dances, and performances. For this year, Pesta Rakyat will feature the theme “Spirit of Independence”, alongside celebrating Indonesian culture.

Why: Experience Indonesia as an Australian without earning a criminal record.


8) Technicolour Multicultural Festival 

24th August

What: Each year, the Multicultural Community Centre (MCC) hosts the Technicolour Multicultural Festival – a free event showcasing various foods, cultural performances, and a dedicated Family Fun Zone for every member of the family! Climb up the inflatables and get your adrenaline rushing on the rides, or sit back and enjoy the live band performances from the many cultural communities in Brisbane.

Why: There’s no better time than now to embrace all of humanity. And there’s no better method than a day that mainly features stuffing your mouth with greasy fair food.


7) Balvenie Masterclass with Brand Ambassador Ross Blainey

21st August

What: Join Balvenie Brand Ambassador Ross Blainey as he takes you for a sensational journey through Balvenie with the 5 following expressions: Balvenie 12 y.o. Double Wood, Balvenie 14 y.o. Caribbean Cask, Balvenie 17 y.o. Double Wood, Balvenie 21 y.o. Port Wood and Balvenie 30 y.o.. These beautiful whiskies will be paired with cheeses and served with a special batch of Balvenie salami.

Why: The best night with a twelve year old you’ll ever have. We hope.


6) Armakeggon Craft Beer Fest

24th August

What: Archive have sourced the very best local & international beers for this 1 day event. A festival with over 40 tasty beers, games & giveaways & DJ Moses playing some funky tunes. It’s all about the beer!

Why: Nothing gets you more in the mood for a good piss-up than the promise of ‘DJ Moses’.


5) Future Collective Artist Dinner

24th August

What: Enjoy canapés on arrival and a two course sit down dinner styled by Quandamooka artist Leecee Carmichael, with drinks included throughout the evening and exclusive after-hours access to three major exhibitions ‘I, Object’, ‘Quilty’, and ‘Margaret Olley: A Generous Life’. Get to know curators and creatives at the forefront of Australia’s contemporary art scene, and network with other like-minded professionals. Once the dining’s done, you’ll be invited to kick on to the beats of a guest DJ overlooking Brisbane’s city lights.

Why: Art, food and wine. The two latter will help you deal with the former.


4) A Whole New World: Virtual Reality Movie Extravaganza

23rd August

What: Direct from the Cannes Film Festival, these Award Winning made-for-VR movies are the future of entertainment. Explore the chaotic world of bipolar disorder, dive to the depths of the ocean, or sit front row at some of the worlds best gigs. Feel the experience of flying like a bird and wander through a haunted mansion. There’s even an experience so good, it’s a surprise!

Why: We’ve always felt that this technology could be far better applied. We’ve always wanted to experience a family Christmas without ever having to physically be present.


3) Gympie Music Muster

22nd-25th August

What: Gympie Music Muster is a place for lovers of country and music to belong. Among the headliners are Australian country music royalty Kasey Chambers, The McClymonts and James Blundell, Tex Perkins & The Fat Rubber band, Luke O’Shea and 2019 Gympie Muster Ambassador Felicity Urquhart as well as former INXS songwriter Andrew Farriss making his country music debut. The full programme also includes intimate Songwriter Sessions, all-star guitar jams, line and rock n roll dancing, instrument workshops and more.

Why: ‘A place for lovers of country and music to belong’. Huh. Seems hell has relocated to regional Queensland.


2) Abbey Road Live

18th August

What: In celebration of Abbey Road’s 50th anniversary, some of Australia’s most respected musicians and members of iconic groups, collectively known as ARC – Kram (Spiderbait), Mark Wilson (Jet), Davey Lane (You Am I) and Darren Middleton (Powderfinger) – all self-confessed Beatles tragics, will faithfully and lovingly bring The Beatles’ most audacious creation to life on stage, performing Abbey Road in full, from start to finish, followed by a second set comprising of a selection of hits spanning the breath of The Beatles’ career and catalogue.

Why: Like a relapsing necrophiliac just out of psychiatric rehab, the world is going down hard and deep on The Beatles. And these guys’ talent for fingering is unrivalled.′


1) Fleetwood Mac 2019 Tour 

20th, 22nd & 23rd August

What: Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band Fleetwood Mac have announced an Australian tour which will feature the new line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. The enduring spirit of Fleetwood Mac stands for an incredible body of great music that has connected with generations of people all over the world for more than 50 years.

Why: It’s that old philosophical conundrum. If you keep replacing parts of a boat at what point does it stop being the original boat? Well, who cares? You’ll never be able to afford a boat. Not when you keep pissing away money on Fleetwood Mac’s new lineups.

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