Top 10 things On in Brisbane this week 22/12/2019

If you go down to the woods this week, you’re sure to be unsurprised. There’ll be around 100,000 20-something-year-olds dancing around with glow sticks and enlarged pupils.


10) Luca Bacchetti (Live DJ)

22nd December

What: Luca Bacchetti, is one of the world’s most sought-after DJs and producers from Italy. His approach to production is very similar to his way of playing as a DJ. Luca is often described as a storyteller, his music reflecting his poetic way of seeing the world around him. A characteristic which, over the years, has led him to express himself via a diverse range of musical aesthetics, often surprising the listener, sometimes even at the risk of being misunderstood, but always in accordance to his way of living the club and electronic music scene. Experience him live.

Why: Proof that just because a piece of music is from a different country and culture, that doesn’t guarantee its mellifluousness.


9) Boxing Day Soiree feat. Sevader

26th December

What: It’s back. Marking 12 months to the day since they crossed the Noosa Bar and reintroduced Catalina to her natural habitat, this Boxing Day Catalina are keeping it tight with local legends SEVADER. The boys have had an incredible year working with the likes of DOORLY (UK), Dena Amy (SYD) and creating remixes for Cassian, PoolClvb and more recently busting into the Top 20 of the Triple J Unearthed charts with a remix of Rufus Du Sol’s ‘New Sky’.

Why: Aurally imagine any piece of techno music. Then stay home and listen to the sound of a pneumatic drill on repeat. You’ll have a far better experience.


8) Bushwacka! (Live)

26th December

What: Bushwacka! In many guises he has been around since 1988 and is still loving the life he lives and doing what he does best, a percussionist in the London School Symphony Orchestra who was converted into a member of the infamous Rat Pack after a warehouse party in ’88, has been DJing for over 30 years now. Fast forward to 2019, and Bushwacka! has been releasing massive tracks – starting with his classic track The Healer, with remixes from himself, Carl Cox, Sasha, M.A.N.D.Y and Denney – and just released a second banging single on Ultra Records – Get Up, with remix from Mason Manyard. Bushwacka! is currently remixing for Archie Hamilton, Bedrock Records, Richy Achmed, and writing new music for Eats Everything. Experience him live.

Why: A man in his 40s still spinning techno in a club full of 20-year-olds is clearly emotionally very healthy. Come see him be entirely normal.!-(Live)/c88db5e0-22a5-11ea-bd3a-87e544f47372


7) Volando Tequila Official Launch Party

22nd December

What: Where else could be better than the Sunshine Coast, home of Volando Tequila to officially launch Blanco Tequila? Be there as they showcase their spirit with tastings, cocktail creations and 4 specialty bars, all with an Australian-Mexican Fusion of food and entertainment, including live DJs.

Why: Drinking a slightly sweet bloody car crash will never be for any other purpose than getting plastered. You might as well pair it with some of the best food to eat while plastered.


6) Ovolo Inchcolm Christmas

25th December

What: The roaring 1920’s, revolutionary 30’s and crazy 40’s, welcome to Christmas Day Lunch at Salon de Co. Revel in the artistic and curious, indulge in modern Australian dishes with a homely twist, and creative flair.

Why: Nothing tickles the appetite for exorbitantly priced gourmet food like ruminating on the Great Depression.


5) Christmas Day Lunch

25th December

What: This Christmas Day, experience your traditional Christmas feast with the influence of soulful Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. ZA ZA TA is bringing a distinctly modern twist to centuries-old flavours, designed to be shared and savoured amongst friends and family.

Why: Christmas at ZA ZA TA is one of the best-tasting ways to piss off your bigoted relatives from out of town.


4) Brunch With Bite

22nd December

What: Tired of vanilla Sundays? Spice things up at Cloudland’s Brunch with Bite. It’s a bottomless brunch that promises to be deliciously naughty, and at the same time, delightfully nice. So, slip into something more comfortable, wrap your arms around your guy and gal pals, and get on down. Then sink your teeth into something off-the-wall different, and something with a little bit of bite. Arrive ready to be entertained by the riotous and risqué as you indulge in a banquet brunch menu that is as decadent as it is divine. You can even opt in to the bottomless drink option if you dare!

Why: It’s endless gluttony, drunkenness and drag cabaret on a Sunday morning. You’re an adult now, and this is your church. Youth is vastly overrated.


3) Surfers Paradise Carnival

27th December-1st January

What: The annual Surfers Paradise Carnival will explode to life on Friday, starting a week of nonstop action. Along with two spectacular fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve, you will be able to enjoy an array of attractions and rides each day of the Carnival, including crowd favourites such as the Cup and Saucer and gravity-defying Pirate Ship. On New Year’s Eve, an 8pm fireworks show will allow young families to see fireworks earlier in the evening, a DJ will keep the crowds entertained until the traditional midnight countdown culminates in a 10-minute firework display.

Why: We’re unsure as to whether this will result in a higher or lower concentration of meth heads, but it’ll be interesting to find out.


2) Wildlands

28th December

What: The teams who bring you Beyond The Valley in Victoria, and Origin Fields in Western Australia have joined forces to introduce you to a cutting edge one-day festival experience, like no other Brisbane has to offer. Brisbane Showgrounds will be transformed into the Wildlands — with the organisers bringing their renowned flair for production, decor & arts to our sun-soaked northern doorstep for one day of immersive music and arts escapism. Featuring: Rüfüs Du Sol, Tyler, The Creator, Ella Mai, Green Velvet, Jauz, Mallrat, RL Grime, Skepta, What So Not, 16BL, Big Words, Claptone, Denis Sulta, Dom Dolla, Gunna, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers, Jordan Brando, Lastlings, Lion Babe, Made In Paris, Shoreline Mafia and Willaris. K.

Why: There’s nothing more escapist than a blatantly misogynistic, homophobic rap artist. That could never exist in every day life. How fantastical.


1) Woodford Folk Festival

27th December-1st January

What: The Woodford Folk Festival is held annually over six days and six nights. More than 2,000 local, national and international, artists, musicians and presenters put on over 438 acts to an audience of an estimated 132,000 people. This year will be the 34th Woodford Folk Festival and the 25th held at Woodfordia. It is the largest gathering of artists and musicians in Australia. The festival programme features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children’s festival, an environmental programme featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events including the spectacular fire event. The festival streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades. Tree-filled campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife complete the picturesque site. The festival appeals to a diverse audience with all ages and many nationalities attracted each year. It’s a magical experience, and one not to be missed.

Why: Everything you could possibly want in a festival including actual woods in which to abandon the little walking talking financial black holes you call your children.

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