Top 10 things On in Brisbane this week 29/12/2019

New Year’s Eve is coming. Take a deep breath. Not too deep, though. In 2020 breathing too much causes emphysema.


10) World Premiere ‘Last Chance Tango’ and ‘Something Better’

3rd January

What: Two films, ‘Last Chance Tango’ and ‘Something Better’ by independent filmmaker, Sonja Strathearn will be shown at one event. ‘Last Chance Tango’ (50 mins) is a modern story set in a small city in the Midwest, USA about a man who sees a woman who strongly resembles his deceased wife. He tries to win her heart by learning Argentine tango together. ‘Something Better’ (22 mins) is a period drama about the filmmakers’ ancestors who emigrated from England, first to Mackay, Queensland, then Brisbane in the 1880s. A story of hope despite tragedy. Based on a true story. Created with actors who are some of the characters’ real descendants. Filmed in Queensland, Australia and the USA.

Why: Even if you fall asleep, the ticket stub will provide weeks of anecdotal intellectual superiority.‘Last-Chance-Tango’-and-‘Something-Better’/c364a960-2909-11ea-bd3a-87e544f47372


9) NYE Warehaús Party

31st December

What: In the true spirit of a midsummer’s bacchanal welcome in the new year with The Station. Bid what was the year 2019 in all its joy and blunder, adieu, in one final, sparkling, technicolor exaltation. Revel in what will likely be one of the most aesthetically satisfying events in Brisbane based on Baz Luhrmann’s over-saturated shake-up of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Interactive art, floral and light installations by various local artists. Entertainment throughout the night. Live performances from Amaro Mayfair and Sutro from the iconic underground electronic trash trio, The Architects of Sound!

Why: If you find Lurmann’s Romeo and Juliet “aesthetically satisfying”, then congratulations. Your introduction into 2020 won’t be jarring at all. Giant acidic pools of vomit are right up your aesthetic alley.


8) New Years Eve at The Boom Boom Room

31st December

What: Enter the new year in an opulent underground world of old school cool. Indulge cocktails, spirits, sparkling, wine + beer, gourmet canapés, fresh seafood and a substantial food station, while being entertained by live music and DJs throughout the night. You won’t find a cooler spot to welcome 2020!

Why: That’s true. An underground bunker is probably the coolest spot you’ll find in the fire-hot apocalypse of 2020.


7) New Years Eve at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

31st December

What: Experience the hottest culinary production in town this New Year’s Eve at Kabuki Japanese and make it a night to remember! Tantalise your tastebuds with the fresh tasty ingredients and enjoy the fun and excitement of the sizzling teppanyaki. Come in, ignite the senses and enjoy a flaming good time this New Year’s Eve in the heart of Brisbane.

Why: Fried food in your aorta and exploding sky fire. Sounds like a winning combination.


6) Rewind DnB presents: onesevenfour (Brisbane)

3rd January

What: This impressive lineup is aimed at bringing a small slice of the explosion of UK Drum & Bass parties like Hospitality and Critical. The very first of the onesevenfour mini festival series is just a taste of what they have to announce in 2020.

Why: Get a taste of mediocrity before the next year-long vat of it.


5) Surfers Paradise Carnival 

29th 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.


4) Blackbird Celebrates New Years Eve

31st December

What: In a 5-hour package, indulge in an unlimited offering of free flowing Moët & Chandon, cocktails, spirits, beer and wine. Delicious canapés and food stations headed by Executive Chef Jake Nicolson will serve up melt-in-your-mouth eats all night long. Prepare to be amazed with slick entertainment across three feature areas with musicians, DJ’s and roving acts. To top it off you will have a prime view of TWO fireworks displays, one at 8.30pm and a second at midnight as you say hello to 2020!

Why: There will be no blackbirds singing in the dead of night. They’ve all fallen dead from the trees due to intolerable temperatures caused by global warming. Happy new year!


3) New Year’s Eve at Eleven Rooftop Bar

31st December

What: It’s hard to beat a rooftop bar for an unforgettable party, and New Year’s Eve at Fortitude Valley’s Eleven will be no exception! This New Year’s Eve they’re going back to black with NOIR – a rooftop party ringing in 2020. Celebrate with a five-hour cocktail party where you can indulge in an unlimited offering of premium drinks and delicious food, while enjoying spectacular entertainment by roving performers and live DJs. And finally, top off the night with spectacular fireworks displays at 8:30pm and midnight!

Why: We could beat it. A raging bushfire is pretty unforgettable. An increase in the wage gap, also pretty unforgettable. How about an actual beating? That in itself could beat a rooftop bar in terms of unforgettableness.’s-Eve-at-Eleven-Rooftop-Bar/5ede68a0-2909-11ea-bd3a-87e544f47372


2) New Year’s Day Recovery

1st January

What: Because the best way to beat a hangover is to drink some more. Obviously. Come forget that hangover with these guys! Or just continue that NYE celebration and pretend those resolutions don’t start till tomorrow. We all know January doesn’t count as the actual start of the year right? Free entry, no bookings required.

Why: We can’t argue with this. It’s just solid logic.’s-Day-Recovery/1b6de4a0-290a-11ea-bd3a-87e544f47372


1) FOMO Brisbane

4th January

What: The one-day, one-stage music festival returns to Brisbane Riverstage featuring Brockhampton, Kaytranada, Lizzo Madeon, Jax Jones, Giggs, Rico Nasty, Medusa, Chillinit, Whipped Cream, Dombresky and Nina Jirachi. One Stage. No Clashes. Party Together.

Why: It’s a genius marketing tactic this ‘FOMO’ concept. You could really market anything using it. Toilet cleaner. Make-up. Nazism.

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