Been missing live gigs and events since this pandemic started? We get it—virtual performances just aren’t the same. But even though indoor events are still under that crushing 100-person limit, live music venues around town are putting live and loud musical performances back on the calendar, with smaller, more intimate events that are getting local artists back on stage where they belong. At the Tivoli, they’re making ‘dinner and a show’ cool again, with a series of seated events dubbed Open Season.
While you won’t be getting wild in a mosh pit any time soon, you can catch some incredible performances, some of which you can do so over a delicious feed (and a few drinks of course). And don’t just expect a bunch of people you’ve never heard of to be on the bill—Open Season’s line-up is next level, with something for everyone over the four-month long season.
“Open Season is a nostalgic nod to The Tivoli’s rich history as a theatre restaurant, a gorgeous venue inspired by the underground dinner theatre clubs of Europe where Brisbane society came to wine, dine and be entertained,” said the Tivoli’s Creative Director Dave Sleswick.
The shows that we’ll be snapping up tickets for are the jaw-dropping cabaret and daring circus performances that come matched with a delicious dinner spread. Prepare to be amazed by hand-to-hand acrobatics, trapeze, bowling ball juggling and some good old comedy in tribute to old funfairs at Le Coup, or be immersed in a night of hedonism at the immersive cabaret theatre that is Bite Club. As for what you’ll be eating, The Tivoli has teamed up with City Winery to deliver you incredible seasonal menus, top notch drinks and sophisticated snacks, all prepared on-site.
“It will be an utterly unique experience for Brisbane, blending art and entertainment with incredible food and wine,” Sleswick said.
As for the rest of the event lineup, tickets to Brissie group Cub Sport’s show have already been snapped up, but don’t let that stop you—there’s plenty more to choose from. You can groove out to Triple J unearthed Electric Fields, flashback to the 90s with indie rockers Custard or spend an evening with Megan Washington. Though the dinner offering is limited to Le Coup and Bite Club, at select shows you can opt for an exclusive premium package that includes VIP seating close to the stage, a shared grazing platter and a bottle of Gerler wine, delivered right to your table. Sounds better than getting sweaty in a crowd, right?
As 2020 comes to a close (gladly we might add), and the celebrations begin, you’re able to purchase premium packages, VIP seating and Christmas party deals if there’s more than a few of you. We say make the most of the summer and get immersed in the world of arts—it’ll be a ball. You can scope out the full line-up of events and grab your tickets here.
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Image credit: The Tivoli