What’s Happening in Brisbane this January


A post-Christmas slump? Not in this town! Brisbane’s got all sorts of goodies lined up this month, so let’s check out a few of them now.

Fawlty Towers Live

Date: 28 December – 22 January

Location: Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Brisbane

It’s one of the most legendary and influential comedy series of all time, and it’s bursting back to life before your very eyes at the QPAC. Fawlty Towers Live is the official stage adaption of the BBC’s classic sitcom, written by John Cleese himself and starring Stephen Hall as Basil, Blazey Best as Sybil, Aimee Horne as Polly, and the appropriately named Syd Brisbane as Manuel. The show transforms three fan-favourite episodes (‘Communication Problems’, ‘The Hotel Inspectors’ and ‘The Germans’), into one madcap performance, and it’s an unmissable treat for fans of everyone’s favourite horrible hotel manager. Find out more

GOMA Turns 10 Summer Festival

Date: 18 – 22 January

Location: Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane

Crikey, ten years already! The Gallery of Modern Art has become such a Queensland icon over the past decade that it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been around forever. This sprawling, beautifully designed complex is the proud home to over 17,000 unique works of art spanning time and space, as well as the Children’s Art Cafe and the famous Australian Cinémathèque. It’s celebrating its landmark birthday in typical style, with five full days of exclusive workshops, talks, performances and much more. There’s plenty of stuff for both kids and adults to get stuck into, so check the listings to see what’s what. Find out more

Ministry of Sound The Annual 2001-2004 Reunion Tour

Date: 21 January

Location: The Met, Fortitude Valley

Anyone who frequented the club scene back in the early 2000s probably has some pretty fond (if rather hazy) memories of it. Nothing beats a spot of nostalgia, and house music titan Ministry of Sound is whisking us all back to the days of glow sticks, Basement Jaxx, and tank tops as far as the eye can see. Ministry stalwarts John Course and Mark Dynamix are headlining the tour, which also features UK double-act Plump DJs and Aussie superstar Kid Kenobi. It hits Brisbane’s Met nightclub on January the 21st, and it’s an absolute must for anyone looking to recapture their finest clubbing hour. Find out more

Laneway Festival

Date: 26 January

Location: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills

The summer’s coolest music event is back once more, with Brisbane Showgrounds serving as the base of operations. Since it first began over ten years ago in Melbourne, Laneway has blossomed into one of the world’s most renowned festivals, spreading across Australia and even as far out as Detroit and Singapore. This year’s line-up is looking awesome, featuring acts like Tame Impala, White Lung, Aurora, Clams Casino, Young Thug, A.B. Original, and Julia Jacklin, to name but a few. It’s a genre-spanning mix with something for music fans of every persuasion, so book your tickets today! Find out more


Image credit: GOMA

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