Following the success of 2020, FIRESIDE returns to the cosiness of the Lakeside – and once again great art, tasty food, and glittering winter evenings are on the menu.
Across three weekends in August, and in collaboration with Bleach* Festival 2021, you’re invited to warm up with friends, enjoy a glass (or two) of wine and a bite to eat while incredible Australian artists and performers take centre-stage.
Gran Slam Live | Everybody Now
Fri 13 August
Wordsmiths spitting wisdom, entertaining anecdotes, and free-flowing creativity. All on stage for a night of slam poetry with a difference. Hosted by award-winning comedian Jenny Wynter, a razor-sharp collective of poets, aged between a spritely 60 and streetwise 99 years, flow beside special literary and musical guests. Presented as part of Bleach* Festival 2021.
Sat 14 Aug
Five females stepping into Freddy’s shoes (and shorts, leather jackets and leotards) in a celebration of Glam Rock. Electrifying performances of Queen’s greatest hits, with a few tracks from Prince and David Bowie thrown in, Killer Queens pays tribute to one of the greatest front-men and queer icon, Freddy Mercury. Presented as part of Bleach* Festival 2021.
Heart is a Wasteland | Ilbijerri Theatre Company
Fri 20 August
Two broken wanderers begin a love affair on their fight to the top of Australian country music charts. Conceived and performed in a sell-out season by Malthouse Theatre and Brown Cabs, combining First Peoples storytelling with live music, in a whisky-fuelled battle of egos. Presented as part of Bleach* Festival 2021.
Sat 21 Aug
Beloved Australian musician, actor, activist, and indie-pop cult icon. Writer and performer of songs you’ve had stuck in your head for weeks at a time, acoustic, live, and for one night only. Presented as part of Bleach* Festival 2021.
Carlotta | The Party’s Over
Sun 28 Aug
A living legend. Australian Icon. Political activist. Carlotta has led an extraordinary life. No gold watches necessary, just keep the champagne flowing and send her out with a BANG. Your last chance to see her up-close and personal, accompanied by a three-piece band led by Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths.
FIRESIDE runs 13 to 28 August. Explore the full program at hota.com.au/fireside-2021.