Alt-rock gods, mythology reimagined and affordable art – what’s on in Brisbane this weekend

The temperature might have cooled but Brisbane’s events calendar is just heating up. Embrace the season change this weekend with an abundant line-up of comedy greats, new musicals and a visit from a winery legend. Here’s what not to miss from May 9 to May 12 …

May 10, 2024, updated May 10, 2024

To find out more about what’s on in Brisbane, head to our Event Guide.

Alt-rock gods The Vaccines and Everything Everything are taking The Tivoli stage this Saturday for a nostalgia-tinged night of music. The double-headlined show will see these two staples of the British indie scene play their latest releases and cult hits – back-to-back. Brisbane is one of the final stop before The Vaccines head to Glastonbury next month.

The Beatle Boys, the world’s premier tribute band to The Beatles, is coming to QPAC this Thursday for one night of classic hits. Fresh off the back of sold out shows in America, South Africa and Asia, The Beatle Boys is acclaimed for its gift to recreate all the magic of The Beatles. Be transported to the days when the four musical geniuses dominated the charts with this one-night event.

Stand-up, theatre and live events
Brisbane’s leading venues have joined forces this month to celebrate Brisbane Comedy FestivalBoth established and emerging comedians are taking to the stage this weekend for a bunch of side-splitting sets – including Tom Gleeson, Tommy Little, Melanie Bracewell and many more. Beyond stand-up, you’ll also find whodunit-themed improv as well as Thank God You’re Queer – a fabulous twist on Australia’s favourite comedy show.

Dancing queens, rejoice! Muriel’s Wedding is getting a screening this weekend in collaboration with Brisbane Comedy Festival. Dendy Powerhouse will be showing the classic-comedy flick from its open-air theatre this Saturday. The perfect Mother’s Day Eve event, sit back and watch all the glorious chaos of Muriel Heslop under the stars.

Mythology’s most misunderstood mother gets reimagined at Medea – Queensland Theatre’s new production of  Kate Mulvany (Jasper Jones) and Anne-Louise Sark’s award-winning production. The play flips the script of Medea’s millennia-old story, and tells her tale from the perspective of her two songs in modern Australian. Experience this riveting take on family, betrayal and feminine rage this weekend, as the show debuts on Saturday.

Also at Queensland Theatre, you’ll find Anthony Mullins’ (Spooks, Lost) work The Norman Mailer AnecdoteThe legal drama follows a married couple over the course of one night as the high-achieving Helen and novelist Marshall grapple with his recent sexual assault accusations. The play is a mediation on upper middle class family, relationships and modern life.

QPAC is inviting you to be their guest with its magical musical production of Beauty and the Beast the MusicalExperience the beloved Disney film reimagined for the stage but still featuring Alan Menken’s new score. The classic fairy-tale story comes to life with captivating sets and opulent costumes for a reverie of romance.

After three decades on the West End, the terrifying theatre classic The Woman in Black is coming to Australia. Led by John Waters (Doctor Doctor, Offspring, Rake) and Daniel MacPherson (Land of Bad, Foundation, Neighbours), this new production brings Susan Hill’s original ghost story to life in a shuddering new adaptation.

Now if you’ve ever thought – who invented the black box in aeroplanes? And why can’t I find an answer in the form of a musical? Well, you’re in luck. This weekend, Black Box, the new Australian musical following the life and inventions of black-box creator David Warren starts its limited run at QPAC. The new show is from the ​​musical mind of Paul Hodge, whose previous credits include the likes of Joh for PM and Clinton the Musical. The unique premise delves into the meaning of memory, and how we hold onto, and let go of, those we love. Catch the show from Friday.

Brisbane Street Art Festival continues to bring it’s exciting line-up of talent street artists to some of Brisbane’s most iconic locations. Discover new public art installations, along with events, large-scale exhibitions and artist panel talks from the festival’s central hub at Superordinary Northshore with more events activating all across the city.

Experience Japanese artist Hiromi Tango’s artist residency at the Museum of Brisbane this weekend, showcasing the community-led project Gentle Petal. The multi-room installation features upcycled textiles for attendees to create flowers, which will then enliven the walls of the Adelaide Street Pavilion. Hiromi’s vibrant project aims to inspire healing through the social connection of creating together.

Last month, QAGOMA recently launched its latest exhibition from Waanyi artist Judy Watson. mudunama kundana wandaraba jarribirri combines four decades of work, featuring prints, paintings, sculptures and more to consider Judy’s prolific reflections on her family’s Waanyi Country in north-west Queensland. Whilst exploring QAG, you can also take a wander through the Seeds and Sovereignty exhibition. These curated pieces from the museum’s Indigenous Australian Art Collection consider the intricate relationships between plants, people and Country. Discover artwork by traditional and emerging First Nations artists and unlock the cultural stories, ceremony and Songlines.

Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art has welcomed its next fleet of exhibitions, bannered by an exciting range of local and international artists. Platform represents the gallery’s new annual series which is dedicated to showcasing new work from emerging artists under 40. Visit the Brunswick Street space over the weekend, and catch the works of Miguel Aquilizan, Mia Boe, and Sarah Poulgrain.

This weekend sees the Affordable Art Fair make its Brisbane debut – as more than 40 independent galleries take over the Showgrounds Exhibition Building with works priced between $100 and $10,000. Emerging and established art lovers have the chance to shop works from an array of artists at accessible price points. The four-day festival is also headlined by live painting sessions, an Art ATM and performances by Dead Puppet Society. Find your guide to Affordable Art Fair Brisbane here.

Food and drinks
The iconic Barossa winery Chateau Tanunda heads to Hellenika this weekend for an exclusive dinner event. The Old Vines and Evolution Dinner promises an unforgettable evening, featuring a curated wine list paired with Hellenika’s delicious menu of refined Greek fare. There’s still a few seats left at this exclusive dining event. Grab them here.

Markets and more
Stock up on fresh-local produce, bespoke goodies and street food snacks at one of the weekly markets as well. Riverside Markets, Kelvin Grove Village Market, Jan Powers Farmers MarketsCarseldine Markets, Nundah Farmers Markets and the Redcliffe Markets are open and trading this weekend. For our night owls still craving the delicious market fare but can’t beat the ‘snooze’ button, hit up Eat Street Northshore. Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Love Me Again Market is once again taking over Milton with their curated line-up of stallholders offering designs from all your favourite brands.

If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, The Maker’s Market is on again this Saturday at Distillery Road Market in Eagleby. This event lets you shop handcrafted goods from a curated series of artisans, painters, ceramists and more. It’s your home of thoughtful, one-of-a-kind gifts this celebratory weekend.   

Your next sweat sessions are sorted with South Bank’s free workout classes Feel Good – open to all age groups and levels. Discover a range of trending workouts, designed to get you mindfully moving with your community. Get those endorphins pumping as we lean into winter, with Thursday night Zumba or start your Saturday with yoga flow kicking off at 7:30 am with pilates and aqua aerobics also on offer.

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