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BNE May/June 2017 |



Vocalist Joel Birch describes the band’s latest


This Could Be Heartbreak

, as the

“darkest” release of their career and that’s no

exaggeration. Loyal followers will be aware

of Birch’s personal struggle with alcoholism

and depression and the album features his

most brutally honest lyrics to date, laid bare

in a live performance on 24 June at Brisbane

Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens, Tickets from

$79.96 plus fees at


Singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko is not afraid

to try something new – since she released

her first album she has also composed music

for theatre, film and dance – but throughout

a successful solo career she has never

actually performed solo, without a band,

until now. Blasko brings her Soloist Tour

to Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm on 22

June. Tickets from $64 plus fees. For details



It’s been 20 years since Triple J radio

unearthed Hooper siblings, Ella and Jesse,

who were at the top of their game in the

early naughties, and 10 years since the duo

went on the road for a national tour, so

their appearance in Brisbane will be a long

overdue trip down memory lane for fans

who will hear songs old and new at The Tivoli

on 10 June. Tickets from $49.90 plus fees,

details at



Choreographer Natalie Weir’s latest work for Expressions Dance Company

gives the audience a glimpse through the keyhole of a hotel, exposing the

shenanigans that go on ‘Behind Closed Doors’. The original new work stars

award-winning dancer and emerging choreographer Elise May with Richard

Causer (

pictured above

) and the Expressions Dance Company who take

on the roles of late-night guests and hotel staff interpreted through Weir’s

dynamic direction of modern and athletic dance. Brisbane band Trichotomy

and vocalist Kristin Berardi help set the mood with their accompanying

performance of live jazz.

Behind Closed Doors

, 19-27 May at Playhouse,

QPAC, South Brisbane. Tickets from $29 plus fees, see www.



Artist Max Hurley weaves his whimsical magic yet again in the design

for Brisbane City Youth Ballet’s production of

Alice inWonderland


creating a superb fantasy world for the 70 young dancers who bring the

Lewis Carroll tale to life. The not-for-profit company has become an

incubator for ballet stars of tomorrow, past students – and performers

– are now at some of the world’s best schools and companies

across Europe, America and Australia, from Queensland

Ballet to the Royal Ballet, London.

Alice inWonderland


at Brisbane Powerhouse 28-30 June. Tickets $40 each

plus fees, see

Royal exclusive

The full company of Britain’s Royal Ballet will perform two works

in Brisbane for the first time outside their home base in London’s

Covent Garden. Brisbane will be the only city to host the Australian

premieres of

The Winter’s Tale


Woolf Works

as part of QPAC’s

International Series.

The Winter’s Tale

is an adaptation of the

Shakespeare play while the Olivier award-winning

Woolf Works

is inspired by three of Virginia Woolf’s landmark novels –


Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves

– as well as her autobiographical

writings. The Royal Ballet performs at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC,

South Brisbane from 29 June to 9 July 2017. Tickets from $99 plus

fees at