Raise the Roof

One night. One festival. Six rooftop bars. Six wild parties.
Sarah Ward
Published on September 05, 2022


Now that September has hit Brisbane, expect to do at least one of three things — all involving the moon. You can get up close and personal with a giant floating replica of the celestial object. Or, you can stare up at it at its fullest while floating along the river surrounded Lindy Lee's art. And, if that's not enough, you can party beneath it at a series of synchronised rooftop shindigs.

Those parties will pop up on six Brisbane rooftops on one single night: Friday, September 23. And if you're wondering why — why all of the above is happening, in fact — that's because Brisbane Festival is here for another year.

Raise the Roof is a new part of the program, helping send it off in style as it comes to an end. The sextet of soirees will feature six artists and/or artist collectives such as Michael Zavros, Briefs Factory International and The Grates' Patience Hodgson, all curating a venue each around a specific colour palette. If you're heading along, you'll be asked to embrace the theme.

On the agenda, all kicking off at 7pm: Briefs' Studio 54-inspired tropical disco at Fiume Rooftop Bar, where the dress code is tequila sunrise disco and pretending your in the 70s is the done thing; Utopia at The Grove on Queen Street, with Jesswar, Milan Ring and more playing tunes, and green hues featuring in a big way; and a French salon-inspired night at Ooh La La Rooftop, where hosts Counterpilot want you wearing red (and spying it all around you, too).

There's also an ancient Greece-inspired party at Lina Rooftop, where you're asked to "channel your inner Grecian god or goddess — but make it blue"; an 80s fantasia at Iris Rooftop, and 'Purple Rain' won't just be on the soundtrack; and all things pink and glittery, aka Hodgson's contribution, shining at The Terrace Rooftop Bar.

Tickets vary in price from $100–200 depending on the party, with a three-hour food package included at the lower price and drinks also on offer at the higher end.

Top image: Mitch Lowe.

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