The Basement is a live performance and dance space that’s been refreshed into a late-night sanctuary for all; a safe home for personal and creative expression, exuberance and inclusivity, and welcomes all members of the LGBTQIA+ community. The Imperial Erskineville has always been a beloved late-night dance venue outside the lockout zones, and continues on as a proud standard-bearer for joyous after-dark culture.
On Friday and Saturday nights from 9pm until close*, The Basement comes alive with self-expression, creative energy and flamboyant performance. Hosting a line-up of drag and performance art, live music, DJs, partnered and special events, the space will be shared with some of the world’s best party partners to offer Sydney’s most captivating nights.
When the sun goes down, The Basement’s pulse rises, bringing together a commune of connections, introductions and celebrations in a space made to tickle imaginations and ignite passions. We say diverse is divine, weird is wonderful, unique is unreal – and yes, you’re absolutely welcome here.
*Our opening days and times may expand beyond these – keep an eye out here!
WE HAVE CREATED THIS SPACE AS AN OPEN SAFE HOME TO PERSONAL AND CULTURAL EXPRESSION.
A SANCTUARY FOR ALL, A SPACE THAT TICKLES THE IMAGINATION AND IGNITES THE PASSION FOR LIVING.
A PLATFORM FOR PERFORMANCE, FOR EXPRESSION AND EXPLORATION.
A COMMUNE OF CONNECTIONS, INTRODUCTIONS AND CELEBRATIONS.
UNIQUE IN ITS STYLE, DIVERSE IN ITS CULTURE, FLAMBOYANT IN ITS PERFORMANCE.
A REFUGE FOR LOVE.
WEIRD IS WONDERFUL – AND YES, YOU’RE WELCOME HERE.
Back by popular demand! Our Poptartz show returns to the Impy Basement bringing you 00s realness, like a double hit of popping candy and a double vodka redbull.
Featuring our mother Farren Heit, the delicious Ruby Slippers and our hunky booty boy Kalin Eade – taking you through the very best of Vengaboys, Steps, Spice Girls and Aqua.
Followed by our free DTF club night with DJ James Daley.
Basement | 11.30pm FREE
Its time to release your Alter-Ego! Let out your fabulous doppelgänger – Time to crack out the suede jacket, thigh-high boots or silk kimono and show the world what your inner superstar looks like.
Are you a confident sensual queen like Beyonce’s Sasha Fierce? Or maybe you’ve been repressing your inner rapper like Mark Whalberg a.k.a. Marky Mark.
BiCONiC are currently taking submissions for you and your alter-ego to perform onstage – get in touch via their FB page!
Basement | Doors 10pm | $15 cash
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Hosted by the incredible Marlena Dali, with performances by Mama Medusa, Gabriel Angel, Ruby Slippers Melbourne, The GAZE LIVE, Dale Woodbridge-Brown.
Tunes by Pablo + Indicia.
Basement | Doors 10pm | $20 cash
Our #1 bear fam at Harbour City Bears are bringing Pride to the Basement, with their main annual event Bear Pit this winter!
With iconic DJ’s Rob Jennings and Ben Drayton on the decks for you and it will be a night to remember! Be sexy and comfortable, let’s make it hot…
Basement | Doors 10pm
DJ Dan Murphy presents CAMP!
It’s a night of all your favourite camp anthems, from Kylie to Dannii, Mariah to Shania, Tina to Ariana, Spice Girls to Little Mix and Almighty to Freemasons. All those songs you love from the 90s to now that you just can’t help singing along to.
Your DJs will keep you dancing in the Imperial Basement until the wee hours of the morning!
Basement | Doors 10pm
Produced by ROGERS & URQUHART as part of Sydney Fringe 2019!
Let’s tear beneath the beige surface of this city. They’re here! The Fleas – to fascinate, irritate, astonish and take over the Imperial Hotel Erskineville in the last week of September for The Sydney Fringe Festival. They leap, they laugh, they kiss you, they bite!
The Fleas shift their gender back and forth to an astonishing place of freedom beyond the sexes. Like the power of nature and fiery energy, it’s a world of magical transformations.
Basement | 7.30-9.30pm
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