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.
Its the 5th year of Dragnation! Ruby Slippers hosted and represented NSW to the highest caliber last year! So can you top it! Join us in finding the next NSW representative for season 5 to head to Adelaide to battle it against the other states! 2 heats and a final! Open to kings and Queens and any drag performer!
A brand new, all transgender cast show at the Imperial Hotel for an exclusive DTF takeover this September! This beautiful ensembles stars Lada Marks, Kalypso Finbar, Chi Chi and Victoria Anthony. Witness an evening of glamorous entertainment and celebrate our local show girl community.
Music and beats provided by the talented Dyan Tai and Victoria Anthony.
Basement | Doors 10pm | FREE
Performance Ground Floor | 10.30pm
Basement Performance | 11.30 + 12.30am
C’mon, Let’s WORK! Join us for the second annual UNIFORM party – a sexy new dance party for LGBTQI & their friends. DRESS CODE: Whether you fancy yourself a firefighter, sporty or a tradie, a Sargeant, a Goth, nurse or a motorcycle rider? Wear your favourite uniform and get ready to get down.
DJ’s:Ben Drayton, Estée Louder, DJ Sveta
GO-GO DANCERS: TBC
PROJECTIONS: Jamie James
DOOR: Iz Connell
Basement | Doors 10pm
Early Bird $15 | GA $20
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
Tickets via Sydney Fringe $23-30
A high energy deep basement sugar rush.
Mirasia (House of Silky)
Callisto (FBi Radio)
Radha La Bia
Design by Patrick Savile (London)
Basement | 10:00PM – 4:00AM
Tickets On Door $15
Sonant and Berlin Underground pres. KLUBNACHT, a night inspired by elements of Berlin’s and Australia’s techno scene.
Music By: Handsdown + Leighboy (Euphorie Bezirk) , Benn Nott, Gould Brothers, Navillus (Sonant), Andy Bird (Berlin Underground), Gabriel Wendt (Sonant), Corey K (Sonant)
Basement | 9.00pm-3.00am
Tickets via eventbrite $27-$32