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.

 

WHAT'S ON

MARCH 23 – JUNE 15: RUPAULS DRAG RACE

 

Who will be crowned America’s next Drag Superstar? Will Michelle Visage discover the boat-neck neckline? How many hot glue gun sticks will be used in the gluing of garments together?

 

Find out this (possibly…) and more, every Friday night at our 7pm screening of Season 10.

 

Hosted by Felicity Frockaccino & Yaz Qween. Entry is free, however capacity is limited.

 

Followed by drag shows “FRIYAYs w Farren Heit” with special guests (11.30pm|12.30am) and DJ James Daley (9pm – 4am).

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26 MAY: GiRLTHING x BOYTHiNG PAINT PARTY

 

Bringing VIVID to the Inner West, GiRLTHING are throwing an interactive paint party showcasing light, art & sound in our humble Basement!

 

Starring local artists: Ellie D | Isa | Cunningpants | Ella Maximillion | BOYTHiNG DJs

 

Performances by: Betty Grumble | Shiho Sparkle Hooper + more!

 

9pm – 3am | $16 pre sales, $20 on the door. BUY TICKETS.

GiRLTHING x BOYTHiNG Paint Party

28 MAY & 4 JUNE: GRUMBLE BOOGIE

 

Gentle and sensual stretching, grape-vining, hip swivelling splendour. Carnally charged cardio and constant toe-ball-heel/healing. Come along to GRUMBLE BOOGIE!

 

Class starts at 7pm runs for an hour and a half. We warm up, groove along and learn a simple routine of disko dissent to rinse and repeat. (There is also time for a lovely gooey cool down.)

 

7-8.30PM | Cash donation $20 (suggested)

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29 MAY: SEX PANIC

 

An experimental genre smashing performance night. A safe space for testing wild ideas and talking back to pearl-clutching control freaks as a space to ‘f*ck’ and ‘f*ck up’.

 

SEX PANIC is an art space that provides fertile ground in the wake of a gentrification of creativity due to an increasingly conservative political landscape.

 

Ft. Stelly G, Seb Jamal & Chelsea Neesham. Hosted by Betty Grumble!

 

7.30-9pm | BUY TICKETS

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30 MAY: DUNGEONS & DRAG KWEENS Ep.02

 

Presenting Australia’s first drag meets fantasy inspired comedy show! The costumes are sickening, the characters are fierce and the rest is … well made up!

 

Dungeons and Drag Kweens is completely improvised. An ongoing story line featuring heroines Cleo, Miriam and Sabrina – set in a drag-fantasy retro world.

 

Supported by the lip-syncing, hip-shaking talents of the Muses, who’ll give you 50’s glamour realness with their show-stopping numbers.

 

8-10pm | BUY TICKETS

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2 JUNE: HONCHO DISKO

 

This month the HONCH are stepping it up to bring you a special Vivid Sydney edition, with some of Australia’s iconic performers, DJs and art installations

 

FT. shows by: Dallas Dellaforce, Miss Tree & Nefirtiti LaNegra.

Hosted by: Natasha Jynel x BENI LOLA with Rolly Loughlin from – YUMMY

DJ’s: Hip Hop Hoe and Mr Weir

Art installations by: Darcy Yawns

Family photos by: Jean-Louis Kocher

 

9pm – 3am. BUY TICKETS

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