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.
5 years ago in Nov 2013, a Little bird was born in the back streets of Chippendale. Heaps Gay!
5 years on, we pay homage to that little bird, we’ve had some sweet sweet times over the last 5 years, 60 months, 1780 days. We’ve danced laughed and most of all just had a bloody great time with our chosen family. We’ve grabbed some of our best pals to celebrate with us. Lets raise the sweaty roof of the Imperial basement, raise some cash for ACON and say Happy Birthday Heaps Gay….
ARTISTS: Retrosweat, Joshua James, Andrew Bagala, Wisteria Histeria, Ed Wood Wina
DJs: Cunningpants, James Smithers, Tunnel Signs, Grant Gribble
9PM – 3AM | CASH DOOR $15-$20
Wrapping up 10 years of GiRLTHING parties, we celebrate with our femme pals and allies in the Impy Basement for an iconic night to remember.
Line up TBC!!!
9.30PM | Ticketing to follow
Join award-winning singer and comedienne Denise Hanlon, along with the seriously fabulous Trevor Ashley; as we drink, laugh and sing the night away.
Proudly presented by Gayle Beer & Cider… When you crack open a can of Gayle it’s a chance to join our voices together and ‘cheers’ to our past and future; a toast to being able to ‘love’ without restrictions at a time when the LGBTIQA+ community need it most.
3PM – 9PM | BUY TICKETS