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Following the success of 2020, FIRESIDE returns – and once again great art, food, music, and glittering winter evenings are on the menu.

Across three weekends in August, you’re invited to warm up with friends, enjoy a glass (or two) of wine and a bite to eat while incredible Australian artists and performers take centre-stage.

With names like Ben Lee, Carlotta, and Iljiberri Theatre on the line-up, you’ll be inspired and tantalised by what’s on offer.

Vibrant, loud and definitely cheeky, the colder months don’t need to be dreary. Turning up the heat with HOTA is the only way to chase your winter blues away.


Fri 13 Aug, 7pm

Gran Slam Live
Everybody Now

Wordsmiths spitting wisdom, entertaining anecdotes, and free-flowing creativity. All on stage for a night of slam poetry with a difference. Hosted by award-winning comedian Jenny Wynter, a razor-sharp collective of poets, aged between a spritely 60 and streetwise 99 years, flow beside special literary and musical guests. Presented as part of Bleach* Festival 2021.

Sat 14 Aug, 8pm

Killer Queens

Five females stepping into Freddies shoes (and shorts, leather jackets and leotards) in a celebration of Glam Rock. Electrifying performances of Queen’s greatest hits, with a few tracks from Prince and David Bowie thrown in, Killer Queens pays tribute to one of the greatest front-men and queer icon, Freddy Mercury. Presented as part of Bleach* Festival 2021.

Fri 20 Aug, 8pm

Heart is a Wasteland
Ilbijerri Theatre Company

Two broken wanderers begin a love affair on their fight to the top of Australian country music charts. Conceived and performed in a sell-out season by Malthouse Theatre and Brown Cabs, combining First Peoples storytelling with live music, in a whisky-fuelled battle of egos. Presented as part of Bleach* Festival 2021.

Sat 21 Aug, 8pm

Ben Lee

Beloved Australian musician, actor, activist, and indie-pop cult icon. Writer and performer of songs you’ve had stuck in your head for weeks at a time, acoustic, live, and for one night only. Presented as part of Bleach* Festival 2021.

Sat 28 Aug, 2pm

The Party’s Over

A living legend. Australian Icon. Political activist.

Carlotta has led an extraordinary life. No gold watches necessary, just keep the champagne flowing and send her out with a BANG. Your last chance to see her up-close and personal, accompanied by a three-piece band led by Helpmann Award winner Michael Griffiths.


The Exhibitionist Bar

Flirt with breathtaking views before or after your night out at FIRESIDE. Whether your in need of a sparkling champagne or a delicious cocktail, our rooftop bar, located on Level 5 of HOTA Gallery, is ready to deliver. Open until midnight on Fri and Sat – but make a booking so you don’t miss out.

Palette Restaurant

We’re committed to the celebrating the best Australia has to offer – from the performers on stage, to Palette’s locally sourced ingredients and art-inspired menu. Located on Level 5 of HOTA Gallery, Palette is the Gold Coast’s newest fine dining experience. Book your table and complete your night.



Fridays Nights at HOTA Gallery

Every Friday, HOTA Gallery is open until 8pm. Arrive early with your group before FIRESIDE starts in the Lakeside Room, and explore the current exhibitions at HOTA Gallery, including our next major exhibition, Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson.


Keeping you safe

To keep everyone safe while at HOTA we have a COVID Safe plan and are using the new Check In Queensland app. Please make sure you keep up to date with Queensland Government guidelines at All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.


3. Heart is A Wasteland. Performers: Dion Williams (Waradjuri from Narrandera and Wakaman far North Queensland), Monica Jasmine Karo (Gunai/Gunditjmara), Gary Watling (Wiradjuri). A RISING Co – Production. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and Sidney Myer Fund. Image: Heart is a Wasteland | Photo: Aaron Walker