Keen on ensuring that the Australian music industry continues to thrive, Smirnoff is currently in the process of collaborating with beloved artists and iconic venues across Australia to bring forth a night filled with both eclectic flavours and brilliant music in their new Smirnoff Origins series, with The Presets kicking off at Sydney’s Club 77, and Brisbane getting a good taste of Crooked Colours at the famed venue The Brightside.
Taking place across February and March, Smirnoff Origins will dive into that exact feeling that music-lovers crave in the local music scene with Australian artists and venues who love what they do, emerging artists to fulfil the craving of new music, and Smirnoff drinks on hand.
While Thursday, February 2nd saw The Presets in Sydney, Thursday, March 9th will showcase Aussie alt-dance legends Crooked Colours. From choosing the right beverages, to fostering a connection with music, Smirnoff knows how to put together a gig worthwhile, but it really begins with The Brightside, and their longstanding history for putting on a great gig.
Situated inside of a building that once was a church, Brisbane’s The Brightside has been servicing punters for almost eight years. With venue booking agent Chris Langenberg filling the venue with music, The Brightside has cemented itself as a staple in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley with its overall ambience, cosy atmosphere, and almost nightly calendar of entertainment, turning it into one of the country’s premier live music venues.
As Langenberg shares, The Brightside “has become one of the most frequented live music venues in Australia” thanks to its almost un-ending list of all-star names. “[The Brightside] has seen Australian acts such as DZ Deathrays, The Chats, Northeast Party House, Ruby Fields, Methyl Ethel and international artists such as IDLES, Dry Cleaning, Tinlicker, WAVVES to name a few,” he adds, proving that the venue certainly knows what it’s doing when it comes to organising a solid night of entertainment.
Although many venues across Australia had to shut their doors amidst the global pandemic, The Brightside were lucky enough to stay open throughout. Despite this, the acclaimed venue still faces challenges that are quite specific to Brisbane as crowds flock to the myriad events on offer around the place. “The biggest challenge for the venue is the amount of events happening in Australia and Brisbane at the moment,” Langenberg explains. “When the largest venues in the city have sold out events every week it is hard to share crowds.”
Even so, The Brightside team remains resolute, always looking on the brightside of things, and are gearing up to make 2023 even better, and even more of a drawcard when it comes to entertainment, “We will be re-opening the kitchen at Brightside this year and food will be coming back to the venue as well as free beer garden afternoons,” Langenberg says excitedly. “Keep an eye out on our socials for those updates!”
Smirnoff Origins is set to be like nothing else ever before – with a venue like The Brightside that knows music through and through, alt-dance trio Crooked Colours taking to the stage, an emerging Aussie artist (who’s gaining more than just a spot with $5,000 on the table) giving crowds a new taste, local DJs putting on sets to keep the night going, and Smirnoff drinks on offer, the second instalment of Smirnoff Origins will be one to attend.
Tickets to Smirnoff Origins are on sale now, and with limited tickets to create the perfect gig effect, punters are urged to quickly act on tickets to not miss out.
If you’re looking for another stellar way to ensure you’re taking part in what the Aussie summer has to offer, make sure you’re also across the new Smirnoff Seltzer Vodka Cocktails. Featuring two new flavours, Spicy Margarita and Watermelon Margarita, they’re one of the bolder additions to any summer playlist.
While we’re all about having fun, please remember to drink responsibly. Smirnoff knows music, do you know your DrinkIQ?
Thursday, March 9th, 2023
The Brightside, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets: $50+ Booking Fee