Past Event
Age Restricted 18+

Sneakers Unboxed: Up Late

1st Dec

Sneakers Unboxed: Up Late

Step into the rhythm of the streets at Sneakers Unboxed: Up Late - where sneaker culture meets hip-hop flair in an electrifying night of urban style and innovation!

Get ready to be blown away by the incredible lineup of performers and DJs who'll keep the party going all night long. Experience the thrilling beats of beatboxing, the energy of aerobics dance, and the amazing spectacle of a dancing fashion parade. Satisfy your cravings with delicious food and drinks and unleash your creativity by leaving your mark on a huge graffiti mural.

Want to maximise your Up Late experience? Book your seat at Palette to enjoy a five-course dinner before you head inside to explore.

Your ticket will be an all levels, all access pass to HOTA Gallery after hours, including the landmark exhibition, Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street.

Purchase from the pop up bar and food cart.  

HOTA Gallery all levels and exhibitions open with DJs and pop up performances throughout the evening.  

Admission also includes entry into The Studio in HOTA Gallery to try out a sneakers-inspired workshop.  

The night continues upstairs at The Exhibitionist Bar with an after-party DJ and more, overlooking the Gold Coast skyline.  

1st Dec
Age Restricted 18+
Admission $35
Admission with Palette Dining Experience $135
Food & Drink
Maximise your Up Late experience and join us for a five-course dinner, inspired by urban sneaker culture with a hip-hop flair.
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Pia Pressure
Pia PressureA breath of fresh air, this Brissy local is sure to delight and entrance partiers of all walks of life.

Formally the life of the party, Pia Pressure IS the party.

Glitz, glam, and everything fab, Pia Pressure is highly adaptable as an open format DJ with her preference being a combination of 2000s nostalgia with the latest bangers. Always delivering an experience you won’t forget!

With humble beginnings DJ-ing on the Gold Coast in Burleigh shortly after purchasing her first decks, Pia embraced her love of music and performance, and soon enough that iconic pink wig began making a regular appearance.
Pru Wilson
Pru WilsonPru Wilson is a woman who wears many ‘hats’ in the arts community on the Gold Coast. She is a producer, choreographer, dancer, director, photographer, videographer, adjudicator, dance convenor and also a stage manager. 

Pru began her dance training from a young age on the Gold Coast training in a variety of styles. She later moved to Melbourne to complete a Diploma in Dance Performance and her Associate in Musical Theatre.

She relocated to London in July 2015 for two years and became a member of Boy Blue Entertainment and House of Jazz Company. She’s performed at; Dancer’s Delight, World of Dance (UK), Show & Prove, Hotstepper, PJD Showcase (Rome, Italy), Freaky Art Show (Paris, France) Choreographed for Art Lover Ground & Manelogui Summer Show (Saint Bazeille, France) and was Company manager/UK tour manager for ‘UnTitled Dance Company’. Along with being a faculty member at Europe’s biggest dance studio, Studio 68 London, and she’s taught internationally throughout Australia, New Zealand, France, UK, Japan and the Philippines.

Some of her recent performing arts credits include: Gold Palm Theatre award recipient for her choreography on St. Hilda’s Musical - Matilda, Performer ‘How To Spell Love’ - Brisbane Festival and QLD poetry festival, Performer YT Dingos EP tour and Performer and collaborator on Matilda Award-winning ‘Inside Out’ contemporary dance work by Tammy Zarb and Co - Bleach Festival.
Neridah Waters
Neridah WatersNeridah is a choreographer, performer and theatre maker. She's toured her work to The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, USA, England and extensively throughout Australia with Lala Parlour, Common People Dance Project, The Brides of Frank and The Escapists. She's worked as an actor/choreographer for La Boîte, Queensland Theatre, Imaginary Theatre, DeBase, Metro Arts, Brisbane Powerhouse, PlayLab, Flipside Circus and NORPA. She's choreographed large-scale community projects for Queensland Music Festival and QPAC's Out Of The Box Festival.

Neridah runs her own company called the Common People Dance Project where she runs various community dance projects including the Living Room Dance Party, the Socially Distanced Dance Party and the Eisteddfod with a regular outcome each year at Brisbane Festival, The Horizon Festival in the Sunshine Coast, the Spark Festival in Ipswich and Wynnum Fringe. She performed Boyle and Waters in LEOTARD at Metro Arts and toured through Queensland. Neridah performed in Dirty Fame Flash Candles Club at the Judith Wright Centre, Brisbane Comedy Festival and has recently returned from a tour from outback Queensland.
Blaze Angel
Blaze Angel Blaze Angel is a force to be reckoned with. She’s achieved a lot at a very young age, and being announced as a NSW finalist for Miss Universe Australia is just scratching the surface.

A Talented Surfer and Skater, Blaze has always had a love for surf and Sneakers.
Tom Thum
Tom ThumIt's been said many times that beatboxer Tom Thum appears to have not only a symphony orchestra but also a jazz band, techno DJ, 80s synth pop group and collection of exotic world instruments all residing somewhere in his throat. Recognized worldwide for his obscure talent to warp and manipulate his vocal chords, he provides confirmation to his audience that there is no sound he cannot mimic to perfection.

Like many artists, Thum's talents were honed from behind his bedroom door. Spending hours listening to artists such as The Fat Boys and Dougie Fresh, he began echoing their boom-bap beats and synths with his voice. Performing at open mic nights and hip-hop jams in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia, it wasn't long before his part-time hobby became a full-time reality.
Thum's unique abilities have seen him perform to sold-out crowds all over the world. His recent "Thum Prints" collaboration with Gordon Hamilton & the Queensland Symphony Orchestra has put him in a league of his own. With his vocal talents being sought out by Disney, Audi, DAB+ and more, Thum has proven that his sound is truly world class and transcends expectations.
Jerome Williams
Jerome Williams When Jerome picks up an acoustic guitar, he makes it do things you’ve never heard before.
Expect the unexpected as he switches from percussive guitar beats to spitting bars then suddenly throwing in some insane shredding. Kind of like if Drake and Slash had a mildly deranged lovechild.

Unashamedly his authentic self, Jerome was put on this earth to perform. His mission is to make people want to get up and dance. Like no one's watching of course. The more chaos, the better.
He does this with a pure rawness and a mashup of rock, hip hop and funk.

A true sneakers fan, Jerome owns 39 pairs of Air Jordans!!!

Hailing from the land of sunshine and sandy beaches on the Gold Coast, Koolz is an Australian R&B/Pop singer and songwriter who has just unleashed her debut self-titled EP this year!

While her solo passion project is about to take off, Koolz has been working and collaborating with the best for many years. Name dropping may seem lame, but not when it includes working with legends like M-phazes, Bliss N Eso, Electrik Lemonade, Katanak and LEMAIRE - how's that for a dazzling array of musical genius?
Dion Parker
Dion Parker Dion Parker is an awakening multidisciplinary artist from Queensland’s Gold Coast, probably best known for his character Lil Dusty. Dion tries not to take life too seriously and his work is often fun, simple and bright with touches of humour. 
Up Late Dining Experience
Past Event
Fri 1 Dec

Up Late Dining Experience

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

Workshop with local mural artist, Dion Lee.

Workshop with local mural artist, Dion Lee.

7pm - 10pm, The Studio

Your chance to join the Sneakers Unboxed crew and pimp up the HOTA Sneakers mural alongside incredible local mural artist Dion Parker. Use one of Dion’s custom designed stencils on our wall and also create an artwork to take home! If you feel like it, pimp your shoes with one of the stencils too.

Dion Parker is an awakening multidisciplinary artist from Queensland’s Gold Coast, probably best known for his character Lil Dusty. Dions tries not to take like too seriously and his work is often fun, simple and bright with touches of humour. 

Up Late Dining Experience

Up Late Dining Experience

Maximise your Up Late experience and join us for a five-course dinner, inspired by urban sneaker culture with a hip-hop flair.

6pm seating - To maximise your experience, we encourage you to allow enough time to explore the event after your dinner seating.

8.30pm seating - To maximise your experience, we encourage you to allow enough time to explore the event before your dinner seating.


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