The team behind The Tivoli has announced a brand new music venue, What’s Golden set to open in Fortitude Valley in late August. What’s Golden will convert The Tivoli’s main bar area into a 250-person capacity boutique entertainment space, showcasing local, national and international performers.
The Tivoli co-owner and creative director Dave Sleswick reckons the new space will help attract a wider crowd and keep the venue open on more nights during the week.
“We really want to … play a lot with your stand-up comedy, cabaret, performance art, club nights, parties,” Sleswick says. “We have a pretty broad database and marketing scope, so I feel like we are going to be able to utilise The Tivoli and its history to tap into markets to bring new people to these shows.”
What’s Golden will alternate nights with The Tivoli’s 1600-person capacity main auditorium and feature a corner stage in the foyer sectioned off by custom-made curtains and furniture. The new space will take a small amount of real estate from the main room to allow for more seating.
The renovation will also turn The Tivoli’s box office into a cafe, bar and daytime music nook where people can purchase tickets, grab a coffee or drink, and listen to records.
Sleswick is hoping What’s Golden will encourage Brisbane locals to venture out for more mid-week shows.
“We really want to change the culture of that and we want to continue to build The Tivoli to be a brand that hosts new things, takes a risk and builds trust with its punters that we will put on great shows,” he says. “We want to break open the preconception about what it means to go to a music gig, and go out on a week night.”
Sleswick bought The Tivoli with his brother Steve in 2016, saving the iconic music venue from redevelopment. Originally built in 1917, the Costin Street building was transformed into The Tivoli Restaurant and Theatre in 1989.