Blak Social Announces Fright Night Alongside Spooky Covers

21 October 2022 | 10:00 am | Dan Cribb

"Another space where we can continue reclaiming spaces and telling stories how we want to."

Theatrical fright night Blak Friday will take over Greaser Bar in Fortitude Valley on Thursday 27 October.

Led by Indigenous arts company Blak Social, the event is “set in the nostalgic 1980s where a truth-telling storm brings the creatures of Cancel Town to life”.

Like any good fright night, participation is key, and punters will have to “figure out who to trust to stay alive”, with organisers adding, “You can expect a story that won’t just have you asking questions, it will have you scream them.”

Blak Social’s Loki Liddle, a Jabbirr Jabirr man who also fronts alt-rock band Selve, added: “Blak Friday is another space where we can continue reclaiming spaces and telling stories how we want to. Independent Indigenous arts companies are vital to the ongoing truth-telling on these lands.”

Blak Social has also teamed with Selve to create covers of iconic tracks Somebody’s Watching Me and Ghostbusters, two songs connected to the Queen’s City story that premiered at QPAC as part of Brisbane Festival in September.

Queen City was the birth of the ‘Queencitiverse’; a multi-dimensional world set in the past, present and future of the nostalgic ‘80s where truth-telling is told in the most viscous and hilarious way possible,” Blak Social creative Director Alethea Beetson said.

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“Blak Friday is the second performance work set in this universe and it is another example of the SOMETHING theatre that we make as a company.” 

Both Somebody’s Watching Me and Ghostbusters feature on the Queen’s City soundtrack, the first release on Blak Social Records (BLR).

“BLR steps with sovereignty into the world of music recording, production, and distribution for First Nations artists, modelling a label structure that will embed Indigenous processes and amplify First Nations storytelling,” Beetson said.

Liddle added: “Being able to release music through our own record label that is working to address harms within the music industry allows me to continue working with cultural integrity and ensuring sovereignty is at the forefront of my practice.”

For tickets and more info on Blak Friday, click here.