DJ Lance Rock and the rest of the colourful Yo Gabba Gabba! crew will headline Powerkids 2014, the Brisbane Powerhouse’s impressive school holiday program.
The enormously popular children’s entertainers — who seem to be almost as big a hit with adult hipsters as they are with kids — will perform three shows a day (at 10am, 1pm and 4pm) from Tuesday 01 July to Friday 04 July.
They’ll be joined by ‘Super Music Friends’ Cub Sport on Tuesday 01 July, Little Odessa on Wednesday 02 July and Shag Rock on Thursday 03 July.
Local celebs will also be dancing up a storm with the Yo Gabba Gabba! characters. The Dancey Dance segment is probably the most iconic on the TV show, and has featured names like Elijah Wood, Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Erykah Badu, Tony Hawk, Solange and Andy Samberg.
In Brisbane, the likes of Ranger Stacey, Tommy Franklin (Australia’s Got Talent), Dr Rob (Scope TV), Tim Jackman (King of the Kids), Luke Kennedy (The Voice), Jake & Elle (My Kitchen Rules), Carol Lloyd (Railroad Gin), John & Ollie (Toasted TV) and children’s group Lissa & Nee Nee will be getting their Dancey Dance on.
This year’s Powerkids event — which runs from Tuesday 01 July to Sunday 06 July — will have a ‘Monster Circus’ theme, and aims to offer more free activities than ever before.
“Families can come along to a picnic lunch on the Monster Rug,”says festival producer Troy Armstrong, “and watch the free Magnificent Monster Circus Show or kids can get involved, dress up and perform in the daily MonSTAR Gras! parade.”
Armstrong says the Powerkids program has been designed to encourage interaction and participation. “There are children’s workshops in AFL, circus tricks, cooking, filmmaking, singing, recycling, environmental conservation, aerobics and rock climbing all on offer at the festival.
“We also have the premiere of the internationally awarded animation series Spike & Dadda, which was created locally by Brisbane production company Bigfish and is centered around the lives of Sheldon Lieberman and his son, Spike.”
For more info, head to brisbanepowerhouse.org/festivals/powerkids-2014.