UB40 Bringing Red Red Wine Tour to Eatons Hill

Get ready to revel! The world’s top-selling reggae group UB40 is headed to Eatons Hill Hotel on Sunday, October 13th as part of their massive Red Red Wine Tour celebrating 45 years of hits.

The iconic British band will be taking over the stage for what promises to be a night of pure reggae bliss. Fans can expect all the classics like “Red Red Wine,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Kingston Town” and fresh cuts from UB40’s 45th anniversary album “UB45”.

Photo Credit: UB40

“We are always buzzing to come back to Australia. The welcome we get from the fans down there is special,” said founding member Robin Campbell.

UB40 has withstood the test of time, with the current lineup boasting all but one of the surviving original members, bolstered by the “re-energising presence” of vocalist Matt Doyle. The band has achieved remarkable milestones, including over 100 million albums sold globally, 10 UK Top 10 albums, and most recently their 51st hit single “Forever True.”

UB40 feat. Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue @ Rock the Ring 2018
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Sven Mandel

Joining the reggae revolutionaries for this not-to-be-missed Brisbane show is special guest Eagle-Eye Cherry. The Grammy-nominated Swedish singer/songwriter will bring his unique blend of melodic alternative rock to the stage, including hits like the ubiquitous “Save Tonight.”

Photo Credit: Eagle-Eye Cherry

This is a true generational music event blending genres, decades of hits, and an unbreakable reggae spirit. Whether you’re a longtime UB40 rude boy or just looking for a night of good vibrations, don’t miss the Red Red Wine Tour taking over Eatons Hill on October 13th!

Published 15-May-2024

Echoes of Pink Floyd to Recreate Historic Pink Floyd Tour at Eatons Hill Grand Ballroom

Pink Floyd fans are in for an unforgettable musical experience when Australian tribute band Echoes of Pink Floyd takes the stage at the Eatons Hill Grand Ballroom on March 2, 2024.

Historic 1988 tour reimagined

Echoes of Pink Floyd will recreate Pink Floyd’s landmark 1988 Australian tour in support of the seminal album “A Momentary Lapse of Reason” — 35 years later. Their “Signs of Life” show promises to transport fans back to one of the most spectacular concert tours Australia has ever seen.

Echoes of Pink Floyd to reconstruct the magic

The renowned tribute band, founded in 2009, is known for perfectly recapturing the sonic and visual landscape of a real Pink Floyd arena show. Their Eatons Hill performance will include standout tracks not heard live locally in decades, as well as stone-cold Floyd classics their fans know and love.

Founder Daniel Hunter said fans can look forward to iconic David Gilmour guitar work, painstakingly recreated. “I’ve always loved David Gilmour’s guitar work, it’s pure class. This tour will showcase his work at its absolute peak and I can’t wait to share it with our audiences,” he said.

Co-founder Jason Miller said no detail has been overlooked. “We’ve spent countless hours making sure every sound is exactly as it should be. This is what our audiences have come to expect over the years and we love the challenge of getting these songs just right.”

Frontman Matt Goodluck can’t wait for Eatons Hill to help Echoes of Pink Floyd celebrate the magic of Pink Floyd’s 1988 tour. “We’re so excited to celebrate the 35th anniversary of this iconic tour and bring back some great memories for Pink Floyd fans all over the country.”

Join them for a mesmerising trip back to one of Pink Floyd’s most legendary tours, rebuilt before your eyes. Secure tickets here.

Published 24-February-2024

Comiskey Distillery Opens New Distillery at Eatons Hill Hotel

The Comiskey Group expands its Harry Brown bottle shop with the launch of Comiskey Distillery, now taking space at Eatons Hill Hotel. 

Comiskey Distillery officially opened on 25 November 2022 at the iconic hotel where they distil vodka, gin, rum, bourbon and their signature spirit “Comiskey Whiskey” produced from its 1,000-litre copper still, alongside Master Distiller, Colleen Walters. Mr Walters is a highly regarded “Flavoursmith” and has a professional history spanning more than 12 years in the fine food and distillery industries.

The Harry Brown bottle shop underwent renovations as part of the new venture which includes 300 authentic barrels, antique trucks, exposed brick, and copper displays among other improvements at the site.

The distillery will also be open to the public, offering spirit and cocktail classes. Here, workshop participants can craft their very own 500ml bottle of gin, brewed from a mini traditional Alembic copper still, with over 100 botanicals to choose from, as guided by expert craft smiths.

Directors Rob, Paul & David Comiskey with Master Distiller, Colleen Walters | Photo Credit: Comiskey Group / comiskey.com.au
Directors Rob, Paul & David Comiskey with Master Distiller, Colleen Walters | Photo Credit: Comiskey Group / comiskey.com.au

Comiskey Distillery will also serve as a training centre for the Comiskey Group staff. Director David Comiskey said that the distillery will be a hands-on training venue for the staff working across the group’s portfolio of bars, bringing Comiskey Group’s offering and service to the next level.

“This really is a passion project of ours, something my dad, brother and I have talked about for a long time. Having owned pubs and bottle shops for many years, it feels like a natural progression for us. We’ve been actively working on this project for over a year and are very much looking forward to seeing the concept come to life” says Director Rob Comiskey.

Next year, customers will also be able to order spirits at any of Comiskey Distillery’s locations including Eatons Hill Hotel, Beachmere Hotel, Samford Hotel and Sandstone Point Hotel, as well as bottle shops. Then later, online ordering through their website will also be available.

The spirits will be bottled with a signature label design that celebrates the Comiskey family’s history in construction. So, expect to see each bottle signed by patriarch Paul Comiskey as a stamp of approval on every batch.

Eatons Hill Hotel Developers Planning Massive Strathpine Development

Developers behind the iconic Eatons Hill Hotel have unveiled plans for a new hotel and club with indoor sport and recreation showrooms located opposite Pine Rivers Park in Strathpine.

Read: Eatons Hill Hotel Owners Bringing Massive Festival Venue To Sunshine Coast

Plans indicate that the 3,000-sqm building will be used as a licensed hotel and club whilst a 220-sqm building, which will be a stand-alone development, will be used as a drive-through food outlet.

Photo credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council

There will be two buildings for a showroom, with a total floor area of 8,530 sqm. The buildings will be used mainly for sports and recreation, which will accommodate a range of tenancies such as gyms and fitness studios, dance or martial arts studios, indoor sports courts, activity centres, amusement parlours, and bowling alleys.

Comiskey Group is also seeking to add a 1040 sqm restaurant precinct building that would be home to a variety of food tenancies.

Photo credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council

The food and drink outlets, based on planning documents, have been designed to provide sufficient car parking and drive-thru queuing areas to ensure the free flow of vehicle movements through the site is maintained.

Meanwhile, the proposed parking space will have the capacity to house up to 508 cars. Planning reports said “the proposed development has been designed with provision for 508 on-site car parking spaces, which equates to one car parking space per 25 sqm of GFA or use area.”

Public notification

Hotel/club plans |(Photo credit: Moreton Bay Regional Council)

The proposal is currently undergoing public notification. As of writing, the proposal has received a number of submissions from residents, who are mainly concerned about the road impacts it might bring to the area, and the site being a flood-prone area.

One resident said the northern entry and exit ramps onto Gympie road are too small for the size of the car park and vehicles anticipated during peak event times. 

“This will cause backups and major disruption to traffic on Gympie road. The development must not impact the traffic along Gympie road,” the submission reads.

To learn more about the plans and submissions, visit Moreton Bay Regional Council’s website, with the reference DA/2022/1050.

Eatons Hill Hotel Owners Bringing Massive Festival Venue To Sunshine Coast

Did you know that a massive festival venue, dubbed as “Coochin Fields” will be established on the Sunshine Coast and is set to rival major festivals such as Coachella?

Read: New Look! Club Pine Rivers in Bray Park Undergoes Upgrades

This comes after the Comiskey Group, the company behind Eatons Hill and Sandstone Point hotels, announced plans to open a brand new festival site on a 150-ha land in Coochin Creek, south of Caloundra.

“I am excited to bring something special to the Sunshine Coast, the natural festival site is a similar size to North Byron Parklands, so there is plenty of opportunity to host both small and large-scale events with international artists and multiple stages,” said Rob Comiskey, director at Comiskey Group. 

Comiskey promises to bring more local, national and international artists to the venue, hoping to bring live music back to South East Queensland in a big way following the pandemic.

With a space as huge as 22 football fields combined, Coochin Fields is expected to rival famous festivals in the world, such as the widely popular Coachella, which takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California every year.

coochin fields
The site where Coochin Fields will be built (Photo credit: comiskey.com.au)

The Comiskey Group have a long history operating as hoteliers but made a name for themselves by bringing some of the biggest names in music to their award-winning venues; some of which include, Prince, Ice Cube, Rita Ora, Khalid, The Beach Boys, Ke$ha, Tyga, Bryan Adams, Good Charlotte, SIX60 and Post Malone, to name a few.

Since acquiring the land in 2021, the company has been in talks with Council regarding plans to bring some small and large events to South East Queensland. At present, there are two turf farms and a strawberry farm operating on the land. 

Just like the group’s other entertainment facilities, the Comiskey Group is looking at how they can make the offering at Coochin Fields as convenient as possible for their patrons.

Mr Comiskey did not reveal much about the features of the festival grounds but he said the new concert site will see on-site camping and the ability to book a return bus from a range of locations around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

Eatons Hill Hotel Celebrates 10 Years as an International Entertainment Hub

Eatons Hill Hotel on South Pins Road is 10 years old this April but the entertainment and leisure site, developed and managed by the Comiskey Group, has plenty more to celebrate this month.

The hotel hosted a fabulous party for its 10th year anniversary last 16 April 2021 at its nightclub. The event was a huge success with the young crowd, especially with guest DJs like Brooklyn & Tenzin.  

The party also served as the launch of the newly renovated nightclub, with its new dancing lights and dance floor for guests who enjoy romping and tapping to the beat. 

Eatons Hill Hotel‘s 10th birthday also coincides with the establishment’s nomination as the Metro Venue of the Year at the QMusic People’s Choice Award.

According to the Comiskey Group’s Rob Comiskey, no one could have predicted that the Eatons Hill Hotel would become a premier entertainment venue within a decade as it was first planned as an unassuming Australian hotel and pub. But the establishment’s success was driven by bringing international acts like Rita Ora, Jessy J, Post Malone, even the late Prince. 

From a mega-pub, the Comiskey Group expanded the hotel with an outdoor entertainment area spanning three hectares where many unique activities have been hosted, such as the annual rodeo and the packed concerts. 

Photo Credit: Facebook
Photo Credit: Facebook

Mr Comiskey said that it still feels surreal to have thrived in 10 years.

“When you see how much we have achieved and how much we have grown over that time, it becomes a great legacy over 10 years.” 

From 2017 to 2018, the Comiskey Group further expanded the Eatons Hill Hotel with a shopping complex with 25 retail stores and a Woolworths just below the hotel. 

The group also acknowledged its strong ties to the surrounding communities of Brendale, Albany Creek, Samford, Dayboro, Warner, Cashmere, Boondall, Chermside and Enogger, as the hotel has been a favoured venue for hosting events or by sponsoring sports activities and fundraisers. 

Follow the hotel’s Facebook or Instagram page for updates and events.

Most Exciting Brisbane Beer Festival Marks Year 7 in Eatons Hill

The most exciting Brisbane Beer Festival is back! With over 130 beers and ciders to sample from 50 Australian and international breweries, the ultimate beer heaven is happening for the seventh year in a row in Eatons Hill.

Mark your calendars and tell your cider and beer-loving friends to reserve Saturday, the 15th of February 2020, for the thirst-quenching affair. Happening from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., this party will be taking over the grounds of Eatons Hill Hotel on Pines Road. 

The Brisbane Beer Festival is the largest ever gathering of distillers and brewers in Queensland hence you won’t want to skip this fantastic summer event. But which distillers and breweries can guests expect at this festival? Here’s just part of the mouthwatering line-up coming from all over Australia:

  •  Aether Brewing 
  •  Akasha Brewing Company 
  •  Balter Brewing Company 
  •  BentSpoke Brewing Co 
  •  Black Hops Brewing 
  •  Brendale Brewing Company 
  •  Brick Lane Brewing Co. 
  •  Bridge Road Brewers 
  •  Catchment Brewing Co 
  •  Coopers 
  •  Fixation Brewing Co 
  •  Fonzie Abbott 
  •  Gage Roads Brewing Co 
  •  Green Beacon Brewing 
  •  Heads of Noosa Brewing Co 
  •  Helios Brewing Company 
  •  Holgate Brewhouse 
  •  Hop Nation 
  •  Hope Estate 
  •  Horny Wombat Brewery 
  •  James Squire https://www.jamessquire.com.au
  •  Jetty Road Brewery 
  •  Little Bang Brewing Company 
  •  Little Creatures Brewing 
  •  Mismatch Brewing Company 
  •  Modus Operandi Brewing Co. 
  •  Moon Dog Craft Brewery  
  •  Philter Brewing 
  •  Slipstream Brewing Company 
  •  Soapbox Beer 
  •  Sunshine Brewery 
  •  Thirsty Chiefs Brewing Company 
  •  Wolf of the Willows Brewing 
  •  Wrong Side Brewing 
  •  Young Henrys  
  •  Your Mates Brewhouse 
Photo Credit: Brisbane Beer Fest/Facebook

A range of food trucks filled with international food fares will be lining up as well to make this beer heaven even more flavourful. Guests may also join a few adults-only competitions to win amazing prices or chill out with some soothing or danceable live music playing in the background.

Grab your tickets to this beer festival online. This is a strictly 18+ event. 

Eatons Hill Hotel Hosting 6th Annual Brisbane Beer Fest

The annual Brisbane Beer Fest at Eatons Hill Hotel is now on its sixth year. The beer festival will be held on Saturday, 23rd February 2019, at 11AM.

With more than 130 beers and ciders available, the event promises to be the largest beer festival in Queensland. There will be a variety of international food trucks to challenge your taste buds, besides live entertainment to set the mood for the full day of booze and food.

Also, team events like the inflatable beer obstacle course, keg-stacking comp and life-sized game of foosball add to the high spirits.

The annual Beer Fest On The Grass has definitely come a long way since its first year.

2018 beer fest on the grass
2018 Brisbane Beer Fest
(Photo credit: Brisbane Beer Fest/Facebook)
2015 Brisbane Beer Fest
2015 Brisbane Beer Fest
(Photo credit: Brisbane Beer Fest/Facebook)
2014 Brisbane Beer Fest
1st Brisbane Beer Fest in 2014
(Photo credit: Brisbane Beer Fest/Facebook)
Fun Games at Beer Fest
Fun games at beer festival
(Photo credit: Brisbane Beer Fest/Facebook)

Beer was introduced to Australia when the British first colonised the continent. Since then, beer drinking has become an Aussie favorite. Pretty much any occasion from a good day (or a bad day) at work to a funeral, a birth or even going to bed is reason enough to have some beer.

Foamy beer
Photo credit: Brisbane Beer Fest/Facebook

Beer festivals contribute to the constant improvement of the brew as beer makers vie for coveted awards.

But more than that, beer festivals simply spell fun for every ale lover.

So gather your mates and join a day’s celebration of beer at the 6th Annual Brisbane Beer Fest.

Eatons Hill Hotel: 2018 Best Entertainment Venue Both at the QHA and AHA National Awards for Excellence

Eatons Hill Hotel has been awarded the best entertainment venue both at the QHA Awards for Excellence 2018 and AHA National Awards for Excellence 2018.

Eatons Hill Hotel bested seven other hotels for the QHA best entertainment venue award including The Foundry at Elephant Hotel (Fortitude Valley), Finn McCool’s (Fortitude Valley), Mon Komo Hotel (Redcliffe), and Press Club (Fortitude Valley). Winners were announced at the Gala Presentation Dinner at the Brisbane Convention and  Exhibition Centre last 8 October.

The recognition marks the fifth time that Eatons Hill Hotel has won the prestigious QHA award. The hotel also bagged three other awards from the QHA, namely:

  • Hall of Fame – Best PubTAB
  • Best Marketed Hotel 100+ Employees
  • Best Meeting & Events Venue

Photo Credit: Eatons Hill Hotel/eatonshillhotel.com.au

Eatons Hill Hotel: New Years Day 2018
Video Credit: Eatons Hill/YouTube

In September 2018, Eatons Hill Hotel took home the Best Entertainment Venue Award for the third time from the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) at the gala event held at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort on the Gold Coast.

The Crafers Hotel in South Australia bagged the Overall Hotel of the Year award (Metropolitan) whilst The Headlands Hotel Austinmer in New South Wales was awarded the Overall Hotel of the Year (Regional).

Winners were chosen from more than 5,000 members across Australia, revealed AHA National President Scott Leach. “Our staff and venues combine as the heart and soul of our industry,” Mr Leach said.

“One brings our industry to life each and every day while the other forms its ‘bricks and mortar’ backbone – constantly evolving and changing to ensure we stay at the top of our game.

“The hotel industry is the most dynamic in the nation and a week rarely goes by without the launch of new ideas, renovations or complete re-developments at venues right across the country.

“In a time of great change – when every customer is a potential reviewer – our industry continues to set the standard internationally and I congratulate all nominees and winners,” he said.

About Eatons Hill Hotel

Eatons Hill Hotel, located at South Pine Road, services the areas of Brendale, Albany Creek, Eatons Hill, Samford, Dayboro, Warner, Cashmere, Boondall, Chermside, and Enoggera. The hotel is a premiere entertainment destination being home to local and international artists and djs. Its outdoor concert area accommodates about 6,000 patrons and 2,100 at the Grand Ballroom.