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“I am so excited for Rosie Rai to bring her NYC-style, request-fuelled piano bar to Bondi. I plan on spending every spare minute in 1800-REQUEST during the last week of the Festival.” – Rachel Chant, Festival Director

1800-REQUEST: Bondi Festival’s request-fuelled, singalong (optional) queer piano bar makes its way to Bondi for the last week of the Festival.

Settle in for the night at our song-filled speakeasy with virtuosic keys diva and spontaneous songstress, Rosie Rai, who performs a setlist entirely of your making. Whether it’s a well-loved classic from Rosie’s far-reaching repertoire, or a new and fresh tune, Rosie bravely (and perhaps foolishly) accepts your requests live onstage.

Sit back and be serenaded, challenge Rosie with a wild request, or even join her for a song if you’re feeling bold. Will you bask in the sultry glow of jazz classics? Boogie on to disco late into the night? Or jump in on a raucous Disney sing-along? In this night of free-wheeling musical mayhem, it’s up to you.

In this piano bar of your very specific dreams, Rosie Rai delivers a brand new piano cabaret soiree each night. Head along for a pre-show tune or stay the whole night – this five-star bar is open all night.

“Voice of an angel… mind of a comedic genius” ★★★★★ – Isolated Nation

“Immediately charming” ★★★★ – Fringefeed


Thu 13 – Sat 15 July 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Sun 16 July 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Accessibility Info:
  • This is a ‘Sight No Obstacle’ event.
  • There are a number of wheelchair seating locations in our Festival venues. To arrange accessible seating, please call or email Bondi Festival.
  • Click here for more information about accessibility at Bondi Festival.
Presented by:

Creator/Performer Rose Chapple

Meet the Creator:

Born and bred in Perth, Rosie graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with Honours in jazz piano in 2015, and has since performed across Australia and the world. A synth-pop songwriter and performer extraordinaire, Rosie has released two self-produced singles under the name Rosie Rai, an EP with cross-country disco funk outfit PLAYTIME, and two singles with Friend’s Birthday, her indie electronic collaboration with fellow keys player & songwriter Matt Schmalkuche. She is also an in-demand session keyboard player, in 2022 having performed at the Sydney Opera House and Splendour in the Grass with Miiesha (QLD), at Melbourne Recital Centre with iconic diva Mama Alto, and the National Gallery of Victoria for the opening of the landmark QUEER Exhibition in 2022. She is the weekly host of 1800-REQUEST in ongoing residence at UBQ, a new queer venue on the iconic Smith Street in Collingwood, Melbourne.

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