When I joined eager punters at DMA’s festival-opener at the GW McLennan stage for Splendour day one, I was expecting a five-song set. Their…
Sam is one of that rare breed who went to primary school, high school and university right here on the Gold Coast. She fondly reminisces of the Coast’s halcyon days – come as you are at Fisherman’s Wharf, dollar drinks at the Playroom and free beers at the Rose and Crown for students. In fact she, and some other Gold Coast friends ran one of the first ever bars on campus with Griffith University had just three buildings. Blank GC is Sam's brainchild and she is part owner, a writer and the editor. Sam's other (real) job is in community engagement, organisational development, communication and fundraising and she still consults to a range of conservation groups in those areas. She's been awarded a Young Australian of the Year award in Queensland for her environmental work and in 2013 was named as one of Queensland's Champions of Conservation. In 2014, she received a Golden Gecko from the Gold Coast's peak environment group. Sam, and her friend Chloe Popa who is co-owner and the magazine's designer, decided to launch Blank in response to the growing need for the Gold Coast to find its cultural voice. Their aim is to blow to smithereens those boring stereotypes around the Gold Coast and the cultural scene that exists here. Sam is a single mum to a little boy who is obsessed with jellyfish. In her spare time she loves music, festivals, whiskey, riding her bike, pretending to surf / skate / kitesurf, camping, bushwalking, growing food, reading books, open water swimming, cooking and eating.
I’m a first year journalism student at Griffith University and volunteer music director and presenter at local community/online radio station Rabbit Radio. I'm an avid (extremely avid) music listener and write music reviews for my blog and some for the Rabbit Radio newsletter. I've been doing radio presenting since grade 11, first at Radio Metro now at Rabbit Radio, and ultimately want to pursue that career path in the future.