Can you believe it’s almost the second weekend of Bleach* Festival? We need clone technology, stat, to get to all the awesome Gold Coast happenings right now. We’ve pulled together a list of kick-arse events that you just MIGHT be able to make it to as one person. If you motor.
The Ninth Wave | 5 to 7 April
What do you do when the world is ending? Party like it’s 1999! Beginning at a party bubbling over with champagne-drinking fools who wilfully ignore the warning signs of the end of the world, The Ninth Wave unfolds as a journey of consequences and the young hope that always grows from it. Against the stunning backdrop of the iconic beach at Surfers Paradise, The Ninth Wave is an apocalyptic narrative by The Farm. This dance on a smoking volcano is the party to end all parties.
You can access The Ninth Wave on Surfers Paradise Beach via Clifford Street. All performances are at 7.30pm.
The Language of the Wind | 4 to 15 April
The Language of the Wind — Yargeh Wadjeleh, is a sound installation created by emerging Indigenous leader Kyle Slabb, with Elders from South East Queensland and North West New South Wales. Exploring the concept of multi-layered cultural planes, this project combines a series of incredibly rich and moving soundscapes of local songlines, which correlate to traditional Indigenous notions of place (Jagun) and time (Guriahbu).
The installation runs between sunrise and sunset at various times during the day, at Greenmount Headland.
Vou at Palm Beach | 7 + 8 April
From our neighbours across the Coral Sea comes an explosive Pacific experience that transports audiences to the island paradise of Fiji. As a collective of urban Fijian artists, VOU blends the old and new, the traditional and contemporary with a unique signature style that has seen them receive international acclaim. VOU (meaning ‘new’ in Fijian) is the most widely-toured contemporary Pacific-based dance company, having performed across the world including Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, China, USA and Canada.
Vou will entertain at the Palm Beach Parklands at 3.00pm and 4.30pm over the weekend.
Tide | 8 to 10 April
Based on the wildly successful work from 2015, Tide sees two performers risk it all to remind us all that we are nothing without each other. Two office workers carry on their duties in an office built on a sandbar. During low tide, they stand safely on sand, but as the tide rises, water submerges the desk and its contents. For 49 hours, without food or supplies, these two fearless performers put themselves at the mercy of both the tide and the compassion of the community.
Tide is a 49 hour performance which takes place at the Currumbin Estuary (Palm Beach Parklands) from 9.00am Sunday to 10.00am Tuesday.
Song to the Earth | 7 + 8 April
Stroll through a forest of musicians in an immersive, live orchestra event. Join acclaimed Australian string ensemble DeepBlue and master percussionist Dr Michael Askill, accompanied by 50 remarkable local young musicians, for a euphoric musical experience under the night sky. Illuminated by awe-inspiring light installations and featuring an original score by contemporary classical composer Dr Corrina Bonshek, Song to the Earth is an intimate music performance inspired by patterns and cycles from nature.
Song to the Earth is a work in three discrete movements lasting 30 minutes each. The performance times for these movements are 5.30pm, 6.15pm and 7.00pm at Palm Beach Parklands.
Wave Fields | 6 + 7 April
Wave Fields presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend an entire evening sleeping on the beach, inside a blanket of sound created by internationally renowned artist Lawrence English. Merging music, environmental recordings and live sound from the performance location itself, Wave Fields invites audiences to experience the ways in which sound drifts into and out of our dreams, and how incidental atmospheres complement, interrupt and augment our sleep.
Wave Fields is a ticketed event. Visit the website for more details and to book.
Southport Live at the CBD Street Party | 5 to 15 April
Bleach* Festival brings you a daily line-up of the best local live music acts, from roots to reggae, folk to funk, and everything in between. Take a tour of the musicians that are the heart of our city. At any point during the 11 days you can encounter your new favourite act to write home about, be it the soul-soaked, brass-fuelled pop, funk, and ska of Cheap Fakes; the indie garage pop of Triple J Unearthed darlings, Ivey; or mysterious multi-instrumentalist and chanteuse Aquila Young. Don’t miss your chance to see these acts plus more than 50 other Gold Coast musicians.
Southport Live runs every day from 12.30pm in Chinatown.