Gold Coast music fans are in for a big treat this month, with a diverse and eclectic program of live music being rolled out from Helensvale to Miami. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of metal, folk, blues or pop, or even The Beatles. There’s something for music-lovers of all types here.
In Ashes, 5 August at Miami Shark Bar
A name change, a new album and a story told through video have all been keeping Gold Coast’s hard-hitting In Ashes (previously In Ashes We Lie) incredibly busy. Nate Rose (vocals) spoke to us about their new album ‘Breathe Hope’ ahead of their gig at Miami Shark Bar this month and in the process we found out that it took nearly four years to come to fruition. Read the story here.
The Honey Sliders doing The Beatles, 6 August at Soundlounge
You saw them do the Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’ in its entirety last year and this month The Honey Sliders return with a new offering: The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album, in full, just for one night. The Honey Sliders frontman and creative director Danny Widdicombe is also a member of three-times ARIA nominated band The Wilson Pickers, plus he’s played guitar for Bernard Fanning and Tim Rogers and even joined The Go-Betweens for their reunion show last month. Danny is about to head to the USA to photograph the total solar eclipse so this show is a kind of going away party. After a sell-out Gold Coast show for the Rolling Stones’ tribute, he’s hoping for a massive shindig to celebrate The Beatles. And so are we. Read our interview with Danny Widdicombe, where he calls our readers (that’s you) “intelligent”, here.
Phil Barlow, solo, 11 August at NightQuarter
He’s better known for his blues-rock swagger as lead singer and guitarist of Phil Barlow and the Wolf, but he’s changing his tune and embarking on a career as a solo artist swapping gyrations and flirtations for good vibrations and utopian aspirations. Somewhere between James Bay, Jack Johnson, Van Morrison and Bernard Fanning, you discover an uplifting new sound of indie roots, blues and soul in Phil Barlow’s solo offering, which will be on show at NightQuarter 11 August, and then again with the full band on 18 August. That’s a lot of Phil Barlow in just one month. Read our interview here.
Trapdoor, 11 August at elsewhere
With heavy guitar, strong vocals and lively, solid beats over grungy blues, Trapdoor has hit the local music scene hard. The five-piece perform as if they have those rock riffs coursing through their veins, which makes their live show an indescribable experience. Having conquered the east coast with a tour to celebrate their debut EP ‘Bison’ and a killer set at the Gold Coast Music Awards’ after-party, Trapdoor are for the rowdy and the restless and for Shakafest patrons looking to get a little loose, they’ll provide the perfect starter to a day of wall-to-wall bangin’ sounds. But before they do that, they’ve got their own headlining show at elsewhere – a major rite of passage for any Gold Coast band worth their salt. There’s never a bad show at elsewhere. But don’t take our word for it – go and see for yourself. Read our interview with Trapdoor here.
Thy Art is Murder, 12 August at Miami Shark Bar
Metal lovers rejoice, Thy Art is Murder are charging furiously unto the breach once more. The globally recognised five-piece are bringing their ‘Death Sentence’ tour to the Gold Coast. Known for attracting both young death metal acolytes as well as older vintage thrashers, Thy Art is Murder’s unrelenting aggression on the stage and in the studio has made them a hallmark of heavy music worldwide. They’re here at Miami Shark Bar on 12 August.
Major Leagues, 18 August at elsewhere
When you hear the music of Major Leagues you can’t help but be reminded of times gone by with their unique brand of pop embedded with nostalgic undertones and low-fi production. The Brisbane band have announced a national tour in support of debut album ‘Good Love’ and Gold Coast is one of the locations. Hooray to that. You can read our interview with Anna (guitarist) here ahead of their 18 August show at elsewhere.
Shakafest: Grinspoon, Butterfingers, DZ Deathrays, Horrorshow, Tired Lion, Ivan Ooze, Waax, Goons of Doom, Trapdoor and Radolescent at Miami Tavern, 19 August
Look, it’s hard to know where to start with this event. Not only is it a world-class lineup, it’s also a cultural event unique to the Gold Coast. We’re talking half-pipe and outdoor stages, just 100m from the beach. But it really is the lineup that shines bright for this annual Gold Coast music festival. Not least of which is the fact that Grinspoon are headlining, playing their eponymous debut album in its entirety. “It’s fun to play Guide to Better Living. It’s a fun record to play live and the two shows have gone well – we’ve sort of blown the cobwebs out and ready to go now,” Joe Hansen told us last month. And it’s not just the legendary music superstars that are generating buzz. Superstars in the making, Waax, Trapdoor and Radolescent are pegged to leave a lasting impression on the heards and minds of punters. There’s only a handful of tickets left. We never lie about these things. Don’t be the guy stuck in the public bar hearing the thump of bass and wishing you were there. Get yourself sorted. Stat.
>> Read our interview with Grinspoon.
>> Read our interview with Waax.
>> Read our interview with Trapdoor.
>> Read our interview with Radolescent.
Amy Shark at Miami Marketta, 24 August
She’s worked her butt of this year and no-one could say any less. Back-to-back shows, major festivals, chart-topping singles, ARIA-chart listings, a USA tour, rave reviews for her Splendour in the Grass set and now a new video for ‘Drive you Mad’. Amy Shark is a force to be reckoned with. She’s passionately proud of being a Gold Coaster and will perform for local fans at Miami Marketta this month. In other exciting news, local rock outfit The Maslows are in support, alongside The Fractures. There’s still a few tickets left, but you know how these things go. Hurry up and buy one before it’s too late. Photo: NJA Photography.
Vera Blue, 27 August at Miami Marketta
Celia Pavey placed third on The Voice in 2013, performing as the folk artist she was at the time. Since then she has discovered and fallen in love with electronic music and Vera Blue is the stunning result. You will have heard her music on triple J and now you can see her in person – but only if you hustled. Vera Blue is at Miami Marketta on 27 August and the show is sold out.
Hoodoo Gurus with You Am I, Jebediah and Adalita, 1 September at NghtQuarter
A Fist Full of Rock brings Australia’s music illuminati to Helensvale and Hoodoo Gurus guitarist Brad Shepherd has accepted that his audience has “grown up”. “A proportion of our audience may no longer want to stand around in a pub in order to see us,” he said. These other types of shows tend to have more of a relaxed atmosphere, with a bit more space.” And that’s exactly what NightQuarter delivers. So if you’re a fan of Aussie rock you now where to be on 1 September. Read the full interview with Brad Shepherd here.
And that’s just the highlights. Every single night there’s original, live music on the Gold Coast. If something here doesn’t pique you’re interest, then you need
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