It’s been a massive fortnight for live music on the Gold Coast and as we farewell the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as Bleach* and Festival 2018, we thought it was time for one more listicle. A good listicle.
Check out these epic gigs across the Gold Coast this weekend.
Baker Boy + Emily Wurramara at Nightquarter, Friday 13 April
Nightquarter returns to its normal weekend operating hours with an amazing lineup of music this Friday night. Born in Darwin and raised in the remote NT communities, rapper, actor and dancer, Danzel Baker AKA Baker Boy is just 21 years old and plans to be the first Indigenous rapper to rap in his Yolngu Matha language. With serious love from triple j, BIGSOUND and music tastemakers across the country, this ‘Boy’ is going places fast. He’s joined by Emily Wurramara who’s just wowed Archie Roach. She supported him at Bleach* Festival and he said the future of live music was safe in her hands. Entry to Nightquarter in Helensvale is just three bucks and doors open at 4.00pm.
Alex the Astronaut + Stella Donnelly at Soundlounge, Friday 13 April
This could be the co-headline tour of the year with two of Australia’s most exciting songwriters joining forces.With guitars in tow, Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly are travelling through seven states to play 12 shows and we’re stoked Gold Coast is on the list. Both of these ladies smashed expectations at BIGSOUND with Alex the Astronaut having the highest attended live music showcase and being the most talked about artist of the week and Stella taking out the inaugural Levi’s Music Prize. Sort your tickets, dude.
Bullhorn + Tijuana Cartel + Cheap Fakes at Surf Parade, Friday 13 April
If we tried to name every festival these three bands had played at, we’d be here for months. Let us tell it to you straight, there is no more accomplished festival threesome in southeast Queensland. Fuelled by brass, funk and genre-defying beats, Surf Parade will be one epic dance party tonight as Bullhorn, Tijuana Cartel and Cheap Fakes lay down the groove from 7.00 – 11.00pm. And what’s more awesome is that between the live music sets you can check out circus, dance and other physical theatre just 100m down the other end of Surf Parade. Plus, it’s free.
Nocturnal Tapes + Hot Coffee + Machine Club + DiskoDisco at elsewhere, Friday 13 April
Gold Coast’s multi-talented GDFRNDS are hosting another showcase event – this time at the city’s famous purveyor of late night entertainment. They’re bringing their frnds Nocturnal Tapes all the way up from Yamba, with stablemates Høt Coffee, Machine Club and Diskodisco helping to get the party started. Conveniently located on the light rail line, and within easy reach of Festival 2018’s performances and installations on the beach at Surfers Paradise, this will be a doozy. Tickets are only ten bucks and doors open at 8.00pm. Get all the details.
Horns of Leroy + Bullhorn brass off at NightQuarter, Saturday 14 April
Maximum brass is the order of the day. Or night. Wrapping up its Festival 2018 program, Nightquarter has brought together two of the best brass bands you could imagine for one brass battle of epic proportions. Entry to Nightquarter is only three dollars and there’s a heap of food and night market delights on offer, with easy access via heavy and light rail and a heap of parking nearby. Night quarter opens 4.00 – 10.00pm
Hussy Hicks + Allensworth + Karl S Williams + Felicity Lawless at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang, Sunday 15 April
Celebrate the finale of Bleach* Festival 2018 at Country Paradise Parklands, with a unique blend of world roots, including European gypsy guitar and Arabic rhythms of Hussy Hicks; the Southern Californian Soul of Allensworth (USA); banjo-wielding, hell-fire guitar-slinger Karl S. Williams; and bohemian rocker Felicity Lawless. Live music kicks off at 2.00pm and finishes at 6.00pm but there’s family entertainment from 1.00pm as well as food trucks, green marketplace presented by Botanical Bazaar and workshops from Sparky Do Dah and Aspiral Tie Dye. Get details.
Kate Miller-Heidke + Ella Fence with late-night party featuring Regurgitator at Surf Parade in Broadbeach, Saturday 14 April
Popera princess Kate Miller-Heidke hits the Surf Parade stage with a string quartet and a bunch of new songs. There is no-one in the world quite like Kate and this show has been much-anticipated by Gold Coast music lovers. Not least because it’s bookended by Ella Fence and Regurgitator. Straddling the worlds of pop, folk and opera with ease, Kate has spent the past year performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, nabbed a nomination for Best Classical Album for ‘Live at the Sydney Opera House’ at the ARIAs and scored a Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert. She’s written an opera ‘The Rabbits’ and spent much of 2017 holed up writing ‘Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical’ with long-time collaborator, guitarist and husband Keir Nuttal. And that’s just last year. Check out our cover story on Kate Miller-Heike ahead of Saturday night’s show. And make sure you get there at 7.00pm to catch Gold Coast Music Awards finalist Ella Fence open the Surf Parade stage or the night.
Dubmarine + Elko Fields at Surf Parade, Sunday 15 April
Festival 2018 closes its Queensland Music Stage with Elko Fields from 7pm an Submarine from 10.30pm. Two-piece Brisbane Rockers Elko Fields will deliver raucous, unapologetic sounds ahead of an intimate acoustic trio set by Dubmarine who will close the stage for Festival 2018.
Last Chance to Dance feat. Hot Dub Time Machine, Surfers Paradise beach, Sunday 15 April
It really is your last chance to dance. Well, as far as Festival 2018 is concerned. Kick back on the beach and watch the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony on the big screen before kicking up a sand storm with the best party anthems, all played in strict chronological order. Complete with mixed-mash visuals and audio live from vinyl turntables. Music kicks off at 10.30pm immediately after the closing ceremony is screened, right on the beach in Surfers Paradise.
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And if for some reason you don’t find something you like in that list, check out the Gold Coast gig guide for a heap of other live music options across the Gold Coast.