Gold Coast live music cranks it up a notch

There are so many awesome acts heading our way over the next few months that we decided to put together a list of our top picks. From Darkc3ll to Status Quo, we promise there’s something for everyone!

Darkc3ll play rare Hard Rock Café show

Darkc3ll are kicking off 2017 with seven
new shows for their Show Me The Money tour throughout. Please see all the gigs/dates/venues below as well as the poster art work attached for this tour.  They’ll play Hard Rock Café, Surfers Paradise on Friday 3 March with Versus Fate and Hell and Whiskey in support.

70s reborn at Broadbeach

Live 70s music with the Jealous Monks and Owl Valley Bluegrass will be a feature of the 70s night at Albert Waterways Community Hall on Saturday 4 March. There will be 70s music trivia, meals and a licensed bar. Tickets $10. More at

Scott Cooks up a storm for AustinvilleScottCook-byOscarSun

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has distilled stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse.  His fourth release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track Pass It Along won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers.” Come and see why when Scott plays Mt Nimmel Hall, Austinville with his band on Sunday 5 March. Tickets $15 at the door and doors open 1.00pm with a pot luck lunch adding to the appeal.

Pray for Black Rabbit George

Best known for his outstanding guitar work, for penning dance tunes and as  one half of Australia’s  prominent  festival band Tijuana Cartel, Paul George has performed an unexpected u-turn to release a solo project of blues-roots-folk. Pray is the first single to emerge from Black Rabbit George’s second EP The Cause. It’s a warm and reflective number that evokes imagery of dusty highways and spaghetti Westerns while beckoning the listern to follow in a manner that borders on sensuous. Black Rabbit George hits up NightQuarter on 10 March and Pray is out now.

Kings of the Sun

Kings of the Sun will perform their first live show to launch new album Razed on Rock. It takes place 11 March with 2 Tone Nath in support and tickets for the Currumbin Pub gig are just $15 online. There’ll be a meet and greet table after the show for CD signings, a live auction for Clifford Hoad’s drumsticks and merch at the door. More at

Cooly Beachfest brings The Rubens to town

It will be the biggest beach party to hit Cooly and it’s no  coincidence that it happens at the same time as the Quicksilver Pro. Cooly Beachfest brings The Rubens, The Beautiful Girls, Dorsal Fins, Bec Sandridge and The Vanns to town for five hours of epic music at the most beautiful time of year on the Gold Coast. As well as five bands the event will feature food and market stalls, and while it’s an all-ages event, it will also be licensed. Even Cooly Hotel is in on the act hosting the after-party. Tickets and details for the 18 March event at

Massive month of music at MiamiStraays (c) Lamp Photography

Rabbit Radio continues to present an epic lineup of music at Miami Tavern Shark Bar for Sharky Sundays. This month is pretty big. Alex the Kid, Tropical Zombie, Goons of Doom, The Ruminaters, Straays, Sea Legs, Sleepwell, Feeling Dave, Donny Love, Vanilla Gorilla and Israeli Chicks all have shows on the horizon. Get all the details in our gig guide, but be on high alert for Rabbit Radio Rampage which happens over Saturday Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March.

Felicity Lawless scores International Surfing gig

James Reyne Band is coming to Currumbin RSL on Friday 27 March and flamenco Goddess Felicity Lawless will open the stage. The event is happening as part of the International Surfing Symposium and more information is at

Icehouse 40 year anniversary tour

A new box set from Icehouse celebrates the band’s 40-year milestone but it’s not the only big news for fans. The ten-album set, which is available now also marks the reissue on vinyl of the album Icehouse (by the then Flowers) which went on to score quadruple platinum accreditation.  But wait, there’s more. Icehouse will also hit the road and they’re playing the Gold Coast. They’ll be at Harrigan’s Drift Inn (Jacob’s Well) on Saturday 1 April. Tickets via

Apes announce album preview for Gold CoastApes

After adding the final touches on their forthcoming debut album, Stranger Than Strangers, due out May 2017, Melbourne rockers Apes have just announced an album preview tour and new single. The band will play five shows across Australia including one at the Gold Coast. New single Filter is out March 10 and is mixed and by Grammy Award winning engineer and music producer, Mark Rankin (Adele, Queens of the Stone Age, Foster the People, Florence and the Machine, Bloc Party). Having only played a handful of tracks live from the new album in the last 12 months, these shows are a special treat for fans to hear what’s to come. See for yourself at Rattlesnake Bar on Saturday 8 April.

Mae Trio announce Gold Coast date

Melbourne’s The Mae Trio return with their unique contemporary twist on folk music with sophomore album, Take Care Take Cover set for release on April 13Well Enough Alone is the opening track to the album and the first taste for fans itching to hear new material. The Trio also hit the Gold Coast on 28 April for a show at NightQuarter.

Animals unleashed on Southport RSL

The Animals were “one of the most important bands” in the British Invasion. Whilst The Beatles and Rolling Stones were the headliners, The Animals were the backbone of blues! With their legacy undeniable, Gold Coast is in for a treat when original members John Steel and Mick Gallagher along with Danny Handley and Scott Whitely bring The Animals live experience performing all their greatest hits to Southport RSL on 6 May.

Allah-Las reach Australian shores

Forming in 2008 while three of the members were working at legendary Amoeba usic record store, Allah-Las will reach Australian shores for the first time this year. Their 2011 self-titled debut was nominated for independent album of the year by the A2IM Libbys and in 2014, their sophomore LP Worship The Sun received critical acclaim. Third album, 2016’s Calico Review was recorded in Los Angeles’ historic Valentine Recording Studio. For the album, Allah-Las experiment with new instrumentation adding violin, harpsichord and Mellotron to their sound. T  On the road the band, has built a dedicated following with extensive, sold-out tours and high profile festival dates throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe, South Africa, Russia, Mexico and Israel, with a recently announced appearance at Coachella 2017. They’ll be at Miami Marketta on 14 May. Definitely a highlight on the Blank gig calendar.

Beyond the Status QuoFrancis Rossi, Richie Malone und John Rhino Edwards, v.l., von Status Quo bei einem Konzert am 14. November 2016 in der Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. // Francis Rossi, Richie Malone and John Rhino Edwards, L-R, of Status Quo perform during a concert at the Max-Schmeling-Halle on 14 November 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Status Quo Konzert in Berlin Francis Rossi Richie Malone and John Rhino Edwards V l from Status Quo at a Concert at 14 November 2016 in the Max Schmeling Hall in Berlin Francis Rossi Richie Malone and John Rhino Edwards l r of Status Quo perform during a Concert AT The Max Schmeling Hall ON 14 November 2016 in Berlin Germany Status Quo Concert in Berlin

One of the world’s biggest rock bands, selling in excess of 118 million units worldwide with 27 studio albums, 11 compilations and five live albums under the belt is Australia-bound. Yep, Status Quo have just announced an Australian tour. The Last Night of the Electrics tour will see the band stop in at The Star, Gold Coast (Jupiters) for one last hurrah before unplugging their telecasters and turning off their amps for the last time. They’re here Friday 13 October and tickets are on sale Monday 6 March. More at


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