Touring the Gold Coast, winter 2018

Happy dance. There’s tours aplenty passing through the Gold Coast this winter. And honestly, if you can’t find something you like in this list, then you need to get your ears checked. Here’s some of our picks for June, July and onwards.

Come Together for Spiderbait + co at Nightquarter

Come Together festival is back after a year off and boy, is it ready to rock! Since its inception in 2005, the festival has undergone a few changes. From its pure rock ‘n’ roll beginnings, it morphed into a showcase of all things hip hop and indie. Now, it’s come full circle.  And what better way to return to its rockin’ roots than with a sonic blast from the past in the form of Australian music icons Spiderbait and The Superjesus? Also coming along for the wild ride at NightQuarter on 30 June are Mammal, Osaka Punch and newbies Rackett.

Blues maestro hits Soundlounge

Full-force acoustic blues legend Lloyd Spiegel is certainly an artist with ample musical pedigree and longevity. Named by Australian Guitar Magazine as one of the top 50 Aussie guitarists of all time, Lloyd has been a worldly traveller on the music scene since the tender age of 13, when he first started performing. He’s also racked up a jaw dropping list of support slots, including Bob Dylan, Etta James and Ray Charles! And he continues to be an invaluable mentor to a bunch of young up and coming musicians on the Australian music scene. He’s at Soundlounge 29 June and we spoke to him in this month’s edition of the magazine.

Strung Out bring punk to Shark Bar

Explosive Californian punk legends Strung Out are heading back to Australia to tour their massive and much loved album, ‘Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues’. This is the first time they’ve toured the album in its entirety but it won’t be the only tunes smashing eardrums. Punters can also expect ear blasting, punk grin inducing favourites like ‘Analog’, and ‘Too Close To See’ from their epic catalogue. Jake Kiley, obviously really looking forward to the tour, spoke to Erin Bourne about the upcoming shows, which will pass through Miami Tavern Shark Bar on 23 June.

British India set sights for Miami

Triple J darlings British India are hitting the road this month for their national ‘Midnight Homie’ tour. The Melbourne act will roll out 16 shows across the country, including Gold Coast as well as Perth, Ballarat, Newcastle and Narrabeen as well as other capital cities. When they do, they’ll be playing tunes from their sixth studio album ‘Forgetting the Future’ as well as songs from their extensive 14-year back catalogue. British India will be bringing their indie rock charms to Miami Shark Bar on Friday 22 June.  Tickets via Oztix.

Bondi Cigars float into Soundlounge

Rarely has an Australian band received as much consistent and widespread acclaim from critics and music fans alike as the cheekily named Bondi Cigars. With three live and seven studio albums under their belt already, and over a dozen years of constant touring, this award winning quartet have well and truly worked their way into Australia’s musical heart. Now with a Soundlounge on 22 June, we caught up with bassist, vocalist and founding member Alan Britton.

Cream and Honey coming to Soundlounge

The insanely talented Danny Widdicombe and his band The Honey Sliders are continuing their infamous annual celebrations of their favourite music by bringing the music of Cream back to life next month. It’s been 50 years since Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker came together as Cream for the last time. Known for their bedazzling hurricane of technique, drama, emotion and zooming spirit, Cream were at their best when they played live. In a series of sold-out shows dating back to 2013 they’ve paid homage to Hendrix, Neil Young, The Band, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. The Songs of Cream, performed by The Honey Sliders is at Soundlounge is on Friday 20 July. More at soundlounge.com.au.

Want Some Weed, Man?

Those 1990’s legendary stoner rockers Tumbleweed are back on the road. Tumbleweed were formed from the ashes of The Proton Energy Pills and Unheard, from the beachside suburbs of Wollongong, and were rocking the underground scene in Sydney (and even supporting Nirvana on their only Australian Tour), before the band had even released an album. They’ll hit Miami Shark Bar on Friday 13 July. 

Spit Syndicate drop into GC on 20-date tour

In support of new album ‘Orbit’ – their fifth studio offering, Spit Syndicate have just announced a massive national tour. They’re hosting their trademark One Day-style block parties in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and promising to deliver an explosive live gig locally as part of the east coast leg. Catch ‘em at Miami Shark Bar on 7 June.

Amy Shark to play Nightquarter

Gold Coast’s artist of the year Amy Shark has just announced her ‘Love Monster’ Australian tour dates including a ticketed show at Nightquarter on Saturday 8 September. ‘Love Monster’ is set to be Amy’s largest Australian headline tour to date and to coincide with the announcement, the superstar also dropped the new video for her latest single ‘I Said Hi’. The song has already been certified gold. Tickets for the Love Monster tour are on sale now with some dates already selling out. Snap ‘em up while you can via amyshark.com.

Hollow Coves announce home-town show

Coming off the back of their first-ever North American tour, a run of European dates and a double win at the Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMAs), Hollow Coves have also just released their new single ‘Ran Away’. A series of UK festivals and recording time follow next prior to their much anticipated home-coming Australian tour this August. They’ll hit Nightquarter on Friday 24 August and you can listen to their new tune on Spotify.

The Cat Empire return to the Gold Coast

Fresh from two months in the studio recording new tunes, Australia’s favourite suppliers of non-stop festival vibes, The Cat Empire are hitting the road with a big bag of hits. Touring nationally throughout September, the band will hit some of their favourite Australian venues and will be taking star on the rise Odette out with them. Gold Coast fans will be delighted to hear that our own NightQuarter is one of the only regional stops being made by the party-starters. You can catch them at Nightquarter on Sunday 23 September for an all-ages show. Tickets via Oztix.

Pub Choir hits Marketta

Pack yourself into a venue with hundreds of strangers, learn a song in three part harmony in 90 minutes, perform it twice, and if the publishing Gods are smiling: have it immortalised in video forever. No audition, no solos, no commitments, no sheet music, NO WORRIES. (And being able to have one or two drinks might just serve to work on those stage nerves, too). Whether you’ve heard of this phenomenon sweeping the country or not, 4 July is your chance to participate in our very own Pub Choir when it comes to Miami Marketta. Tickets via Oztix.

Block Party focuses on grounds in common

Grounds in Common Block Party is an all-ages, licensed event. Taking place on 9 June, the one day festival includes the ethereal and electronic sounds of Jagwar Ma, Crooked Colours and Jack River alongside troubadour Didirri and Gold Coast’s breakout star San Mei. The event is the first from Grounds in Common – a new Sydney-based company focussed on curating unique individual music events across Australia. It lands at Nightquarter on Saturday 9 June. Tickets here.

The Strides bring Declan Kelly and 4’20 sound system to Byron

Fresh from rocking Bluesfest, nine-piece reggae dancehall sensation The Strides return to Byron for one big party at The Northern with local friends Declan Kelly and The 4’20 Sound system. With three acclaimed albums under their belt and one set for release in early 2019, a European label signing, festival appearances across the country and having graced the stage with the likes of Third World, Julian Marley, Tony Allen and Groundation, The Strides’ music faithfully builds on the foundations of classic roots reggae with a hip-hop edge, forging a sound that brings together modern dance hall, dub beats and reggae-pop.  These guys are the real deal. You can catch them 29 June at The Northern.

No Fun At All plan Crowbar assault

It’s been far too long since Swedish hard-core punks No Fun At All swept through Australia and this November tour is set to remedy that. What makes this announcement even better is the tour is to support a new album, ‘Grit’ released last month and clearly demonstrating that the band is still at full speed and the shows will not disappoint. After a slight line up change, No Fun At All have kept their fast and melodic sound, adding a deeper edge. With a back catalogue spanning over 20 years full of wicked riffs and clever lyrics No Fun At All are not to be missed. They’ll descend on Crowbar in Brisbane on 2 November with Wolfpack, Flangipanies and The Way We Were in support.

Ed Kuepper is back, solo and by request

While we wait with much anticipation on the arrival of the debut album for Ed Kuepper’s favourite new band The Aints! the proto-punk original and career songsmith returns by popular demand this June and July. Playing solo and by request and with 50+ albums to his name, this is always a show for serious music lovers. The Saints, Laughing Clowns and solo Kuepper classics – it’s all up for grabs at Soundlounge on Saturday 16 June.

Storm Boy on the road

Xavier Rudd is taking his ninth studio album ‘Storm Boy’ on the road this August. The new release touches on issues both global and personal and will be part of the suite of songs he’ll deliver at Nightquarter on Friday 10 August.

IMAGE: British India (c) Kan Hibberd

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