For three decades from the 1970s to 1999, the Gold Coast was a hot-spot on the bucket-list of Australia’s live music touring circuit. With iconic venues like The Playroom, Bombay Rock, The Patch, Jet Club and Fisherman’s Wharf, the Coast played host to some of the hottest and most notorious international and Australian music acts; as well as some of our best local talent. From The Ramones and Cold Chisel at The Playroom, to INXS and The Go-Betweens at Bombay Rock; and Nirvana and The Violent Femmes at Fisho’s; it’s time to turn back the clock and celebrate our city’s musical heyday.
HOTA – Home of the Arts is rolling out a unique exhibition, opening 8 December, called ‘Let There Be Rock’. This exhibition celebrates the heyday of hard-core rock and entertainment through stories, memorabilia, photos and footage, some of which was contributed from local music-lovers just like you. Alongside the physical exhibition is a program of music, movies and conversation celebrating rock – past, present and future.
Opening night (8 Dec) will feature live music and a pop-up beergarden, there’ll be a show starring Nick Barker (5 Jan) exploring the story of Bon Scott, a special Pub Choir (10 Jan) where strangers learn to sing a song in three-part harmony in just 90 minutes, a screening of ‘Her Sound, Her Story’ (15 Feb), a performance and intimate conversation with Nick Cave (which sold out in an hour) and a series of three evenings of conversations in a Gallery Up Late program, facilitated by Leanne de Souza (14 Dec, 18 Jan, 15 Feb). The kids are catered for as well. Regurgitator dish up a g-rated performance for kids and their grown-ups (12 Jan) as they prepare for the release of their album written especially for kids, plus there’s an air guitar spectacle (9 – 11 Jan) and workshops for making holy shirts (8 Dec) and rock wigs (12 Dec).
Needless to say, we’re pretty pumped for this one, fam.
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Let There Be Rock opens 8 December and runs until 17 February. Get all the details at hota.com.au.
Image: Maker unknown, Playroom neon sign c.1980-1989, neon, electrical component, steel
Collection, Gallery at HOTA. Gifted by the citizens of the Gold Coast to future generations 2017