It’s hard to imagine something more family-friendly than live music, face painting, food trucks and picnics right near the beach and pirate park playground. And when you throw into the mix the fact that all of that music is local and original, you absolutely have a recipe for not just cultural economic development but also maximum community stoke level.
After a successful run of summer dates, the Palmy Sunday Fun Days have been extended with five more sessions approved. Polly Snowden, who’s been managing the events struggles to contain her excitement at the best of times. This is no different.
“We have a killer new lineup and some acts that didn’t get to play last time,” she said. “Bobby Alu and the Hanlon Brothers are coming to Palmy, baby.”
Polly says the Sunday afternoon event has been extremely popul.
“The community love it and Council sees the importance of having events such as these,” she said. “The response has been overwhelming. Everyone that lives here on the Gold Coast loves to hang out in parks with family and friends… so we’ve just brought the music to the people. And they are loving it.”
Polly recently won a City of Gold Cost Australia Day Award for her cultural development work and she says events like this help to bring people together but also help drive economic development.
Bobby Alu, enjoying his homebase between world tours, agrees.
“It builds culture,” he says of these types of events. “It encourages an exchange, lets artists have a voice and the community a chance to get out doors and off the screens… for a moment.
He’s back in town for a while and has swapped massive international arenas and festival stages for suburban family events like this one and local cafes.
“It feels amazing,” he said, adding that the more he travels, the more he appreciates family, friends and community.
“Lately I’ve really appreciated familiar faces. I really feel it’s important to do these kinds of shows. Strip away the fluff, back to basics, back to the whole reason why you started playing music in the first place.”
Bobby Alu has a small run of Australian shows with his band The Palm Royale before heading to South America, South Africa and then Europe. He hits Palmy Sunday Fun Day on Sunday 28 February.
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Palmy Sunday Fun Day runs from 4.00 – 6.30pm at the Pirate Park at Palm Beach Parklands
28 February | Nicky Convine + Bobby Alu
6 March | Katia Demeester + The Hanlon Brothers
20 March | Matthew Armitage + Mattie Barker