We know the Gold Coast does two things really well. Outdoor cultural events. And lifestyle. The two are intrinsically entwined. When The Village Markets entered the fray, no-one would have guessed the impact it would have on the local design scene. But regulars would know that The Village Markets dishes up more than just fashion, jewelry and quirky homewares. It’s also a breeding ground for the City’s best emerging talent. The quintessential combination of the outdoors, lifestyle and culture.
“Live music brings such a fun, relaxed vibe to TVM and makes for the perfect Sunday morning hang,” Marissa Bowden, co-founder of The Village Markets told Blank Gold Coast.
“We’re about supporting emerging creative artists across all forms and music is a key element of this.”
Over the past eight years, The Village Markets have provided a platform for emerging local musicians and hosted touring artists as well. Acts include Ziggy Alberts, Mitch King, Lily Budiasa, James Bennett, Micka Scene, Jackson James Smith, Ondre Solien and Scott Dalton to name a few.
“The Village Markets is so much more than just a market, we’re a creative community, connecting likeminded people. Live music and that visual interaction and experience on market day is a huge part of this,” Marissa said.
Lily Budiasa, who recently supported Amy Shark at elsewhere and is about to tour in Ella Fence’s band agrees.
“It’s such a treat playing at TVM. I haven’t done it in a few weeks and I miss it,” Lily said.
“I’ve gotten some really big gigs from people seeing me there and the market is to thank.”
“I’ve heard so many people when wandering the stalls and sitting in front of me say how they love what the organisers have created in TVM,” she said.
Jackson James Smith said the venue offered a serious freedom of expression.
“There are people who come and choose to solely sit and experience what you put all of your passion into, and that is not found as readily as some might think,” he said.
“I sold more CDs playing at TVM in one gig than I had sold playing three or four venues a week over a monthly period.”
“I have pushed myself to play better and to connect more deeply with people through this kind of engagement and playing at the markets has been one of my foundations that keeps me living through music,” he said.
If market stalls in fashion, vintage, art and lifestyle plus street eats and live, original music is your bag, then The Village Markets delivers in spades.
Sunday 4 June 2017, 8.30am – 1.00pm at Burleigh Heads State School features Johan Danno and Nick Cunningham.
Sunday 18 June 2017, 8.30am – 1.00pm at Burleigh Heads State School features Nick Cunningham and Adam Harpaz.
The Village Markets continues to be on the lookout for artists to join the fray. You can apply to play via TVM’s website at thevillagemarkets.co.