Wanna check out some of the hottest Gold Coast talent at Surfers Paradise Live? The event runs Friday 6 – Sunday 8 May through venues and public spaces in Surfers Paradise. Here are our editor’s top picks for Gold Coast music in the program.
Gold Coast songstress Ashleigh Mannix did something amazing when she teamed up with California-raised Justin Carter. Their new album Bootleg (which is available on vinyl as well as other formats) is nothing short of award-winning stuff. Launching at 2015 Tamworth Country Music Festival and since touring Australia and the USA, they’re piqued serious interest from music lovers and the music industry for good reason. They’re on the Cavill Stage, Sunday 8 May from 12 noon – 12.45pm.
Most Gold Coasters will already feel like The Lamplights are an old musical friend. Lead by one of Australia’s most charismatic front men, Ryan Gittoes, The Lamplights play music with pure, raw talent. Their chemistry on stage is obvious, and the four-piece band includes Australia’s current Fingerpicking Guitar Champion Jason McGregor. Check ‘em out on the Cavill Stage, Sunday 8 may from 2.00 – 3.00pm.
Benny D Williams
Widely acclaimed as one of the most talented performers and hard-working acts in South East Queensland, Benny transcends time and genre through commanding beautiful acoustic harmonies and rhythm and using multiple instruments and technology to transform his solo act into the sound of a psychedelic blues band. He’s at the Cavill Stage, Friday 6 May at 7.00pm.
Six-piece, dapper darlings, Cheap Fakes, back from NZ and eager to please festival crowds. These guys are festival favourites for a reason. If you’re not tapping toes and swaying hips you need your pulse taken. They’re opening proceedings at the Main Stage on Sunday 8 May from 11.00am to midday.
Previously known as The Full Stops, this totally GC outfit plays a bunch of blues tribute songs and the odd original track. They’re regulars at Blues on Broadbeach and feature a surprising mix of Council staffers and even a Councillor. You’ll have to check them out to find out more. They’re opening the Cavill Stage on Saturday 7 May, 11.00am.
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