City of Gold Coast has announced a huge diamond jubilee birthday party which will see the city’s favourite musicians perform alongside Amy Shark at Broadwater Parklands.
Celebrate GC will mark the City’s 60th birthday with a free festival on Saturday 13 July with the lineup featuring golden girl Amy Shark alongside Eliza and the Delusionals, Hanlon Brothers and The Lamplights.
The celebration kicks off at 3.00pm.
Amy Shark will headline the event on the back of an enormous national tour, the runaway success of yet another huge single in ‘Mess Her Up’ and the announcement that she’ll be the first Gold Coast musician inducted into a new Gold Coast Music Hall of Fame in 2020. I was lucky enough to catch Amy live at Riverstage for her most recent tour and take it from me, it’s a show you do not want to miss. Especially when its local and free.
Amy will be joined by Hanlon Brothers who have had a hiatus from making new music for a couple of years, but are back, big time. Their new track ‘Solar’ hit airwaves just last month and is already making its presence known.
The track finds brotherly Hanlon trio, Ruka (MC), Saia (drums) and Omar Hanlon (bass and vocals), lay down a soulful, hip-hop inflected r’n’b groove, perfect for a lazy, sun-drenched winter weekend.
‘Solar’ serves as the title track to an upcoming EP of material, lovingly crafted over the past 12 months as the brothers strived to definitively capture their ethos in a purpose-built studio in Miami.
Five-piece The Lamplights serve up an organic blend of folk, funk, roots, and blues with pop undertones. They’ve received accolades both nationally and internationally, winning in three different categories at the 2011 Australian Songwriting Association Songwriter Awards – a feat no other songwriter has achieved in the 32 year history of the awards – and taking home a QMusic award in 2012. With close to 500 shows and 15,000 CD sales under their belt, The Lamplights are a professional act with a consistent and diverse fanbase.
And completing the lineup is acclaimed indie rock outfit Eliza and The Delusionals – one of the city’s most popular current live music exports. Led by uber-talented front woman Eliza Klatt, they have been making waves since their inception in early 2015. They’ve had several finalist berths at the Gold Coast Music Awards, performed alongside mega artists like Grinspoon and City Calm Down, toured with Dear Seattle and Killing Heidi and hit events like Falls Festival, amassing fans everywhere they go.
It’s a perfect Gold Coast lineup for a quintessentially Gold Coast celebration.
Celebrate GC takes place Saturday 13 July from 3.00pm at Broadwater Parklands. Check out the FB event and spread the word.
Feature image: NJA Photography