The prompt 12.30pm start time meant that Electrik Lemonade‘s primary purpose involved helping delegates transition from their most recent intellectual conference session into experiencing the Gold Coast’s best in funk and fried chicken. Leading the way, frontman Barney Trub’s energy provided the necessary sustenance, supported ably by the deft dance moves of the band’s horn section. The crowd grew. City of Gold Coast CEO Dale Dickson was observed tapping his feet, the percussive vibes of Electrik Lemonade evidently meeting with his approval. ‘Panic at the Bistro’ closed out the set and the audience had grown significantly, laughing, dancing and chatting.
By the time Phoebe Sinclair took the stage, the Valley Drive-In courtyard was full. And pumping. The Griffith Uni Seed program participant brought an enthusiastic set with her all-girl band, surprising many in the crowd who may not have heard of the performer, or were more familiar with her sultry soul ballads. Virginia Grohl, author and mother of the Foo Fighters Dave, was seen in the audience and the took the time after the set to congratulate Phoebe and her band, and have a quick photo snapped. QMusic CEO Joel Edmondson dropped in to observe and comment at the capacity and talent, encouraged by the now multi-year partnership between the Gold Coast Music Awards and BIGSOUND. Sinclair’s set rocked and the crowd loved it.
After a short break, Paul George’s folk acoustic three piece, Black Rabbit George took the stage with his acoustic guitar and a big double bass. Black Rabbit George’s musical proficiency was undeniable. The Hussy Hicks, normally on stage, were noted working the room, chatting to Hollow Coves and other artists, and connecting festival bookers to managers and musicians from the Gold Coast scene. As some of the crowd headed back to the conference, the Black Rabbit George set concluded to raucous applause and many in the crowd remained around to network and conduct business, establishing partnerships that will no doubt add value the the Gold Coast music scene.
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