Fun times! Gold Coast’s cultural and musical calendar is certainly heating up, with lots of announcements hitting our desks over the last couple of months. Bluesfest fans would’ve seen the shift to October by now, Splendour is hosting world first digital concert experience Splendour XR with a lineup that has us screaming at our screens, Bleach* Festival has a gargantuan program lined up (make sure to check out our interview with the epically talented Sarah Blasko in this edition), SWELL – now in its nineteenth year if you can believe it – has dropped some wicked program teasers and of course we’ve got brand new festival Springtime hitting the street of Surfers in September, which we’re pretty damn excited about.
Our very own Gold Coast Music Awards has announced that it will be partnering with Springtime and running on the Saturday of the event, and we can also exclusively reveal right now that this year’s awards ceremony will be livestreamed for those who miss out on tickets to the physical event. Said livestream will be hosted by none other than triple j breakfast presenter and DJ extraordinaire Ebony Boadu, so it’s set to be a loungeroom party for the ages. We’ll have more on Ebony and the Gold Coast Music Awards in the next edition.
On the arts and culture side of things, we had a sweet little chat with the hilarious and irreverent Christian Hull ahead of his appearance at Byron Writers Festival, and also spoke to the star of upcoming ‘American Psycho – The Musical’, showing at HOTA this month, about just what it’s like getting inside the head of a serial killer.
While things certainly aren’t back to B.C. (Before COVID) normal, it’s still heartening and something of a relief to watch events ramp up around the city. Feels like time to get venues back to full capacity, eh?