Burleigh gets a music festival. Hey Sunshine.

Galaxy Girls at Hey Sunshine Gold Coast

We all know what a music festival in a winery is like. But a festival in a brewery? That’s got Gold Coast written all over it.

Hey Sunshine’s inaugural music party will do just that. Take the party to the beer, transforming Burleigh Brewing Co’s taphouse with surf-film projections, light show and nostalgia-themed stage.

And if that’s not enough to have you salivating, the lineup will finish the job. Brisbane’s psych-pop overlords The Belligerents headline the bill, celebrating the September release of their debut album and Bootleg Rascal will sonically delight with hip-hop infused electro-soul beats. Gold Coast’s Peach Fur, Byron Bay’s Galaxy Girls (pictured) and The Cinema Wristy’s and Sydney’s Borneo are also on the bill.

Live art, market stalls, a platform for young local creatives, all housed in a brewery. That’s a lot of ticks ladies and gentlemen.

Organiser Anthea Bennett said she was stoked Hey Sunshine has found a home at Burleigh Brewing .

“I thought it would be cool to use a brewery’s space in a different way for a day. Burleigh Brewing Co. are an awesome local organisation, brand and product and their large site in Burleigh lends itself well to hosting all kinds of events,” she told Blank Gold Coast.

Hey Sunshine is not the first event Anthea’s worked on, but it is the first she’s managed solo. Having runs on the board working on ripper bush doofs Rabbits Eat Lettuce and Bohemian Beatfreaks she knows it’s important to be flexible and fluid. And if there’s anything that’s going to help with fluidity, it’s a brewery. OK, maybe I added that last bit myself.

“I guess I’ve learnt to try and apply a fluid, ‘come what may’ kinda mindset and attitude to the process of event curation and promotion. Things definitely won’t always go to plan, but that’s all part of the fun and the challenge,” Anthea said.

And on the topic of curation, Anthea admits the bands she’s booked are among her favourites.

“Have loved Bootleg Rascal for a few years now and got hooked on The Belligerents from their triple j Like a Version in 2015 – very groovy. The Belligerents’ debut album is out in September so Hey Sunshine will be a great opportunity to experience their new material and their new live show,” she said. “I was really keen for the lineup to focus on acts from the local region, but just had to throw Thunder Fox and Borneo from Sydney in there – coz they’re simply sublime.”

It’s a busy weekend when Hey Sunshine rolls into town. Taking place Saturday 14 October – the same weekend as Buskers by the Creek means music fans are spoilt for choice. Hey Sunshine kicks off at 3.00pm with an opening set by ‘house party on wheels’ The Wonky Queenslander. The first live band cranks it up from 4.00pm and festivities run until midnight.

And if all that sounds utterly wonderful, be warned that Anthea is only just beginning. She’s been completing her nursing degree this year while plugging away at Hey Sunshine and Rabbits as well as working shifts at a nursing home.

“In 2018 I have a few more event ideas for the Gold Coast that I’m keen to bring to fruition, whilst also commencing work as a registered nurse,” Anthea said

“Since the beginning of time we’ve gathered in performance and celebration of music; live music is so primal and innate in us and features in every culture across the planet. I encourage everyone to get out there and support your local live music scene,” Anthea said.

“Music events are so enriching for societies and I’m happy to be adding Hey Sunshine to the Gold Coast roster,” she said.

Hey Sunshine takes over Burleigh Brewing Co on Saturday 14 October. Tickets at heysunshine.com.au.

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