Celebrate the January long weekend with San Mei

Get ready to party like it’s 2019 when the City of Gold Coast hosts their epic annual celebrations at Broadwater Parklands on 26 January 2020, complete with a spectacular fireworks display, food vendors and activity zone. And like that’s not enough, the music stage will be graced with a display of incredible local talent that’s sure to get the party pumping.

Headlining the main stage will be blistering, high energy Celt-country masters Round Mountain Girls, supported by riot starters Electrik Lemonade, San Mei and Liv Heyer. We hadn’t chatted to the dreamy indie pop enchantress San Mei for a while, so we thought we’d shoot her a few questions ahead of the event.

I don’t think we’ve chatted to you properly since before BIGSOUND 2018! You’ve done a whole lot since then. How was the SongHubs songwriting workshop you nabbed a spot in, and what were some of the main things you took out of it? 

There’s definitely been a lot happening since we last chatted, and SongHubs was one of the best moments this year! I was lucky to receive a one day invite as a local artist to the workshop and had the opportunity to write with a couple of very talented artists. It reiterated for me the value in co-writing, that you can put three heads together and come up with something special if you’re all willing to be vulnerable with and really listen to one another. Having other people help carry the load also makes the songwriting process fun and exciting.

Tell us a bit about your ‘Something Good’ tour from this year. In what ways did it meet or exceed your expectations?

This was my first headline tour and honestly, having anyone buy a ticket to see me play, or buy merch at a show, was a really great (and weird) feeling. It’s also a pretty scary thing putting yourself out there on tour as the main act, so I think my band and I really grew a lot in the challenge. It’s nerve wracking but you gotta push through it. I think we think we’re invincible now haha!

Any funny or memorable moments from the road?

Probably too many funny moments to count with my lunatic band. One memorable moment was the airline losing some of our gear for the very first show of the tour. We are scarred but we got through it together and like Britney we are stronger than yesterday.

Looks like you’re playing in Coffs on 25 Jan then back up to Gold Coast for the 26 Jan event in Southport! Are you loving the hectic #giglyf or are you ready for a nap? 

I’m very ready to start napping! The shows have been pretty much nonstop since the start of the year, so it’s going to be really nice to wind down for a few weeks before shows start back up in January.

What are you most looking forward to with the Broadwater Parklands gig? 

I’m really looking forward to playing another hometown show, especially in such a beautiful location. I’ve been away a lot for shows lately and any chance to play at home where friends and family can come along is amazing. I’m also excited about the support for live music and the growing music scene on the Gold Coast, and I think events like this really contribute to that growth.

What’s on the agenda for 2020? Can we expect some new recordings?

There’s lots of new music in the works, and a big item on the agenda is going back to play SXSW 2020 in the States in March.

This free, all ages celebration will be held at Broadwater Parklands from 4pm to 8pm on Sunday 26 January with the fireworks kicking off at 7.45pm. Stay as late as you want though, cause no work on Monday, woot!

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