Get ready for three days full of epic live music on the Currumbin Creek in June, when Soundlounge presents the inaugural Creekfest, an innovative, all-ages music event featuring more than twenty artists.
This totally free program will take place on two outdoor stages at the Currumbin RSL, nestled right alongside the stunning Currumbin Creek. The line-up features an eclectic mix of established national acts, emerging local artists and talented high school students. They’ll even host a break dance world qualifier, food trucks and a pop up bar, just for funsies.
This exciting new addition to Gold Coast’s events calendar heralds a promising return to the heady gig-and-festival-going days of yore, with locals able to bring the kids along, grab a bite, and pop in and out to get their musical fix at any point during the festivities.
While there is no shortage of talent to explore on the roster, we thought we’d take a closer look at five of the artists who will be making waves in the creek over the course of the event.
This 16-year-old singer/songwriter/violinist was born in Beverly Hills, California. She draws her inspiration from Phantogram, Amy Winehouse, Marian Hill, Lana del Rey, Queen, Alessia Cara and Melanie Martinez. “I’m experiencing both crazy homesickness for Los Angeles and my friends and mad love for Oz, so both those elements are coming out in the music I’m writing now. I love blending my voice and the wildness I can free from my violin.”
Amidst smooth harmonies, rhythms inspired by a strong family lineage of Polynesian performance, and unassuming grooves that work a gradual, smile-inducing high through even a casual listener, Bobby Alu tunes have a way of sneaking into the subconscious and taking up residence. Though it’s not all palm trees and daydreams from the Australian singer, ukulele-strummer and drummer – there’s a robust energy in Alu’s mastery of traditional Samoan log drums, and a vitality to his songwriting that nods to world, roots and pop intelligence.
Jack Botts is a breath of fresh air out of the Northern Rivers of NSW, creating a brand of surf folk drenched in depth and substance. Jack has spent the last 18 months on the road across Australia and on the streets of Byron Bay building his fanbase organically. He has coupled headline shows with supporting the likes of Tash Sultana, John Floreani, Pierce Brothers, Ash Grunwald and more. Deep-thinking, heart-string-pulling and utterly endearing, Jack Botts is a breath of fresh air poised to command widespread attention before too long.
Karl S. Williams
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and poet – an artist that you never saw coming. A genre defying and multifaceted musician for whom music is an urgent calling and the solution is, to love more. What makes Karl truly remarkable, is that he is unafraid – he wears his heart on his sleeve, he speaks universal truths and he crosses boundaries. This is blues, roots, folk and Americana, if you will… but not as you know it.
Visionary, bohemian rocker Felicity Lawless stimulates the senses and elevates the soul with music which is extremely hard to pigeonhole. Her sound fuses the gypsy world with a vibrant smorgasbord of flamenco, rock and folk. Her music is characterised by a flashy, Spanish guitar style, soaring vocal melodies and hypnotic rhythms, and she performs with an energy that elevates and inspires while infusing her crowds with enthusiasm and joy.
Creekfest will hit the Creekside at Currumbin RSL on 25 to 27 June. Visit creekfest.com.au for more. Creekfest is presented by Soundlounge and supported by the City of Gold Coast.