HOTA’s (free) Golden ticket: Echoes of Gold

Although tickets have sold out to the HOTA Gallery itself on its opening weekend, you can still party with the best of them as Gold Coast art gets its own celebration on the Outdoor Stage with a FREE concert of live and loud homegrown talent: Echoes of Gold.

Echoes of Gold, held on Sunday 9 May, will feature performances by Eliza & The Delusionals, Donny Love, San Mei, Alt Fiction, DENNIS. and DJ sets by VICES; it will be hosted by Kate Baggerson and Zac Fahey, with live onstage interviews with artists, musos, and industry movers and shakers.

And to amplify the local flavour of the weekend, HOTA has partnered with The Design Collective Markets to curate a selection of Gold Coast and Queensland makers and retailers for a pop-up market selling a selection of boutique wares.

Donny Love are super stoked to be playing the HOTA Outdoor Stage, and are definitely keen to bring their own particular flavour to the gig.

“We’re honoured to be adding our very own splash of colour – egg yolk yellow – to this stimulating postcard of the Gold Coast’s journey,” says always-fascinating frontman Don Hog.

Speaking for the Dons I’d say we consider ourselves artists first, before musicians, after magicians.

“Patrons of the arts can expect a performance reminiscent of the unhinged abstraction of a Robert Rauschenberg, meets the dream-like Australian grandeur of a William Robinson.”

Awesome. Whatever that means, it’s sure to lead to fun times for all.

Live act headliners Eliza & The Delusionals are also rapt about the opportunity to be a part of such an historic moment in Gold Coast’s cultural landscape.

“It’s super exciting to be a part of it,” says frontwoman Eliza Klatt.

“The Gold Coast music and creative scene has flourished so much over the years, and we feel lucky to be a part of the [HOTA Gallery] opening!

“It’s also our first show back in Australia in over a year, so we think it’s going to be a special one.”

Like most musical acts, 2020 saw Eliza & The Delusionals feeling lost after the cancellation of all of their touring plans. The only upside to all the extra time they had on their hands was that they were able to get stuck into writing and creating, the fruits of which will be on display at Echoes of Gold.

“We’re excited to be playing some new songs in our set, which will be refreshing for us,” Eliza tells us.

“I like to think that our live shows are high energy and lots of fun, so we hope people will feel the same at the show. We haven’t even had the opportunity to play our latest single ‘Sentimental’, so it’ll be cool to debut that live as well!”

With Eliza & The Delusionals heading out on a tour with The Vanns in June, Gold Coasters had better take the opportunity to catch these local rockers while they still can.

Echoes of Gold hits the HOTA Outdoor Stage from 10am to 5p on Sunday 9 May. It’s free but you need to register for a ticket at hota.com.au/music/echoes-of-gold. Please note – while Echoes of Gold is free and unticketed (that’s right – first in, best dressed on the day!), tickets to HOTA Gallery Launch Weekend are currently sold out. But you can visit HOTA Gallery from 10 May onwards – just book your visit at hota.com.au/book-your-gallery-visit.

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