City of Gold Coast is hosting a rather large day of celebrations over the January long weekend and they’re celebrating with live music, fireworks and a heap of kids activities to boot. Gold Coast Music Awards 2018 Best Live Act Mason Rack band takes out headlining honours for the event, which runs through Broadwater Parklands on 26 January.
Wayward Suns and Mistram are also on the bill and they’re joined by the inimitable Katie Who, who’s been spending a considerable amount of time focussing on rediscovering why she plays and creates music of late. She spoke to us ahead of the one day festival.
“I’ve been doing a lot behind the scenes… letting go of ‘trying to make it’,” she said. “Remembering who I am before conditioning and trying to become the best possible version of myself.”
“I’ve also been doing music in other ways, at well-being retreats, running mantras and vocal / movement activation workshops. I’ll be doing a couple next year in Vanuatu and Nepal! So I’m really excited for that.”
As for the Katie Who Band, Katie says the format has been a bit rubbery of late and that depending on the gig, she’ll pull anything from a three to five piece together.
“Lately though playing as a three piece has been working really well,” she said. “We are heading into the studio this month. There’s a lot of new material I can’t wait to share.”
Despite that winning three-piece formula, it’ll be the full five-piece that Katie Brings to Gold Coast’s celebration on 26 January.
“We will launch the single and an EP [on that date],” she said, adding that the coming year will be a busy one.
“We will play as many amazing shows as we can get our little hands on. 2019 is a time for us to release a bunch of music and tour as much as possible. Write, record, play, repeat. We are diving in, and I love the water,” Katie said.
Set time are as follows:
4.00 – 4.30pm | Katie Who
4.45 – 5.25pm | Mistram
5.40 – 6.20pm | Wayward Suns
6.35 – 7.35pm | Mason Rack Band
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Council’s 26 January celebrations run from 4.00 – 8.00pm with fireworks, food trucks and fundraising for Rural Aid Australia, as well as a mini Commonwealth Games zone for the kids and plenty of space to roll out a picnic rug.