15 must-do live music experiences across the Gold Coast this summer

We can’t think of much else we’d rather do, than grab a whole bunch of friends and catch some awesome live tunes across the Gold Coast. This summer and beyond sees some pretty exciting lineups heading our way, so to make life a little easier, we curated 15 of our top picks over the next few months:

BBQ Bazaar’s big summer lineup

As well as dishing up superb smokey meats in its permanent night market space, BBQ Bazaar is also fast building a name for dishing up superb live music and the coming weeks provide a perfect case in point. Hussy Hicks play one of their highlight shows for summer on Saturday 15 December, followed by a rockabilly beer BBQ the following night. There’s also a massive show planned for 27 January – the long weekend – with none other than The Delta Riggs providing the tunes.

The Growlers are Marketta-bound

California’s radical sons, The Growlers (pictured), are bringing their swirling, psychedelic glory back to Australia this summer. The Australian leg of their Beach Goth tour will see the group perform their hypnotic, sun bleached, riff laden rock n’ roll across the country and Miami Marketta is first cab off the rank. They’ve spent the past five months on tour selling out epic shows in the USA, UK and Europe, so we’re pretty pumped for this 10 January show. Tickets at lovepolice.com.au/the-growlers-2019/.

Hat Fitz & Cara bring Hand It Over to Mo’s

It’s hard to imagine a more high-energy duo than Hat Fitz and Cara. Nor one that is more enduring, popular and talented in the blues and roots scene. While based in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, this couple have toured the world with their soulful and sometimes frenetic blues / Americana / folk set, clocking up ten years of festivals and album releases. Now they’ve announced the release of their fifth studio album ‘Hand It Over’ (out 11 December) as well as a summer tour. They’ll take in Mo’s Desert Clubhouse on Sunday 10 February. Tickets at bit.ly/hfac-gold-coast.

Tennyson King returns

Tennyson King has some serious runs on the board. He’s toured the world with his music, supported a bunch of high profile headliners, had stints at Canadian Music Week, won a bunch of awards, had global media coverage of his music and signed to label MusicDish for distribution and bookings in China, Taiwan and Korea. His sophomore album ‘Coast’ has just been released and it features  the title track, which was inspired by his time here on the Gold Coast in 2017. Since that visit, he’s been kicking goals all over the world: Canada, Brasil, Hong Kong and Mainland China. But he’s back, and he’s rolling out a three-month tour which includes a heap of local dates: 15 December at the Old Ambulance Station in Southport, 16 December at Alleygator, 18 December at The Cambus Wallace, 19 December at The Scottish Prince and 22 December at Mr PP’s. You can check out the video for his single ‘Coast’ on Youtube.

Tia Gostelow’s Thick Skin at Marketta

Tia Gostelow is kicking big goals and if you haven’t been paying attention, it’s probably time to get across her work. New album ‘Thick Skin’ has had six songs added to triple j rotation, which is no mean feat and she’s based out a Like a Version as well as appeared on ABC’s The Set alongside Ball Park Music just last month. She’s a star on the rise, that’s for sure, and her music is already reaching ear all over the globe. You can see what all the fuss is about when Tia hits Miami Marketta on 1 February with MANE and Benny Nelson in support. 

CoSpaces launches quarterly gigs in Southport

This month CoSpaces in Southport are launching Sounds in the Station that will see quarterly live music acts hosted in the Gold Coast’s first ambulance station. The Station itself is almost 100 years old and can be found in the heart of the CBD at 45 Nerang Street, Southport. Kicking off the program is Tennyson King from Canada on 15 December at 7.30pm. Tickets are $10 on the door with all ticket proceeds donated to OzHarvest Gold Coast. Visit Sounds in The Station on Facebook for all the details.

Twelve Foot Ninja are touring

They’ve got near cult status thanks to their genre-fusing heavy music and they’ve got the accolades to prove it; US Golden God Award, #1 on the ARIA album charts and an ARIA nomination, not to mention the 16 million views of their videos on youtube. Twelve Foot Ninja are the real deal. And they’re Gold Coast bound. They’re landing at Miami Shark Bar on Friday 15 March. Get more at twelvefootninja.com/shows.

The Delta Riggs hit BBQ Bazaar

Gold Coast faves The Delta Riggs are back with a banging new single ‘Out of Place’. It’s the second offering from their upcoming album. The song really drives home the band’s unwavering authenticity, focusing on the importance of real, candid connection in a digital age. ‘Out of Place’ follows in the vein of ‘Fake That’ which also served as a wake-up call for this age of insta-fame. See for yourself how The Delta Riggs have managed to stay true to themselves while staying busy on the road and making lots of real connections when they stop in at BBQ Bazaar, 27 January from 1.00pm. Get tickets at bbqbazaargc.com.au.

Psych City comes to Mo’s

If the cerebral sounds of psych, infused with lashings of shoegaze, garage, surf and exotica sound like your musical elixir, be sure to mark down the date of Saturday, 15 December, when Mo’s Desert Clubhouse zones out to the next instalment of the renowned psychedelic club night known as PSYCH CITY. It promises to be a “heady concoction of sights, sounds and heavy vibrations.” Headlining on the night will be wigged-out and woozy Brisbane psych-lords, Sacred Shrines, with Adelaide’s Sons Of Zoku, Ultraviolet Fuzz, Echowave and Love Banana also taking the trip. PSYCH CITY, here we come.

The Pinheads a must-see

Born out of friendship, bowling, sci-fi movie marathons and literal brotherhood, The Pinheads formed out of what is now colloquially known as the Leisure Coast, spread out among the northern suburbs of the Illawarra and Wollongong region. They quickly established themselves as one of the area’s must-see live bands; no mic stand was left unturned, no face left unmelted, no speaker stack was left unclimbed. Fans don’t leave Pinheads shows with fond memories – they leave with battle scars and folkloric tales to last the ages.  Don’t believe me? See for yourself. They’re at Miami Shark Bar, Sunday 3 February.

Earthless bound for Gold Coast

California psych lords Earthless are on their way back to Australia this March, bringing two new albums with them; 2018’s studio album ‘Black Heaven’ and their new live album ‘From the West’. They’re at Miami Marketta Wednesday 6 March.

Dylan Cattanach scores Pete Murray support

Just finding his feet as a solo performer (he’s previously been with KB Theory), Gold Coast’s Dylan Cattanach has landed on his feet, nabbing a sweet support slot for Pete Murray’s Gold Coast shows. He’ll be performing the songs he wrote for KB Theory solo whe Pete Murray’s ‘PM3 Summer Sessions’ tour hits Nightquarter on 5 January and Kingscliff Hotel on 6 January. Get all the details at fb.com/petemurray/events.

Blues on Broadbeach drops first lineup announcement

Returning for its 18th year, award-winning Blues on Broadbeach has announced its first artists for 2019. The much-loved event has grown to become one of the largest music festivals in the country. Against the backdrop of Gold Coast’s unparalleled beaches, fabulous dining scene and endless blue skies, some of the world’s best musicians congregate to shred, howl, stomp and wail their way through four epic days of live music awesomeness. And it’s FREE. Canned Heat, Eric Bibb, The Bamboos, Harts, Tami Neilson, Eric Steckel Band and the Lachy Doley Group are all bound for Broadbeach next year alongside Z-Star Trinity, The Kate Lush Band, Cherry Divine, Kallidad and Slips and the Flamin’ Whippersnappers. Blues on Broadbeach runs from 16 – 19 May, 2019.

Montaigne is Bleach bound

Spellbinding songstress Montaigne is set to wow crowds at the new Justins Park hub of Bleach* Festival in 2019. The ARIA award winning musician, who sported Stop Adani jewellery to this year’s ARIA awards is one of Australia’s most outspoken and captivating young lyricists. She’ll headline the closing event for Bleach* at Burleigh on 28 April as part of the 12-day festival. More at bleachfestival.com.au. 

GD FRNDS return to Shark Bar

It’s been a while between drinks for our good friends at, well, GD FRNDS. But a little birdie tells us that they’re back on the GC and bringing all the power of Nocturnal Tapes to Miami Shark Bar this December. The uplifting electronic duo from Yamba will bring forth a night of lights, music and rhythm on Friday 21 December, so prepare for heated dance floors, skittering strobe lights and washed out memories the following day. The good times will roll on with the electronic hip hop stylings of Høt Coffee and – no doubt – plenty of tunes from their new EP. They’ll be joined by one of their own good friends and recent newbie on the scene, producer and songstress DVNA for what is shaping up to be night to remember. Tickets ten bucks at the door.

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