There’s something about spring and live music and Gold Coast delivers in spades this coming September and October with touring bands aplenty adding the city to their Australian tour schedules. The Growlers, Sarah McLeod, British India, Killing Heidi, Tina Arena and Illy all stop by Gold Coast venues. If you need to know what’s on for live music on the Gold Coast, check out our full run-down of big gigs for September and October 2017.
Fist full of rock for Helensvale
Hoodoo Gurus, You Am I, Jebediah, Adalita. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was 1995. But it’s not. It’s a Fist Full of Rock and it’s coming to NightQuarter on Friday 1 September. Needing no introduction, The Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I have been sharing stages for the last 25 years from New York to Nambucca Heads, and boast nineteen acclaimed studio albums between them, most of which reached the upper echelons of the charts and went gold or platinum. Jebediah bring their roaring riffs and soaring pop hooks to the line-up and one of Australia’s most influential artists for two decades Adalita, will show you why she’s the queen of Aussie rock.
Tina Arena wows Splendour
ahead of national tour
She’s been announced as keynote speaker for BIGSOUND, jumped on stage with Client Liaison at Splendour in the Grass and gained oodles of street cred in the process. Now Tina Arena has announced a national tour, and not surprisingly, tickets are selling fast. She is, without a doubt, one of the nation’s most diverse (and long reigning) pop icons and she’ll perform at The Star Gold Coast on Saturday 9 September. And if you don’t have tickets, this one is sold out.
Illy’s Two Degrees
Platinum-selling Australian hip hop artist Illy has announced The Two Degrees Regional Tour, which will stop in at NightQuarter Saturday 9 September. ‘Two Degrees’ includes current single Oh My featuring Tonight Alive’s lead singer Jenna McDougall, the triple platinum ARIA Award-nominated and APRA Award-winning single Papercuts with Vera Blue, the double platinum Catch 22, a collaboration with UK powerhouse Anne-Marie and live favourite You Say When featuring Marko Penn.
Killing Heidi return for massive national tour
Twenty years after their Australian classics Weir and Mascara catapulted them to top of the national charts, Killing Heidi are back on the road celebrating their 20 year reunion with a massive eleven date tour; taking their live show to regional Australia for the first time in a decade. They’re at NightQuarter on Saturday 30 September with tickets available at facebook.com/killingheidiband.
Katchafire roll out Legacy Tour
Aotearoa’s favourite roots reggae band Katchafire return to our fine shores this September celebrating 20 years of music with their Legacy Tour. Already completing a six-week tour in the USA and selling out shows in New Zealand, the Australian tour is expected to be rather large. Gold Coast’s Hanlon Brothers support on a bunch of dates. They hit Parkwood Tavern with Hanlon Brothers and The Sea Gypsies on Friday 6 October. Tickets at katchafire.co.nz.
Radical change for Sarah McLeod
As well as her huge achievements as the frontwoman of ARIA Award winning, platinum-selling rockers The Superjesus, Sarah McLeod made her first move as a solo artist in 2005 with her debut album BEAUTY WAS A TIGER. Now, she continues this exciting journey with ROCKY’S DINER which marks a radical change of creative gears for McLeod, who shaped the new album in near-complete isolation during a three-month stint in New York. She hunkered down in the bitter cold, watching the world go by outside her Brooklyn apartment, finding her muse in watching the lives of locals. She leaves that bitter cold well behind when she visits Gold Coast as part of her national tour. Sarah McLeod is at Miami Marketta on Sunday 7 October.
Everybody loves Custard
One of the nineties’ most prolific, and scene-setting bands is making a comeback. They released their first album in 16 years after returning to the studio in 2015 – which is no surprise, because while Custard itself kind of disappeared from gig guides, the various projects its members were involved in continued to record and tour music. Custard released five albums in that decade, combining intelligent pop with a peculiar sense of humour and an uncanny ability to write songs that connected with all manner of people. They developed a cult following, and their tracks ‘Apartment’ and ‘Girls Like That (Don’t go for Guys Like Us) killed it in the Hottest 100 prior to their disbanding in 1999. We’re incredibly excited that Custard will be popping into the Soundlounge on Friday 20 October.
Kingswood return to the Gold Coast
‘After Hours, Close to Dawn’ was a creative evolution in sound for Kingswood. It was named in Rolling Stone Australia’s 50 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017 and debuted in the ARIA top 10. Following their Splendour in the Grass set, the band is about to hit the road to show off the new album for the first time and Gold Coast is on the itinerary. They’ll be at NightQuarter 21 October.
Gold Coast 600 boasts fast-paced lineup
Hilltop Hoods and Violent Soho have been announced as headliner’s for Gold Coast’s famous car racing event this October. It’s being hailed as the best music lineup in the history of the iconic motorsports weekend. Delta Goodrem, Montaigne, Dean Lewis and DJ Trials are also on the bill. Gold Coast 600 runs 22 – 24 October.
Indie Pop sensations Saskwatch have announced their national tour in support of their fourth studio album ‘Manual Override’. The independently released album sees Saskwatch step into the producing chair to tackle their songs head on. Single ‘December Nights’ is currently on rotation at Triple J and is smashing the AMRAP charts with its infectiously groovy bass lines and fuzzy guitar lines. The band is bringing their eclectic pop show to Miami Marketta on Thursday 2 November, 2017.
Psych rock may be a classic genre, but what California’s The Growlers do with psychedelia is anything but classic. And in exciting news for fans of psych (which let’s face it, is pretty much the whole Gold Coast), the band have announced their first Australian tour since their visit in 2015. And Gold Coast gets a guernsey with a show at Miami Marketta. The Growlers hit Gold Cost on Saturday 5 November.
Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock is Gold Coast bound
He wrote ‘God Save The Queen’ and ‘Pretty Vacant’ and was a founding member of The Sex Pistols and Rich Kids. Glen Matlock is a legend. Fans will be stoked to hear that Glen and his band are hitting Australian shores in November to celebrate the 40th anniversary of ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’. There’ll be Q+As as well as Pistols’ classics and choice cuts from his repertoire of rock. Glen Matlock hits the Coolangatta Hotel on Sunday 12 November. Tickets via oztix.com.au.
The UK’s most successful reggae band, UB40, will land in Australia in November 2017 playing all the hits and more including ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’, ‘Kingston Town’, ‘Here I Am’ and countless others. Becoming a household name around the world throughout the 80s and 90s, UB40 (named after the UK’s unemployment benefit form) became known for reviving reggae across the world, filling the charts with their own songs and creating seminal versions of some of the world’s greatest tunes, crossing radio formats and continuing to dominate the airwaves to this day. They’re at NightQuarter, Wednesday 22 November 2017.
Eleven and Two sees Kyle Lionhart hit the road
Fresh from supporting Xavier Rudd’s European Tour and a run of dates with Josh Pyke, Kyle Lionhart will roll out his own headline tour in November. The tour will focus on his latest EP, ‘Eleven and Two’ and is expected to result in a welling of his fanbase, thanks to a captivating live performance and his unique brand of “sad folk bangers.” Hailing from Byron Bay, Kyle Lionhart will be known to many as a busker, but he’s also played Bluesfest and Splendour. Miami Marketta hosts Kyle Lionhart on Thursday 23 November.
Get ‘em India
Melbourne rock overlords, British India have announced a release date for their sixth studio album, alongside a video for current single ‘Precious’ and a 32-date national tour which includes the Gold Coast. ‘Forgetting the Future’ is due for release 22 September and is the story of them destroying their world in order to live in it. For the first time, the band teamed up with an external producer, creating an album they’ve described as ‘explosive’. Lead single from the album ‘Precious’ is already on rotation at triple j and you can experience that song as well as the rest of their new material when they hit Soundlounge, Friday 24 November.
Australian rock legends The Angels are back on the road across the country in October with a stellar supporting cast. The long-serving rockers are celebrating the release of their Bob Yates-authored biography The Angels and accompanying double CD, Brothers, Angels and Demons that features tracks from every period of their history including their pre-Angels period. Joining The Angels at NightQuarter on 2 December are Rose Tattoo and Mi-Sex.
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