Live music: What’s heading our way?

It’s an epic time for live music right now, seriously. Whether you’re a noise band fiend, or jazz is your jam, the next couple of months of live tunes on the Gold Coast have got you covered.


Holy Holy bring San Mei on tour

Tim and Oscar have created a little earworm with their new release ‘Faces’. Lyrically, the new track catches your attention with its direct approach to discussing humanity and how we engage and care for each other, whether online or in refugee camps. Oscar’s guitars, with which Holy Holy fans will be familiar, seem to take a back seat, as the production experiments with new sounds and styles, while maintaining those infectious melodies. Holy Holy will bring ‘Faces’ on tour this November and you’ll get to see their handiwork live. Supported by Clews as well as Gold Coast’s San Mei, it’s bound to be a corker. San Mei played to solid reviews at BIGSOUND this year and locals who haven’t heard the sultry electro-pop-rock melodies on offer need to do themselves a favour for this triple-header lineup at Miami Marketta on Friday 23 November.

Vinnie’s hosts underground noise show

November 11 sees Gold Coast’s newest music venue hosting a bunch of epic underground noise bands. Organiser Greg Charles is hoping to draw a bunch of Brisbane punters as well as Gold Coast gig goers for the lineup which features four bands – from both Brisbane and GC. Kitchens Floor, Girlsuck, Ex Catholics and Mutanteer Premium make up the bill for the Sunday show which runs 4.00 – 8.00pm with a measly ten buck entry. If you’re into noisy rock with an element of punk, experimental, garage type sounds, then this is the gig for you. Get all the details at Vinnie’s Facebook page.

Issi Dye hits new heights

With more than 50 years performing, Issi Dye is one of the country’s original and enduring cabaret stars. He’s literally performed thousands of concerts across Australia and shared stages with Aussie legends including John Farnham and Molly Meldrum. He’s bringing his show to SkyPoint Observation Deck on Friday 2 November from 5.00 – 8.00pm. It’s a stunning twilight session, towering above the city’s skyline and the glittering Pacific Ocean and the performance is included in SkyPoint Observation Deck entry – with prices starting at $25. Get more at

Pete Murray bound for Nightquarter

One of Australia’s most loved musicians Pete Murray has today announced a sun-soaked coastal holiday tour, PM3 Summer Sessions, which will be an intimate affair, with the critically acclaimed artist accompanied by just two other musicians.  He’s at Nightquarter on Saturday 5 January. Tickets at

Band of Frequencies bring new single to Marketta

Australia’s premier ‘jam band’ Band of Frequencies are hitting the Gold Coast on Friday 9 November as part of a national tour. Their new track ‘Sunray’ draws on 1970s influences such as New Orleans funk legends The Metres and soul lord Stevie Wonder. Listen to ‘Sunray’ now on Soundcloud, or experience it live when they hit Marketta this month.

They Might Be Giants return to Australia

One of our Editor’s all-time favourite bands is returning to Australia in 2019. They Might Be Giants bring their freewheeling, spontaneous and absolutely unique rock to a new show that features two big sets covering two decades of their career. Each city on the tour features different decades, and with a new album ‘I Like Fun’ out now, the shows are expected to be highly memorable. They hit The Triffid on 21 and 22 February and tickets are on sale now via Oztix.

Best Night Ever adds DZ Deathrays + WAAX to lineup

Returning after a sold-out debut event in 2017, Gold Coast’s Best Night Ever is back with their all-ages mini-fest. And this month they announced additions to their lineup in the form of DZ Deathrays, WAAX and RAAVE TAPES . They’ll join headliners and fellow Brisbane powerhouse Dune Rats alongside The Gooch Palms, Totty and Crum for an evening rager at NightQuarter on Saturday 29 December. Perfect pre-NYE warmup, yes? Tickets via Oztix.

British India farewell Nic Wison with tour

Guitarist and founding member of British Indi Nic Wilson has announced his retirement from music and so the band is celebrating the best way they can, by hitting the road for the ‘Nic The Poet’ farewell tour. 24 dates will see the band tour between Albury, Bunbury, Port Cairns, Macquarie and all the capital cities in between. Gold Coast gets a look-in on 19 January when they hit town for Under The Southern Stars at Broadwater Parklands. You can sort your tickets now via Ticketmaster.

Leopold’s Treat share tea over sunset

Gold Coast’s experimental folk band Leopold’s Treat have been hosting their own gigs lately, in the form of secret soirees. Last month, the band took over Springbrook Community Hall where they performed new songs as well as crowd favourites and celebrated community, creativity and connection. Their next event ‘Leopold’s Great Big Sunset Picnic takes place 1 December at Providence Farm Hall at Beechmont. Local duo Black Kite and Art Vision Istanbul will join the fray. The band will also celebrate their new single ‘Gracie’, which is out real soon. For more information and tickets, pop on over to

Venice on Fire bring explosive rock to Currumbin

With a classic three-piece rock format, Venice On Fire have spent the past four years honing their craft, just up the road in Toowoomba. They’ve got a new single ‘My Friend Mal’ that’s an absolute belter complete with pounding guitars, powerful drum work, a killer hook and scream-along chorus. They’re hitting the road to launch the new track and will stop in at Currumbin Pub on Friday 2 November with our faves Atticus Chimps, Hot Reno and The Goldblooms. Event details on Facebook.

Dust Temple hosts jazz in new collab

Artemus Events and Dust Temple are joining forces for a series of jazz concerts featuring regional, national and international artists. As well as live performances, organisers are planning workshops and masterclasses from visiting artists.  Steve Russell (quartet) will perform 22 November and Sean Foran and Kristin Berardi will perform 24 January. More at

Tim Minchin returns to the Gold Coast

Musician, comedian, actor, writer, composer… Tim Minchin does it all and with aplomb. He’s just announced the final two dates of his Australian tour will be at The Star Gold Coast on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 May 2019. If you’re still reeling from his flawless and irreverent performance at the opening of HOTA’s new outdoor stage this March, then you will want to snap up a ticket fast – he’s got a very long history of sold-out tours (his four recently announced Brisbane shows sold out every ticket within an hour) and at the time of writing there were very limited tickets available. Hop onto the Ticketek website to sort it now.

Under Southern Stars adds Sheppard to lineup

Under the Southern Stars organisers have announced Brisbane’s very own Sheppard to the line-up for both Queensland shows – one of the biggest names in Australian music. Sheppard  join Australia’s legendary ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees Hoodoo Gurus along with rock royalty You Am I for the 19 January event. The lineup is massive. Check it out and sort your tickets at

Nick Cave sells out super fast

No surprises there. When HOTA announced it had nabbed a berth on Nick Cave’s tour of intimate venues for a speaking tour, tickets sold out lickety-split. Look, we can’t help but notice there are two nights between his Sydney and Gold Coast gigs and we’re hoping that a miracle will occur and there’ll be a second show, but if there’s not, you just need to remember this for next time he passes through town and sort your tickets early.  Nick Cave will appear at HOTA – Home Of The Arts, Gold Coast on Friday 11 January 2019.

Ministry of Sound brings nightclub nostalgia to HOTA

With a focus on popular, catchy samples and world-class vocals, the seemingly inexhaustible brand Ministry of Sound has brought the world hits such as ‘Children’ by Robert Miles, ‘Sandstorm’ by Darude, Faithless’ ‘Insomnia’ and ‘Stranger Things’ by Kygo feat. OneRepublic. And you can hear your fave tracks performed live when the Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated ‘Strings of Life’ tour turns HOTA into one huge outdoor club on 7 December, re-arranging the hits with a live orchestral backing and featuring popular singers and DJs from the nineties and noughties. Tickets here.

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