With so many incredible Gold Coast gigs to choose from in upcoming months, the only trick will be struggling to fit them all into your diary!
Lisa Hunt at Seagulls
American-born, Byron-based soul sensation Lisa Hunt is no stranger to the stage. She performed for more than a decade at Tamworth Country Music Festival and gets booked for festivals as diverse as Bluesfest, Caloundra Music Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Groove and Grape. She’s sold more than a million records and her voice can be heard on several top 10 dance tracks all over the world. The talent doesn’t stop there. As an actress she’s appeared in several off-Broadway musicals and has produced and starred in her own production of ‘The Roots of My Soul’, a bluesical and Byron Bay’s very first local musical production. She’s been touring the rhythm and blues retrospective ‘Forever Soul’ in Australia and the Middle East as well as Italy relentlessly since its inception. Gold Coast audiences can jump on the soul train when Lisa appears at Seagulls (for free, no less) on Friday 18 November. They’ve recently completed stage one of big renovations and re-opened the Lakeview for live music, so it’s the perfect time to head to the Tweed. More at seagullsclub.com.au/events/lisa-hunt/.
Ocean Alley breeze into Marketta
Following a sold out Australia-wide tour earlier this year, Ocean Alley are once again gracing us with their dreamy vocals, incredible harmonisations and mesmerising live performances. Given the success of their second album, ‘Chiaroscuro’, as well as the release of their latest single, ‘Knees’, Ocean Alley continue to prove that they are one of Australia’s most exciting independent artists. With their blend of psychedelic surf-rock and evocative melodies, the upcoming Ocean Alley shows are definitely a wave worth catching. You can do just that when they hit Marketta on Sunday 14 October.
ELSKA added to Australian Music Week for music and film
Gold Coast’s very own looping harpist is set to cause a stir internationally, with the announcement she’s been added to the lineup for Australian Music Week. And it’s not just her music that’s caught the attention of programmers. Her short documentary, funded with the assistance of Council’s RADF program has also been included in the Australian Music Week Film Festival which runs adjacent to the music program. Australian Music Week takes place in Cronulla from 7 – 11 November and tickets are program information are available at australianmusicweek.com.
Flavours of Metro street party about to hit
They’ve taken things up a notch for this third annual Flavours of Metro Street Party. Not least of which is because they have international touring sensations Tijuana Cartel headlining the music offering but also because they’ve crammed a heap of mouth-watering international cuisine into the offering as well. There’ll be Chinatown street markets, non-stop entertainment and the usual awesome SoPo restaurants dishing up tasty morsels. Ticks a lot of boxes for music-loving foodies with a sense of adventure. Join the fun on 6 October, right in the heart of Southport.
A guitar festival in a brewery? Sign me up.
The Byron Bay Guitar Festival is set to be an industry highlight for lovers of all-things guitar when it rolls into Byron Bay Brewery on 6 and 7 October. Produced by Byron Music, the festival is a veritable guitar lovers’ heaven with more than 29 live performances across two stages, a showcase of instruments and craftsmanship from some of the world’s favourite makers as well as workshops, seminars and delicious food and beverage. All set in a brewery! Tickets are just $50 for one day and the stellar lineup so far includes British India + Ash Grunwald + Dallas Frasca (pictured) + The Fumes + Jeff Martin + Hussy Hicks + Lloyd Spiegel + tonnes more! Get details at www.byronbayguitarfestival.com.
A fine time to Celebrate GC
Celebrating everything that makes the Gold Coast so awesome, this one-day festival, which takes over the main drag of Chevron Island includes bangin’ tunes, a silent disco for kids, skateboard lessons for all levels, a makers’ market, roller derby demos and a handmade cubby-house village for little children with big imaginations. Izzy Day, Katie Who, Tully John and Liza-Jane, Caravana Sun (pictured), Karuah, Elska, Old Man Friday and Busby Marou provide the tunes from 11.00am until 4.00pm on Sunday 7 October. No better way to enjoy Spring on the Gold Coast. And it’s all free.
Australia’s biggest busking festival returns to the Gold Coast this October
Fancy a weekend of live entertainment, complemented by a carnavale atmosphere, Creekside eats and special kids’ zone? Buskers by the Creek is back in October and as well as hundreds of Australia’s best buskers, there’s new bars, dog-friendly vibes and more family-friendly entertainment than you can poke a stick at. Seriously, last year there were like 14 stages and 5000 people showed up despite torrential rain. Buskers by the Creek is one of the most under-rated events on the Gold Coast and it’s completely free. Check out why when it hits Currumbin Creek on 13 – 14 October. Get the lineup and playing times at buskersbythecreek.com.au.
Beer yoga, live music, ping pong, it can only mean one thing
Yes, Crafted Beer & Cider Festival is back, taking over Kurrawa Park for a whole day. As well as an incredible lineup of craft beers and ciders, there’s also a Chandon S pop-up bar, Cambus Wallace’s famous whiskeys and cocktails, an incredible lineup of local music and touring artist, the city’s best food trucks and beer yoga and ping pong. If you missed last year’s event, you’ll know the FOMO is real. Crafted Beer & Cider Festival is at Broadbeach on Saturday 6 October. More at craftedfestival.com.au. Header image: Peach Fur.
Falls Festival is go
Flying past the quarter-century mark and making a fearless leap into its 26th year, Falls Festival lets loose with another ecstatic excuse to join thousands of friends old and new at Australia’s best new year’s party! With an all-star line-up landing amongst the glittering sunsets, cobalt coastlines and disco docklands of Australia’s heartland, artists from across Australia and around the world are primed to transform our rolling natural amphitheatres and inner-city stages this summer. Falls Festival comes to Byron from 31 December – 2 January and brings with it Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Vance Joy, Chvrches, Hilltop Hoods, Toto and Interpol. The first lineup announcement also includes Flight Facilities, Amy Shark, Ocean Alley and many more glorious acts. Get all the details and tickets at fallsfestival.com.au.
Festival of Small Halls returns to the Gold Coast
Australia’s largest dedicated regional music tour, Festival of Small Halls, has announced its 2018 Summer Tour, featuring Canada’s two-time JUNO Award-winner, Old Man Luedecke and local folk festival favourite, Lucy Wise. They’ll hit Austinville on Wednesday 28 November and Springbrook on Friday 14 December. Get details at festivalofsmallhalls.com.
Summertime Sessions return to the Village
Summertime Sessions is back in Mudgeeraba, kicking off Friday 26 October with Sophia Koop and Emily Wurramara, with Tonesandi and Harry J Hart performing the following Friday. The family-friendly event takes over Cuddihy Park in Mudgeeraba every Friday over summer. Get more at fb.com/summertimesessions.
Hey Sunshine sets sail for Billinudgel
After its much-loved inaugural edition on the Gold Coast in 2017, Hey Sunshine is back for 2018 with another thumping lineup at a new venue – the Billinudgel Hotel. Brisbane lads The Creases will perform alongside The Lula Raes, Voiid, Sunrose, Letters to Lions, Tuppaware Party and The Wonky Queenslander. Join the sunshine crew on 20 October. Tickets and more details at heysunshine.com.au.
Mullum Music Festival ramping up for November
With Mullum Music Festival’s final lineup announcement comes an obvious commitment to diversity, community and equality. It’s one of the things we love most about this boutique event which takes over Mullumbimby’s established venues and uses its local food and lifestyle outlets to bolster the festival experience for punters who travel a long way to soak in the vibes. Nigerian Bombino, Guyana’s Mad Professor, Jah9 from Jamaica, and Osaka Monaurail from Japan will bring the music of the globe to Mullumbimby. They join Husky, Cheap Fakes, Arakwal Bunyarra dancers, The Button Collective, Bobby Alu (pictured), William Crighton, Ben Ottewell, Hat Fitz & Cara, Caiti Baker, Gabrielle Cohen, Ladyslug and the Northern Rivers Uke Orchestra on this year’s bill. It’s honestly one of the best festivals in Australia right now and you need to snap up tix quick if you want to be part of the 200 performances across 12 venues. Mullum Music Festival runs 15 – 18 November. Find out more at mullummusicfestival.com.
Rockwiz is coming to the Gold Coast
Julia, Brian, Dugald and the superbly talented RocKwiz Orkestra will be casting their RocKwizzy eyes over the events that have shaped 2018, pulling punters from the audience and stars from backstage to perform, live and dangerous, for you when they land at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre this December. Shows in Thirroul, Perth and Bendigo have already sold out and Gold Coast is expected to head the same way, so you might wanna sort tickets now. It’s pegged as an end of year spectacular like no other – full of the all the things we’ve come to love about Rockwiz: comedy, kwiz, contestant karaoke, sublime musicianship and, of course, a galaxy of stars. Tickets are available at rockwiz.live.com.au for the 8 December show. You know what to do.
Everyone Deserves Music, especially kids with special needs
We know music has a profound impact on quality of life but that impact is exponentially larger when it comes to children with special needs. Music therapists use a range of music making methods in a therapeutic relationship with their clients. They’re employed across health, community, aged care, disability and early childhood sectors and focus specifically on health, functioning and wellbeing. Local charity Everyone Deserves Music is raising funds so that even more children have access to music therapists. But it’s not your usual fundraiser. This one involves gin! The organisation’s annual charity gala takes place at Miami Marketta’s new Gin Parlour on 20 October and has a Grand Gatsby theme (yes, that means fancy dress). Tickets are $99+BF. Get all the details at everyonedeservesmusic.org.
Sunday Sundowns at Skypoint
SkyPoint offers live music 2-5pm every Sunday! Sunday 30th September you can catch Jake Hobbs. Growing up, Jake became inspired by genres such as blues, jazz, rock, soul, and rnb, becoming particularly fond of artists including John Mayer, Jack Johnson, D’Angelo, The Eagles, The Beatles, The Doors, and many more. Using a guitar, microphone, and loop pedal, Jake combines these genres and influences to entertain people of all ages with various musical interests. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience a relaxing afternoon with 360′ views of the Gold Coast.