NightQuarter: Then and Now

Over the last two years, NightQuarter has played a whopping great part in the cultural evolution of the northern end of the Gold Coast. Night markets packed with local designers and products, micro-restaurants, pop live music spaces, and 120 speciality food and drink purveyors have come together each Friday and Saturday night to form an epic creative playground, all within a shipping container city. The Paddock live music venue has played hosts to legions of Gold Coast musicians, as well as some spectacular touring acts. To the left are just a tiny handful of the incredible achievements of the entertainment precinct created by entrepreneurial duo Michelle Christoe and Ian Van der Woude.

So, what’s coming up in 2018?

Interchange Festival is being thrown by NightQuarter and G:Link on Saturday 13 January to celebrate the connection of the light rail to the Northern Gold Coast. It’s going to be a massive celebration with New Orleans style brass bands, parades, a trackless train running throughout the market, buskers, family fun, shopping and street food. The festival is being thrown to encourage people to catch the G:Link and experience the culture and attractions of the Northern Gold Coast.

With Festival 2018 getting set to thrill the ears, eyes and tastebuds of the world during the 2018 Commonwealth Games next year, what better spot to host a delectable food and cultural program than the NightQuarter?

While full program deets are being kept under wraps until early February, we can reveal this tasty tidbit: The doors of NightQuarter will be open to the public from 12.00pm to 9.00pm, errryday from 5 – 14 April 2018. Gone will be the days of waiting until the weekend for your langos, American BBQ or gluten-free doughnut fix. The only real question is: How on earth will we survive going back to weekend trading once the Games are over?

“We’re extremely proud of the local food industry and being able to share this with residents and visitors to the Gold Coast during the Commonwealth Games next April,” says NightQuarter owner and Food Festival Director, Michelle Christoe.

“This explosion of culinary and music events broadens the audience perception of the Gold Coast and strengthens its appeal as a tourism destination.”

Of course, it’s not just delicious eats that will be on offer, with a cultural program of local and international musicians from around the Commonwealth set to perform in the many unique live spaces on offer at the NightQuarter.

The full program of events will be announced in early February 2018. For the latest Festival 2018 updates, please visit

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