Point Blank: 26 February 2014

Anyone who thinks the GC is some cultural backwater has not taken a glance at our gig guide for coming months. As well as Billy Bragg coming to Byron next month (oh yeah), we also have Aussie chart-toppers Ball Park Music, Cloud Control, The Paper Kites and Yacht Club DJs all making stops on the Gold Coast. Check the gig guide for all the details and stay tuned right here for interviews and reviews.


RÜFÜS will also be here, announcing that their Worlds Within Worlds national tour will kick off at the Gold Coast, amongst a raft of other regional locations.   2014 has been good to RÜFÜS, and it’s only February.  They blew crowds away at this year’s Falls Festival and Big Day Out, scored 3 songs in the Triple J’s Hottest 100 and are about to spend March and April touring the US and Europe, including a stint at SXSW. They return to Australia in May for their biggest tour to date, and it will also be the last time RÜFÜS will tour their #1, gold selling debut record, Atlas before returning with new material. Having sold out their last 17 shows on home turf, tickets are expected to be snaffled quickly. RÜFÜS will play The Cooly Friday 9 May. Tickets from Oztix. They also play The Tivoli Brisbane on Saturday 10 May


Surf, free dive, swim, row, explore. Immerse yourself in our glorious oceans at the 2014 Ocean Film Festival Australia. Screening for only one night, $1 from every ticket sold goes to the Australian Marine Conservation Society. Thursday 6 March, Ocean Film Festival, Reading Cinema Biggera Waters. Dive More at oceanfilmfestivalaustralia.com.au.


Eco challenge Gold Coast is a wooden surfboard expression session taking place Sunday 16 March as part of Bleach* Boulevard at Currumbin Beach. Handplanes, bodyboards, alaia, standard shortboards and standard longboards will feature with surfers judged on how much fun they are having by the stoked crowd. The event will be documented by filmmaker Dave Johnston. More information at http://http://www.climatewave.com/green-events/sustainable-surfing-events/.


The Tracks Pro Surf Party will see a huge lineup of DJs to keep your heart pumping between glimpses of surfers here for the Quiksilver Pro. Cut Snake, DCUP, Benjo, Tom & Jarry, Webber and Teknizm hit the decks at The Cooly Hotel, Friday 28 February.  Tickets from Oztix.


Hailing from the Galiwin’ku community in North East Arnhem Land, Djuki Mala, otherwise known as the Chooky Dancers, fuse traditional Aboriginal and contemporary dance, comedy and clowning with athleticism. They’re appeared at festivals in China, Taiwan, Solomon Island and Canada, so it’s only logical that their next stop is the Gold Coast. It’s traditional dance meets pop culture. And it’s on at the Arts Centre Gold Coast on Tuesday 11 March. Dewayne Everettsmith, who’s shared stages with the likes of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Black Arm Band and Paul Kelly will warm up the crowd. Get all the details at artscentregc.com.au.


Boom Crash Opera have announced the release of a new greatest hits album, The Best Things featuring two brand new songs, as well as a four album box set, Rattle It Out, containing their first three albums digitally re-mastered and a bonus 14 track rarities disc of never-before-released material from the 80s and 90s.  They’ll be celebrating these catalogue additions with an energetic and engaging national tour. As well as playing A Day on the Green, they’re here at the Lone Star Tavern on Friday 28 March at the Racehorse Hotel Ipswich on Saturday 29 March.  Tickets through Ticketmaster.

Buskers by the Creek has received approval to go ahead, with the event scheduled to take place 18 – 19 October on the banks of Currumbin Creek. The festival will include some 80 acts: musicians, jugglers, magicians, mime artists, singers and more. It’s shaping up to be a weekend of unique entertainment. Get the event’s updates on Facebook.


The Greenroom Project is Australia’s first live cabaret talk show with host, Matt Ward. As well as performances by celebrity guest artists, it also showcases each month five of the hottest up and coming musical theatre and cabaret performers in Queensland, who are given mentoring by industry professionals prior to the performance. It happens on the first Monday of every month, starting in March and more information (including how to participate) is available from thegreenroomproject.com.au.


Jessie Ryan-Allen (pictured) has been likened to New York musician Sufan Stevens and described as Nirvana meets Missy Higgins. She’s certainly not your average singer/songwriter. Having been compelled to write songs since she can remember there is confidence and occasion when she is onstage. Her songs fly acoustically with grace but when unleashed with a full band, they are unstoppable. She’s a talented musician. And we’re biased because she also writes for Blank. You can catch Jessie with The Bellows, Teigan Le Plastrier and The Shorefires at The Loft, 6 March. Follow Jessie at facebook.com/jessieryanallen

Opera Queensland recently announced that Gold Coast would be one of eight regional communities involved in a world-first project that will give 400 everyday people the opportunity to perform in the chorus of a brand new production of La bohème. The production, as part of Project Puccini will come to the Coast on Saturday 9 August. The project will train 48 Queenslanders in each region to sing and act alongside OperaQ’s principal artists and Queensland Symphony Orchestra musicians in a professionally staged opera. Auditions will be held 7 – 9 April and more information is available at theartscentregc.com.au.


Got a creative idea? RADF grants support the cultural revolution happening on the Gold Coast and are available to artists, creative businesses and organisations. $100,000 is available in the next funding round which closes 4 April. Your project should be bold and collaborative and fuel the cultural charge that’s happening on the Gold Coast. Visit cultural.goldcoast.qld.gov.au for all the details.


Surfers Paradise Festival brings you Launch It on the beach. Featuring acts as diverse as DJs Bombs Away and Mobin Master, Aussie rock legends, The Angels and Jon Stevens and ABC’s Exhumed finalists from 2013. It’s a three day beach concert from 4 – 6 April and you’d be mad to miss. It’s part of nearly a month long celebration of GC music, art, food and culture.  Get all the details at surfersparadisefestival.com


This doesn’t have much to do with music, but Mudd Rush will be an epic test of your fitness and stamina. Taking place Saturday 31 May, it’s an 8.5km long course with 24 obstacles. Start training now, because this is not something you can take lightly. Thanks to the muddy crew themselves, we have four free entries to give away. We need to get them out the door quickly so that the “lucky” winners have plenty of time to get in shape for the event. To enter, tell us about the most physically challenging thing you’ve done up until now in 50 words or less in an email to news@blankgc.com.au by Wednesday 26 March and we’ll be in touch soon after so you have at least 2 months to train. Get all the details about the event at muddrush.com.au/qld

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