Seven big music events you don’t want to miss this weekend

This weekend is a big one for local music. And I mean B. I. G. We’d hate for you to miss out on the eclectic mix of music on offer, so we’ve put together a list of seven of the best.


Free The Genie + Tesla Coils + David Schwepps + Buff Girls at elsewhere
Friday 19 August 2016

Two words. Robotic drummer.

That’s what Free The Genie are bringing to the stage this weekend when they hit elsewhere in Surfers Paradise. And as if that’s not enough, Tesla Coils (pictured in feature image) are warming up for their EP release next week as well as a slot on the Gold Coast showcase at BIGSOUND. I’m not going to try to describe their music. I’ll just leave this preview here and finish with this. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS SHOW.

Watch Tesla Coil’s trailer for Emergence of the Cosmic Monolith, their debut visual EP, out Thursday 25 August:


IVEY + Peach Fur + Lotus Ship at NightQuarter
Friday 19 August 2016

Young, energetic, and full of talent, IVEY are a growing force to be reckonBlank GC Aug16 iss36ed with here on the Gold Coast. Although their sounds have travelled much further than that. Recently named finalists for the Gold Coast Music Awards, and gaining serious traction on triple j, they still have members in high school. But that hasn’t stopped them from playing their first headlining gig at elsewhere and being added to the totally rad Shaka Fest lineup. This Friday, though, they’re off to Helensvale with fellow Gold Coasters Peach Fur and Lotus Ship. Get more details about Friday night at NightQuarter.


Phil Barlow at Hard Rock Cafe
Friday 19 August 2016

Phil Barlow is a much-loved Gold Coast bluesman, but not just because of his soft-spoken and warm-hearted ways. He howls his way through powerful blues sets, bringing audiences of all persuasions along for the ride. We spoke to him after his Blues on Broadbeach sets and wowsers, they were fun. But this weekend Hard Rock Cafe gets a taste of Barlow’s blues. They’ve had a killer assortment of artists play their LIVE series on a Friday night with happy hour and family-friendly meal service too. Get gig details for Hard Rock Cafe in Surfers Paradise here.


Byron Short at Burleigh Underground Drummer
Friday 19 August 2016

“I like to get a little weird in the studio and use sounds that other people may not,” Byron told us when we spoke to him last month. Originally from the Gold Coast and a genuine DIY man (writing, performing, recording, producing, funding and releasing his own material), it’s quite apt that Byron is stopping through here to launch his new album Revelations. He’s at Burleigh Underground Drummers on Friday night at The Rails Byron on Saturday night.


Karl S Williams at Miami Marketta
Friday 19 August 2016

He’s working hard in Melbourne at the moment, but this month he’s on the road touring his new 7″ single O Death. Where we used to be able to see Karl at all manner of venues, these days his gigs are few and far between (unless you happen to live near Northcote Social Club, where he’s just wrapped up a residency). Artist of the Year for the inaugural Gold Coast Music Awards is back in town this weekend though, back to home turf at Miami Marketta this Friday. He’s in Brisbane the following night too if you miss the local show. Get all of Karl’s comings and goings here or flashback to what he had to say when he won Artist of the Year last year.


Round Mountain Girls at The Basement, The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Saturday 20 August 2016

RMG coverRound Mountain Girls are not real girls, but they are from Round Mountain. It’s been two years since we spoke to the band but they’ve played massive shows – near and far – and continue to bring the house down with their energy and joyful performances. For a band that got together with absolutely zero expectations other than a weekly jam, they have punched way above their collective weight. Go see for yourself. Round Mountain Girls are at The Basement at The Arts Centre Gold Coast this Saturday 20 August.


Hanlon Brothers at Broadbeach Jazz Weekend
Sunday 21 August 2016

They’re not the only Gold Coast band on the lineup, but they are our pick for the set you don’t want to miss. Hanlon Brothers are one of the headlining acts at this year’s Broadbeach Jazz Weekend along with Bustamento. It’s just another feather in their cap following a massive 2015-16. Saia Hanlon said they were looking forward to pushing the boundaries this weekend.

Feast Fiesta - Hanlon Brothers“We love jazz festivals because unlike other festivals and even our other shows, being under the jazz umbrella, we have the freedom to push creatively and take the show virtually where we want to,” Saia told Blank Gold Coast when we spoke to him last week.

Hanlon Brothers play Broadbeach Jazz Weekend at 2.30pm on Sunday 21 August. The rest of the lineup is pretty damn awesome too.

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There’s a heap of other gigs on this weekend as well. Get them all in our gig guide.


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