With bunting strung between trees, and hand-made, rainbow-coloured decorations setting the stage, Summertime Sessions’ spring run of shows is off to a flying start with around 120 people hitting Cuddihy Park last Friday for the first of an eight week series.
Cr Glenn Tozer, who is the catalyst behind the suburban series which sees an under-utlisied park activated through music says it was a great start.
“There was a super family vibe,” he said. “Really like a community picnic. With lots of kids and the ice-cream man. Lovely lighting an groups up on the Village Green sharing pizza and laughter.”
Phoebe Sinclair, channeling a young Katie Noonan displayed great vocal control and a melancholic but uplifting tone before raising the tempo with a quasi R&B number. And Jake Whittaker threw a beach party vibe into the mix, reminiscent of an uptempo Jack Johnson.
“He moved quite a few CDs,” Cr Tozer said. “And stayed around afterwards to meet his new fans, of which there were quite a few.”
As well as ice-cream, there were free Thai massages on hand and as the sun set, stage lights highlighted the most stunning jacaranda tree in full bloom – quite fitting for a springtime soiree.
This week’s event will see Ella Fence and Alone Alaska take to the stage. Ella Fence (Steph Pickett) has just been announced as one of four finalists for the $25,000 Grant McLennan Fellowship, further cementing the incredible year she’s had as one of the Gold Coast’s shining songwriters and performers.
Alone Alaska, recently included in the Indie Now program are also building a strong following – a four-piece outfit whose music will appeal to those who like a little rock with their roll.
Other artists to feature in coming weeks include GC Music Awards Artist of the Year, Karl S Williams, Emerging Artists of the Year, Hanlon Brothers, Bobby Alu – fresh from touring with Xavier Rudd and other incredible artists including Felicity Lawless and Jackson James Smith.
The series runs every Friday night until 11 December in Cuddihy Park, Mudgeeraba, kicking off at 5.30pm.
Get the full lineup via our Gold Coast gig guide.