Our pick: Some of the best live acts heading to the Gold Coast

There is sure to be something for everyone.


Big lineup drops in to Cooly for WSL

We’re talking Client Liason, Angus and Julia Stone, Hockey Dad, The Jungle Giants and Alex the Astronaut. It’s The Drop’s second year on the Gold Coast, bringing together big names in music and professional surfing and a celebration of community culture and a love of the ocean. It happens Saturday 6 April in Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta. More at thedropfestival.com. Tickets on sale now.


J Mascis returns to the Gold Coast

Dinosaur Jr’s inimitable frontman and modern-day guitar wizard J Mascis has just released his fourth solo studio album – his first since 2014’s ‘Tied To A Star’. To mark the release, he’s hitting the road and Gold Coast is in his sights once again. The new album ‘Elastic Day’s sees Mascis play all instruments on the album which also features guest appearnances from Pall Jenkins, Mark Mulcahy and Zoe Randell. On tour though, Mascis plays an acoustic guitar plugged into an amp with a mind-boggling array of pedals and effects. It’s loud. Be prepared. He hits Miami Marketta on Saturday 9 March. Tickets via Oztix.


Katie Noonan’s Elixir to appear for Bleach*

The much-loved Spiegeltent is again returning to Broadbeach, although this time at a new location, on the corner of TE Peters Drive and the GC Highway. The special venue is making a comeback for Bleach* Festival and will play host to the Helpmann Award nominated LIMBO Unhinged as well as a one-night performance of Katie Noonan and her jazz trio Elixir featuring Zac Hurren. The evening is set to showcase Katie’s ARIA nominated album ‘Gratitude And Grief’, a collaboration between Elixir and Australia’s ‘poet laureate’ Michael Leunig; uniting Michael’s spoken-word poetry with Katie’s angelic vocals and Elixir’s sublime improvisation. The album, which translates Leunig’s poetry into stunning jazz, has received rave reviews for its unique combination of poetry, art and music. It’s a night of music and poetry and it all happens on Thursday 18 April. Tickets are on sale now via spiegeltentgoldcoast.com


Hat Fitz and Cara launch ‘Hand It Over’ with Mo’s show

High-energy duo Hat Fitz and Cara are one of Australia’s most enduring, popular and talented roots artists. The husband and wife team have clocked up ten years of touring, festivals and album releases from their Sunshine Coast base and their worldwide festival touring circuit takes in the UK, North America and Europe. The release or their fifth studio album ‘Hand It Over’ sees the pair hit the road this summer and Gold Coast gets a look-in with a Sunday afternoon show at Mo’s, Sunday 10 February. Tickets bit.ly/hfac-gold-coast.


Millencolin announce March tour

MILLENCOLIN are Gold Coast bound. They’ll be playing an arsenal of hits from across their massive catalogue and also some new tracks from their forthcoming album ‘SOS ‘out February. They’re at Soundlounge, Sunday 10 March, with Goldfinger in support.


Matt Corby brings Rainbow Valley to Miami Marketta in April

For a decade, multi-platinum-selling musician Matt Corby has been pushing his own boundaries, embracing a journey of self-discovery that’s seen him wrestle a few pre-conceptions and stare down his share of demons. With two ARIA Song of the Year awards and a #1 debut album behind him, Corby can genuinely lay claim to some hard-earned perspective. Now with late 2018 album ‘Rainbow Valley’ gaining some serious momentum, he’s heading to Miami Marketta on 7 April to lay down some tunes for his GC fans. Tix at Oztix.


The Pinheads hit Miami Shark Bar in Feb

The Pinheads return from a multi member sabbatical with a new single, ‘Not Like You’, a tune about our divergent world of round-the-clock connection, resulting in chronic isolation, the mingling pot of personalities, untameable ego, opposing ideologies, conflicting cultural ideals and a societal anxiety time bomb threatening to blow at any second. Phew! To celebrate the new track, the crew are heading out on an epic national tour, with a stop at Miami Shark Bar on 3 February.


Seaside Sounds Kirra 2019

Seaside Sounds Kirra returns this summer for five consecutive Sunday afternoons with free live music on the iconic Kirra foreshore. Pack your blanket for a food truck picnic and enjoy beats by the beach in the cool ocean breeze. Not to mention, there will be a free jumping castle and face painting for the kids. This is a family friendly event and no alcohol is permitted in the park. Seaside Sounds Kirra 2019 is proudly brought to you by Division 14 Cr Gail O’Neill, and will be held at Roughton Park, Kirra from 4.00pm-7.00pm, commencing 27 January and concluding 24 February. For line-ups and more information, please visit Seaside Sounds Kirra 2019 on FB.


Casey Barnes and band play free show at Seagulls

Gold Coast contemporary country favourite Casey Barnes and band are playing live at Seagulls from 8.00pm on Saturday 2 March 2019, and it’s a FREE show! They will be playing all the tracks off Casey’s chart-topping 2018 album ‘The Good Life’. Visit seagullsclub.com.au for more.


Wake Up to Blue Child Collective

South West fluid groovers Blue Child Collective are bringing their newest offering ‘Wake Up To The Sound’ out on a 16 date national tour this summer.  With four singles from the album attracting regular spins on Triple Js Roots ‘n’ All and earning themselves a nomination for West Australian music’s best Regional act, Blue Child Collective are creating waves and are hot off a summer of supports for Xavier Rudd, The Jungle Giants, Stella Donelly, San Cisco, and more. Bringing along their 5 piece band they hit Eddie’s Grub House, Coolangatta on Tuesday 22nd January. Tickets and info at bluechildcollective.com.


Sofar Sounds hosts secret Valentine’s gig

The intimate atmosphere of Sofar Sounds makes for a perfect setting this Valentine’s Day. Whether you are partnered up, or more single than a pringle ready to mingle – the Sofar Sounds crew invites you to connect with new friends and share the love for some talented local musicians, and an epic new venue in the heart of Mermaid Beach. I’m afraid that’s all we can tell you, so yourself a ticket to share the experience on 14 February at sofarsounds.com. Lineup and location will be advised on the day.


Sam Buckingham crowdfunds album, tour

Pottsville local, singer / songwriter Sam Buckingham is a crowdfunding success story, with her fans having funded her most recent album ‘The Water’, as well as a 7 date national ‘Hammer & Love’ tour, just about to kick off. Sam will perform her stunning 2017 album ‘The Water’ in its entirety and premiere a select offering of gorgeous new songs, earmarked for recording in 2020. You can catch her unique and authentic sounds at Junk Bar Ashgrove on 7 Feb or Bangalow Uniting Church on 8 Feb.


Sounds in the Station

Come and celebrate the lunar New Year at the Old Ambulance Station in Southport, where from 4pm on Saturday 9 February you can grab some delicious Asian street food at the Chinatown street party before heading to 45 Nerang Street Southport from 7pm for a night of live music at Sounds in the Station. Kate Derepas kicks things off at 7.45pm, followed by Elliot Hahn, then the Chinatown street party fireworks at 9pm, with James D’Khan taking things home. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now through Eventbrite. This is an 18+ event.

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