Good news, Gold Coast. The Founding Director of Future Entertainment – the mob responsible for Future Music Festival and Summerfieldayze is now calling the Gold Coast home. And with that news comes something else. With the help of elsewhere and Brisbane’s Capulet, he’s bringing a new event to the Gold Coast. With a twist.
Circus Paradise is a boutique arts and music festival, which will feature a carefully curated linup of live acts as well as DJs who represent a contemporary blend of modern electronica – both recorded and live – right in the middle of Gold Coast’s CBD.
Mark James, the circus master himself explains.
“I personally have had a strong tie to the Gold Coast for many years, now permanently living here,” he said.
“I’m very excited to be staging events that will benefit the community as whole,” he said, adding that their focus is on creating a professional and safe environment for local and international artists to gather.
Overlooking the stunning Southport Broadwater, with seabreezes and expansive parklands, this one-day festival, with four purpose-built stages will feature all spectrums of quality electronic dance and live music.
The lineup includes the world’s fastest rising female DJ – Belgium’s Charlotte De Witte, playing alongside Oliver Huntemamm, Motez and Leftfield as well as local stars Torren Foot, Peach Fur, IVEY, Audun, and more yet to be announced.
Total Giovanni are also on the bill. Earning near notoriety from their visual and highly energetic live shows, this Melbourne five-piece create dance music that’s at once liberating and heartbreaking. With sets that move from smooth boogie to shamanic disco, their inclusion on the Circus Paradise lineup really sets the tone for what festival-goers can expect. Total Giovanni have built a reputation for whipping venues into wild bacchanalian frenzies and with a new album ‘Euphoria’ out just last month and a string of shows to support its release, these guys are primed for one hell of a set for Gold Coast fans.
Spike Punch said he’d completely underestimated how demanding the shows on their just-finished tour would be “mentally, physically and emotionally”, but that it was well worth it in the end.
“The response we got from each city was nuts… an electric feeling on stage, punters and band members alike,” he said.
He said that given half the songs performed were new to their live set, the tour went as well as they’d hoped.
“We haven’t had the ability to rehearse regularly this year, so collectively we were just relieved it all came out sounding the way we wanted,” he said.
So, the lads are in fine form for their Gold Coast set. And they’ve got the perfect garb to tie it all together for Gold Coasters.
“Our current stage outfits are matching bottle green boiler suits, so we’ll definitely bring a whole lotta sweat to the Goldy fans, probably as early as mid-opening song,” he said, of what to expect from their set.
“There won’t be a dry towelette in the place by the time we walk off-stage.”
As for what they’re walking into for 2019, there’s not a whole lot of certainty. Spike says of the year to come: “you know at this point I’m actually a little unsure, if I’m honest. However if you do find out, can you please email through the details? I’m keen to block out the calendar and start sending invites out.”
So, come one, come all. This magical journey of Circus Paradise with Total Giovanni and friends takes place Sunday 10 March from 12 noon until 10.00pm.
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Circus Paradise Music Festival hits the Broadwater Parklands on Sunday 10 March and tickets are on sale now at outix.co/circusparadise.