LIVE GALLERY: Gold Coast showcase at BIGSOUND 2016 – Tesla Coils + Aquila Young + Lane Harry x Ike Campbell

A little bit of the Gold Coast came to BIGSOUND yesterday.

Through the Gold Coast Music Awards and with the support of City of Gold Coast, three incredible Gold Coast bands were showcased at BIGSOUND.

Lane Harry x Ike Campbell, who are changing the face of rap in Australia, opened the set as people trickled in. BIGSOUND is a tough gig. 160+ bands, dozens of venues and lots of industry reps busy hustling for business. By the end of Lane and Ike’s set the crowd had built, the finger food was out and there were many heads anodding. BIGSOUND was perfect timing for Gold Coast’s favourite hip-hop duo (now a trio) who also released their new single Keith Richards which was premiered by our friends at AU Review.

The inimitable Tesla Coils filled the middle slot. With Jed Walters (keys and vocals) commanding the stage on analog synth (which electronic fans in the audience were literally frothing over) and Chris Dennis regularly stealing the limelight with hard-hitting drumming, there’s no question Tesla Coils grabbed attention and kept it. And there was genuine buzz about the mix of stagecraft and technical capability for the duo, whose CDs were snapped up very quickly after their set.

Aquila Young’s set was tambourine-driven atmospheric folk-pop-rock, with a megaphone thrown in for good measure. Frontwoman Aquila’s stage presence commanded authority on stage with one punter saying she knew exactly what she wanted her set to sound like and delivered just that. With a drummer who’s nearly comically stoic (a dramatic counterpoint to Chris Dennis from Tesla Coils), Tommy Sheehan on synth and guitar, and the rest of the band on point, Aqulia Young’s set was a perfect end to the showcase.

Band members for Ella Fence, Electrik Lemonade, City Over Sand, Klubknight, The Floating Bridges, The Shambolics, Amy Shark in the audience made the event a real coast-to-coast music hoedown.

Bookers and promoters from a heap of festivals – local and national – were in the audience as well as representatives from government, peak bodies, venues, press, radio and more.


The goal of the showcase is to boost the local music scene in a couple of ways. Firstly to remind people that the Gold Coast is a city that should be on their radar when they tour nationally. And secondly to draw attention to the talent across our city and help identify new ways to grow opportunities for Gold Coast artists.

As presenter of the showcase, we at Blank are pretty damn stoked with how it all went down. And we can’t thank City of Gold Coast enough for helping to make it all possible.

Photo gallery below by Michael Dooley Photography who stepped in with less than 24hrs notice and did a bang-up job for us.


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