Spring into festival season on the Gold Coast

Spring’s getting festive! Why see one band when you can see heaps at once? From folk to hip hop, a charity to a brewery, this season’s Gold Coast music festivals have everything covered.


British India CREDIT Kane HibberdRocking for West Papua 2017

Cooly Hotel will rock for West Papua this month, with four big rock bands providing the tunes to support the cause. Thrash metal merchants Wartooth perform alongside Gold Coast punk rockers Monster Fodder and Cairns-based heavy metallers Odius. Filling out the lineup is Gold Coast’s Charlie Rebel who’ve performed alongside British India, Wolfmother, Cog and The Radiators. Rocking for West Papua takes place Sunday 8 October from 2.00pm – 8.00pm at the Cooly Hotel. Tickets via Oztix.

The-Belligerents_HIGH-RESHey Sunshine

We all know what a music festival in a winery is like. But a festival in a brewery? That’s got Gold Coast written all over it. Hey Sunshine’s inaugural music party will do just that. Take the party to the beer, transforming Burleigh Brewing Co’s taphouse with surf-film projections, light show and nostalgia-themed stage. And if that’s not enough to have you salivating, the lineup will finish the job. Brisbane’s psych-pop overlords The Belligerents headline the bill, celebrating the September release of their debut album and Bootleg Rascal will sonically delight with hip-hop infused electro-soul beats. Gold Coast’s Peach Fur, Byron Bay’s Galaxy Girls and The Cinema Wristy’s and Sydney’s Borneo are also on the bill. Live art, market stalls, a platform for young local creatives, all housed in a brewery. That’s a lot of ticks ladies and gentlemen. Hey Sunshine rolls into Burleigh Brewing Co on Saturday 14 October.

BBTC Tessa+DevineFinalists revealed for Busking Battle ahead of festival

Buskers By The Creek has named ten of Australia’s finest troubadors as finalists for its 2017 Battle of the Buskers, which takes place Friday 13 October at the Currumbin Pub. The battle precedes the multi award-winning two day festival and sees our top emerging talent play-off for the coveted Buskers’ crown as well as prizes worth more than $10,000. Competition will be fierce this year with Tessa Devine joining Melbourne Youtube sensation Joel James, SXSW showcase sweethearts, The Heart Collectors and Gold Coast’s own ethereal harpist ELSKA among the finalists announced. Get the full list here and head down to Winders Park, Currumbin Creek for the festival which runs 14 – 15 October to see all the talent up close and personal.

jesswar headshotSprung Festival returns, with new Gold Coast home

Sprung Festival only ran for three years and when it did it built a reputation for showcasing the premier crop of hip-hop talent in Australia. We have good news for hip-hop fans, because Sprung Festival is back and this time it’s bringing the genre’s most unique voices to the Gold Coast. A. B. Original, Illy, Allday, Tkay Maidza, Spit Syndicate, Pez, Ivan Ooze, B Wise, Mathas, Caiti Baker and Jesswar will all bring the goods to the Parkwood Precinct on 28 October.

ElizaFallingOutPromoAustralian Music Week lineup

Australian Music Weeks takes over The Shire on 2 and 3 November and has become a much talked about conference in the Australian music scene. 100 artists will use the event to show off their talents to music industry figures from all over the world. The event announced its 100 live acts recently and it includes a bunch of Gold Coast talent, including Gold Coasters Eliza and the Delusionals, Hanlon Brothers, Will Anderson and Karl S Williams. Tickets are available through Oztix and the full announcement is here.

Stella-DonnellyMullum premieres Harry James Angus’ new live show

Harry James Angus has had a long love affair with Mullum Music Festival. He was Festival Patron in 2014 and 2015 and programmed one of the festival venues, he’s been involved in every community aspect of Mullum Music Festival from the Youth Mentorship Program to the annual street parade and he’s one of the Mullum’s most loved artists having performed countless times in a myriad of musical guises since 2010.  So it’s only fitting that Harry James Angus will premiere the full nine-piece incarnation of his new live project ‘Struggle With Glory’ at Mullum Music Festival. The festival runs 16-19 November, 2017 and you can get tickets at mullummusicfestival.com.

The Living EndIndie rockers take over A Day On the Green

Prepare for iconic indie rock anthems in the great outdoors when The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, The Lemonheads, Tumbleweed and The Fauves combine for an almighty A Day on the Green national tour next February. It’s a bill bursting with bands who were part of the alternative heyday of the 1990s, a period that has left a remarkable legacy on Australian music fans and continues to be held with muchos affection. In the live arena their reputations were made through performances marked by energy, passion and verve – qualities that will once again be on display during this tour. A Day On The Green, Sunday 25 February will feature The Living End, Spiderbait, Veruca Salt, The Lemonheads, Tumbleweed and The Fauves. Tickets via ticketmaster.com.au.


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