Up late at Let There Be Rock – talking rock at the gallery

HOTA, Dave Graney, Rock talks

Gallery at HOTA’s Let There Be Rock exhibition is moving out of the gallery and into the foyer for a series of talkfests focussed on rock – past, present and future.

Curated by Leanne de Souza, the three Up Late events feature prominent industry folk as well as local artists. They’re completely free and will shine a light on exactly how the Gold Coast built a name for itself as being an entertainment destination.

The first session, this Friday 14 December features authors Dave Graney, Nikki McWatters and Stuart Coupe looking at the past, when the Gold Coast was a popular stop on the touring route for 80s bands and musicians here could work seven nights a week.

Dan Condon, Julia Solomon and Eliza Klatt will look at the present state of affairs on Friday 18 January and a panel of local movers and shakers featuring San Mei, Lincoln Savage, Jake Wilton, Chris Lamaro and Brett Selwood will wrap up the series on Friday 15 February. I’m also sitting on that panel.

There’s live music too with sets by Peach Fur, Eliza and the Delusionals, San Mei and Phoebe Sinclair providing tunes at each event at the Lawn Bar from 5.30pm – 6.30 and then again from 7.30 – 8.30pm. Each panel discussion takes place from 6.30 – 7.30pm in the HOTA Gallery foyer. The Let There Be Rock exhibition is open until 8.30pm during these events.

Here’s a wrap on each event and what you can expect. And while you’re onsite, don’t forget to check out the Live and Local exhibition, featuring up and coming Gold Coast live music photographers doing what they do best.


Talking rock – past
Friday 14 December, 6.30pm

Panellists: Dave Graney, Nikki McWatters and Stuart Coupe
Live music: Peach Fur

Talking rock – present
Friday 18 January, 6.30pm

Panellists: Dan Condon, Julia Solomon & Eliza Klatt
Live music: Eliza and the Delusionals

Talking rock – future
Friday 15 February, 6.30pm

Panellists: San Mei, Samantha Morris (Blank GC), Lincoln Savage (Jungle Love/Brisbane Street Art Festival), Jake, Chris & Brett (GD FRNDS)
Live music: Phoebe Sinclair and San Mei

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