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Your Festival 2018 music events guide

From Aussie greats to local newbies.

Holly Rankin
Meg Mac
Troy Cassar-Daley
The Jungle Giants

Among MANY other mind-blowing cultural good times, Festival 2018 will bestow upon us some of the best Aussie music acts there are.

Starting on opening day and stretching throughout the Games, an array of FREE musical acts are set to grace the Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach music stages.

Get your dancing feet and your listening ears ready, it’s going to be a big week.

Busby Marou – 7th April
Kick back and soak up the breezy acoustic grooves of ARIA chart-topping duo Busby Marou. Bringing you catch pop melodies and a little bit of soul, the much-loved duo will be entertaining on the Queensland Music Stage on April 7th from 7pm supported by Leanne Tennant and Alexander William.

Bleach* Electrified – 7th April
A selection of the country’s best new artists will offer up an explosion of colour, light and innovative pop tunes. Featuring Michelle Zen, Electrik Fields and Confidence Man, it’s sure to be a good time from 7 to 11pm on the main stage in Surfers Paradise.

Magnifika Pacifika – 8th April
It’ll be party time when Salmonella Dub takes the stage with their famous jungle grooves and thumping bass anthems. Featuring plenty of special guests, it’ll be a dance party for all of Surfers Paradise to enjoy. From 7pm to 11pm on the Main Stage in Surfers Paradise.

Sahara Beck, Tia Gostelow and Greta Stanley – 8th April
Expect more head spinning melodies and stunning vocals throughout a not-to-be-missed performance in Broadbeach. Sahara Beck blends jazz, blues, pop and rock while Tia Gostelow is a young Indie rock artist and Great Stanley delivers gentle melodies. Catch the girls on the Queensland Music Stage in Broadbeach from 7pm to midnight.

Electric Lady – 10th April
Some of the country’s most loved female performers will feature in Electric Lady, a first-time event. Meg Mac, Nina Las Vegas, Wafia and Jack River will perform to celebrate the magic of women in music. Catch them at the Main Stage in Surfers Paradise from 7pm to 11pm.

Troy Cassar-Daley, Emily Wurramara and Black Rabbit George – April 10th
Get back to country with Aussie legend Troy Cassar-Daley performing a mixture of old and new on the Queensland Music Stage. Supported by the Northern Territory’s Emily Wurramara and the acoustic tunes of Black Rabbit George, it’s a guaranteed good time from 7pm to midnight.

Bobby Alu, Hanlon Brothers and Electrik Lemonade – April 11th
It’ll be a night of rhythm, soul and pop when cruisy tunester Bobby Alu takes the stage. Also known as Xavier Rudd’s drummer, he sings and strums the ukulele and if you need a reprieve from all the crazy, this is it. Gold Coasters the Hanlon Brother and funky blues musicians Electrik Lemonade will support on the Queensland Music Stage from 7pm to midnight.

The Jungle Giants – April 12th
Queensland indie rock legends The Jungle Giants will bust out their much-loved tunes on the Queensland Music Stage supported by The Creases, who definitely don’t mind a good time, and four-piece rockers Eliza and The Delusionals. Put your party boots on for this one gang. The fun times start from 7pm.

Bullhorn, Tijuana Cartel and Cheap Fakes
An acoustic adventure awaits with new wave brass band Bullhorn and their seven horn players, one drummer and a magic MC. Catch them on the Queensland Music Stage alongside dance four-piece Tijuana Cartel and Brisbane’s energetic, soul-soaked songsters Cheap Fakes from 7pm to midnight.

Kate Miller-Heidke, Ella Fence and Regurgitator
The last weekend of the Games is set to be a big one with huge Aussie names Kate Miller-Heidke and Regurgitator taking the Queensland Music Stage. It’ll be a night of indie pop rock followed by the tunes of local songstress Ella Fence and closing the night out with some good old Regurgitator rock and roll. Don’t miss this one from 7pm to midnight.

Words by Kirra Smith.

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