Summer is rapidly approaching (did it ever really leave though?) and with it, a slew of warm weather-friendly activities that you should start pumping the crew up for immediately.
No friends, we’re not just talking balmy Talle Creek BBQs and Sunday sessions on Burleigh Hill, although those things are two of the very best reasons to live on the Gold Coast – we’re talking music festivals and foodie events and frolicking about outside at every given opportunity.
The latest event to hit our radar is a brand new festival called Sandtunes, which is both a delightful name made just for our sun-soaked city AND what’s set to be a very good time on the shores of Coolangatta.
It’s taking place on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December, an epic introduction to what will no doubt be an endless summer (because they always are around here) and we’re pretty pumped about it.
Sandtunes will see some of the world’s biggest names including Travis Scott, Logic, Cvrches, Carly Rae Jaspen (call her maybe), Dean Lewis, Alice Ivy, Cub Sport, Sampa the Great and Tkay Maidza take to the stage and that is quite the lineup to roll us into summer, Gold Coast style.
No doubt you’re aware of the tunes of headliner Travis Scott, who will bring his larger than life presence to the sand of Coolangatta, as well as the tunes of his latest album ASTROWORLD. They say it’s “sonic funhouse, classic Houston drip bounces off the walls between psychedelic instrumentation, woozy rhymes and candy-coated hooks, evincing his clever lyricism and unshakable cadences in widescreen HD bliss”.
Which loosely translates to the perfect opportunity to dance up a storm (probably).
On the completely opposite end of the scale, Carly Rae Jaspen will be there to bring her good time pop beats and if that’s not a festival-wide singalong waiting to happen, what is?
Beloved Cvrches will take the stage bringing their Scottish synth pop, while Aussie gal Alice Ivy offers up a taste of her cruisy tunes.
The rest of them are pretty good too, something for everyone, we can’t wait honestly.
So there you go friends, in case you weren’t excited enough for summer to roll around again, here’s the perfect way to celebrate its return.
Early bird tickets are onsale now and start at $209 for a one-day pass.
We suggest going for two though, obviously.
Words by Kirra Smith