Celebrating local artists is a thing Gold Coasters do extremely well. From art exhibitions to theatre productions and, of course, music festivals, we’re all about homegrown talent.
One of the most exciting music festivals we’ve got in our annual rotation is Surfers Paradise LIVE, a four day celebration presenting an iconic line up of both local and nationally renowned artists every year.
Presented by voco™ Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise LIVE opens with the Gold Coast Music Awards on Thursday May 2nd and is followed by an action packed few days showcasing the Gold Coast’s thriving music scene and bringing together 400 music industry professionals.
This year, the lineup is absolutely HUGE and, since it’s all entirely FREE you’re going to want to get down there every single day.
Friday May 3rd kicks off with The Living End, Jebediah and Reece Mastin followed by the Hoodoo Gurus, Daryl Braithwaite and Thirsty Merc on Saturday May 4th and The Screaming Jets, Chocolate Starfish, Boom Crash Opera and Bachelor Girl (oh the memories) on Sunday May 5th.
Not to mention a slew of local talent performing throughout the festival. The Beach Stage will be open from late Thursday and Friday afternoons and from early arvo on Saturday and Sunday so there’ll be no shortage of tunes.
The Cavill Stage will be open at similar times so you can meander back and forth between the two all day long.
ALSO, more than 30 local venues will host live music across the weekend.
It’s pretty much four days of reliving our teenage Smash Hits CD lives and we are so very here for it.
Not only all of the free live music though, One Cavill Beach Bar are also popping up a stylish indoor bar, The Beach Hut, right on the sand beside the LIVE stage and from there, you can catch all the action on the big screen or simply take a breather with a tipple in hand and the sand between your toes.
The Beach Hut will be open from 4pm until 10pm on Friday and from 11am until 10pm Saturday and Sunday.
Of course, all that dancing up a storm will definitely make you peckish but never fear, there are plenty of epic restaurants in Surfers Paradise to satisfy your hunger.
It’s shaping up to be one of the most fun weekends of the year Gold Coasters, don’t miss it.
LOCATION: Various venues, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: From 6pm Thursday May 2nd to 10pm Sunday May 5th
Words by Kirra Smith