The Star Gold Coast’s Magic Millions celebrations up the stakes.
The Star Gold Coast’s Magic Millions celebrations up the stakes.
Splash some water on that face and look alive, GC – one of our summer standouts, The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday is just around the corner. As always, The Star Gold Coast is ready to take the reins on all the most fabulous events to grace our events calendar and this fashion-filled favourite is no exception.
When it comes to being hot to trot for a fancy-free day of race day revelling – it’s not all sunshine, sipping champagne and roses – there are many important details that need to be ironed out first. So let us not ‘horse around’ a moment longer and settle the conundrum of the ultimate post-race afterparty at The Star Gold Coast come January 13.
To keep the good times going long after the last race is run, the Garden Kitchen & Bar is firing up its own lush little turfside party, with an extra special Live on The Lawn Magic Millions edition for the frock-ccasion. The open-air stage is set for a sunset session filled with frosty beverages, alfresco bites and back-to-back bangers courtesy of some heavy-hitter headliner DJ sets… and just trust us when we say… ‘Don’t Hold Back’ when it comes to planning your frock around your comfiest, faithful-est, (gel-cushioned, preferably) dancing stilettos…
The live and free sessions regularly going down at The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar are already known as one of the most spectacular settings to soak up our balmy summer evenings, but ‘extra special’ we teased, and true to our word… ‘extra special’ ye shall receive. Get ready to carve up the d-floor as The Potbelleez take the stage to supply some epic tunes for the evening, with an electric twilight set kicking off from 6:30pm.
As one of our most successful dance groups, not only has their knack for penning/producing hit dance anthems landed them performances on festival stages across the globe, but their ear-worm-style ballads have surpassed an eye-watering 750,000 singles and albums sold.
Need a refresher on your early-2000’s club bops? Infectious tracks like ‘Hello’, ‘From The Music’, ‘Are You With Me’, are all sure to slap, and if we’re not yet ringing any bells, the triple platinum, top 5 single, ‘Don’t Hold Back’ sure will among anyone who has ever owned a TV set (aka the Jeep Commercial living rent free in our heads). So, word to the wise – ensure those sundowners are firmly in hand well before that straight fire starts dropping from the decks, folks.
The Container Kitchen is also on-hand to keep the sustenance levels up, churning out some fire of its own with the likes of the flame-licked Chargrilled Angus Beef Burger and Yuzu Aioli Fried Calamari providing exactly the type of delicious, one-handed fare we need to refuel on the go. In between all those killer moves, obvi – and long live the ‘sprinkler’, we say.
So GC, it looks like Lady Luck is on our side this year – it is already shaping up to be one very memorable and magic race day in-steed.
Where: The Lawn at Kitchen Garden & Bar, The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach
When: Saturday 13 January, 6:30pm – 7:45pm
Words by Kellie Leader.
STORY SPONSORED BY THE STAR GOLD COAST
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Summer is here and the new year is near which you know means one thing… the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo & Showjumping is just around the corner and who are we to say neigh to a day at the Polo.
The Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo & Showjumping is one of the most exciting calendar events each and every year, it’s the ultimate time to pick out a new frock from our favourite shopping spot, Pacific Fair, and bask in all of the on-field action. And truly, you don’t need to ask us twice.
Kicking off The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival, it’s without a doubt one of the most stylish days out (no thanks to our well-dressed friends at Pacific Fair) and whether you’re there to catch the action on the field or the fashion on the fields, it’s always an exciting day out.
At the event it’s royal treatment all round whether you’re coming for a family day out or something a little more fancy at the Pacific Fair Pavilion – don’t mind if we do.
Speaking of royal treatment, you might even get a glimpse of one of our fav royals, the (figurative) queen herself, Zara Tindall. Our girl Zara will be going head to head with the Argentinian polo superstar himself, Nacho Figueras, for what’s always an uber-competitive match. When it’s time for the celebrity game, you can also catch the pros battling it out in a heated match between Australia’s best polo players.
It’s one of the most celeb-studded events our glittery Gold Coast sees each year so you might event get a chance to say hay to Northern Rivers icon Elsa Pataky – hopefully that means a Hemsworth sighting too (swoon) – and football legend Billy Slater among other famous faces.
Polo nacho vibe? More into showjumping? Say less because some of the best riders in Australia are coming together for the kickstart event of the season and you can catch the pros alongside the junior jumpers. Along with some former thoroughbred racetrack stars now showcasing their talent in their new career after racing in the showjumping arena.
Perch up for a packed picnic with the kids while you lap up the field-side action and of course there’s things to keep the little ones busy all day, think face painting and petting zoo so between the action you can pat a piglet (as you do). There’s loads of live entertainment too so there’s summer vibes, all day long.
For those looking for a little more VIP action, the Pacific Fair Pavilion gives that luxe vibe you’re looking for with a premium food and beverage package for six hours – yes you read that right – and of course an in house DJ, because if you’re anything like us you’ll be ready to tear up the dance floor after a cheeky couple of glasses of bubbles.
But how could we forget the ol’ faithful divot stomp? The whistle blows, the players are galloping away and you’re officially allowed on the field in that fancy fit to fix the divots left from those horse hooves so you can leave the day feeling v productive and like you’ve played your part in the big day. It’s always a huge hit among the (big and little) kids – any excuse to stomp around some grass with permission we say!
Grab your tickets here.
Where: Doug Jennings Park, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
When: Sunday 7 January, 2024
Words by Jacqueline Bojanowski.
STORY SPONSORED BY MAGIC MILLIONS
There are a great many things to get amongst on the GC, and these days, a thriving local music scene is undeniably one of them. And we can all agree, if there’s one thing that takes kicking back with a frosty refreshment to a whole new level, it’s getting your ears around some sweet tunes while you do it.
From dank, hidden indie dive bars to classic pub-style serenades for the whole fam to vibe to – whatever genre you’re in the mood for, there’s bound to be a venue to match.
Hound & Stag
The new kid on Arundel’s block has been hitting all the right notes since they slid open their enormous barn door late last year. Hound and Stag is now the GC’s largest combining craft brews and live music, and honestly, how could you go wrong with a combo like that?! The regular array of gigs, open mic nights and 90’s nights are the big old auditory cherry on top of an excellent atmosphere, brew-pub bites and endless frosty beverages here, folks.
Where: 13 Wrights Place, Arundel
One of Queenland’s largest AFL clubs, Southport Sharks is a family-friendly gem that’s more than merely a haven for footy fans to wet their whistles. With multiple venues and areas built-in, this Babushka doll vibing spot always has something going on, including live acts every weekend if you’re in the mood to groove. Every Friday and Saturday night, there’s an assortment of free gigs going down, from retro RnB shows, classic pub rock to tribute acts to get those toes tapping. Might we suggest first swinging by Mozza Mozza, apparently carb-loading is important before strenuous activity.
Where: Cnr Musgrave and Olsen Avenues, Southport
We can always count on our local dive bar to deliver us the very dankest of gigs, and Vinnie’s Dive does exactly that. Championing our local music scene, they’re no strangers to big alt/indie names such as Dear Seattle, DZ Deathrays, Wil Wagner (The Smith Street Band) The Bennies and Regurgiator gracing their small but mighty stage – in addition to karaoke and themed tribute nights. We think this review sums it up best: “It’s dark, the floors are sticky, the toilets seats are occasionally broken, the beers are icy cold and the staff are the best people you’ll ever meet.” Get down there for great times and even better gigs (just leave the flimsy pluggas at home).
Where: Shops A & B, 44A Nerang Street, Southport
When it comes to finding live acts and having yourself a good time on the central Gold Coast, you’ll be hard pushed to look past The Avenue in Surfers Paradise. From comedy nights, drag shows, DJ’s, karaoke and themed evenings, there’s something going down at The Avenue each and every night of the week.
Work week got you feeling flat? We recommend Tunes on Tuesday or Feel Good Friday’s to recharge with some dance therapy and pulse-pounding beats. Those vibes will be back on track in no time.
Where: 3-15 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Should you arrive by jet ski or by Uber, it doesn’t matter. Surfers Pavilion is your one-stop venue in the heart of Surfers Paradise for drinks, eats and catching a live DJ set or two. And not just any disc jockeys either; The Stafford Brothers and Peking Duk have both played to jubilant crowds here in recent times. Currently, the wheels of steel are spinning Thursday and Friday evenings and all through the weekend: perfect long weekend territory.
Where: 30/34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
The Home of the Arts is certainly doing the heavy lifting to finally elevate the arts and culture scene here in our section of Queensland. From intimate, indoor performances to the homegrown darlings and headline acts routinely taking one of Australia’s best outdoor stages – the variety of shows are as varied and vibrant as its technicolour exterior. For an impeccable way to kick off the weekend, it’s hard to go past Fridays on the Lawn. Grab a blanket, acquire a drink from their lawn bar, and relax in their sophisticated sun-kissed setting whilst being serenaded by some stellar local talent to celebrate the end of the working week.
Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Open Tuesday to Sunday for your listening pleasure, Den Devine feature jazz and blues artists from a talent pool right here in our city. This intimate, hidden venue is well-known amongst live music fans, so we definitely recommend booking in advance to nab a seat. Grab a some eats and sips from their serious selection of whisky (the perfect accompaniment to some moody blues) and the equally stacked Mediterranean menu, and vibe to a selection of the best performers on the Gold Coast six nights a week.
Where: 15 Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach
Garden Kitchen & Bar at The Star Gold Coast
When it comes to star-studded acts and internationally recognised music performances, The Star Gold Coast is the place to grab a seat in a full-blown theatre and experience music as it was intended.
To keep you bopping in-between headline acts, there’s also live and free tunes going down on the reg, in the open air ambience of Garden Kitchen & Bar’s Live on the Lawn series. Every weekend, the beats come courtesy of DJ’s, soloists, and if you time it just right, the likes of world-class powerhouse vocalist, Lisa Hunt on select Fridays. Goosebumps incoming.
Where: 1 Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Having duly stamped its authority on the Nobby Beach bar scene as the place to go for frolic fuelled nights, these guys will have you rocking out until the wee hours with a live band or DJ every night of the week. The venue also offers new bands the chance to get themselves out there, so keep an eye out for fresh talent!
Where: 2245 Gold Coast Highway, Nobbys Beach
Build it, and they will come… though it’s not clear in this analogy if the ‘they’ should be the steady stream of stellar, live music acts, the hungry hordes, or adoring music fans. Either way, this iconic laneway has established itself as a cracking spot for many things, including one of the best places to catch a gig on the GC.
From 5pm every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, Miami comes alive with foods from all around the world mixed with local blues, jazz and independent artists. A hotspot doing some solid heavy lifting to attract incredible national and international acts as they tour the country – Be sure to keep an eye on their gig calendar; tickets always sell out fast!
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Burleigh’s original back alley after-hours haunt is always an epic time. Nightjar is known for late-night revelry and an often stellar line-up of weekly live music. With drink specials aplenty, come and enjoy local acts as they take to the floor and keep the swinging yet sultry atmosphere going long into the night.
Where: Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads
Mo’s Desert Clubhouse
Burleigh’s multi-use music, space hire and events hub, Mo’s Desert Clubhouse is a melting pot of goings-on and a principal meeting place for muso’s, movers and shakers and music lovers across the GC. The industrial-style venue is outfitted with a fully stocked bar and equally stacked gig guide, so refer back often and make sure you pencil in a date with Mo’s Desert Clubhouse ASAP.
Where: 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Town Hotel
A fresh af new look is not the only thing Burleigh Town Hotel is boasting these days, also ‘drumming up’ a very solid live entertainment schedule studded with emerging bands and popular Aussie acts to get your ears around. There’s DJ’s and acoustic artists bringing tunes to the beer garden most weekends, along with with Punk, Motown and Pop themed tribute shows – where you can hit the d-floor to the likes of Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams and queen Kylie (gold hot pants optional).
Where: Tsipura Drive, Burleigh Heads
This gem is a favourite among live music fans, having hosted a slew of local, national and international icons — but it also remains one of our best-kept secrets. Find your way down to Currumbin RSL, where, hidden just above, Soundlounge hosts acts from folk soloists and DJs to rock and roll bands. Listening to fantastic live music can be a hungry business, but this venue has you covered with food options, including pizza, an a la carte restaurant and bar snacks.
Where: 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin
The Coolangatta Hotel
Whether you’ve been catching world-class waves or lounging in the afternoon sun, Coolangatta — and specifically the Coolangatta Hotel — has long been known as one of the best for rounding out a perfect afternoon with live music. Being one of the Gold Coast’s largest live music venues, this OG frequently features both national and international touring bands and DJs on any given weekend. In between catching your fave big names, rock out to live, local tunes every Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun.
Where: Cnr Warner Street and Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Words by Kellie Leader.