Why You Should Consider The GC If You’re A Festival Fiend / Event Enthusiast

Contributor: PEDESTRIAN.TV

The Gold Coast‘s events scene is kinda lit, hey. You can catch both upcoming and established artists, music or otherwise, doing the rounds – if you know where to look, that is. Brace yourselves.

Miami Marketta
23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami (the Gold Coast kind)

Where else can you shop the markets, eat some doughnuts, have a cocktail and rock out to fresh live acts? On Friday + Saturday nights, you can catch emerging GC talent (as well as acts from all across Oz) fo’ free at Miami Marketta’s night market. The Waifs, Vera Blue, Xavier RuddVaudeville Smash and Karl S Williams have all graced this stage, so you know you’ll be witnessing something / someone great.

HOTA (Home of the Arts)
135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

Packed full of all sorts of events from cinema, theatre, galleries, and community events, HOTA is one helluva one-stop-shop for entertainment. The venue’s spiffy new outdoor stage is not only hosting rock royalty like Neil Finn, but also a legit Concert for Dogs. Yes, a concert for your actual dog will be held on the 24th of June.

Groundwater Country Music Festival
Broadbeach, Gold Coast

Running from the 27th to the 29th of July, the Groundwater Country Music Festival is great for those who fancy a bit of boot scooting over your standard club fare. The event is free and headlined by Granger Smith featuring his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr, as well as The McClymonts.

SWELL Sculpture Festival
Beachfront, Currumbin 

From the 14th to the 23rd of September, the Currumbin beachfront will host a swathe of fresh and interesting art for you to suss out. The event is totally free and will feature sculptures by a number of artists, as well as workshops.

1 Town Centre Dr, Helensvale QLD

NightQuarter is like the aforementioned Miami Marketta but turned up to 11. Housing over 2,000 people, this epic precinct has a massive festival-sized stage, huge bars, and epic street food. For a tidy $3 you can see the best of Gold Coast’s musical talent on Friday and Saturday nights, with the likes of  The Screaming Jets, Baby Animals, The Living End, Katie Who, Felicity Lawless and Josh Lovegrove having all played here.

Who knew? The Goldy is, in fact, a killer destination for your fresh live music and entertainment needs. It doesn’t hurt that the sun, surf and sand is as gorgeous as the newly-single Channing Tatum, too.