Opening on 8 December, the rock ‘n’ roll nostalgic exhibition Let there be rock! celebrates the 70s to the 90s, when the Gold Coast was a hot-spot of Australia’s live music touring circuit.
From The Ramones and Cold Chisel at The Playroom, to INXS and The Go-Betweens at Bombay Rock; and Nirvana and The Violent Femmes at ‘Fisho’s’; this exhibition celebrates the heyday of hard-core rock and entertainment through stories, memorabilia, photos and footage.
Alongside the exhibition there’s a program of events celebrating all things rock ‘n’ roll.
Join us at Gallery Up Late, starting in January. Three special Friday nights where you can see, hear and talk all things rock. There’s live music at our lawn bar, talks and the exhibition is open til late. Grab a drink and hear local rock legends and some of the best up-and-coming homegrown acts.
The three unique talks focus on the Gold Coast music scene – past, present and future. You’ll get up close and personal talks with musicians, writers and industry insiders who will share stories and perspectives of music on the Gold Coast in the past; today and where it’s heading next. Curated and facilitated by Leanne de Souza these are free events but you do need to register to attend.
If you love Aussie music then you’ll certainly have an opinion about AC/DC. Love them or loathe them there’s no denying the magnetism of Bon Scott, their lead man – Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be, starring Nick Barker tells the quintessential rock and roll story that ended far too soon.
And we can’t wait to see the legend that is Nick Cave on our stage in a special Q&A interspersed with some of his most beloved songs on piano. Unfiltered, unscripted and unmoderated – this is sure to be an incredible evening for the lucky ones that scored a ticket.
For a rowdy (yet wholesome) night out then check out the phenomenon that is Pub Choir. We love a good sing-a-long after a few beers! Join a group of strangers to learn a song in a three-part harmony in 90 minutes, then perform it twice. No audition, no solos, no commitments, no sheet music, NO WORRIES. Just grab a drink, relax, and sing. Too easy.
On a more relaxing note, check out the stellar movie Her Sound, Her Story (M). Essential viewing for anyone who’s into Australian music, it’s an intimate conversation unveiling the personal experiences, histories and significant social impacts of women in the Australian music industry. Featuring Tina Arena, Julia Stone and more than 45 artists spanning six decades, the unique movie brims with rage, strength, beauty and triumph.
And we’re not forgetting the kids/mini rock stars in training. They’ll LOVE the Regurgitator Kids Show. Yes it’s Brisbane’s quirky crew, bringing their musical mash up of funk, pop and rock, in a concert especially for kids. This unique collection of kids tunes is about as naughty as punk rock can get and still offer a G rating. Rock on little dudes.
Kids can also register to attend the Air Guitar Workshop. Over three days they’ll learn some slick rock, get some punk rock stylin’ tips then show off on stage at the Regurgitator concert.
This article was originally published on HOTA, Home of the Arts on 15 November 2018 as Crowd surf all things rock ‘n’ roll at HOTA this summer.