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Gold Coast Summer of Music – The Ultimate Gig Guide

Kate Veling | December 2020

It’s been a tough year for lovers of live music. While they’ve been hit hard by the consequences of COVID-19, the people, performers, fans and venues who make up our local music scene have been innovative in adapting to accommodate ever-shifting restrictions with seated, socially distanced and online shows.

But restrictions are easing and the forecast is looking good for a summer of amazing live music ahead. Get your dancing shoes ready.. here are some of the highlights we have to look forward to!

Feedback Festival: 3 – 13 December 

One city, 10 days, 10 venues and over 100 hours of live music by more than 50 bands. Quite literally, music to our ears! By the Gold Coast, for the Gold Coast, Feedback Festival is her to reignite the city’s thriving music scene. The initiative of the city’s Music Advisory Group (MAG) it’s about bringing our audiences, venues and musicians together.

The lineup boasts the cream of Gold Coast’s live music crop, playing at venues around the city including Miami Marketta, Mo’s Desert Club House, Vinnies Dive Bar, The SoundLounge and Southport RSL.

12 Days of Christmas @ HOTA: 3 – 20 Dec 

Support by Feedback Festival, this diverse line up of musicians celebrates Queensland talent with 12 very different versions of the 12 Days of Christmas. Mark the start of the festive season with Christmas cocktails, good company and free live music. It’s the perfect chance to wind down in the afternoons, catch up with friends and perhaps gift your true love with something special (a partridge in a palm tree anyone?).

Featured performers include CC the Cat, Karl S Williams, Bobby Alu & Lily Pappas, Nadia Sunde, Benny D Williams, Dennis & Santa Taranta.

The Chats @ Vinnie Dive Bar: 8 December

The Chats represent everything that’s good about Australia and nothing that’s bad: a rebel spirit, gallows humour and the endless hedonistic pursuit of A Bloody Good Time. Drawing influence from the same fertile Australian pub rock scene that spawned everyone from AC/DC and The Saints to Cosmic Psychos, and sharing a similar singular self-contained approach to their art as such latter-day Aussie rock heroes as King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, The Chats describe themselves as “dropkick drongos from the Sunshine Coast of Australia”. These drongos play epic punk rock though – Dave Grohl, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) are all fans who showed up to their LA shows in 2019.

Also at Vinnies:

4 Dec  – Toadus & Debt Cult

5 Dec  – Unkowns & Headlice

6 Dec  –  Entrapment & Buckled

11 Dec  – Veal

19 Dec  – Tokyo Beef, Diskust & The Panasonics

23 Dec  – Just Ace (Grinspoon Tribute Band)

Tim Freedman @ The SoundLounge: 10 December 

Tim Freedman brings one of his rare solo tours to The Soundlounge to launch The Whitlams’ new single “Ballad of Bertie Kidd”. Freedman’s sold out tour with Ben Lee & Alex Loyd has been rescheduled to September 2021, so for now, this is your only chance to reacquaint yourself with the iconic repertoire of one of Australia’s most-loved bands.

Also at The SoundLounge:

4 Dec – Karl S Williams, Black Rabbit George & Felicity Lawless

12 Dec  – Luke Pauly album launch

13 Dec  – Thirsty Merc (3pm & 6pm shows)

19 Dec  – Felipe Baldomir

The Oogars @ Miami Marketta: 12 December 

This all female, moody surf/psych quartet blends together beautiful harmonies with jangly guitar, surf beats and mesmerizing synths to create fun, moody beach rock reminiscence of The Growlers, War Paint and La Luz.

Also at Miami Marketta:

4 & 5 Dec – The Lastlings

6 Dec – The Dreggs

10 Dec – Steve Kilby

11 Dec  – Buttered

17 Dec – Phil Jamieson

20 Dec  – Jack Botts

15 Jan – Nick Cunningham

The Sunflowers @ BBQ Bazaar: 2 January 

With the dawn of a new decade comes the birth of powerhouse group, Sunflower. Australian grown, Sunflower are the perfect storm of soul, pop and rock rebirthing a classic sound with an added touch of high energy modern flair.

Also at BBQ Bazaar:

Dec 4 – Belligerent Goat & Endless Valley

Dec 5 – Jollee, Humblet & Die For Mushies

Dec 12 – EchoWave

Jan 1 – New Years Day with DVNA & friends

Nick Cunningham @ Miami Marketta: 15 January 

Indie folk singer/songwriter Nick Cunningham began his musical career busking regularly on the streets of Byron Bay where began to establish himself as a songwriter and capture the imagination and hearts of listeners. With warm guitar tones and soothing melodies he takes a simplistic and traditional approach to songwriting, Using music to platform his storytelling

In 2019 Nick was the winner of the Falls Festival Foster a band completion, earning his place on stage at the highly regarded music and arts event. He has also performed at Splendour in the Grass and the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival.

Hands Like Houses @ The Cooly Hotel: 23 January 

Acclaimed Canberra five-piece Hands Likes Houses inject a fresh dose of modern stadium rock into Australia’s thriving alternative scene. With ARIA success, critical acclaim, a triple j feature album, sold out tours and legions of global fans under their belt, the band, with over ten years together, are poised to break even more ground as they step into this new decade.

Also at The Cooly Hotel:

Dec 29 – Thirsty Merc

Jan 8 – The Chats

Jan 29 – John Floreani

Feb 21 – Devilskin

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