Gold Coast emerging music scene

Whether its indie pop in converted industrial precincts, dance beats in beachside bars and clubs, opera on the beach or international headliners with a picnic and a rug at HOTA’s popular amphitheatre, the Gold Coast music scene is bursting with surprises and diverse offerings for every taste. In our unique coastal city, hemmed by bush and beach, a myriad of unexpected spaces are repurposed as bustling music venues, where the golden sands become a stage, warehouses host dance parties, high-rise penthouses are performance spaces, where markets, cafés and bars give a tide of new talent their first big break. Touring international acts pack out stadiums or pit-stop for secret gigs in hole-in-the-wall bars.  From major festivals to tiny, underground gigs, the Gold Coast rewards the intrepid music lover with out-of-box experiences of every genre to delight and inspire.

Gig Guide

Discover all the cool hidden music gems, festivals and gigs galore happening across the Gold Coast. *Please refer to the event organiser’s website for update on the status of the event.

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Keep up-to-date with the Gold Coast’s vibrant music scene with stories and features on artists, awards, venues, just-announced news and more.

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Grow Your Music Business

We recognise the immense musical talent that exists in our city. Find out more about The Music Action Plan 2021 and the City of Gold Coast's vision and blueprint to support the live music sector.

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GC Music Awards

Gold Coast Music Awards celebrates the achievements of the city's music sector. See who’s been nominated and taken out some of the coast’s most prestigious awards.

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Thriving Gold Coast Music Artists

Amy Shark


With a swag of ARIA awards, sold-out tours and international hit singles, the Gold Coast’s own Amy Shark has soared across the popular music stratosphere like a brilliant comet.

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Eliza & The Delusionals


With a sunny, jangly, guitar-based sound that just screams indie, Gold Coast, beach pop, Eliza and the Delusionals are making waves for all the right reasons.

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Ella Fence


Electro-pop artist Ella Fence has been winning hearts and minds with her feel good dance anthems and breakthrough performances at Bleach the Gold Coast Festival, the Gold Coast Music Awards and Commonwealth Games Festival 2018.

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Peach Fur


Part of a distinct, psychedelic, surf pop movement, Peach Fur have catapulted from a Gold Coast high school start up to irresistible, festival favourites.

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Gold Coast born and bred, a surfer at heart, and an in-demand producer and musician, Paces blurs the lines between club and pop music with forward thinking dance music.

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Casey Barnes


The Gold Coast’s own international country rock star, Casey Barnes is on one almighty roll, with over seven million streams, 134,000 monthly listeners, multiple Golden Guitar and Gold Coast Music Award nominations

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Music Stories

The Hinterland is alive with the sound of opera

Performer and creative producer, Jenna Robertson, became a Gold Coast local fairly recently, but already feels a deep connection to her adopted home. It’s a relationship she’s exploring through a unique art form – contemporary opera. Read more
Hollow Coves

Hollow Coves’ Moments Clip Highlights Gorgeous Gold Coast

The Hollow Coves new song Moments connects listeners to the soul of Gold Coast nature. With bare feet in the creek and on the sand, and the sound of the forest and rolling ocean behind their music, their YouTube clip... Read more

Creative Quarantine

Gold Coast electronic musician Jamie Lee Wilson used her return from LA, enforced quarantine and HOTA’s Rage Against the Virus grant to record a new album in isolation. Read more

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