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

Making Music Live

Dom Disisto and the City’s youth Making Music Live

In an exciting coup for Gold Coast’s music-loving youth, City of Gold Coast has appointed industry all-rounder Dom Disisto to deliver an exciting youth band initiative aimed at introducing young people to live music and performance - Making Music Live. Read more
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Coast artists bring the gold to Queensland Music Awards

In just a few days, Queensland’s music industry will come together to celebrate the best of the best. The Queensland Music Awards – a statewide search that celebrates contemporary popular music as well as the artists, industry figures, festivals and... Read more
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Gold Coast Gig Guide (live music on the coast)

The days are getting shorter, which means the nights are getting longer. And long nights call for live music... Read more

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