Surfers Paradise LIVE
May 4 & 5, 2019
Featuring: The Screaming Jets, Thirsty Merc, Hoodoo Gurus, These Four Walls and more
The Annual Surfers Paradise Live went off on the Gold Coast this weekend! In its 5 years, the event is held over 4 days right on the beach front at Surfers Paradise and also plays host to the Gold Coast Music Awards. With stages and live music performance littered all over Surfers Paradise, it is an event that continues to grow each year. It is my third Surfers Paradise Live and my second shooting it and what amazes me about this event is:
1. It’s totally FREE! And 2. There is guaranteed to be something for everyone.
The Beach Stage showcased our amazing Aussie Rock legends with Thirsty Merc, Hoodoo Gurus, The Living End (not pictured) and The Screaming Jets. The Cavill stage was home a number of local artists including Peach Fur (not pictured) and previously of Auckland but now calling Gold Coast home – These Four Walls.
We were treated to a few guest appearances and a bit of stage hoping with Adam Thompson of Chocolate Starfish joined The Screaming Jets on Stage for a cover duet, and Thirsty Merc jumping on stage with Daryll Braithwaite, helping the crowd sing ‘As the Days Go By‘ (and having a blast doing it) with head man Rai Thistlethwayte doing a guest spot on keyboard!
There is a bent of a dent in the live music scene on the Gold Coast lately with the closure of a number of music venues. We miss our live music venues and free events like Surfers Paradise Live really is a community event. It gives local musicians an opportunity to showcase their music and hone their live shows. It gives the community a chance to sample a good portion of local talent, finishing off with headlining acts over 4 nights. It supports live music with its partnership with The Gold Coast Music Awards and it is set in a pretty damn fabulous location with an amazing view.
Each year I see it grow in numbers, and what surprised me most this year was the large number of young people rocking out with their parents to the music they grew up with. If you get a chance next year, grab your mates and head out for a free night of awesome Aussie entertainment.
These Four Walls
The Screaming Jets