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The Star Carla from Bankstown
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Drag queen glow-ups, mouth-watering meals and crackling fire pits – add these unmissable events to your calendar

After battling through the rain and chilly temps of the past few months, we are happy to report that we are on the home stretch of winter! As the beginning of August laps at our shores, the cooler days are expected to linger for a little longer. Luckily for us, The Star Gold Coast has a super-charged event schedule planned for August and September and is prepping for a cracking few weeks of music, comedy, food and sport. From super drag spectaculars to laughs around the fire pit with your pals and Saturdays spent sipping Bellinis, here are some happenings to schedule into your calendar for the next few months ... more

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Celebrate cultural connections and homegrown artists at Horizon Festival on the Sunshine Coast
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Celebrate cultural connections and homegrown artists at Horizon Festival on the Sunshine Coast

Over ten days in August, the Sunshine Coast is playing host to a contemporary multi-arts festival. More than just your average collection of visual art, music, theatre, dance, words, film and creative workshops, Horizon Festival is rooted in celebrating the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast with a program that thoughtfully honours and highlights the Traditional Custodians of the land in which it operates – the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Peoples. If you relish in celebrating art in all of its forms, have a thirst for the knowledge shared by our First Nations Peoples and are craving a northern escape, then head up to the Sunshine Coast from August 26 until September 4 and immerse yourself in ten days of spectacular creativity and culture-rich performances. more

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BLEACH* Festival 2022
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From First Nations feasts to late-night secrets and sonic Sunday soirees – our top picks for BLEACH* Festival in 2022

After almost two years of waiting, BLEACH* Festival is preparing to light up the Gold Coast with carefully curated creativity and performances over 11 days in August. From August 11-21, Gold Coast locals are encouraged to celebrate and support an ever-talented collective of artists, singers, performers and musicians as they take over beachside esplanades, botanic gardens and hinterland hideaways. With more than 233 artists, 94 performances and 36 events lined up on the program, there is bound to be something to satisfy every creative appetite. If you're a little stuck on what to attend, fear not! We have combed through the program and plucked out a few highlights worthy of pencilling into your calendar for BLEACH* in 2022.  more

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Underground HOTA
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Explore big ideas with homegrown artists at HOTA’s intimate UNDERGROUND Festival

In a world viewed through the lens of social media and filters, many of us are often left contemplating the human experience. HOTA's new UNDERGROUND Festival is giving artists, creatives and audiences the chance to take risks, explore ideas and consider what makes us human. Over three days in July, audiences will have the opportunity to occupy HOTA's intimate spaces and explore the obscurity of life and raw emotion, seeking to understand what enrages and liberates us. Fuelled by big ideas and homegrown contemporary artists, here is a peek at what you can expect at UNDERGROUND from Thursday July 14 until Saturday July 16. more

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BLEACH* Festival 2022
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Culture-soaked creativity and expert storytellers bring BLEACH* Festival’s 2022 program to life

Unless you're new to the coast or have been living under a rock, you're probably well familiar with BLEACH* Festival. For those who aren't, well, allow us – BLEACH* is the Gold Coast's premier arts and cultural festival that proudly and passionately champions the incredible artists and performers that make up the tapestry of our shining city. BLEACH* has been no stranger to COVID-related cancellations and, much to the dismay of everyone on the Gold Coast, last year's festival took a hit. Luckily for us, BLEACH* is back, better than ever and is here to celebrate its 11-year milestone by transforming beachside esplanades, botanic gardens and hinterland hideaways into backdrops for spine-tingling and thought-provoking experiences from August 11-21. We recommend clearing your calendar because the 11-day program has just been released and is packed with a bounty of events and… more

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Buskers by the lake
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Buskers by the Lake is bringing three days of adrenaline, creativity and sword swallowing to Lake Kawana

Creativity and personal expression come in many forms. Some of us sing, some dance, some may participate in adrenaline sports and others, well, they play with fire and swallow swords. The Australian and international busking community is rich with incredibly talented individuals that thrive on doing what they love in the hopes that it will entertain others. Buskers by the Lake is a Sunshine Coast festival that gives renowned and up-and-coming buskers the chance to show off their skills as part of a wider project, entertaining audiences over three days in one giant, lakeside extravaganza. The festival theme is 'Fantasyland', so get ready to soak up the sunshine and experience a whole new world of mystique, magic and marvel.  more

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Keep the summer vibes rolling with drag duos, half-price pizza and Fleetwood Mac by a symphony orchestra
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Keep the summer vibes rolling with drag duos, half-price pizza and Fleetwood Mac by a symphony orchestra

Well, that's it for summer, folks. The calendar has officially clicked over to March (can you even believe it?) but that doesn't mean the party has to end. Before you go and bust out the winter woolies and plan your hibernation activities, The Star Gold Coast is keeping the summer vibes alive with a stellar line-up of things to see, do and devour. From incredible acts playing live on The Lawn to drag duos, a 24-piece symphony orchestra performing some of Fleetwood Mac’s finest, half-price pizzas and towering burgers, The Star Gold Coast is the place to soak up the last of the warm-weather vibes. Here's what's happening this March ... more


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Endless summer – five ways to warm up your weekend in the middle of winter
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Endless summer – five ways to warm up your weekend in the middle of winter

At the beginning of winter, the mercury dropping is a bit of a novelty – enjoying the crisp mornings and cool evenings is a bit of a treat. By the time July rolls around though, we are aching for a spot in the sunshine with a deliciously summery cocktail in hand. Well, friends, we've got just the thing to ward off the winter blues – a round-up of weekend warmers that you can find on the coast, and all in the one location. more

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It's getting hot in here – The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub unveils its sexy new stage show RIPPED
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It’s getting hot in here – The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub unveils its sexy new stage show RIPPED

Ladies' nights tend to conjure images of seedy clubs, cheap booze and penis straws. If that's not quite your vibe but you are still looking to have a night out with your nearest and dearest indulging in crafted cocktails and cheeky entertainment, The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub's brand-new show RIPPED could be right up your alley. The saucy adults-only spectacular features a bevy of handsome men, aerial acrobatics and moves that would make your nan blush.  more

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Raunchy rides and cliffside concerts – five must-see events at BLEACH* Festival 2021
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Raunchy rides and cliffside concerts – five must-see events at BLEACH* Festival 2021

Ready your glad rags – BLEACH* Festival is back and she's ready to party! This year, the city's pre-eminent multi-day arts and cultural event is celebrating its impressive ten-year milestone with a jam-packed program of art, live music, cabaret, theatre, dance and stories across three main hubs including Burleigh Heads, Southport and Mudgeeraba. As an extra-special treat, there will also be performances in the cultural corridors of HOTA and Dust Temple in Currumbin. This year's festival runs from August 12–22 and whilst we firmly believe the entire festival program is well and truly worthy of the spotlight (you can check that out here), we’ve cherry-picked some of our must-see events for your viewing pleasure. more

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Get set to immerse yourself in inflatable installations and floating exhibitions – Brisbane Festival is coming back with a bang
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Get set to immerse yourself in inflatable installations and floating exhibitions – Brisbane Festival is coming back with a bang

If you can believe it, in two short months it will be September. Although this year seems like it is passing by quicker than you can sing Earth, Wind & Fire’s catchy song, that's not necessarily a bad thing, as the arrival of September means the return of our favourite city-wide fiesta – Brisbane Festival! The beloved celebration will set our city alight from September 3–25 with a thrilling three-week program that is shaping up to be the brightest party yet. From an art-filled boat cruising down Brisbane River and dance performances inside a bubble to much-anticipated stage shows and enchanting gardens full of larger-than-life florals, it doesn't get more weird and wonderful than this. more

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Giddy up for a night of decadent debauchery with adults-only circus cabaret show INFAMOUS
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Giddy up for a night of decadent debauchery with adults-only circus cabaret show INFAMOUS

Get ready to enter the pleasure dome, Gold Coast – INFAMOUS is back and it's bigger, cheekier and even more jaw-dropping than ever before! Shaking up an intoxicating elixir of circus and risqué cabaret, the saucy adults-only stage show and its delightfully extravagant Spiegel Big Top is rolling into the Broadwater Parklands from Friday June 18 to Sunday August 8 to deliver night-after-night of wild debauchery, sass and even a Wheel of Death. Intrigued? You definitely should be. Read on for all of the juicy details ... more

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HOTA's new Fireside events series to light up your winter nights this July
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HOTA’s new Fireside events series to light up your winter nights this July

After months of virtual concerts, live-streamed ballet lessons and 80s-themed lounge-room workouts, we're thrilled to bring you news of Fireside, a month-long series of events happening at HOTA this July. Yes, we're talking actual events with actual people, real performers, live music, food, drinks and a helluva lot of fun. It's time to pack away the loungewear, folks – July just got a whole lot better. more

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Bop to the pops – Britney Spears’ choreographer is hosting a dance class full of Brit's hits
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Bop to the pops – Britney Spears’ choreographer is hosting a dance class full of Brit’s hits

Look, we're not gonna beat around the bush – life in quarantine has got us doing some some strange things. Whether it's attempting to dramatically change our hairstyle à la Britney circa 2007, text our K-Fed-like exes, or the boundless attempts to replicate Britney Spears' iconic dance moves, our lives are starting to mirror our favourite gym-burning pop queen. To help us get a piece of Britney (and get a good sweat sesh in while we're at it), Brit's former choreographer is hosting a virtual pop-song-fuelled dance class. Yep, that's right – it’s time to work, bitch. more

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Bleach* Festival celebrates the Gold Coast's unique artistic culture with a jam-packed 2019 program
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Bleach* Festival celebrates the Gold Coast’s unique artistic culture with a jam-packed 2019 program

Giving us something truly awesome to look forward to, the crew behind Bleach* Festival have unveiled a 2019 program that promises to be the premier arts and cultural event’s most captivating yet. The eighth annual festival runs from April 17–28 and celebrates the Gold Coast's unique culture with a schedule that spans large-scale opera, award-winning dance, eye-popping cabaret, free live music, a thought provoking political swimming carnival and a thrilling drive-in with a difference – and it doesn't stop there! more

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Get hot and heavy every Friday night with Stingray's all-new Rumba Caliente sessions
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Get hot and heavy every Friday night with Stingray’s all-new Rumba Caliente sessions

How great are Friday nights? There's really no better way to welcome the weekend than with a couple of knock-off cocktails sided with some tasty snacks. Though, sometimes it's good to spice things up and you know, really let your hair down. Enter Stingray Lounge and its new Latin-inspired Friday night session, Rumba Caliente. Prepare to get a little, uh, hot under the collar. more