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Froth fests, makers markets and Black Friday savings  – what's on across the coast this weekend
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Froth fests, makers markets and Black Friday savings – what’s on across the coast this weekend

Well, mates, it's time to bust out the Michael Bublé, rock the Mariah Carey t-shirt and deck the halls because the silly season is upon us! The countdown to the big day has begun and things are heating up (literally and figuratively) across this fine city of ours. If you're keen to get out and about this weekend (Thursday November 27 to Sunday November 29), we've compiled a handy guide of happenings. more

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Free Sunday sessions and gold-tier concerts – five must-see Feedback Festival gigs
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Free Sunday sessions and gold-tier concerts – five must-see Feedback Festival gigs

After months of dancing bans and mostly quiet venues, a brand-new live music concept – Feedback Festival – is set to inject a dose of much-needed musical goodness into the Gold Coast. It's all happening over ten spellbinding nights across multiple venues, from Thursday December 3 until Sunday December 13. To get you pumped for some music festival fun, we've hand-picked five not-to-be-missed concerts featuring some stellar local acts. more

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Indulge in tropical cocktails and Jamaican-inspired eats at The Star's Caribbean on The Lawn
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Indulge in tropical cocktails and Jamaican-inspired eats at The Star’s Caribbean on The Lawn

International travel might be off the cards for this year, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy the best parts of our dream holiday destinations right here at home! To help you channel those summer holiday vibes, The Star Gold Coast is throwing a tropical soiree brimming with mouth-watering Caribbean-inspired eats, summer cocktails and roving entertainment. Ready to be transported to an idyllic island escape in your own backyard? Dress to impress and take off to Caribbean on The Lawn, on now until Sunday December 13. more

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From bendy archers to sandy sundowners – five unmissable events at BLEACH* 2020!
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From bendy archers to sandy sundowners – five unmissable events at BLEACH* 2020!

BLEACH* is set to make a triumphant return to the Gold Coast – hurrah! Kicking off on Thursday November 12, the annual arts and cultural event will run for 11 action-packed days, with audiences invited to experience the best of the city through one-of-a-kind contemporary art, live music, cabaret, theatre, dance and storytelling, with the magic to unfold across three key precincts – Burleigh Heads, Chevron Island and the Botanic Gardens in Benowa. While the entire festival program is well and truly worthy of the spotlight, we’ve cherry-picked our top five events for your viewing pleasure. From parties at an abandoned block of houses to acrobatic archers – go ahead and clear your calendar because you definitely won't want to miss these. more

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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra goes digital for brand-new production Ayres & Graces
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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra goes digital for brand-new production Ayres & Graces

Concerts are few and far between at the moment – and harder than ever to secure tickets for. That's why Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's special digital premiere of Ayres & Graces has arrived at just the right time, ready to serve up an evening of bewitching sounds straight to your living room on Sunday November 1. Featuring everything from heavenly trio sonatas to intimate chamber music, this is one musical journey you don't want to miss out on. more


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Put your party hats on – live and loud music returns to the coast courtesy of Feedback Festival
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Put your party hats on – live and loud music returns to the coast courtesy of Feedback Festival

Like most things this year, concerts and music festivals have had to adapt to the new normal. On the not-so-fun side of things, this has seen a few fallen soldiers in the process, with many events cancelled or postponed to a future date. After a few months of radio silence, a brand-new live music concept – Feedback Festival – is set to breathe new life into the Gold Coast music scene. It's all happening over ten firecracker nights, from Thursday December 3 until Sunday December 13. Festival fun is back, baby! more

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Some of Australia's best female singer-songwriters to take the stage at HOTA's Supper Club
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Some of Australia’s best female singer-songwriters to take the stage at HOTA’s Supper Club

In a truly unique live-music offering, some of Australia's most renowned female singer-songwriters will be showcasing their sounds in a series of small, intimate shows at HOTA across October and November. Big names like Sarah McLeod and Katie Noonan are part of the all-female line-up at the unmissable Supper Club series, which kicks off with its first event on Saturday October 17 with songstress and piano virtuoso Dami Im. more

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Factory Summer Festival is coming to Brisbane and the line-up is huge
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Factory Summer Festival is coming to Brisbane and the line-up is huge

In probably some of the most exciting news to be announced this year, a massive music event – Factory Summer Festival – has revealed it's heading to Brisbane with a jam-packed line-up of Australian musical talent. If everything goes to plan (we are crossing our fingers and toes), then this series of gigs will be here come December. Start planning your outfit pronto. more

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Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator headline a feel-good Splendour in the Grass 2021
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Gorillaz, The Strokes and Tyler, The Creator headline a feel-good Splendour in the Grass 2021

The all-mighty pandemic might have stomped out our plans of moving and grooving along to live tunes at our favourite musical festivals this year, but it can't dampen our spirits entirely. Keeping the dream alive is Splendour in the Grass, which has just announced some key players set to headline next year's magical music-filled shindig at North Byron Parklands from Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25, 2021. 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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Green Beacon and Rolling Stone team up for a series of intimate virtual gigs
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Green Beacon and Rolling Stone team up for a series of intimate virtual gigs

If you ask us, one of the best things to come out of the last few months is the enormous amount of gigs that have been live streamed to our lounge rooms. We've tuned into mini festivals, band reunions and couch concerts galore – and the roster of talent has been nothing short of spectacular. So we can enjoy a little bit more of this virtual-gig bliss, Brisbane-based brewing company Green Beacon has partnered with Rolling Stone for a special all-Australian edition of the iconic magazine's In My Room series, and they've recruited a few musically gifted artists along for the ride. To quote Penny Lane in Almost Famous, "It's all happening". more

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Watch old-school movies, live concerts and sing karaoke at this festive drive-in party
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Watch old-school movies, live concerts and sing karaoke at this festive drive-in party

With social distancing measures to remain in place for the foreseeable future, the way we party will look a lot different from here on out. Bush doofs, festivals and clubbing nights may be off the cards for now, however, that doesn't mean some good ol' fashion fun has been removed from the equation. Enter The Parking Lot Social, a new drive-in party series from the team behind the world’s largest jumping castle, The Big Bounce. With live tunes, food trucks, stand-up comedy and car karaoke all part of this huge program of immersive and interactive entertainment, it's safe to say you're in for one wild ride (or park, rather). more

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The Chats, The Dreggs, Pierce Brothers and Bugs to headline all-ages drive-in music festival
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The Chats, The Dreggs, Pierce Brothers and Bugs to headline all-ages drive-in music festival

Around this time, music lovers across the country begin to plan outlandish outfits and assemble their vans, campers and tents to make the annual pilgrimage to North Byron Parklands for Splendour in the Grass, but things look a little different this year. In this crazy post-COVID landscape in which we now reside, music festivals as we know them (i.e. mass gatherings of people) are off the table for the foreseeable future. While this situation hurts the collective heart of music lovers everywhere, there is a glimmer of good news to get us through the cold winter – a drive-in music festival by the name of Airwaves is happening at Nambour Showgrounds in July. more

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Take a virtual trip through our land down under – Tourism Australia presents Live from Aus
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Take a virtual trip through our land down under – Tourism Australia presents Live from Aus

Travelling is a bit of a sore spot right now – overseas trips are currently a no-go and even interstate travel is still banned – but that won't stop us from planning our next holiday. Set to inspire some serious domestic wanderlust, Tourism Australia has curated an entire weekend – aptly named Live from Aus – of exclusive access to some of the most awe-inspiring travel experiences Australia has to offer. So tune in from Saturday May 16 to Sunday May 17 to enjoy some dead-set amazing travel content – think iconic Aussie landmarks, award-winning restaurants, cuddly koalas and workouts with Chris Hemsworth's trainers. more