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Big City Lights
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Late-night lights, Barossa drops and comfort food – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend

After 11 long months of waiting, tax time is finally here again! Here's to a little injection of cash – perfect for nabbing a ticket to that festival you've been eyeing, treating yourself to a nice meal out, or, you know, buying iceberg lettuce. As we all eagerly await our return (or hide from the tax man in denial over this year's tax bill), the Gold Coast is serving up a bounty of events to keep you occupied. The best bit? Plenty of them are free to attend! So, rug up and hit the streets, ready to explore everything our humble little city has on offer from Thursday July 7 until Sunday July 10. Oh, and don't hide from the tax man (or woman). That tactic never ends well. 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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Lunar Electric
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Splendour, Spilt Milk and Sandstorm – add these unmissable festivals to your calendar, stat

Is it just us or is this year hurtling past at breakneck speed? If you're yet to come to terms with the fact that it's already somehow June, you might be missing out on a whole bunch of exciting events that are coming our way including the return of international acts, some of our all-time favourite music festivals and some dazzling light displays. Here's our round-up of the most anticipated events set to hit our shores in the latter half of 2022 ... more

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Festival X
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Kickstart your summer with Calvin Harris and Megan Thee Stallion at Festival X

While our winters in Australia may be milder than most, many of us still spend the cooler months patiently counting down to the glorious warmth of long summer days. Not only does summer bring picture-perfect escapes at the beach and a constant excuse to cool down with ice-cream or sneaky beverage, but it also welcomes a jam-packed festival schedule. The summer of 2022 is set to take festivals to another level, as international acts are finally ready to travel back to our shores and share their music with Aussie fans. Festival X is no exception to this rule, as organisers bring an epic lineup of electronic and hip hop artists to the Gold Coast as part of the five-show national tour. more

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Live on the Lawn
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Pencil these free gigs into your diary – Touch Sensitive, Running Touch and Savage are heading to Live on The Lawn

If we had to name just one thing that we really missed during the pandemic, it would have to be live music. Sure, we yearned for nights out to dinner, parties with friends and the chance to hop on a plane, but the electricity that comes with soaking up live music in person is a feeling that cannot be replicated. Thankfully, the legends at Garden Kitchen & Bar felt the same yearning for live tunes and continue to serve up plenty of good vibrations and free headline acts, as part of Bacardi's Live on The Lawn. More than just your average free gig at the local, Live on The Lawn has called in the big guns of Australian music to help you make up for time lost to lockdowns. So, if you're in desperate need of a boogie and are keen to experience the thrill of seeing an artist IRL, be sure to schedule these events in your diary for autumn. more


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Blanc de Blanc Encore
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Champagne-soaked and covered in glitter – Blanc de Blanc Encore will leave you gasping for more

What do you get when you cross the hedonistic opulence of Great Gatsby's extravagant parties and the glamorous debauchery of vintage French cabaret? Why Blanc de Blanc Encore, of course! After finishing up their record-breaking seasons at the Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Fringe and Newcastle, the glitter-covered cast of Blanc de Blanc Encore are hitting the Gold Coast for a limited season at the Spiegeltent in the Broadwater Parklands. If you've never heard of this intoxicating cabaret before, then your world is about to become a whole lot raunchier. With a ticket to the Spiegeltent, you're in for a night of champagne-soaked splendour that will leave you craving more. more

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Experience breathtaking serenades under the stars at Opera Queensland's Festival of Outback Opera
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Experience breathtaking serenades under the stars at Opera Queensland’s Festival of Outback Opera

Did someone say, "roadtrip"? Pack up the car as we're headed to the outback for Opera Queensland's Festival of Outback Opera, which is back bigger and better than ever this month. Set to hit the regional towns of Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall, Tambo and Windorah from May 18–27, the impressive festival celebrates the wonder of opera with a program of awe-inspiring outdoor concerts and pop-up performances in historical settings. more

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Garden Kitchen and Bar Wine Tasting
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Prosecco paired pizza feasts, eclectic dance beats and Mexican cocktails – add these unmissable May events to your calendar

Somehow we blinked and have wound up in May. A month renowned for stunning sunsets, warm days and nights that start to foreshadow the cooler weather heading our way. These perfect mid-autumn evenings demand to be enjoyed and, luckily for you, The Star Gold Coast has packed its May schedule with plenty of events that will keep you off the couch and out dancing, eating and living your best life. From platinum-selling artists playing live on The Lawn, to tequila-soaked feasts, Saturdays spent sipping prosecco by the pool, musical tributes and sporting events, here are some happenings to schedule into your calendar for May ... more

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Pop powerhouses, perfect pairings and boss ladies – add these unmissable April events to your calendar
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Pop powerhouses, perfect pairings and boss ladies – add these unmissable April events to your calendar

In the immortal words of Jon Snow, winter is coming ... but we're not there yet! We still have a few months to make the most of autumn's warmth before the urge to hibernate officially sets in. Lucky for us, The Star Gold Coast is keeping the good times rolling throughout Easter and beyond with a stellar line-up of things to see, do and devour. From incredible acts playing live on The Lawn to decadent degustations, musical tributes and sporting events, here are some unmissable April happenings ... more

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Flume
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Flume, Bernard Fanning, The Rubens and more unite for Secret Sounds Flood Aid

As we all know, the last few weeks have been devastating for many of our friends in Southeast Queensland and the Northern Rivers of New South Wales. A catastrophic natural disaster has ravaged areas of Brisbane, Lismore, Mullumbimby, Coraki and more, with floodwaters sweeping away entire livelihoods. To assist with the region's ongoing recovery efforts, Secret Sounds has announced Flood Aid – a range of fundraising initiatives with 100 percent of money raised going directly to affected communities. With stellar gigs, tongue-in-cheek merch, auctions and more, there are plenty of ways to get involved to support the cause. Tickets go on sale today, Thursday March 17 – read on for details. more

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Catch Cub Sport, The Kite String Tangle and Pirra at Skyy Vodka's free Live on The Lawn sessions
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Catch Cub Sport, The Kite String Tangle and Pirra at Skyy Vodka’s free Live on The Lawn sessions

If there's one thing we love even more than live music under the stars, it's free live music under the stars. Gather your fellow music-loving mates for another jam-packed incarnation of Garden Kitchen & Bar's immensely popular Live on The Lawn series. Featuring sets from some of Australia’s favourite live acts and DJs, Live on The Lawn will run every Friday through to Sunday with a deliciously refreshing partner – Skyy Vodka. Fire up the group chat and start clearing your schedules because here are some dates for the calendar ... 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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Support flood-relief efforts with these fundraiser gigs
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Support flood-relief efforts with these fundraiser gigs

We don't want to state the obvious, but it's been a tough week for Southeast Queensland and Northern New South Wales. If you've been wanting to help but aren't sure how/when/where to get involved, you aren't alone. Attending a local fundraising gig is an easy (and fun) way to lend a hand, with proceeds donated to the cause. It's still early days, but here's an evolving list of local gigs that are donating proceeds to flood-relief efforts. more

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Under The Southern Stars brings rock royalty to the Gold Coast this March
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Under The Southern Stars brings rock royalty to the Gold Coast this March

At long last, live music is back! This March, Under The Southern Stars is bringing a jam-packed line-up of rock royalty to the Gold Coast for one incredible afternoon of live music. International acts Cheap Trick, Stone Temple Pilots, Bush and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will join legendary Aussie rock acts for this all-star festival at Southport Sharks. more