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Gold Coast to stage city-wide music comeback


Australia’s newest summer music festival hits Gold Coast venues in December.

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As Australia slowly begins to open back up and music festivals are no longer just a mirage hovering far off in the distance, the Gold Coast has created a live music concept called Feedback Festival.

Over 10 nights, from Thursday 3 December until Sunday 13 December, the Gold Coast will transform itself from an elegant, coastal metropolis into a giant music mecca, with multiple venues offering up a unique segment of what the city has to offer.

Music Advisory Group Chair Dean Gould said that after several months of uncertainty for artists and venues across the Gold Coast, Feedback Festival aims to inject a dose of much-needed culture back into what is considered one of Australia’s most vibrant cities.

“The Music Advisory Group wanted to help live music recover from the last six months and we knew engaging existing live music venues was the best way to do that,” said Gould.

“Most importantly, Feedback Festival 2020 will be fun, but it is also a symbol of the Gold Coast’s commitment to the live music scene.

Taking place in ten of the country’s most unique music venues, the inaugural Feedback Festival is focused squarely on delivering an exciting program of discovery and excitement, highlighting local artists and promoting Australian music.

From Southport to Burleigh Heads, Feedback Festival will offer Gold Coast punters the chance at seeing more than 50 bands, performing over 100 hours of live music across 10 nights.

The eclectic line-up features everything from raucous punk-rock to hazy indie-rock, laid back folk sounds, Italian-inspired soul and mainstage pop.

Jazz fans can enjoy dinner and a show at Spaghetti & Jazz , while those looking to check out something free with the family can explore what the HOTA cultural precinct has on offer.

Elsewhere will continue to provide a world-class combination of electronic and indie line-ups and Mos’ Desert Club House will become the prime spot for cocktails and live, left-of-field entertainment.

For punters looking to experience something a little rough around the edges, Vinnies Dive Bar will be putting on a handful of punk-inspired shows while The Soundlounge, Southport Yacht Club, Southport Sharks and the Southport RSL will be promoting shows at a slightly less intense pace.

A series of secret shows, consisting of as-yet-undisclosed line-ups will also pop up around the city, with performers for these events announced intermittently over the coming weeks.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he was excited to see live music back at venues.

“We know how important it is to our community as well as the local arts scene,” he said.

“I would encourage all music lovers to get along and check out the local talent and support local venues.

“It’s wonderful to see our Music Action Plan coming to life, doing what it was intended to do – that is, supporting local talent, art and the Gold Coast music scene.”

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