Jimmy Barnes is the heart and the soul of Australian rock & roll. After 40 years on stages of all kinds, Jimmy is an icon who has been through it all and lived to tell the tale. This has earned him a place in Australia’s heart and heartland. Along the way he has sold more records in Australia than any other domestic rock & roll artist. After 10 years fronting Cold Chisel, with hits that are virtually national anthems, like You Got Nothing I Want and Flame Trees, Jimmy went solo in 1984. His 1986 album, For the Working Class Man, gave him a signature tune and cemented Jimmy’s place right at the centre of this generation of Australians. And here he has stayed 'til this day. Jimmy’s live shows are legendary for their intensity and we can’t wait for him to ROCK the LIVE stage as our festival headliner on Saturday 5th May!

Our second Saturday night headliner is Australian rock legend, Daryl Braithwaite, who first found fame as lead singer of Sherbet, a band synonymous with the 70s. Far from an exercise in revisiting past glories and greatest hits (of which, of course, there are plenty), Forever the Tourist released in 2014 revealed a brand new stunning chapter in Daryl’s unparalleled career. The centrepiece of this new chapter is the anthemic single, Not Too Late. This sparkling song looks set to join Daryl’s cannon of uplifting classics, including One Summer, As The Days Go By and The Horses, plus countless timeless gems from his days fronting Sherbet, such as Summer Love, Howzat and Cassandra. Daryl Braithewaite remains an integral part of the evolution and development of Australian popular music and a must see live on stage at the festival!

Recognised as one of the most talented rock musicians to emerge from Australia in recent memory, Jon Stevens has had phenomenal success as a solo artist. He was also the lead singer of major rock acts NoiseworksINXS (after the death of his friend Michael Hutchence) and Dead Daisies. Jon Stevens’ career has gone from strength-to-strength: a record-smashing debut at age 16 with two consecutive No. 1 singles in his New Zealand homeland. He also enjoyed huge hits in Australia as lead singer with Noiseworks. His 21st-century liftoff to worldwide acclaim was at centre stage with INXS, and he has released music with the legendary artists such as Slash on guitar, Ringo Starr on drums and the vocals of Vanessa Amorosi, who features on Something Bout You. Jon Stevens will relive his musical journey for fans and perform many of his favourite hits on the closing night of the festival.

She’s been Australia’s high priestess of pop, an award winning jazz singer and wears the hat of a fine artistic director. Above all that, Kate Ceberano is a songwriter with the talent to take a tune to the top of the charts. In 2014 Ceberano became the first Australian woman to be inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Hall of Fame. A woman widely respected across various mediums, Kate as a singer has gathered numerous awards. She has written and released Australian pop classics like Pash and Bedroom Eyes, 1989's highest-selling single by an Australian artist, and her achievements now include five Platinum albums, five Gold albums and over two million albums sold in Australia alone.  She will bring her hits and her charisma to the stage on the closing night of LIVE, so be sure to catch her!

Reece Mastin's career kicked off in 2011 after winning X Factor Australia as a 16 year old. Since this time he has achieved so much at such a young age, including 2x Platinum #1 albums, three consecutive chart topping singles and Aria Chart No.1s Good Night and Shut up and Kiss Me. Reece recently turned 23 and has recorded his new EP Suitcase of Stories which will be released in 2018! Rock 'n' Roll runs through his veins, and Reece’s new sound encompasses guitars loud and proud, with his live shows full of energy and fun. Reece has a whole heap of new material that he's keen to perform alongside his classics of 2011-12. Forget all you think you know about this young singer and introduce yourself to Reece’s new sound at Surfers Paradise LIVE!

Since stealing the spotlight way back in 2010, Justice Crew have never looked back. In the years that followed them making waves on Australia’s Got Talent, they transformed into Australia’s most exciting pop group, racking up number one singles, touring the country and writing with some of the hottest names in music. Now they are switching it up again with their biggest change yet. Your new Justice Crew is John, Samson, Lukas and Paulie – the talented DJ Solo now makes production a priority, stepping away from up-front to producing tracks under his name I.amsolo. Their 2016 single Pop Dat Buckle is a party track that is also Justice Crew at their finest - fun, flirty and just a bit cheeky - a dance floor filler that hits you in all the right spots.

Bobby Alu headlines the Gold Coast Music Awards live show on the first night of our epic four day festival! An accomplished songwriter and travelling musician born on the Gold Coast, Bobby is a singer, ukulele strummer and drummer since the womb. Whether performing solo with his baritone ukulele or backed by his slick, charismatic band, Bobby is known for his signature smooth hammock music and high vibes. Inspired by his Polynesian heritage and following a strong family lineage of performers he writes songs of love, life and travel, with with soulful numbers like One to Wait and Love You More. Bobby took out the People's Choice Award for 'Most Popular Male' at the QLD Music Awards 2015 and we are so excited to groove with him on the first night of LIVE!


Zimbabwean born singer-songwriter Thando oozes passion as a storyteller and takes her audiences on a personal journey of loving oneself and reflection. Incorporating electronica, R&B and soul music, her sound has paved the way to appearances at BIGSOUND and Strawberry Fields in 2016 and an electric set at St Kilda Festival in 2017. As well as several sold out shows at Chapel off Chapel and Paris Cat Jazz Club, the songstress has gone onto support Maxwell at the Palais for his black SUMMER nights tour and REMI and Sampa the Great’s Fire Sign Tour alongside DJ MzRizk. This multi dimensional performer is looking toward solidifying her status as Melbourne’s newest first lady of R&B.

Originating from Europe, Amistat comprises Melbourne based twins Josef and Jan. Since 2012 they have worked their way into Australian audiences’ hearts with their soaring harmonies and unique sound. Amistat, along with their close friends Julian Swinnerton on cello and Ryan Oliver on piano/percussion, continue to fascinate and entertain their audiences, having released two EPs, ‘It’s Not Words’ and ‘Somewhere Sometime’, and a debut album ‘Parley’ which has seen them embark on a number of Australian and European tours.

The Hussy Hicks girls Julz Parker and Leesa Gentz have a unique musical approach that spans many genres - from boisterous blues and roots, to contemporary folk fortified with delicious vocal harmonies; alt country inspired tales from the road to 80's style power ballads. In a live show you can expect lots of interactive jamming, killer guitar licks and soaring vocals. They have jammed with everyone from Michael Franti and Edward Sharp (Alex Ebert) to John Butler and the Indigo Girls. Hussy Hicks are perpetually on the move, playing the festival circuit, touring and collaborating with other artists to maintain genuine excitement for their highly regarded musical versatility.

Electrik Lemonade is a merry band of funklords that play a repertoire of funk, hip hop, blues, soul and dance music that could only be fathered by the likes of Captain Planet. Each member brings their own slice of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Lovin’ to their live shows, culminating in a whirlwind of explosive energy that comes with a tidal warning as the crowd uncontrollably burst into a wave of dance and good vibes. Since their debut in December 2010, Electrik Lemonade's live performances have rapidly grown as they play to crowds at premiere live music venues and festivals up and down the East Coast.

Known to cause a severe case of happy fever, Hot Potato Bands 10 piece brass set is sure to put a smile on your face in an incredibly unique live show where anything could happen! The Hot Potato Band have become one of the most celebrated festival bands in Australia. Evolving from their roots as a roving band on the streets of Sydney, they continue to capture their unique energy and interaction on stage. The band has put an Australian edge to its 'multi-genre' music which is influenced by ska, blues, funk, pop, reggae, Afro-Cuban and folk, as well as the classic brass band sound of New Orleans. Beware, as they make you the centre of their performance…literally!

Brisbane's 6 headed, genre defying beast Cheap Fakes is Australia's best blend of soul-soaked, brass-fuelled pop, funk, and ska. Cheap Fakes continue to bring their unique and energetic music to masses of listeners and live audiences worldwide. 2018 will see the release of the Fakes’ fourth studio album, with its first two singles, “Touch n Go” and “Sisters”, already making waves. Despite the excellent reception of the recorded material, Cheap Fakes treat playing live as a completely different beast and have been a long-shining light on the live scene. They've supported Sublime, Cody Chesnutt and The Black Seeds and have established themselves on the festival circuit, playing Woodford Folk Festival, Big Pineapple and Caloundra Music Festival to name a few.

Lane-Harry x Ike Campbell are two high school friends who started jamming together and quickly found how easily they gelled as a rapper and producer. Within five years they have released two critically acclaimed albums, toured Australia and supported some of the biggest hip hop acts in the country and worldwide. The award winning duo have just released their latest single 'The Dash' which peaked at No.4 on the streaming charts in Australia and New Zealand, making the track their biggest commercial success to date. Their 2018 album Casablanca is on the way so Surfers Paradise LIVE will be the place to catch some of their fresh new tracks fresh off the album!

Acclaimed indie rock band Eliza & The Delusionals have been making waves since their inception in early 2015. Led by colourful front woman Eliza Klatt, their sound that has been likened to that of Catfish & The Bottlemen and Alex Lahey. 2016 saw Eliza & The Delusionals release their debut single, ‘The Ground’ which was met with acclaim from fans and critics alike. Embarking on two Australian tours throughout the year, they capped off 2016 with the release of a new single 'Salt', which landed a nomination for Song Of The Year at the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards. They recently supported Ali Barter, Polish Club and UK rock outfit Moose Blood, before heading off on an Australian tour supporting Killing Heidi, showing that the band's momentum only seems to be growing!

In their unique and somewhat comedic way, MISTRAM endeavour to embody the puristic approach to incredible and passionate music. Singing from the mountain tops, they will capture your musical imagination and take you on a journey leaving you physically and spiritually fulfilled. Strong, driving harmonies alongside classic melodies; the velvet vocal tones and jungle rhythms of Mr Tim Pitchford, and the turbulence and intensity of lead guitarist Mars, coupled with their insatiable need to write timeless classics; MISTRAM encompass a sound that spans generations, yet nostalgically akin to the characteristics of Arena Rock.

Black Rabbit George is a new incarnation for Tijuana Cartel's guitarist/singer/songwriter Paul George. It's an opportunity for Paul to further explore the acoustic guitar that is at the heart of Tijuana Cartel and to pursue his long-time interest in folk and roots music. From the wellspring of childish fantasy and a lifetime of musical evolution emerges the Black Rabbit. This is the story-telling talent of Paul A George, the musician whose guitar drives one of the tightest and most sought-after bands on the Australian festival circuit.

Benny D Williams is an enigma and living legend of the Gold Coast’s underground music scene. This digital caveman combines traditional earthly instruments and rhythm with out-of-this-world sci-fi sounds and effects that feel like galactic voodoo. His performances enthrall and captivate audiences as he moves from instrument to instrument, building unfathomable psychedelic layers of sound with a big fat loop pedal, some soulful harmonies and a decent dose of beatboxing thrown in. Renowned for his amazing voice and incredibly huge sound for a solo artist, his songs are deliciously underlined with hypnotic percussive grooves.

Salty-faced and Brisbane-based, surf rockers Shag Rock have been making waves since being plucked out of obscurity by ex-Powderfinger guitarist turned producer Ian Haug. After forming in high school the quartet has taken their summery tunes and feel-good vibes everywhere from the Sunshine Coast to Adelaide and as far as Mondo Festival in New York. Shag Rock has racked up over 1.5 million plays on Spotify, spearheaded by their irresistible single 'Sunbleached Girl', and continue to support many established Australian bands including Jinja Safari, Lime Cordiale, Ocean Alley and The Vanns.

Australian roots troubadour Pat Tierney's music nestles somewhere between the inspiring sounds of Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder and Bob Marley. A hint of folk and blues with a splash of reggae roots, intertwined with soulful lap slide guitar and sweet melodies. Over the past 18 months Pat has toured extensively through Australia and New Zealand, taking his eclectic live performance to the masses and performing alongside the likes of Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), Horrorshow & Bobby Alu as well as a slew of festival performances.

The Waves are an eclectic bunch of musicians with a dynamic range of musical styles and tastes. All of the members work either for or with the City of Gold Coast, most notably Councillor Bob La Castra and CEO Dale Dickson. The Waves (previously known as The Full Stops) are regular performers around the City. Their wide experience is reflected in a large set list of covers plus a few originals.