Sunday 30th April

JACKSON JAMES SMITH

Jackson’s songs relay his thoughts on life and the situations experienced during emotional extremes. By conveying the lowest lows and the highest highs, heartache and elation, Jackson creates instantly relatable songs for people to cherish and connect with.

The multi-faceted instrumentation and earnestness of Jackson’s lyrics have caused a stir in audiences who have witnessed the intimate shows Jackson has played – only increasing his desire to reach out to listeners through song.

THE WAVES

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 are regular performers around the City, good for all sorts of functions. Their wide experience is reflected in a large set list of covers plus a few originals.

LEOPOLD'S TREAT

A musical collective of environmental scientists, librarians and artists, Leopold’s Treat is standing out in the Gold Coast music scene and creating their own unique style of folk-pop-tribal-blues infused storytelling songs. The band formed six years ago and originally unfolded from the musical talents of vocalist and guitarist Kate Leopold, nurtured through years of friendship and musical connections between the various members.

A common love of acoustic and folk music plus a desire to experiment with new instruments, sounds and genres has led to their current sound, described as 'light hearted', 'refreshing', 'uplifting' and 'healing'. In 2016 the band received the Emerging Artist of the Year at the Gold Coast Music Awards, which, in part awarded them a slot on the busking stage at east coast Bluesfest in 2017. The treats are polishing up some songs new and old and look forward to sharing a refreshing, energising and warm hearted musical experience with the people of Surfers Paradise Live.

AARON WEST & THE CUSTODIANS

After spending more than 10 year as a musician in Australia Aaron West packed his bags and headed to New Orleans. Whilst there he recorded an album of his original songs with the New Orleans band, The Monster Gents. The Album, ‘504 Soul’, went to number one on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts, and has received radio airplay all over the world.

On returning to Australia he formed a band of like-minded musicians; the Custodians. Comprised of some of Australia’s best musicians, the Custodians are dedicated to keeping alive great soul, blues and funk music.

ELLA FENCE

Award winning songwriter Ella Fence’s new single Dancer (released April 2017) is a collaboration with APRA award winning songwriter/ producer and multi- instrumentalist: The Audacious Vinnie LaDuce (M.T. Warning, Feeding Fauna, Ash Grunwald, The Winnie Coopers). Together, they created a unique mix of cinematic-electro-pop and powerhouse vocals. The upcoming 6 track EP is a shift in style for Ella by incorporating the bold sounds of synthesisers and programmed beats that move the body as much as the lyrics spark the mind. The new Ella Fence live show is delivered by a three-piece all-female band, with Ella at the forefront.

This project has led Ella to tours and performances in USA, Berlin, France, England (including Great Escape Festival), Canada (Canadian Music Week), and Norway, as well as an Australian tour. This release follows on from her acclaimed debut EP Wanderlust that was recorded at the renowned Brighton Electric Studios (UK), home to the likes of artists such as The Cure and Royal Blood, with producer Dan Swift (Snow Patrol, Passenger), she then travelled to Paris to record the B-side track with Ken Stringfellow (REM, The Posies).

HANLON BROTHERS

From their inception in 2012, the Hanlon Brothers have fused a unique group of musicians such as former New Zealand Idol winner Matthew Saunoa. This has helped inspire a wide variety of styles, cultures and genres into a signature sound that has quickly seen them carve a name for themselves on the touring scene, as well as gaining an extremely loyal and ever-growing fan base.

Emerging from the ground roots underground music scene of the Gold Coast, it was their daring and unique
‘improvisation nights’ that immediately set them apart. When every performance is spontaneous and unrehearsed, and every beat and melody is constructed on the spot, it is hard to define the music that is created. This also gave them the advantage of testing songs to a crowd and collecting original material from every performance resulting in a vault of thousands of original tracks with the unique Hanlon Brothers signature sound.

As a result to their hard yards Hanlon Brothers won Gold Coast Music Awards category ‘Emerging Artist of The Year’. Which has thrusted their career into major festivals such as Woodford Folk festival and into support slots with bands such as Cat Empire. Also giving them a tremendous amount of air play on local and national radio stations and recently catching the eye of music giants Warner Music and Jay Z’s record company Roc Nation.
Recently the Hanlon Brothers have come off shows form the USA. Releasing their 3rd album ‘Live Improv Sessions Vol One’. Heading back into the studio for their second studio album and gearing up for a busy summer!

HOT POTATO BAND

The Hot Potato Band found their roots and musical inspiration in Sydney's southern suburbs as street performers running over 120 shows a year all around Australia.

Known to cause a severe case of happy fever, this 11 piece brass band is sure to put a smile on your face in an incredibly unique live show. Launching their new, eagerly awaited album 'Paint The Town' and returning from their acclaimed performances at Woodford Folk Festival, the Hot Potato Band have become one of the most celebrated
performing bands in Australia both on and off the stage. From large scale festivals to intimate venues they have successfully captured the energy and interaction of their street performances and perfectly integrated it into their on stage show.

TAXIRIDE

Cutting their teeth on the streets of Melbourne’s eclectic music scene in the late 90’s was the best apprenticeship
for four local musicians; Dan Hall, Tim Watson, Tim Wild and Jason Singh. Upon hearing the band’s demos, Seymour Stein the President of US label Sire Records immediately signed the band. Stein’s previous signings included Madonna, Talking Heads and The Ramones.

The enormous success of Taxiride is well documented; very few bands can lay claim to have had the impact the
four members had in Australia and Internationally including double platinum number 1 albums, 7 top 40 hit singles including “Get Set’, “Everywhere You Go”, “Creepin’ Up Slowly”, “How I Got This Way”,“Oh Yeah” and an ARIA Award. Other achievements include worldwide tours throughout the US, Europe, Japan, India, and Australia including the 24/7 nal Tina Turner Tour culminating with two sold out shows at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Now in 2015 the original line up is back together. The amazing harmonies, the guitars, the hit songs and the
unique sound that was and still is Taxiride are all there in a live show that takes you on a journey to a time where
music and songs had meaning and emotion.

ESKIMO JOE

Album number six from Eskimo Joe was always going to be about doing things differently. In 2012, the band left its long-time record label, launched a hugely successful crowd-funding campaign and recruited producer Burke Reid for their independent album, Wastelands. Having recorded the entire album in their own studio, for themselves and their fans, with music industry politics not in the mindset, Eskimo Joe returned to the ethos that set them on this 16-year odyssey in the first place.

Successfully straddling mainstream commercial success while managing to keep their Alternative Music roots secure, over their career, Eskimo Joe has racked up a list of impressive stats, both commercial & critical awards and recognition. Three of the band’s six albums debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts with juggernaut “Black Fingernails, Red Wine” shining for 62 weeks in the Top 50 and “Foreign Land” bringing home 2 APRA Awards for Most Played Rock Song on Australian radio and Best Rock Song of 2010. Eskimo Joe has had 35 ARIA nominations in their career thus far, brought home 3 International Songwriting Awards, 11 WAMi Awards and 8 ARIA's and have seen 11 songs feature in Triple J’s Hottest 100.

On the live front, they have performed at huge events such as Sound Relief, Live Earth, Make Poverty History, ARIA Awards, Big Day Out, Homebake, Splendour In The Grass, Triple J’s One Night Stand and Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA. Along with numerous tours of Australia, their music released to great acclaim in the US, Canada, Europe and Korea with festivals and sold out tours to boot.

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