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Schooner Half Full – This weekend in Surfers Paradise

Schooner Half Full – This weekend in Surfers Paradise

Full-time workers, we get it. The ‘Monday to Friday’ grows tiresome. Our scenery repeats itself daily like a glitch on a movie reel. Groundhog Day seeps into reality with the same alarm, same breakfast, same day as before. The workweek gets a little tedious. We get it. But at Surfers Paradise Nights,...

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Holy Moly HOLY HOLY

Holy Moly HOLY HOLY

International tours, huge national reverence and a style that has Chet Faker taking notes, HOLY HOLY is melting face around the country, and gracing Surfers Paradise with their holiness this weekend. The Holy Two Sewn by the fabrics of musical passion, the friendship between Brisbane’s Timothy Carroll and Melbourne’s Oscar Dawson went...

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Up all night to get arty – Urban Paradise Gallery’s One-Year Anniversary

Up all night to get arty – Urban Paradise Gallery’s One-Year Anniversary

Traditionally, urban art wasn’t the first thing one associated with Surfers Paradise ­– what with its enduring reputation for wacky tourist attractions and dizzy nights on Orchid Ave. But the Gold Coast’s recent cultural evolution has rejuvenated its arts and music scene, which naturally bares roots in the region’s most eccentric...

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Food, wine and then some – A la Carte in the Park and after-party at Walrus Social House

Food, wine and then some – A la Carte in the Park and after-party at Walrus Social House

Families and friends spread across the field of apple green before the river, sheltered from the flashes of afternoon sun as it falls dreamily towards the hinterland. Branches of the two-story pandanus trees twist away from their trunks as if dancing to the live music below, where children run and...

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That’s Amore

That’s Amore

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s a… rather agitating ballad. My pardon, Dean Matrin, as swoon-worthy as you were, the comic value of That’s Amore has been lost in its incessancy. Sometimes we want to sit at an Italian ristorante without the high-strung fiddle of...

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Missing Splendour in the Grass? Enjoy the splendour around you

Missing Splendour in the Grass? Enjoy the splendour around you

Look at me. Come on, look at me. Stop sobbing and give me those tissues. There’s no need for these tears – Splendour in the Grass is no big deal. I mean, who even wants to see Britpop legend Blur, the country’s most celebrated electro-dance duo Flight Facilities, The Wombats from...

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Hungry to help? Thirsty for Change – Opportunities for Life

Hungry to help? Thirsty for Change – Opportunities for Life

Life’s elixir. We hydrate, we rejuvenate, we cool our bodies with it. Water, which covers 70 per cent of the planet, is the reason behind our vibrant, healthy lives. We live for it, we survive because of it. Yet throughout the world, 748 million people still don’t have access to this...

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Thank you very much – Friday 10 July

Thank you very much – Friday 10 July

The King once said, “I’m not trying to be sexy. It’s just the way of expressing myself when I move around.” Whether what we will see in Surfers Paradise on Friday night will be sexy, smooth or a little bit scary, there’s no doubt the spirit of Elvis will be in...

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Homegrown sounds best – The Vernons

Homegrown sounds best – The Vernons

The best way to describe The Vernons? If The Black Keys and The Rubens had a love child; if The Beautiful Girls ate a blues rock sandwich; if Jack White and Wolfmother exploded together with curly hair and buttons ups, that would be The Vernons. More simple, The Vernons’ sound is indie-rock...

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Pink vibes and folk music – this Fri 19 – Sun 21 June

Pink vibes and folk music – this Fri 19 – Sun 21 June

What do you get when you cross the colour pink with a couple of Hispanic parents? Yeah, you gave it a go. This weekend, I am talking about two distinct but equally satisfying evening events in Surfers Paradise, both which make you feel good on the inside. The answer here is the...

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