There’s a whole lot more to Viva Las Ve­gas than the stage

Life & Style Weekend - - TRAVEL -

SOME­TIMES the most dif­fi­cult hur­dle for a mu­sic fes­ti­val is to make it about more than the stage. But Mantra’s Viva Las Ve­gas on the Gold Coast en­com­passes ev­ery­thing you want in a fes­ti­val.

A com­bi­na­tion of cul­ture, art, mu­sic, food and beach­front lo­ca­tion makes it a fes­ti­val not to be missed.

Step­ping into the mar­quee on open­ing night, I was blown away by the daz­zling lights and big open stage. We were seated by the edge of the mar­quee and if I turned my head I could see the tow­er­ing, glit­ter­ing city build­ings and if I looked straight ahead I could have been trans­ported to the real-life Las Ve­gas.

When Jay Dupuis stepped out on stage dressed as Elvis Pres­ley, I ac­tu­ally let out a small squeal of de­light. I wasn’t the only one who was amazed, the whole au­di­ence went wild for the trib­ute artist.

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