Ben in full voice for city’s big gig
T last – The Voice finalist Ben Hazlewood, 23, will finally perform live for his legion of local fans when he headlines the entertainment program at this weekend’s Gold Coast Show.
The 106th annual show, which opens tomorrow and runs until Sunday, is being held at Parklands Showgrounds for the final time before it moves to a new home at the Gold Coast Turf Club precinct, at Bundall, from next year.
The Gold Coast’s largest community event, the show brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate people, lifestyle, art, education, sports, hobbies and interests and innovation.
Highlights of this year’s program include livestock and animal judging tomorrow (sheep and cattle) and Saturday (dogs); wood chopping competitions tomorrow and Saturday; a beach precinct with a dinosaur walk, puppet shows and Old MacDonald’s Farm; model trains, wood turning and vintage cars in Dad’s Big Shed; showjumping and equestrian events; visual arts and floral displays, trade exhibitions and homecraft displays. Each night’s program culminates in a huge fireworks display.
Tickets for rides will cost $3.50 to $8 and there will be more than 100 showbags on sale this year, with prices starting at $3.50.
The Voice finalist Hazlewood will play two gigs at the Gold Coast Show tomorrow and Saturday as part of the entertainment program on the George Martin Stage.
Hazlewood, who now calls Melbourne home, got his start as on New Zealand Idol as a 17-year-old.
‘‘It really proved to me that this career is something I wanted to do,’’ he says.
‘‘I swore to myself after doing New Zealand Idol that I would never do anything like it again, but then The Voice came around and I had been watching the American season very closely and I realised that it has such an amazing, positive vibe.
‘‘You can really benefit from it in the terms of creating yourself as an artist, rather than just being a karaoke singer on a show that is just about TV.’’
Other acts performing on the George Martin Stage from today until Sunday include Rachael Steel, Street Jam and Chrysalis.
Ben Hazlewood plays the George Martin Stage tomorrow and Saturday at 8pm. The Gold Coast Show plays Parklands Showgrounds from tomorrow until Sunday. Tickets are $45 for families (two adults and three children under 14), $20 adults, $10 concessions, $5 for children under 14 and free for preschoolers. Parking is $10.