Ben in full voice for city’s big gig

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - WHAT’S ON -

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.

Ben Ha­zle­wood.

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