TIDES OF TUNINGS
Like your sculpture with a side of sweet seaside tunes? Then the free Swell Sounds festival, kicking off tomorrow, has got you covered
The Swell Sculpture festival, the biggest and brightest arts and culture fest on the Goldie, sweeps on to our shores for its 14th instalment from tomorrow.
As part of this year’s festivities that run until September 18, the Swell Sounds music fest will provide the perfect soundtrack to the goings on. Its mighty mix of local musos are set to perform all afternoon on Saturday and Sunday during both weekends.
Most are Gold Coast Music Award winners, such as Benny D. Williams, Felicity Lawless, Ella Fence and The Cheap Fakes. They’ll offer up an eclectic musical mixed bag, from surfer folk and hip-hop roots through to brass-fuelled funk and stomping blues grooves.
The acts will take to The Green stage, located at the northern end of Currumbin Beach, for the free live music showcase. A great platform for independent artists to showcase their talent and music, 16 acts will have the chance to do so this year.
For many of them, such as A French Butler Called Smith, Sean Fitzgerald and female duo Hussy Hicks, this year will be their first time performing at the festival.
“We’re excited because it’s a great celebration of culture and art and it’s also a great opportunity for the community to come together,” Hussy Hicks’s Leesa Gentz said.
Some 265,000 people visit the Swell festival each year and those planning on attending this month can expect to find sci-fi sounds from Benny D. Williams, Latin funk gypsy dance beats from A French Butler Called Smith and ska stylings from crowd faves Cheap Fakes.
English indie-popster Sean Fitzgerald is set to impress.
“I will be playing some of my original music as well as some cool covers,” he says. “As a musician, I like to see what other acts are putting out there, too.”
Brennan Smith, A French Butler Called Smith’s percussionist, says he’s looking forward to experiencing the festival in a new way this year.
“I think it’s very unique. I used to live quite close to where the festival is held so I observed it for many years,” he says. “I’m excited to play there for the first time because I think the nature of the festival is spectacular.”
Other acts rounding out the Swell Sounds bill include Nicky Convine, Katia Demeester, Josh Lovegrove, Marshall Okell, The Lyrical, Ella Fence, CC The Cat, Dave Murray, Leopold’s Treat and Ivey. Swell Sounds starts tomorrow
A French Butler Called Smith will play at Currumbin Beach’s Swell Sounds this weekend.