Like your sculp­ture with a side of sweet sea­side tunes? Then the free Swell Sounds fes­ti­val, kick­ing off to­mor­row, has got you cov­ered

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

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.

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