Scout Magazine - - What's On... - Words: Belinda Glin­de­mann WWW.MIAMIMARKETTA.COM

Mi­ami Marketta has es­tab­lished it­self as a haven for Gold Coast food for­agers and chilled af­ter-hours drinks, but it’s the mu­sic scene that’s be­com­ing a real draw­card for Marketta crowds.

Mi­ami Marketta mu­sic di­rec­tor Melissa de Regt prides her­self on pro­vid­ing the Marketta masses with a va­ri­ety of op­tions.

“Each event will al­ways have a dif­fer­ent vibe,” Mel ex­plains. “At our Wed­nes­day mid-week Marketta, we have a res­i­dent Brazil­ian band, Bossa Trio. Our Fri­day and Sat­ur­day Street Food nights of­fer a re­ally eclec­tic group of gen­res from Blues to Ska to Reg­gae. We chose bands we think will com­ple­ment the fes­ti­val vibe on the week­end. Peo­ple can come eat some food and than have a boo­gie to end their night.”

And boo­gie they do. Es­pe­cially when the mu­si­cial menu is this good.

“We have had some amaz­ing acts come through – some of the most mem­o­rable would have to be Sub­lime with Rome, The Growlers, Al­lah - Las, Meg Mac, Amy Shark, Boy & Bear, The Cat Em­pire, Vera Blue, Client Li­ai­son and Ocean Alley,” Mel says.

Mi­ami Marketta re­ally of­fers the well­rounded night out, where Gold Coast vis­i­tors are en­cour­aged to hang with lo­cals on com­mu­nal ta­bles, learn­ing the se­crets (straight from the horses’ mouths) be­hind what makes our patch of par­adise so unique and com­pelling.

“I think be­cause we have such a com­mu­nity vibe here, any­one can feel like they are welcome,” Mel agrees. “We also have all the el­e­ments of a good night out - good food, great mu­sic and even greater cock­tails. It’s a more unique go­ing-out ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Mel says Marketta is great for young fam­i­lies who come for an early din­ner and let the kids dance and so­cialise. It’s also a pop­u­lar meet­ing point for groups look­ing for a to­tal night out – they will start with a bite to eat, then a de­li­cious cock­tail or three, and stay on for the band. Oth­er­wise, Mel says Marketta of­fers a nice, so­cial, re­laxed date des­ti­na­tion for cou­ples to grab a dessert and a wine. “It’s a win on all lev­els,” Mel says.

While Mel has played a role in Mi­ami Marketta host­ing some amaz­ing acts al­ready, there are a few key tar­gets on her wish list. And she says she’s happy to dream big, for the ben­e­fit of the crowd.

“It would be amaz­ing to have Aussie leg­ends per­form here, like King Giz­zard and the Lizard Wizard, Gang of Youths and Aussie roy­alty like Nick Cave and the Band Seeds!” she says.

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