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SHOWS

GLOW

HOTA: A three-night fes­ti­val of light from to­day un­til Satur­day. Watch the lake be­side HOTA turn into a sparkling can­vas, take in an in­stal­la­tion of mir­rored discs called the Light Sphere, and ex­pe­ri­ence ex­hi­bi­tions with sounds and lasers beams, neon an­gels, di­vine il­lu­mi­na­tion and an acro­bat sus­pended by helium bal­loons. Free event, visit hota.com.au

GOLD COAST EISTEDDFOD

HOTA: Check out the tal­ents of the Gold Coast’s gifted chil­dren as they com­pete in the an­nual Eisteddfod. Re­turn­ing for its 37th year, stu­dents will light up the stage in cat­e­gories in­clud­ing choirs, or­ches­tras and bands. Gold Coast Eisteddfod runs through­out Au­gust at HOTA, tick­ets start at $5 for chil­dren and $10 for adults. Visit hota.com.au

NOT THE MES­SIAH Spot­light Theatri­cal Com­pany: Cel­e­brat­ing 40 years of Monty Python, the Spot­light Theatri­cal Com­pany presents Not The Mes­siah (He’s a Very Naughty

Boy), a comedic adap­ta­tion of the Life of Brian. Di­rected by Tony Al­cock, the pro­duc­tion presents the best of the bi­b­li­cal pan­tomime that took the world by storm. Com­bin­ing the hu­mour of the Pythons with larger-thanlife op­er­atic soloists, this show is an en­ter­tain­ing evening for all. Play­ing un­til Au­gust 18. Visit gold­coastthe­atre.com.au or call 5539 4255 for tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion.

WRITER’S BLOCK

Tu­gun The­atre Com­pany: A play where pro­tag­o­nist Jane suf­fers from writer’s block and etches out a new play with the ro­mance and drama miss­ing in her own life. In her imag­i­na­tion, the book is set in 1940s Ger­many where a Bri­tish soldier seeks refuge with a Ger­man girl. A com­i­cal ro­mance that plays on a writer’s scat­tered thoughts of an overex­cited au­thor. Play­ing un­til Au­gust 25. Tick­ets from $10, visit tu­gunthe­atre.org

IN­FA­MOUS

Spiegel Big Top: A sexy adult cir­cus ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing at the Spiegel Big Top, Broad­wa­ter Park­lands. Naughty char­ac­ters, ripped ac­ro­bats, world-class dancers and crude co­me­di­ans. Show runs un­til Sun­day. For more de­tails sim­ply go to in­fa­mous.net.au

TERRORBYTE Drac­ula’s, Broad­beach: Pre­pare for the hyp­not­i­cally cap­ti­vat­ing Terrorbyte. The eter­nally damned present a spine-tin­gling vaude­ville world that is brash, en­er­getic and de­light­fully trashy as vam­pires re­claim their ca­chet. Star­ring Richard Pa­cionic, Rudi Testa, Amanda Conti, David Kume, Inia De­war, Dan­nielle Glanville and Ben Win­stan­ley. Din­ner and show Tues­days to Satur­days. Ar­rivals from 6.30pm. De­tails at drac­u­las.com.au

RE­TURN OF HIGH COUN­TRY LEG­ENDS

Out­back Spec­tac­u­lar: A leg­end is born with the in­tro­duc­tion of a stun­ning new show pre­sented by Ringers West­ern. Wit­ness the brav­ery, beauty and courage of the great­est Aus­tralian sto­ries never told, High Coun­try Leg­ends. Tick­ets from $69.99. Book­ings es­sen­tial. Go to out­back­spec­tac­u­lar.com.au or call 133 386.

DRAGALICIOUS The Av­enue Surfers Par­adise: These queens are set­ting the stage for an elec­tric night of glam and glit­ter with new ad­di­tion,

Dragalicious. The Av­enue has joined forces with two of Queens­land’s most in­cred­i­bly tal­ented drag queens. ‘Three­Legged Beauty’ Natasha St James and ‘The Gen­der Ben­der’ Terry Dak­tyl will be serv­ing up a blend of risqué com­edy num­bers, cap­ti­vat­ing cos­tumes and high en­ergy per­for­mances that will il­lu­mi­nate and de­light their au­di­ence. On ev­ery Thurs­day 7pm. Tick­ets are $25.

TO­DAY

MCKEN­ZIE

Twin Towns: A four-piece pop rock band from the Gold Coast. They play a mix of orig­i­nal songs and cov­ers. Fronted by singing drum­mer Nick Beech, he’s joined by rhythm gui­tarist Jor­dan Beech, keys player David Neil and bassist Paul Ber­gola. From 7pm, free show at the Stage.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

De Vito Wa­ter­front: Ital­ian duets and clas­sic show­stop­pers with big vo­cals from David De Vito and so­prano Alana Scott. Starts at 6pm. Book­ings are rec­om­mended.

TO­MOR­ROW

JOSH LEE HAMIL­TON

Burleigh Brewing Co: An in­diefolk singer from North­ern Rivers, New South Wales. A smooth and easy lis­ten­ing sound of orig­i­nal ma­te­rial, re­cently played on Triple J and mu­sic fes­ti­val stages. Free show, from 3pm.

THE RETRONOMES

Twin Towns: Faith­fully recre­at­ing the sound and styles of the pop­u­lar clas­sic hits and mix­ing with the best of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic. Show at 4.30pm at the Stage. Free en­try. Fol­lowed by McKen­zie, from 9pm. Free show.

XAVIER RUDD

NightQuarter: So­cially progressive singer-song­writer Xavier Rudd plays at NightQuarter as part of his tour

Storm Boy, pro­mot­ing his new al­bum of the same name. The re­spected folk mu­si­cian plays with a sup­port­ing live band for en­er­getic mo­ments, as well as strip­ping back to acous­tic per­for­mances with his orig­i­nal solo rig. Doors open at 5pm, tick­ets cost $68.10. Visit nightquarter.com.au Fol­lowed by Ge­off Achi­son play­ing Live in the Back­yard. A long-stand­ing blues, roots and folk mu­si­cian per­form­ing with an acous­tic gui­tar, from 6.45pm. Tal­ented Liv Heyer plays Live in Tapas Street from 6pm, fol­lowed by Aaron Gan­n­away on the Busking Sta­tion from 6pm $3 en­try into NightQuarter.

FRI­DAY FAVOURITES

De Vito Wa­ter­front: Favourite tunes from then un­til now with David De Vito on pi­ano, gui­tar, vo­cals and “may­hem”, Tarscha De Vito on vo­cals and Stef Lazaro on big vo­cals. Starts at 6pm. Book­ings rec­om­mended.

SARAH ARCHER

Cur­rumbin RSL: Cre­ative and re­spected singer-song­writer and gui­tarist plays an un­plugged set at the Deck Acous­tics. Free show, from 5pm. Later catch Kaf­fene, a band play­ing sul­try rock, funk and pop mu­sic. High en­ergy cover band with soar­ing lead vo­cals, gui­tar work and mod­ern au­dio tech­nol­ogy. Free show, from 7pm.

TRAPDOOR

Cur­rumbin Pub: A heavy rock and grunge band play­ing an en­er­getic show. Sounds of rock riffs, dom­i­nant vo­cals and lively solid beats will cap off an evening from fel­low hard-rock bands Ban Solo, Echowave and Au­to­ghost. Doors open 8pm, $10 en­try. Ages 18+, photo ID re­quired.

THY ART IS MUR­DER

Mi­ami Shark Bar: An Aus­tralian death­core band play­ing mu­sic for more than 10 years. In­ter­na­tion­ally pop­u­lar, their heavy metal sound is ear­split­ting and head­bang wor­thy. Sup­ported by Al­pha Wolf, An­tag­o­nist A.D. and Xile. Doors open 8pm. Tick­ets cost $29.60,

visit oztix.com.au for more info.

CIGANY WEAVER

Mi­ami Mar­ketta: A gypsy jazz act cre­at­ing sounds rem­i­nis­cent of jazz manouche and tra­di­tional Ro­mani mu­sic with in­flu­ences of Bjork. Con­sis­tently booked to play folk fes­ti­val circuits. Free show. Sup­ported by Luke Pauley.

SATUR­DAY

FLIP­SIDE

Twin Towns: A cor­po­rate band com­prised of tal­ented mu­si­cians. Play­ing cover songs on gui­tar, drums and keys, cre­at­ing am­bi­ence per­fect for danc­ing and re­lax­ing. From 4.30pm, free show. Fol­lowed by McKen­zie at 9pm. Free show.

THE RA­DI­A­TORS

NightQuarter: An Aussie rock band tak­ing pun­ters back to the glory days of pub live mu­sic. The Ra­di­a­tors are a re­spected group of mu­si­cians cel­e­brat­ing 40 years of play­ing to­gether this year, shar­ing the stage with AC/DC, Rose Tat­too and INXS in their ca­reer. Tick­ets $35, avail­able at nightquarter.com.au Doors open 5pm. Mean­while, tal­ented acous­tic artist Liv Heyer plays Live in Tapas St and Em­my­jae lights up the stage at the Busking Sta­tion. Later catch smooth trom­bone tunes from Trom­bone Kel­lie at 6.45pm. $3 en­try into NightQuarter.

KRISTIE LEA

Cur­rumbin RSL: Kristie Lea is a Gold Coast mu­si­cian who uses her strong vo­cals and loop and ef­fects pedal for chilled tunes on the Deck. Play­ing cover songs from dance mu­sic to sin­ga­longs. Free show, 4pm. Later catch the Alex Fi­etz Duo, a cover band with a reper­toire of more than 1200 songs. Free show, 9pm.

SATUR­DAY NIGHT LIVE

De Vito Wa­ter­front: David De Vito’s fa­mous big vo­cals are paired with the tal­ented Tarscha and Stef Lazaro. From 6pm. Book­ings rec­om­mended.

THESE NEW SOUTH WHALES

Mi­ami Shark Bar: A Syd­ney punk four-piece band play­ing an en­er­getic show. Ex­pect bois­ter­ous be­hav­iour from the band known for their comedic an­tics. Sup­ported by Stone Witches, Liq­uid Face, Hot Reno and Vices DJ. Doors open 8pm, tick­ets $14.30, avail­able at oztix.com.au

SEX AND CHOCO­LATE

Burleigh Heads Bowls Club: A band play­ing smooth Mo­town hits all night. Doors open 8pm, tick­ets $10 at the door.

HOWLIN TIME

Park­wood Tav­ern: A Chicagoin­flu­enced blues and funk band es­tab­lished in Mel­bourne more than 20 years ago. Re­spected mu­si­cians cre­at­ing a loud sound of orig­i­nal songs. Free show, from 9pm.

ANDY JANS BROWN

Mi­ami Mar­ketta: An in­die-rock band from By­ron Bay pro­duc­ing in­fec­tious tunes. Re­cently re­leas­ing dou­ble al­bum Sun­shine

Av­enue, Andy Jans Brown have played on stages through­out Aus­tralia and the world in­clud­ing the Caloun­dra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and the In­die En­ter­tain­ment Sum­mit in Hol­ly­wood. Sup­ported by Blak­boi. Free show.

SUN­DAY

EL­E­VA­TION

Cur­rumbin RSL: A cover band play­ing a mix of up­beat mod­ern and clas­sic hits. En­er­getic two­piece on vo­cals and gui­tar. Free show, noon. Fol­lowed by Josh Love­grove at the Deck Acous­tics, a solo singer-song­writer play­ing orig­i­nal mu­sic from 4pm. Free show.

SUN­DAY SES­SIONS

De Vito Wa­ter­front: Groov­ing with David De Vito and friends from noon, fol­lowed by Si­na­tra Sun­days with the leg­endary crooner Greg Aspel­ing at 6pm. Book­ings rec­om­mended.

STEVE CUM­MINS Burleigh Heads Bowls Club: A singer, song­writer and en­ter­tainer with plenty of tal­ent. Steve is an en­ter­tainer play­ing cover and orig­i­nal mu­sic. Free show, from 2pm.

TIM STOKES Burleigh Brewing Co: A coastal folk mu­si­cian, part Elvis crooner, part lively Paul Kelly. Play­ing orig­i­nal, easy-lis­ten­ing mu­sic from his ex­ten­sive list of songs. Free show, from 2pm.

JOHNNY AND THE EASYRIDERS

Twin Towns: This six-piece play cov­ers of old school rock and roll, rock­a­billy, coun­try mu­sic and some mod­ern clas­sics. Pop­u­lar among the Syd­ney rock and roll dance cir­cuit, Johnny and the Easyriders are ex­pe­ri­enced mu­si­cians with an ex­ten­sive set list. From 1pm to 5pm. Fol­lowed by McKen­zie from 6pm at the Stage. Free show.

MON­DAY

MAR­TINI MON­DAYS

De Vito Wa­ter­front: Ge­orge Fer­gu­son sings and plays soul­ful mu­sic on the pi­ano and flute. Dubbed the “Gold Coast’s orig­i­nal pi­ano man”, en­joy a de­li­cious Ital­ian meal at De Vito Wa­ter­front while Fer­gu­son per­forms. From 6.30pm. Book­ings rec­om­mended.

TUES­DAY

BACK TO THE TIVOLI

Twin Towns: Back to the Tivoli trans­ports the au­di­ence back to the glory days of the Tivoli in Syd­ney. Ex­pect stel­lar per­for­mances from award­win­ning vo­cal­ists and the Tivoli Show­girls pay­ing homage to the mu­sic of the first half of the cen­tury. Show starts 11am. Tick­ets $15, call 5536 2277 or visit twin­towns.com.au Fol­lowed by Rick Bar­ron, an acous­tic gui­tarist and singer play­ing cover mu­sic as well as a few orig­i­nal songs. Free show, 7pm at the Stage.

KRISTIE LEA

Cur­rumbin RSL: Kristie Lea is a Gold Coast mu­si­cian who uses her strong vo­cals and loop and ef­fects pedal for chilled tunes on the Deck. Play­ing cover songs from dance mu­sic to sin­ga­longs. Free show, 5pm.

WED­NES­DAY

BACK TO THE TIVOLI

Twin Towns: Back to the Tivoli trans­ports the au­di­ence back to the glory days of the Tivoli in Syd­ney. Ex­pect stel­lar per­for­mances from award­win­ning vo­cal­ists and the Tivoli Show­girls pay­ing homage to the mu­sic of the first half of the cen­tury. Show starts 11am. Fol­lowed by Ele­phant Rock at 12.30pm, an ex­cit­ing rock and roll band play­ing mu­sic from the ’50s to to­day. Free show. Later catch the Floor­burn­ers at 4pm, and At­mos­phere from 7.30pm. Free shows.

DINE WITH DI­VAS

De Vito Wa­ter­front: Bekki O’Con­nor sings a reper­toire from fa­mous mu­si­cal di­vas. Per­form­ing along­side Ge­orge Fer­gu­son on pi­ano, vo­cals and flute. From 6pm, free show.

Twin Towns is host­ing two en­ter­tain­ing per­for­mances of Back To The Tivoli next week.

Catch Aussie death­core band Thy Art is Mur­der at Mi­ami Shark Bar to­mor­row night.

Help vet­eran Aussie rock band The Ra­di­a­tors cel­e­brate 40 years of play­ing to­gether when they take to the stage at NightQuarter on Satur­day.

Xavier Rudd plays at NightQuarter to­mor­row evening as part of his Storm Boy tour.

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