MOVIES, GIGS, SHOWS AND TV GUIDE
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.