The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SUZANNE SIMONOT

A CRANK­ING new ex­hi­bi­tion will give rock mu­sic-lov­ing lo­cals the chance to share their trea­sured sou­venirs from the Gold Coast’s live mu­sic heyday with the pub­lic.

Named af­ter AC/DC’s 1977 al­bum, the Let there be rock! ex­hi­bi­tion will ex­plore three decades of live mu­sic venues on the Gold Coast when it opens at HOTA in De­cem­ber.

HOTA wants lo­cals to dig through their mem­o­ra­bilia, trawl through the stash of boxes in their garage and un­earth rock sou­venirs and sto­ries from nights out at the Coast’s famed live mu­sic venues.

From 1970 to 1999, the Coast hosted some of the world’s best live mu­sic acts

Gallery at HOTA direc­tor Tracy Cooper-Lav­ery said trea­sured sou­venirs from lo­cals who lived and breathed the era would help bring the ex­hi­bi­tion to life.

“We’ve al­ready ac­quired the iconic sign from The Play­room that stood for many years as a bea­con for mu­sos and fans,” she said.

Ms Cooper-Lav­ery said the dis­play would in­cor­po­rate pho­to­graphs, playlists, posters, tick­ets and in­stru­ments.

Man­ager An­drew Cox at Play­room at Talle­budgera in the late 1990s; Jet Club at Coolan­gatta DJ Kenny Fin­lay (bot­tom left); and Normie Rowe at Fish­er­man’s Wharf in 1994 (be­low).

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