EXHIBITION TO ROCK ON SOUVENIRS
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).