Why tour the Gold Coast

Photographer: James Willis

History of music on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has it all! We have multiple indoor and outdoor venue offerings, perfect weather, skilled suppliers, proximity to two international airports, world-class accommodation and great hospitality offerings. Have we mentioned our beautiful beaches?

As Australia’s most postmodern city, live music has helped define us. A thriving music scene connects us to our city’s DNA, with iconic venues, major festivals and legendary concerts are all a part of our city’s history.

Our music scene is becoming a creative powerhouse, with a growing audience hungry for live music offerings.


Photographer: Peter Wheeler Photography


Audience profile

The Gold Coast is Australia’s sixth largest city, with a population of over 620,000. We are a multi-cultural city with nearly a third of our population born overseas and our demographic is ever changing.

People love to live here. We are positioned in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia.

We love live! Half of our community attends at least five live gigs per year.


Recent sell out shows prove we have diverse audience (that keep growing)

  • Queen (Rock, Metricon Stadium, February 2019)
  • Lunar Electric Festival (Electronic), Doug Jennings Park, March & November 2020
  • Ocean Alley (2 Shows) (Indie rock) Miami Marketta, December 2020
  • Paul Kelly (2 Shows) (Folk) HOTA, Theatre One, July 2021
  • Amy Shark (Pop) Hota Outdoor Stage, June 2020
  • Casey Barnes (Country), Mo’s Desert Clubhouse. October 2021
  • Russell Morris (Aussie rock), Southport Yacht Club, December 2020



Our subtropical and diverse outdoor spaces are perfect for outdoor live music year-round.

Positioned between two international airports, and just a 13 hour flight direct from LAX, we sit within a creative ecosystem stretching from Byron Bay to Brisbane. World-class artists flock here to work, write, study, play, record and stay. They are supported by a significant network of skilled and well-regarded entertainment production crews and suppliers who also call the Gold Coast home.

“ We believe in both the Gold Coast and Brisbane markets working together.  They both have a big population base and Queen has proved that in spades with well over 80,000 people attending shows in South East Queensland showing that the two can co-exist. We think that result is a sign of things to come.” Geoff Jones – TEG

We acknowledge the original inhabitants of this area, including the Yugambeh people and Family groups within, and recognise their connection to the land, waters and resources in the area now known as the Gold Coast.