The Gold Coast is my home city. In recent years, we have had an influx of live music at our doorsteps. From some of the best local talent that this country has to offer all the way through to some stellar international guests, the Gold Coast is getting quite a lot of attention and we couldn't be happier about it.
Under The Southern Stars brings the icons of Aussie rock to as many venues as they possibly can. This year, we are treated to some of the best bands that Australia has to offer. As the day kicks off, the weather is absolute magic, showing why the Gold Coast is the best place for an outdoor festival. Sun, sand, Broadwater and bands, what a combo.
As everyone stakes their claim for a spot in the shade, we are treated to the brilliant sounds of local lad Scott Darlow, providing the perfect crowd warm up for The Getaway Plan who deliver an amazing set. It's already clear that this afternoon and the fast approaching evening is going to be one hell of an event.
As British India take the stage, the crowd is ready to let loose and rock out. This four piece give everything they've got and the audience laps up every single bit of it. They round out their set and have paved the way for Adelaide rockers The Superjesus to smash everyone out of the ballpark. Launching straight into the setlist from their recent 20 Years of Sumo tour, Sarah McLeod leads her band with such pizzazz and flair that only she can. The band has built quite the following over the last 2 decades and the GC has come out in droves to see them perform once more. As they grind through a setlist that leaves every fan satisfied (and some new fans acquired i'm sure) they round it out with crowd favourite ‘Gravity’ which always gets everyone singing at the top of their lungs. The Superjesus are in for quite the year if this is how they have begun it.
Sheppard are a powerhouse of local talent. Make no mistake about their youthfulness, this band carries themselves on stage like some of the veterans of the Australian music industry. With 6 people on stage, there's so much going on that its hard to know where to look. The talent that this band exudes is beyond amazing and to see how the audience reacts to every song that they play is simply awe-inspiring. They definitely know how to hold the audience in the palm of their hands. I for one am very interested to see what 2019 holds for this band in the way of live shows as there is an unparalleled energy surrounding them.
You Am I. That's it. I can't really write a great deal to pay such a performance the respect it deserves. Embarking on stage adorned in kimonos, Tim Rogers and Co. are simply amazing to be in the presence of. They are the quintessential Aussie rock band. Knocking out song after song of instrumental prowess that you just can't help moving to and filling in time between songs with comedic brilliance, they have forged a solid spot in Aussie rock that they are certainly deserving of. There's not one song on their setlist that shouldn't, and couldn't, be there. It makes for the perfect show and one of the best starts to a year that we've all had.
As the Hoodoo Gurus take the stage there is a massive uproar from the crowd as we all know that we are about to stand in the presence of Australian rock royalty. If you don't know a Gurus song, you really can't call yourself a true Aussie. There's a reason they've been around for so many years, they just have a certain something about them that draws big crowds and we love everything they put forth. As they deliver a massive setlist, the Gurus give as much energy and passion to their fans as you would see from some of the international big hitters. There's no doubt that they are deserving of the headline spot on the Under The Southern Stars bill.
We came, we saw, we rocked, all under one big starry sky. It's going to be a hard feat to top this years line up, but i have no doubt UTSS have big plans for 2020.
All images (c) JD Punisher Photography