Gallery Up Late -Talking Rock

Three special evenings where you can see, hear and talk all things rock.

Live music at our lawn bar, Talking Rock Past, Present, Future and Let there be rock! exhibition open til late. Grab a drink and hear local rock legends and some of the best up-and-coming homegrown acts.

This event supports the exhibition Let there be rock! on display in the HOTA gallery from 8 Dec – 17 Feb.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts


Up close and personal talks with musicians, writers and industry insiders who will share stories and perspectives of music on the Gold Coast in the past; today and where it’s heading next. Curated and facilitated by Leanne de Souza.

Leanne de Souza is a highly-respected veteran of the Australian music industry. With 25+ years’ experience working in artist management and events. Leanne currently holds the Executive Director role for the Association of Artist Managers (AAM), is a Trustee of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and the Curatorial Advisor (Music) for the Museum of Brisbane. As an entrepreneur, Leanne is the co-founder and director of the Rock and Roll Writers Festival. As a sought-after curator, consultant and facilitator, she works extensively with festivals, conferences and organisations including BIGSOUND, Splendour in the Grass and Woodfolk Festival.


Fri 14 Dec, 6.30pm
Oz Rock exploded in the 80s. Across Australia, bands could work seven nights a week in the pubs and clubs. Gold Coat venues and punters were notorious, and the Gold Coast was
a favourite stop on the tour for many 80s bands. Hear from those that were there and survived to tell their stories. Plus live music with Peach Fur.

Panellists: Dave Graney, Nikki McWatters & Stuart Coupe


Fri 18 Jan, 6.30pm
The Gold Coast today is buzzing with fresh artists, festivals and music industry folks taking their music and skills to the world without leaving the beach. Beach culture, music and lifestyle working together – hear from those making, curating and writing about music and culture today. Plus live music with Eliza and the Delusionals

Panellists: Dan Condon, Julia Solomon & Eliza Klatt


Fri 15 Feb, 6.30pm
As the Let there be rock! exhibition comes to an end, we ask the question – where is the Gold Coast music scene going next? Come and be part of the conversation – who will be the next wave of artists, events, venues and characters that you’ll be listening to and working with in the next few years. Plus live music with San Mei and Phoebe Sinclair and the awesome documentary Her Sound Her Story on at 7.45pm at the HOTA Cinema.

Panellists: San Mei, Samantha Morris (Blank GC), Lincoln Savage (Jungle Love/Brisbane Street Art Festival), Jake, Chris & Brett (GD FRNDS)

Rocking out thanks to
Hard Rock Cafe Surfers Paradise

Est. 1996
…still rockin’ in 2019


Let there be rock!

8 Dec – 17 Feb

This show is part of Let there be rock! exhibition and events.

Crowd surf all things rock ‘n’ roll this summer – music, art, uplate movie conversations and mayhem.

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