Opened in 2018, the stunning $37.5 million Outdoor Stage is a versatile performance space, with a full theatrical fit out, offering both indoor and outdoor options for events, installations and performances. The Outdoor Stage is part of the HOTA Project, you can read more about the City of Gold Coast’s plans for the HOTA Precinct here.
The 20m wide Outdoor Stage features a 5.5 tonne bi-fold proscenium door and has a self-supporting 100 tonne shade structure to provide sun and glare protection for performers. With the ability to open both sides, it offers various event configurations for outdoor events and with the proscenium door closed it becomes a contemporary black box theatre which can be used as a standalone functions and event space.
The stage also features a living green roof, comprising of more than 20,000 plants selected and suited to the climate, conditions and locality. Over the top of the Outdoor Stage is an adventure trail. The sandstone steps make this a challenging climb but the view of Surfers Paradise is worth the hike to the top.
The lush concert lawn features themed planting and discovery paths. The Outdoor Stage is connected to the larger landscape through a patchwork woodland designed to give shade and comfort to the turfed seating area. High canopied Jacaranda trees (Jacaranda mimosifolia) will provide shade without disrupting the stage view while large evergreen columnar Kauri Pines (Agathis robusta) frame the open landscape of the Outdoor Stage and artscape.
The Outdoor Stage was officially launched with a free concert by superstar Tim Minchin on Sat 18 March 2018.