The TV WEEK Logie Awards returns to the Gold Coast

Major Events Gold Coast is delighted to confirm that the 62nd TV WEEK Logie Awards will be held on Sunday, November 28, at the home of TV’s night of nights, The Star Gold Coast.

After being postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19, it’s exciting to be able to confirm that all the action, glamour and excitement synonymous with Australian television’s night of nights is back!

Established in 1960, the Logies have been held predominantly in Melbourne, Victoria, with the Gold Coast now the event’s new home. The awards ceremony includes both national and international entertainment and is telecast on Nine and 9Now providing phenomenal exposure for our city.

TV WEEK Editor Amber Giles says,

“TV WEEK is thrilled to have landed on a date we know we can deliver a spectacular show on. We can’t wait to head back to The Star Gold Coast to celebrate and honour the best in Australian TV in the style for which we’re famous. On November 28, we look forward to seeing on the red carpet all those who have kept us entertained and informed during trying times.”

Managing Director Nine Queensland & Nine Northern NSW, Kylie Blucher, says,

“We look forward to welcoming back the TV WEEK Logie Awards to the Gold Coast in what will be a huge celebration of the Australian television industry’s resilience through some very challenging times.”

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it’s great to welcome back the TV WEEK Logies to the Gold Coast.

“We’ve made Queensland the home of the Logies and I look forward to welcoming back the television industry for a week of events that we’ve worked with organisers to build around the awards night.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says,

“If there was ever a time where the industry, and its amazing talent, needed an excuse to let their hair down and party, this year is it. As a city, and a country, we’ve come out of the challenges of COVID-19. It’s time we all come together to celebrate – 1.5 metres apart!”

The Star Gold Coast Chief Operating Officer, Jessica Mellor, added.

“The return of the TV WEEK Logie Awards in 2021 is an incredibly exciting milestone and a sign of brighter times ahead for the tourism and entertainment industries. As the Gold Coast’s most iconic entertainment destination, The Star is thrilled to welcome the TV WEEK Logie Awards back to the venue this spring to experience what will no doubt be the most memorable event yet.”

The 62nd TV WEEK Logie Awards is proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast


Cooly Rocks On continues to provide the perfect partnership for Shannons

Major Events Gold Coast is delighted to see that Cooly Rocks On continues to provide the perfect partnership for Shannons

Shannons is Australia’s leading insurance provider for motoring enthusiasts and one of Australia’s leading motorcycle insurance providers and supports more than 1,200 car and motorcycle enthusiast events throughout Australia every year.

Shannons Auctions is Australia’s leading auction house for veteran, vintage, classic, sporting and modified vehicles, as well as classic motorcycles, motoring memorabilia and numerical number plates. In addition, Shannons offers free membership to the Shannons Club – Australia’s largest online motoring enthusiast community.

As a major sponsor of the event and the naming rights sponsor of the Shannons Show ‘n’ Shine, Shannons involvement enables them to connect with a passionate tribe of attendees who love driving and talking about classic vehicles and motorcycles.

Shannons’ Business Development Manager (Qld), Phil Ross said,

Shannons is proud to be a major sponsor in 2021 and has attended every year since Wintersun 2002, the very same year I started with Shannons.  Cooly Rocks On is our most popular event on the event calendar for our staff and after nearly 20 years with Shannons, it’s still my favourite event. It’s where we all get to ‘share the passion’ with lots of our customers and spectators who drop-in to talk to us about their special cars.

Major Events Gold Coast, General Manager, Marketing & Communications, Lisa Lees said

We are delighted to work with partners who love our events as much as we do.  Cooly Rocks On* has evolved into Australia’s largest Rock ‘n’ Roll and nostalgia festivals and we bring it together each year with the passionate support of our partners such as Shannons.  A signature event on the Queensland events calendar, the festival attracts thousands of Rock ‘n’ Roll, vintage car and bike enthusiasts looking to celebrate the music, memories and moments of the 50s, 60s and 70s.  It’s the perfect ‘marriage’ for us and a powerful partnership for Shannons.

You’ll be able to find the Shannons team in Queen Elizabeth Park with their Super Rig Truck taking centre stage. They will be hosting their popular Garage Torque sessions and will have legendary V8 Supercars driver Jim Richards making a special appearance across the weekend.

A final word from Phil Ross,

Where else can you find a location, where the backdrop is one of the world’s greatest surf beaches and the streets adjacent are closed to show off classic cars, great music & food for thousands of spectators.

If you would like to make an enquiry about partnership opportunities with Major Events Gold Coast, drop us a line at

* The 2021 Cooly Rocks On will be held June 9 – 13, 2021 in Coolangatta QLD and is proudly produced by Major Events Gold Coast.

Queensland’s best surf sport athletes will battle it out over the next three days

Queensland’s best surf sport athletes will battle it out over the next three days in a quest for glory at Surf Life Saving Queensland’s 2021 Senior and Masters State Championships.

More than 1,500 competitors from Under 17’s to Masters will descend upon Tugun to battle it out on the surf and sand in their quest for state glory throughout a range of events including board rescue, tube rescue, ski, ironman, ironwoman and taplin events.

In a spectacular event experience set for both competitors and spectators, the event will have plenty on offer with free entry to the Festival Zone featuring super screens displaying all the action from the beach, food trucks, merchandise stalls and live music.

The 2021 event marks the 90th anniversary of the first carnival, held in 1932.

Proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast, this year’s event will see the fastest athletes on the sand competing in beach flags and sprints under light at Burleigh Beach for the first time in the 90-year history of SLSQ’s State Championships.

Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO Dave Whimpey said it will be three action-packed days of racing.

Some of the best athletes in the sport will be competing over the next few days, which will put on an excellent show for spectators.

It will be a festival for the senses for spectators and athletes alike back of beach. With delicious food available, live music, a Westpac sunscreen station and a massage station thanks to Fisiocream.

Best of all the event is free, so any member of the public is welcome to attend.

City of Gold Coast Councillor Gail O’Neill said the event will be a great boost for the local community.

I’ve been pushing hard for more events for our community so it is fantastic that the state championships will be decided right here.

I know the surf community – and supporters – will get out and about throughout the carnival, dining and shopping in the region so I welcome them with open arms, as do the small business operators.

Let’s hope it’s the start of much more to come.

For those unable to attend the event, Friday and Saturday’s events will be covered on Surf Life Saving Queensland’s live stream on Facebook, hosted by Jenny Parry and Harriet Brown.

All the finals action on Sunday 28 March will be broadcast on SBS from 2pm AEST, with legends Karla Gilbert and Ky Hurst leading the commentary.

Racing commences tomorrow from 8am at Tugun Surf Life Saving Club.

For further information on the event including updates and programming, visit Surf Life Saving Queensland.

Gold Coast secures the Australian School Championships for next 3 years

The Australian School Championships will have a new home in 2021 following the announcement by Basketball Australia (BA) that the Gold Coast will host the event for the next three years.

The School Championships are the largest event on BA’s Australian Junior Championship calendar, with 168 teams and 2,108 athletes participating in the last event held in 2019.

The tournament will be played at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games legacy venue, Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, as well as the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium, with this year’s event to run Sunday 28 November – Thursday 2 December.

Open to three different age groups (Under-20, Under-17 and Under-15) across men’s and women’s tournaments, with games catering for both elite and amateur level competition across 20 divisions including the Championship Division, which pits the best schools from each state and territory against each other.

BA Executive General Manager Basketball Paul Maley said the sport’s governing body was excited that one of its marquee grassroots events was heading to the Gold Coast for the very first time.

We are delighted to be taking the Australian School Championships to a new part of the country for the next three years and thank the Queensland Government, Tourism and Events Queensland, Major Events Gold Coast and the City of Gold Coast for their passionate support of the Australian basketball pathway.

These championships represent the pinnacle of school basketball in Australia, providing the only opportunity for public and private secondary school-based teams to compete at a national level against teams from across the country.

The popularity of basketball continues to rise amongst Australia’s youth and participation within schools continues to grow at a rapid rate. This progress year on year is reflected in the numbers we are seeing attend the Australian School Championships and after the 2020 event had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, we can’t wait to get back out on court in November on the Gold Coast.

In the past, the Australian School Championships have brought some of our brightest talent to the fore including Australian Boomers Dante Exum and Patty Mills, Chemist Warehouse Australian Opals Lauren Jackson AO and Tessa Lavey as well as rising stars including Josh Giddey and Jazmin Shelley.

Donna Gates, Deputy Mayor – City of Gold Coast said,

Our city’s events calendar continues to expand and importantly, diversify.

Securing these major schools’ championships for the next three years will showcase everything our city has to offer so far as sporting facilities, accommodation, administrative support and transport.

I applaud organisers for giving our city the green light and encourage everyone to take time to witness the very best youth basketball talent in our country.

Jan McCormick, CEO – Major Events Gold Coast said,

Securing the Australian School Championships for the next three years is a wonderful boost for our city’s economy and a fantastic opportunity to showcase the exceptional facilities at Carrara to a new national championship. National school sporting events traditionally attract strong visitation, and this event is no exception with thousands of players and supporters traveling to the Gold Coast.

It’s the first time the Australian School Championships will be held on the Gold Coast and the wonderful tourism offerings the city has to offer will enhance everyone’s experience during the event ensuring continued support for the Gold Coast as the preferred destination for the Championships.

Managed by Basketball Australia, the Australian School Championships are open to all Australian secondary schools with team registrations for this year’s event to open in July.

The dates for the 2022 and 2023 tournaments will be announced in due course.

For further information on the 2021 event including updates and programming, visit Basketball Australia.

The Australian School Championships are proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast.

Blues on Broadbeach announces second line up

Major Events Gold Coast is proud to announce the second line-up of artists joining the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, this May 2021.

For the first time at Blues on Broadbeach, ARIA and Grammy Award-winning rock icons Wolfmother will perform at the festival. No strangers to big festivals, having performed at Coachella and Lollapalooza, they are a huge addition to a line-up already brimming with talent.

Another first-timer is ARIA Award-winning C.W Stoneking, who hails from Katherine, NT.  C.W. takes blues all the way back to its roots with a 1920’s pre-war jive and a jazzy New Orleans twist.  With someone like Stoneking performing, the blues will truly be alive in Broadbeach in May!

The artists will join the festival’s already packed program which includes the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, NZ’s The Black Seeds and Christine Anu.

Festival Director, Mark Duckworth said,

The second round of artists coming to the festival in May will make for another memorable year. As a music lover, the best thing about Blues on Broadbeach is the multiple styles of music we get to present, all stemming back to the original blues sound.

Queensland is proving to be Australia’s destination of the year and the Gold Coast is the veritable jewel in the crown. Flights and accommodation are expected to sell out quick, so we recommend getting in early to secure your stay for the free event. See the available options here.

Mayor Tom Tate said,

There is only one word needed to describe the line-up for Blues in 2021 – amazing! I’m not sure I’ve got the energy to go all night with Wolfmother, but I’ll definitely be front-of-stage when C.W. Stoneking showcases the blues from the 1920s. I encourage anyone who has not been to a Blues weekend in our city to blank out the dates now – and book their accommodation.

The free festival will be in full swing from the 20th to the 23rd of May, 2021.

For further information on the Festival including updates and programming, visit the Blues on Broadbeach website.

Blues on Broadbeach is proudly produced by Major Events Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Film Festival announces full 2021 program

The Gold Coast Film Festival has rolled out the red carpet this morning announcing its full 2021 program.

The 19th annual Gold Coast Film Festival will feature an impressive line-up of more than 100 exciting films, pop-up cinemas, red carpet screenings, industry panels, and special events with a selection of the program also available to watch online.

The 12-day event will feature four world premieres, six Australian premieres, nine Queensland premieres, and two exclusive preview screenings across the Gold Coast from Coomera to Coolangatta, alongside Q&As with filmmakers and some of Australia’s leading cast and crew, taking over the Gold Coast from April 14 to 25 in Queensland’s biggest celebration of cinema.

Headlining on Opening Night is the illuminating and captivating documentary Valerie Taylor: Playing with Sharks, which shines the spotlight on Australian icon Valerie Taylor’s extraordinary life as a fearless marine protector and ocean explorer whose up-close-and-personal experience with sharks is unparalleled.

The red carpet will be rolled out at multiple locations for the screening including at HOTA (Home of the Arts), Birch Carroll & Coyle Coolangatta, and Event Cinemas Coomera, to celebrate the Sundance-selected documentary directed by Sally Aitken and produced by Bettina Dalton.

Other films set to debut during the festival include the World premieres of This Little Love of Mine, an Australian romantic comedy shot entirely in Far North Queensland; Rhapsody of Love, an Asian-Australian rom-com many are calling the ‘Aussie Crazy Rich Asians’; local horror film House of Inequity from Gold Coaster Josh Hale; and teen series Dive Club, set to screen on Network 10 in Australia and Netflix globally later this year.

The festival line-up also boasts never-before-seen special preview screenings of J.J. Winlove’s June Again starring industry icons Noni Hazelhurst, Claudia Karvan, and Stephen Curry; and The United States vs. Billie Holiday on the festival’s Closing Night, directed by Oscar-winner Lee Daniels (The Butler; Precious) and starring Grammy-nominated musician Andra Day in her Golden Globe-winning role as Billie Holiday.

Gold Coast Film Festival Director Aimée Lindorff says this year’s program includes something for everyone and is a celebration of the industry, inspiring movie fans to return to the cinema and cinema-hopefuls to pursue their passion for the silver screen. Aimée continued,

We have an incredible mix of national and international films and documentaries starring some big names and tackling even bigger story lines.The prestigious Screen Industry Gala Awards will return at Movie World, where we will celebrate the Festival’s award winners and finalists alongside an In Conversation with producer Sue Maslin AO (The Dressmaker).

Pitch In Paradise, the Festival’s new industry market, will also take place over two days with filmmakers invited to pitch their work to production companies, commissioners, and networks, as well as a program of industry panels designed for established and emerging filmmakers alike.

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich says the return of the Gold Coast Film Festival is a celebratory moment for the Queensland screen industry in the wake of a challenging past year for productions, live events, and festivals.

The Gold Coast Film Festival is one of the state’s largest film festivals supported by our Screen Culture Funding program and plays a central role in connecting local practitioners, showcasing Queensland-made screen content and creating memorable experiences for filmmakers and film buffs alike.

Amid an exciting and extraordinarily diverse program, it’s wonderful to see Screen Queenslandsupported productions Dive Club and This Little Love of Mine premiering at the Festival. We wish Festival Director Aimée Lindorff all the best for her inaugural Gold Coast Film Festival, which we know will attract cinema lovers in their thousands over the 12-day event.

Special events in the program include Festival favourite SIPFest Short Film Festival at its new home at Burleigh Brewing Co., and a new addition to the pop-up cinemas line up Film at the Footy, with a screening of Gladiator at Cbus Super Stadium as part of a new partnership with Gold Coast Titans.

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says he is also looking forward to sitting down with popcorn in hand to enjoy the films on offer.

Movies got many of us through hard lockdown last year and being able to watch films starring and made by talented Queenslanders and Australians is just another great reason to grab your tickets and head along to the Gold Coast’s favourite cinematic celebration.

Most of the premiere showings will take place at HOTA, the Gold Coast Film Festival’s home venue, which CEO Criena Gehrke says is the perfect setting to showcase films and documentaries with Surfers Paradise skyline as the backdrop.

We love rolling out the red carpet for the Gold Coast Film Festival every year.

Showcasing stories of pioneers and rebels, their fierce support for Australian filmmakers, independent cinema and great storytelling really shines through this year’s program and we’re proud that the Festival calls HOTA its home.

The Gold Coast Film Festival will operate under stringent COVID safety guidelines, providing patrons with a safe and comfortable environment to enjoy their favourite films. The Gold Coast Film Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. The Gold Coast Film Festival is proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast.

To view the full program and purchase tickets visit the Gold Coast Film Festival.

Gold Coast secures Wheelchair Rugby National Championship for the first time

The 2021 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship will take the stage on the Gold Coast for the first time, this May.

Major Events Gold Coast is pleased to announce its newly formed partnership with Wheelchair Rugby Australia, bringing the 2021 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship to the Gold Coast, May 28-30.

Held at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games legacy venue,  Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre, witness Australia’s best teams as they battle it out across three days of hard-fought competition to be crowned the 2021 National Champions!

The partnership reflects Major Events Gold Coast’s unwavering commitment to bringing major sporting events to the city.

Commenting on the event, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said,

I’m thrilled to see our city’s sporting venues being utilised to support signature events like this. I played rugby in its traditional form throughout my early years and I still recall how tough that was.

That said, watching the intensity of the world’s-best wheelchair competitors, with their blocking tactics and heavy hits, makes me feel a bit soft. “I encourage all Gold Coasters to get down and support these amazing athletes.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said,

I’m thrilled to have secured the 2021 Wheelchair Rugby Australia National Championship for our city. Set to be held at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, it’s wonderful to see our City Venues host such fantastic events.

The event will be broadcast online with commentary, showcasing the best wheelchair rugby athletes across Australia as they represent their respective state teams in what will be their final sanctioned competition hit-out ahead of the Tokyo games.

For further information on the event including tickets, updates and programming, visit the Wheelchair Rugby Australia website.

The 2021 GIO Wheelchair Rugby National Championship is proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast.

Australia’s largest rock ‘n’ roll and nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On, announces rockin’ line up

Australia’s largest rock ‘n’ roll and nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On, announces rockin’ line up.

Cooly Rocks On has this morning announced its 2021 line up, and it’s guaranteed to have attendees shake, rattle and roll to the country’s top rockabilly, swing and rock ‘n’ roll artists and bands.

Uniting nostalgia enthusiasts, the annual event will feature, Pat Cappoci, BOOM! BOOM! DELUXE, Lucky Seven and many more who will have crowds grooving to the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s across five action-packed days and nights.

Following the festival’s merge with VIVA Surfers Paradise, festival organisers are bringing beloved Elvis tribute artists Brody Finlay, Jack Gatto, Che Orton and Nic King, along with their Blue Suede Shoes to blow the roof off the Cooly Rocks On stage.

Major Events Gold Coast’s, Festival Director, Mark Duckworth, said the calibre of artists who have joined this year’s line-up will see fans flocking to live performances over the event.

We have curated a range of stellar rockabilly, swing and rock ‘n’ roll musicians from across Australia as we prepare for one of our best festivals to date.

2020 was a tough year for music, so it is great to be able to bring back this festival with such a rockin’ line-up and support musicians. The 2021 festival will see locals and tourists alike return to the Coolangatta beachfront for the ultimate celebration of nostalgia as they indulge in the sounds of yesteryear while enjoying much-loved activations and events such as the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and Shannons Show ‘N’ Shine.

While artists from as far as South Australia and even New Zealand travel to the festival, local crowd favourites Ella Fontaine & The SugarShakers and The Detonators will be playing to their adoring home crowds as they join the Cooly Rocks On line-up.

One of the Gold Coast’s first major music events occurring this year, visitors will continue to converge on the Southern Gold Coast as the celebrated Cooly Rocks On event continues to boost the local economy and assist local tourism providers in fast-tracking their recovery.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said that the announcement of such a stellar program will only welcome more fans to the iconic festival this June.

Diversifying our events calendar is critical as we emerge from the challenges of Covid so I’m delighted to see this iconic event has reinvented itself to appeal to an even wider audience.

I encourage all Gold Coasters, and our valued visitors, to get on down to Cooly and share in the music, sights and surrounds that make Cooly Rocks On such a brilliant weekend.’

Cooly Rocks On transforms Coolangatta into a celebration of the cars, music, memories and moments of the 50s, 60s and 70s in a colourful explosion of sound and culture, featuring events including the Harvest Moon Swing Ball, Miss Rockabilly, Shannons Show ‘N’ Shine and the new addition of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

Continuing to support the local tourism community, Cooly Rocks On looks to drive overnight visitation from the 120,000 visitors, boosting the local Gold Coast economy.

The free festival will be in full swing from the 9th to the 13th of June, welcoming enthusiasts and locals alike to catch a glimpse into the past and indulge in live entertainment, classic cars and vintage outfits.

For further information on the Festival including updates and programming, visit the Cooly Rocks On website.

Cooly Rocks On is proudly produced by Major Events Gold Coast.

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