Help shape the city’s growth as a major events destination


Have you attended a major event on the Gold Coast recently?

Do you work in the events sector, or are a local resident and have a view on the types of major events you would like to see more of on the Gold Coast?

Work is underway to develop a five-year strategy for the management and delivery of major events on the Gold Coast.

Commissioned by Major Events Gold Coast (MEGC) in partnership with Griffith University the strategy marks an exciting new chapter for our city and will provide direction for how the Gold Coast continues to build on its established reputation for hosting major events.

We are interested in hearing the views of Gold Coast residents, major event attendees and other key stakeholder groups involved with the major events sector on the economic, social and reputational value of major events to the Gold Coast.

You are invited to complete an anonymous 10-minute online survey to share your views. Your input will shape the city’s aspirations and its growth as a major events destination.

To complete the survey, click on the button below. Closes Monday 28 March.


This survey is being administered by Griffith University and has ethics approval (approval no. 2021/891).

Find out more about the project here

If you require further information please contact lead researcher Associate Professor Leonie Lockstone-Binney at

Coolangatta set to rock on with the sounds of yesteryear

Over five big days and nights from 8-12 June 2022, Cooly Rocks On returns to the streets of Coolangatta, bringing with it the tunes of yesteryear, the rev of engines and a packed bill of national and international artists. 

Cooly Rocks On is renowned as being one of the largest and most authentic nostalgia events of its kind in Australia. It is one of Major Events Gold Coast’s four key annual festivals and is supported by Tourism and Events Queensland.

Major Events Gold Coast Festival Director Mark Duckworth said this year’s Cooly Rocks On is a true celebration of the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear.

Each year Cooly Rocks On works hard to curate an entertainment line-up that pays homage to this fantastic era and gives our festival fans an authentic and unique experience, and this year’s program certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Mark Duckworth, Festival Director

For the first time, Cooly Rocks On will host an Indonesian rockabilly band – The Hydrant – as one of the festival’s headline acts. It will be the band’s first visit to Australia, and we are sure it won’t be the last.

Known for their elaborate outfits and authentic rockabilly sound, The Hydrant will have Cooly rocking with their unique Bali flavour and are set to become an instant hit with festival goers.

Also on the bill are four headline Elvis tribute acts to honour the King of Rock n’ Roll. They include Australasia’s leading tribute artists Jack Gatto, Brendon Chase, Che Orton and Brody Finlay – each uniquely capturing the various stages of Elvis’ career.

The 2022 festival features so much great music including the best rockabilly, swing and rock n’ roll around as well as tributes to Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and Australia's own 'The Wild One' Johnny O'Keefe that shouldn’t be missed!

Mark Duckworth, Festival Director

A highlight of Cooly Rocks On once again will be the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist (UETA) contest. This renowned event is one of only 10 festivals worldwide officially acknowledged by Elvis Presley Enterprises. The winner of the Cooly Rocks On UETA contest will earn a place and represent Australia in the finals during Elvis Week at Graceland in August 2022.

In a very special Cooly Rocks On-first, Australia’s original King of Rock, The Wild One, Johnny O’Keefe (JOK) will be honoured with the Johnny O’Keefe Story – a two-hour extravaganza fronted by Vicky O’Keefe, JOK’s daughter.

Cooly Rocks On will mark the return of many crowd favourites, including high-energy young band, Ross & The Wildest. The Flattrakkers, Ezra Lee and Louis King, The Satellites, Issi Dye and The Hellcatt III are all on the jam-packed 2022 program that takes place across the five-day festival from 8-12 June.

And what would Cooly Rocks On be without the motors! More than 1000 motors will be on show this year across the festival, including two, three and four-wheelers. Check out some of the Classic Cars, Hot Rods and Motorcycles on display in the annual Show ‘N’ Shine or venture over to the Kustomville precinct where art, kustom cars and choppers combine for a show that’s sure to appeal to people of all ages.

Our Pin-up Pageant combines the classic and rockabilly pageants that you have come to know and love at Cooly Rocks On over the years, into one feature event. Make sure you dress to impress for Cooly Rocks On 2022 because our Pin-ups will be! Or find the perfect outfit in the vintage, retro and nostalgia markets stalls along the Coolangatta beachfront.

Tickets for Cooly Rocks On feature shows within the Elvis Marquee will be on sale 5 April, with an exclusive VIP offering set to launch 22 March, 2022. Performances on outdoor stages during the festival are free for the public to enjoy.

Accommodation throughout the Gold Coast is available to be booked now and with over 60 flights per day landing right on the doorstep for Cooly Rocks On, it is easy to enjoy a winter getaway from wherever around Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia you are looking to travel from. We’ll see you there!

Iconic Blues on Broadbeach comes of age with stellar 2022 line-up

Now in its 21st year, Blues on Broadbeach, one of Australia’s largest music festivals, is proud to announce the second tranche of extraordinary Blues artists added to an already stellar bill.

Headliners James Morrison Motown Experience, Robben Ford (US) and R.L. Boyce (US) are being joined by Karise Eden, Osaka Monaurail (Japan), Blue Empress All-Stars, Matty T Wall and many more, in a 2022 line-up you won’t want to miss.

This extraordinary collection of international and national artists will take to the stage on the Gold Coast over four days from 19-22 May.

Festival Director Mark Duckworth said this year’s Blues on Broadbeach is all about returning to its roots:

We want to continue to bring our festival fans a collection of artists which celebrate all the different music styles in the Blues genre as well as a few surprises. It is so important to us that we bring out not just the big names, but those artists that are true to the festival and represent the very best of what Blues music has to offer. With our international borders finally open again, we’re excited to welcome to our stages some truly incredible international artists and some unique performances which you won’t see anywhere else and won’t want to miss.

Blues on Broadbeach is fortunate enough to welcome a wide variety of talent from all over the world.

The sensational Osaka Monaurail is Japan’s premiere funk orchestra, ready to make waves on Australia’s shores at Blues on Broadbeach. With their sharp suits, synchronised routines, and powerful horn section, Osaka Monaurail will have feet movin’ and hips shakin’ from the moment they hit the stage.

They’ll be joined by Blue’s songbird Karise Eden. Expect a powerful, engrossing, and bold performance, and we are thrilled to have her join this stellar bill of Blues artists.

In an exciting Blues on Broadbeach first, Blue Empress All-Stars, an ensemble of Australia’s finest Blues and Roots artists, will grace our stages in 2022 in all their diversely-talented glory.

One of four festivals proudly produced by Major Events Gold Coast (MEGC), Blues on Broadbeach plays a vital role in helping drive visitation and stimulate the Gold Coast economy, providing a significant economic injection to local businesses.

Check out Blues On Broadbeach 2022 full line-up here!

Blues on Broadbeach is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

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