SPRINGTIME takes arts program to a whole new level in 2023

A massive interactive art installation inspired by retro arcade games is set to land in Surfers Paradise for SPRINGTIME this September, and no tokens are needed!

After drawing tens of thousands of art and music lovers to Surfers Paradise in 2022, SPRINGTIME will once again welcome back its one-of-a-kind arts program in 2023 in addition to its phenomenal artist lineup.

From Shock Therapy Arts – the brains behind paint splattered hit ‘The Cleaners’ seen at SPRINGTIME 2022 – comes Quest of Chaos, a totally new participatory performance installation that’s one part obstacle course, one part live action video game, one part retro art installation, and a whole lota fun.

Commissioned for SPRINGTIME, Quest of Chaos lifts influences from Japanese game shows, retro video games and animated series and will take participants through a series of obstacle course challenges. Players will put their physical and mental skills to the test as they attempt to defeat King Chaos and his gang of interdimensional troublemakers, in this totally unique fun interactive experience.

We are pumped to bring Quest of Chaos to life for its world premiere at SPRINGTIME,” said Hayden Jones from Shock Therapy Arts.We have had a blast ‘nerding out’ on a range of inspirations for this interactive installation, from wacky Japanese game shows like Takeshi’s Castle, to retro platform games like Super Mario World and old animated series like Masters of the Universe and Dragonball Z.

“We’re honoured for Quest of Chaos to be the first ever newly commissioned installation by SPRINGTIME, following on from the success of our work ‘The Cleaners’ at last year’s festival. It’s amazing that SPRINGTIME is offering a festival of this calibre, free to the public.”

Festival Director Mark Duckworth said the SPRINGTIME team was stoked to be able to build on last year’s successful arts program by commissioning a brand-new participatory installation just for the festival, while also supporting the Gold Coast’s incredible local arts scene at the same time.

Shock Therapy Arts are renowned for creating out-of-the-box experiences and we were excited to give them an opportunity to come up with another extraordinary installation for SPRINGTIME. We can’t wait for festival fans to play Quest of Chaos down on iconic Surfers Paradise beach come September.

SPRINGTIME will also welcome the clean, candy coloured art of renowned Korean-Australian artist YEAHYEAHCHLOE to the shoreline in 2023. Born in Daegu, South Korea and raised in regional NSW, YEAHYEAHCHLOE has been using her signature aesthetic (reminiscent of the 90’s cartoons that she grew up with as a kid) to create eye-catching works for everyone to enjoy, including the likes of Gucci, Google, Twix and Nike. In September, audiences can see YEAHYEAHCHLOE creating her art in real time as she brings a fresh coat of paint to Surfers Paradise.


Last, but definitely not least, SPRINGTIME is also pleased to welcome Britney & Stefanie Noffke of twin sister art duo Malara Rise to the program in 2023. Growing up on Yuggera – Minjungbal – Nyangbul – Ugarapul land, Malara Rise draw inspiration from Australia’s colourful flora and fauna, channelling it into contemporary cultural storytelling through their iconic paintings. The two sisters will be creating a special and unique mural just for SPRINGTIME, in our street gallery beside the beach.

We are honoured to be sharing our connection to this land through the art program for Springtime,” said Malara Rise.

Bringing in Spring with a bang, SPRINGTIME kicks off on 1-3 September. True to its promise, the festival now in its second year will guarantee good times for all and will continue to shine a spotlight on Australian artists, and highlight local music, arts and the skate scene while celebrating the best parts of the country’s most popular beachside destination.

Taking place across two stages, including the Main Stage and the newly named Dr. Martens Street Stage, SPRINGTIME’s 2023 music lineup will include ethereal indie-pop icon Matt Corby, New Zealand alt-pop artist BENEE, Australia’s favourite party-starting duo Bag Raiders, the smooth textured sounds of electropop artist Boo Seeka and Queensland’s very own multi-award-winning artist Sycco.

Focusing on putting homegrown talent front and centre, SPRINGTIME also welcomes Australia’s favourite psych-pop outfit Babe Rainbow, indie-rock tour de force Eliza & The Delusionals, rising pop powerhouse Bella Amor, beloved pop artist grentperez, Brisbane indie-pop act yb. and a performance from Sunshine & Faith Disco Choir, who will be bringing their unique live show packed with disco-house, gospel, costumes and dancing from Melbourne to the beachfront for the first time.

The lineup, which boasts more than 30 artists, doesn’t end there with additional sets from Girl & Girl, Mitch Santiago, Daste., Chutney, Greatest Hits, Dizzy Days, Austin Mackay, Radolescent, Lemaire, The Vultures, Betty Taylor, Big Fuzz, Tomorrow’s Forecast, N’jaane, Bill Durry and Jason Van Miert.

So whether you’re into music, arts or a whole heap of good fun, SPRINGTIME 2023 has got you covered, and best of all it’s FREE! Spring in Surfers Paradise will never be the same again.

The Quest of Chaos project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Saturday Night cruising returns to Cooly Rocks On

Yesteryear rolled back into Coolangatta for Cooly Rocks On with the long-awaited return of the beloved Saturday Night Car Cruise.

The sold-out event saw 250 classics, hot rods, muscle cars and more cruise through the streets of the iconic beachside destination, much to the thrill of onlookers.

“We were stoked to successfully bring back the car cruise this year and give enthusiasts another opportunity to show off their pride and joy,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth.

The highly anticipated Cooly Rocks On Show ‘N’ Shine again proved why it’s an annual drawcard for car enthusiasts from all over the country with almost 900 vehicles on display stretching for two kilometres.

“I am a car head, and this was on the bucket list, I had to get up here from Victoria to have a look. Booking for next year!” – Scott, Car Enthusiast.

The Gold Coast turned on its famous winter sunshine for the tens of thousands of fans who donned their best vintage threads and up dos to take a trip down memory lane over five action-packed days.

“Last year we had record crowds of more than 136,000 and this year felt just as busy if not bigger,” said Mark. People come for the music, the entertainment and of course for the cars, and the attention to detail in the fashion, the Show ‘N’ Shine, it’s what makes this festival such a unique experience that people want to come back for year after year.”

Cooly Rocks On welcomed acts from around Australia and the world, including the artist known as the best Elvis Tribute Artist in the world Shawn Klush (USA), Swedish rockabilly trio The Go Getters and Japan’s master of Samurai rock ‘n’ roll Johnny Pandora just to name a few.

New Zealand’s Che Orton took out the prestigious Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest for 2023 and will now represent the festival at Elvis Week in Memphis, USA later this year.

“Just so happy and proud to be able to represent Cooly Rocks On and Australia in Memphis this August. It’s a dream come true to be able to go back to Graceland.”  – Che Orton, Cooly Rocks On UETA Contest winner.

Brisbane’s Sim Lovett, who grew up in Hong Kong and goes by the name Bunny Boulevard, was crowned this year’s Pin-up Pageant winner.

“The Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant is the epitome for us girls, it’s not all about winning but about enjoying the process amongst our tight knit and supportive community,” – Sim Lovett, Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant winner.

Lovers of nostalgia filled the streets, restaurants and hotels bringing a welcome boost for the local economy. Accommodation houses reported they were fully booked over the festival and were already three quarters full for next year’s Cooly Rocks On. Restaurants, bars and cafés said they had a bumper five days.

Festival goers were just as ready to dig deep to support the official Charity Partner for Cooly Rocks On, MND and Me Foundation for a chance to win a 1954 Chevrolet Hot Rod Pick Up Truck.

Affectionately known as ‘Daphne’ the bright orange beauty has been restored to its vintage look and feel complete with a brand new V8 engine. More than $50,000 worth of tickets were sold across the festival with all proceeds going directly to Motor Neurone Disease research.

Cooly Rocks On wraps for 2023 with thanks to our Sponsor Family: City of Gold Coast, Tourism and Events Queensland, Gold Coast Airport, Indian Motorcycle, Shannons, Yugambeh Region Aboriginal Corporation Alliance (YRACA), Clean Vibes, EVENTelec and 92.5 Triple M.

Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On, has once again proven why it’s an unmissable annual event for lovers of motors, music and the lifestyle of yesteryear. Get ready for more rock ‘n’ roll, dancing and revving engines this time next year when we do it all again in spectacular fashion from 5-9 June 2024.

Cooly Rocks On welcomes 2023 Sponsor Family

Cooly Rocks On has kicked into gear with Australia’s much-loved nostalgia festival set to take Coolangatta back in time from Wednesday 7 June.

Last year the festival welcomed record crowds who had made the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast to enjoy the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear over five jam-packed days. Now it is time to do it all over again with an even more exciting program of international acts and plenty of music, fashion, and classic cars.

Joining us for the ride in 2023 are some familiar friends in our Sponsor Family and we look forward to welcoming some new Cooly Rocks On partners.

We are incredibly proud to have MND and Me Foundation on board as our Official Charity Partner for the 2023 festival. The MND and Me Foundation is a wonderful organisation that supports people and their families living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in Queensland, while striving towards finding a cure.

Cooly Rocks On fans can show their support by purchasing raffle tickets at the festival and will go in the draw to win a 1954 Chevrolet Hot Rod Pick Up Truck valued at $200,000! All proceeds will go directly to the MND and ME Foundation to help fund their ongoing MND research efforts.

The MND and Me Foundation is looking forward to a great weekend at Cooly Rocks On raising money to fund vital research into finding a cure for motor neurone disease. What better raffle prize for this event than a 1954 Chevy COE Pick Up that has a 2022 Camaro V8 engine under the hood!” – Jane Milne, MND and Me Foundation CEO.

Iconic motorcycle company, Indian Motorcycle is again partnering with Cooly Rocks On as an Official Support Partner. The Indian Motorcycle brand embodies the nostalgic and historic nature of the festival and even Elvis owned one! Check out the latest rides at the Indian Motorcycle display on the Coolangatta foreshore throughout the festival.

Shannons is once again joining our festival family as an Official Support Partner in 2023. A leading insurance and auction house for veteran, vintage and classic vehicles and motorcycles, we couldn’t think of a more perfect fit for Australia’s award-winning nostalgia festival.

New to the family is award-winning event specialist electricians and engineers, EVENTelec – there’re the ones supplying power and turning up the dial to get things buzzing this festival! EVENTelec have been powering major events and festivals across a variety of sectors since 1996 and are a new Community Partner across Major Events Gold Coast’s four annual music festivals.

“Our synergies are very similar, and we both aim to deliver world class festivals while developing and supporting the local economy and attracting visitors to the region.” – EVENTelec

We also welcome Triple M to our Sponsor Family as a Community Partner in 2023.

Clean Vibes will be on site helping us reduce waste at Cooly Rocks On this year and minimising the impact on the beautiful Coolangatta foreshore.

And we are proud to be working with the Yugambeh Regional Aboriginal Corporation Alliance (YRACA) who provide cultural guidance across all our festivals.

Coming through the Gold Coast Airport to visit Cooly Rocks On, the sensational Pacific Belles will transport visitors back in time from the minute they land with sweet tunes from the 40s as part of the festival’s partnership with the airport.

Cooly Rocks On wouldn’t be the award-winning festival it is, without the ongoing support from our strategic partner, the City of Gold Coast and major partner the Queensland government via Tourism and Events Queensland.

As we prepare to start our engines, we want to send a huge welcome to our 2023 Cooly Rocks On Sponsor Family. See you all in Coolangatta for five days of cars, music and fashion.

June is the month of nationals on the Gold Coast

The country’s sporting elite descend on the Gold Coast in June for a month of nationals.

One of the legacies of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the city’s list of world-class venues and facilities, in June some of those venues will spring into action again hosting three premier national championships.

The Santos Wheelchair Rugby National Championship kicks off at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre on 2 June, then in the following week more than 1000 competitors will take over the venue for the Judo Australia National Championships from 9-12 June. At the same time, the 2023 Australian Open Bowls will roll back into town hosted at various clubs across the Gold Coast from 10-23 June, including at another legacy venue, Broadbeach Bowls Club.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said the Gold Coast’s reputation for hosting major events, along with our world-class venues, helps the city secure and retain these pinnacle national sporting tournaments.

“One of the wonderful legacies of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the many state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venues we have here, which allow us to attract, and keep, major international and national sporting events,” said Ms McCormick.

“The Gold Coast continues to grow its reputation as a major sporting event destination with facilities to rival the world’s best, coupled with our great weather and accommodation options, that is a very attractive offering for event organisers looking for long-term homes for their annual competitions.”

Just steps from the beach, Broadbeach Bowls Club will not only play a major role in the Australian Open tournament in June, it will also play host to the 2023 World Bowls Championships secured for August and September this year. More than 45 countries are expected to participate in the championships including, for the first time, the world’s best para-athletes. This month’s Australian Open titles has attracted record registrations with around 3500 of the country’s, and indeed the world’s, best bowlers registered to compete, with the final two days broadcast live on 7Two, Fox Sports and Kayo.

The world-class Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (GCSLC) is another in-demand venue that is regularly booked out all year round with major sporting events, and this month is no exception. The 2023 Santos Wheelchair Rugby National Championship sees the country’s best in the sport compete across three days of fierce action much to the delight of spectators. The event is broadcast live on Kayo Sports and Foxtel.

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From 9 June, the Judo Australia National Championships returns to the GCSLC. Major Events Gold Coast secured a three-year deal for the National Championships to be held at the venue from 2023–25. The GCSLC has been identified as a potential host venue for judo for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Acting Coast Mayor Donna Gates said she was proud to see the Gold Coast secure so many premier national and international sporting events.

“Increasingly our city and sporting venues are being chosen to host major sporting tournaments, that bring thousands of participants and spectators here, further cementing our reputation as one of Australia’s, and the globe’s, top sporting cities,” said Acting Mayor Donna Gates.

“For Gold Coasters, these events provide the chance to watch the country’s elite athletes in action right in their own backyard, whether it is judo, wheelchair rugby or lawn bowls. Don’t miss this month of nationals!”

Spectators are welcome at all national championships in June with tickets available through the individual sports’ websites. Wheelchair Rugby, Judo Australia and Bowls Australia.