SPRINGTIME welcomes 2023 Sponsor Family

As SPRINGTIME gets set to bloom for another year, the Gold Coast festival that’s all about good music and good times is welcoming some big names to its Sponsor Family for 2023.

Get ready for three days of dancing as some of the country’s favourite homegrown and local talent spin tunes on the Dr. Martens Street Stage.

The iconic footwear brand joins the Sponsor Family as a Major Partner of SPRINGTIME 2023 and the Official Festival Sandal.

Express yourself with sand between your toes and enjoy a long weekend of sun-kissed free live music on the beach in Surfers Paradise.

SPRINGTIME’s popular skate plaza is back for a second year, turning Surfers Paradise into skaters’ paradise! The Vans Skate Plaza will guarantee good times for all on the beachside with members of the Vans Skate Team joining the 2023 festival program for the first time. SPRINGTIME welcomes Vans as a Support Partner this year alongside the precinct’s major shopping complex, the Paradise Centre.

From 12pm daily, the Paradise Centre will be hosting free DJ workshops giving aspiring DJs of all ages the chance to try their hand at spinning the decks guided by DJ Fletcher. The SPRINGTIME team also welcomes back Gold Coast Airport as a Support Partner in 2023. Festival fans will be greeted by in-terminal tunes as they move through the domestic arrivals terminal getting the festival vibe started from the moment they land.

Held on one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic beachside destinations, SPRINGTIME is produced by Major Events Gold Coast and would not be possible without the ongoing support from its Strategic Partner, the City of Gold Coast.

The festival welcomes back triple j as Presenting Partner in 2023 – triple j and SPRINGTIME are a perfect fit, both dedicated to championing homegrown music talent. The SPRINGTIME team is pleased to have the support of Community Partners Clean Vibes, EVENTelec and youth community radio station, 105.7 Radio Metro.

“We are pumped to have so many established and iconic brands keen to join us on SPRINGTIME,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth. “For a new festival, it’s a great testament to the hard work the SPRINGTIME team has put in to make an event that artists want to play at, music fans want to come to, and brands want to partner with us to deliver.”

SPRINGTIME is also proud to work alongside Yugambeh Region Aboriginal Corporation Alliance (YRACA) who provide cultural guidance across all Major Events Gold Coast’s festivals. Together, we proudly acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our events are held, the Kombumerri and Yugambeh Language group families of the Gold Coast.

Get ready for three days of epic live music and good times in the heart of Surfers Paradise from 1-3 September.

The Gold Coast soars into spring

Whether it’s aircraft, live music, art, or even lawn bowls that you’re into, there’s no better time to escape the final weeks of winter and book a weekend on the Gold Coast.

With spring in the air and blue skies on the horizon, expect an aerial spectacular like no other when the Pacific Airshow Gold Coast takes to the sky over Surfers Paradise.

The three-day event from 18 August features heart-pumping aerobatics and formation flying from the world’s best military aviators and civilian performers.

Two weekends later, the Surfers Paradise beachfront will be transformed into a free music festival as SPRINGTIME blooms for a second year. With more than 30 live music acts across two stages, the VANS Skate Plaza, mural artists and a huge interactive performance installation on the beach, expect guaranteed good times from 1 September all weekend.

In a change of tempo but with no less action, the world’s best bowlers and para-bowlers will descend on the Gold Coast from 29 August for the 2023 World Bowls Championships, with competitors from 44 nations.

“There is no better time to visit the Gold Coast,” said Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick. “The sheer variety of events this city is hosting over the next month is extraordinary and it’s the reason why our reputation as the ultimate events destination continues to grow. After years of planning, we are thrilled to see the Pacific Airshow Gold Coast lift off.”

“What sets our event apart from your ‘typical airshow’ is its unique setting, high tempo and diverse hospitality offerings,” said Pacific Airshow Gold Coast founder Kevin Elliott. “We offer something for everyone, including those who have never considered attending an airshow before. There’s always something to see, always something in your face, always something new happening. It’s something you have to experience to understand.”

From 29 August to 10 September the city hosts the World Bowls Championships for the first time. The sport’s pinnacle international competition will be held across five Gold Coast bowls locations, with finals held at Club Helensvale on 2-3 September and Broadbeach Bowls Club on 9-10 September.

“We are thrilled to have secured this prestigious tournament for the Gold Coast, and the World Bowls Champion of Champions directly after it from 11- 16 September,” said Ms McCormick. “With over 540 competitors and coaches from 44 nations descending on the Gold Coast, this year’s event will be the biggest tournament in the event’s history, and we are expecting some close matches and world-class competition.”

“The Gold Coast is a heartland for the sport of bowls, and its clubs and greens are renowned the world over, so anticipation and expectation from the bowls community and competing nations for the 2023 World Bowls Championships is absolutely sky high – akin to what will be on display at the inaugural Pacific Airshow,” said Bowls Australia General Manager – Promotion and Partnerships Aidan Davis.

“This is the first occasion that para-sport players will compete alongside able-bodied bowlers, showcasing the truly inclusive nature of the sport, and with 11 gold medals up for grabs across two blockbuster finals weekends, home crowds will be hoping the Gold Coast greens are a happy hunting ground for the world’s number one bowls team, the Right at Home Australian Jackaroos.”

The Gold Coast will officially bring in spring on 1 September with the return of Major Events Gold Coast’s newest free music festival, SPRINGTIME. The three-day festival on Surfers Paradise beach 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.

The 2023 lineup features homegrown favourites like Matt Corby, Bag Raiders and Boo Seeka with acclaimed international artist BENEE.

“We want this festival to present some of the best Australian contemporary artists as well as to celebrate and support the musical talent right here on the iconic Surfers Paradise beach,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth.

“In 2023 we’re stoked to welcome the incredible BENEE from New Zealand, Matt Corby and many more to the three-day lineup, plus we’ll have live mural artists, a pop-up skate plaza, DJ workshops and a massive interactive art installation inspired by retro arcade games. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

The festival kicks off on 1 September the day after the Gold Coast Music Awards which are proudly supported again this year by SPRINGTIME.

Groundwater Country Music Festival announces explosive second lineup

Just when you thought Groundwater Country Music Festival’s (CMF) 10th anniversary lineup couldn’t get any better, the award-winning Gold Coast festival has added even more big names to the bill.

The three-day free festival returns to Broadbeach from 20-22 October welcoming some of Australia’s finest country music acts plus some huge international guests.

After announcing a stacked first lineup including the undisputed ‘King of Country’ Lee Kernaghan, Maryland USA’s rising star Jackson Dean, Casey Barnes and Amber Lawrence, the second announcement heralds even more great talent including The Wolfe Brothers, Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Tori Forsyth, Melissa Carper and many more.

“We are determined to put on a party that our Groundwater CMF fans won’t ever forget as we celebrate 10 years of country music on the Gold Coast,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

“Not only will we be bringing back some of our festival favourites from over the years but also seeing some new faces on our Broadbeach stages. This lineup represents the best of the best in Australian country music, plus some incredible overseas acts you won’t want to miss.”

One of the highlights of the second lineup announcement is The Wolfe Brothers, the multi award-winning country rock duo from Tasmania. The Wolfe Brothers have been making waves in the Australian music scene for the past decade.

“Groundwater CMF is always one of the highlights of our touring year,” said Tom Wolfe. “The crowd, the location and the vibe never disappoint. We can’t wait to catch up with everyone at the legendary Groundwater Country Music Festival. See you there!”

Another exciting addition to the lineup is the dynamic duo of Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole, who will be performing songs from their latest album ‘The Great Country Songbook Volume III’. Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole are both Australian country music royalty, with multiple Golden Guitar awards, chart-topping albums and loyal fan bases between them. Having both wowed audiences with solo performances at Groundwater CMF over the years, Adam Harvey & Beccy Cole will be performing together this October.

Country music lovers won’t want to miss these three exciting US artists who are coming to Australia for the first time. Melissa Carper is a singer and stand-up bass player who sounds like she came straight from a vintage record. The Pink Stones hail from Athens, Georgia, pioneering the sounds of cosmic country. Last but never least, the charming and talented Summer Dean is a former school teacher from Texas who turned into a honky-tonk troubadour.

The 2023 line up has another surprise in store for all country music lovers – a debut performance and fresh new collaboration from one of Australian country music’s most unique and recognisable voices Kirsty Lee Akers.  Kirsty Lee is joined by her music-loving husband Jesse Anderson and showstopping lead guitarist Dan Ebbles and together they have formed Rhinestoned.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience some of Australia’s best country music and internationals, in one of the most beautiful and vibrant beachside destinations in Australia. Mark your calendars for 20-22 October 2023!
Groundwater CMF is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

New festival partnership a win for combating waste

More than 70% percent of all waste generated at this year’s Blues on Broadbeach on the Gold Coast was diverted from landfill thanks to a successful new partnership with waste management provider Clean Vibes.

Just over 37m3 of rubbish was diverted from landfill for recycling and reuse purposes, which equated to 71% of all waste generated from the festival. On top of this, more than 17,000 cans and bottles were recycled through the Containers for Change refund scheme.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said the results were very encouraging.

“To be able to divert from landfill more than 70% of the waste generated during our Blues on Broadbeach festival is a great win for the environment and we’re confident we can keep on improving our waste management practices across all MEGC’s festivals,” said Ms McCormick.

In March, Clean Vibes become the Official Cleaning and Waste Management Services Provider for all four of MEGC’s festivals in 2023, including Blues on Broadbeach, Cooly Rocks On and the upcoming SPRINGTIME and Groundwater Country Music Festival.

Some of the initiatives that have been introduced at MEGC’s festivals are waste sorting onsite and implementing the can and bottle return scheme. Clean Vibes also use waste stream bin covers to promote and educate festival patrons about waste separation, and the recent results show festival fans are getting on board to help do their bit to reduce waste.

There was so much organic waste collected and sorted onsite that the crew had to take over general waste bins for organic waste.

Clean Vibes National Operations Manager Nick Viner said the Blues on Broadbeach results were a great outcome for an unfenced free music festival layout.

“Blues on Broadbeach for 2023 was a huge success on the sustainability front with Clean Vibes working very closely with all stakeholders onsite to ensure that we could get the best results possible!” said Mr Viner. “With all vendors and bars onsite implementing compostable packaging, our team on ground could guarantee that all compostable products onsite were verified and approved for disposal through our onsite organic waste streams.”

Implementing the Containers for Change recycling scheme at the festival proved to be another win.

“Just over 17,000 eligible cans and bottles were processed for the Containers for Change program on top of our 71% of recycled or repurposed material,” Mr Viner said.

Due to this year’s Blues on Broadbeach results, next year Clean Vibes will look to order a 25m skip bin for organic waste, something that has never been done at one of MEGC’s festivals before.

The waste results were equally promising from MEGC’s Cooly Rocks On festival held in Coolangatta in June. The Clean Vibes report showed over 20% more waste was diverted from landfill in 2023 compared to 2022.

“As our festivals grow in popularity, we are faced with additional waste challenges,” said Ms McCormick. “We want to make sure we continue to give our fans the best possible festival experience and that means ensuring we are continually improving our practices when it comes to sustainable waste management. We also want to make sure our festivals don’t have a negative environmental impact on the beautiful locations we deliver them in.”

SPRINGTIME gets set to bloom with full program reveal

Live music, a pop-up skate plaza, mural artists and a huge interactive art installation inspired by retro arcade games is all set to land in Surfers Paradise for SPRINGTIME this September!

Less than one month out from the return of the Gold Coast’s newest free music, arts and skate festival SPRINGTIME has unveiled its program for three days and nights of good times making for the perfect spring long weekend.

With a stacked lineup of more than 30 artists across two stages, the Vans Skate Plaza, live art murals, a new participatory performance installation from the team behind 2022’s smash hit ‘The Cleaners’, DJ workshops and more, SPRINGTIME is once again set to blossom.

Kicking off on the Gold Coast’s ‘Show Day’ public holiday on Friday 1 September, day one of the three-day event kicks off at noon with live music from some of the country’s favourite artists, including sets from Brisbane pop act Sycco, electro-pop outfit Boo Seeka, internationally acclaimed group Girl and Girl who will be lighting up the newly-named Dr. Martens Street Stage, and a special DJ slot on the SPRINGTIME Beach Stage from beloved dance duo Bag Raiders.

Complementing the live music element of the program, live art mural painting will add even more colour to the festival, with the candy-coloured aesthetic of renowned Korean-Australian artist YEAHYEAHCHLOE and Yuggera – Minjungbal – Nyangbul – Ugarapul land duo Malara Rise both kickstarting their live mural painting showcases as part of the ever popular SPRINGTIME arts program.

For punters of all ages looking to engage directly with art and test their skills, the creative minds at Shock Therapy Arts are set to surprise SPRINGTIME fans with another hit – 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 lotta 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.

More than just art and music, SPRINGTIME will also welcome back the newly named Vans Skate Plaza. Kicking off at 12:00pm daily, the beach-side skatepark will showcase skate demos from some of the country’s most revered skateboarders, including Gold Coast locals Jesse Noonan, and 22-year-old Nixen Osborne and at just 17 years old, Newcastle local Rome Collyer across all three days of the festival. Experienced skaters are encouraged to come down to this Skaters Paradise and show off their skills as well.

Vans couldn’t be more excited to be teaming up with SPRINGTIME festival this year!” said the team at Vans. “We want this to be a place for self-expression and creativity, so come hang out and showcase your skills alongside some of Vans best riders!”

Music and fun will continue at the Paradise Centre shopping mall with an opportunity for budding DJs to hit the decks. For the first time, SPRINGTIME will be teaming up with Paradise Centre to provide people of all ages the chance to drop in and learn to spin the decks and mix like a pro, with a series of totally free workshops run by DJ Skool every day of the long weekend.

As the sun rises on day two of SPRINGTIME, get ready to enjoy another packed day of live music including a special performance from Sunshine & Disco Faith Choir, who will be bringing their unique live show of disco-house, gospel, and dancing from Melbourne to the beachfront, plus we welcome international superstar BENEE to the SPRINGTIME stage! Fresh from massive performances at Coachella, Splendour In The Grass and Day Trip Festival, the highly renowned Kiwi performer will guarantee good times on the Saturday night, totally free of charge!

For music fans still hungry for more on day three, SPRINGTIME will still be in full bloom with live sets from Gold Coast local Bella Amor, Eliza & The Delusionals, Perth multi-instrumentalist Mitch Santiago and Byron Bay psychedelic pop outfit Babe Rainbow.

As the sun sets on the final day of SPRINGTIME, audiences are invited to round out the weekend with the sand between their toes down at the Beach Stage, as iconic Australian artist Matt Corby slows things down, bringing his signature mix of indie, soul and folk for a not-to-be-missed set on the beachfront.

“We can’t believe it’s less than a month now until we bring in spring with a bang, at the second annual SPRINGTIME,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth. “The 2023 program is really going to shine a spotlight on the range of musical talent we have here in Australia and right in our backyard on the Gold Coast. We’re also pumped to welcome the incredible BENEE to the SPRINGTIME Beach Stage from New Zealand.”

SPRINGTIME is proud to again be partnering with the Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMAs) in 2023 to celebrate and support the local music scene. The festival will be kicking off the fun early at the GCMAs after-party presented by SPRINGTIME on Thursday 31 August at Home of the Arts (HOTA).

The good vibes and live music will continue across Surfer Paradise all long weekend in our Friends of SPRINGTIME venues. Visit springtimegc.com for more information.

Plan your long weekend of live music, entertainment and good times on the beach by downloading the SPRINGTIME festival app. Spring can’t come soon enough!

The Quest of Chaos project received funding from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.