Pearl Jam to kick off Australian tour on the Gold Coast

Iconic American rock band Pearl Jam will heat up Heritage Bank Stadium this November, the first Australian stop on the band’s Dark Matter World Tour 2024 announced today.

It has been a decade since Pearl Jam last performed in the country in 2014, and promoters are expecting more than 40,000 fans to rush to secure tickets to the band’s first show on the Gold Coast, and only Queensland concert.

“Securing the first stop of an Australian tour, and a Queensland-exclusive, for one of the biggest rock bands of all time is a huge coup for the Gold Coast,” said Experience Gold Coast CEO John Warn.

“Australian fans haven’t had the chance to see Pearl Jam for a very long time and we’re expecting a lot of people to travel here from across the state, and indeed the country, for the opportunity to experience the epic live performance these rock legends are known for.”

Including the Gold Coast, Pearl Jam will play just three cities while in Australia, with stops in both Melbourne and Sydney. The limited number of Australian cities included in the tour makes the Gold Coast concert and holiday experience particularly enticing for music fans from other states including South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Supporting Pearl Jam on the Gold Coast will be another rare music treat for fans, the groundbreaking alternative rock band, the Pixies.

Live Nation, Senior Vice President – Concerts & Touring, Mark Vaughan said: “Hot on the heels of Harry Styles and P!nk, Live Nation is proud to be bringing back global rock icons Pearl Jam to the Gold Coast. This isn’t just a concert, it’s a history-making event.

“With huge demand for live music in the city, we are committed to growing live entertainment and not just because fans of the Goldy love to come out to play, but because these events are important for boosting the local economy, driving tourism, and supporting hundreds of businesses and jobs!”

Pearl Jam joins a growing list of international music acts choosing to add a Gold Coast stop to their Australian tours with three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, performer, and international pop icon P!nk to bring her Summer Carnival 2024 tour to the beachside city later this month.

Final tickets are still available for P!nk’s Heritage Bank Stadium show on Tuesday 20 February with close to 50,000 fans expected.

Experience Gold Coast CEO John Warn said securing more global music acts is part of the city’s broader event attraction strategy.

“We want the Gold Coast to become a must-stop on the touring schedule for international artists and the fact that Harry Styles, Paul McCartney, Guns ‘N Roses, P!nk, and now Pearl Jam, have all chosen to come and perform at Heritage Bank Stadium, shows this city is well and truly on the way to achieving that.”

Fans are urged to register for Pearl Jam’s long-awaited Australian Tour and Gold Coast show from today via Ticketmaster. Full details can be found here.

 

The Gold Coast gets ready to welcome music icon Paul McCartney

On Saturday 4 November, iconic singer-songwriter and performer Paul McCartney will perform for the first time on the Gold Coast, and the city is more than ready to welcome the music legend.

Paul McCartney’s performance at Heritage Bank Stadium will be the final show on the Australian leg of his acclaimed ‘Got Back’ Tour, with the stadium preparing for tens of thousands of fans to descend on Carrara to enjoy this not-to-be-missed show.

The stadium’s General Manager Tim Carey said the event would be another international blockbuster for the Gold Coast community to enjoy.

“At Heritage Bank Stadium we pride ourselves on being able to deliver world-class events right here on the Gold Coast,” Mr Carey said.“Our city has now become a premier location for touring artists to visit and we are excited to welcome Paul McCartney to our ever-growing list of international acts hosted at Heritage Bank Stadium.”

“The stage is set and we’re looking forward to seeing Paul McCartney bring Heritage Bank Stadium to life on Saturday night.”

With just over 24 hours until Paul McCartney takes to the stage, the production and catering bump in is in full swing with the stadium revealing what goes into preparing for a show of this size.

Not only does it take a full week to transition the stadium from an AFLW match on Friday 27 October to Paul McCartney on Saturday 4 November but 20,000sqm of turf protection needs to be laid out and 14,000 temporary seats installed on the footy field.

The stadium’s catering team are readying themselves for a big night, estimating that concert goers will consume 3,500 cups of hot chips,1000 hot dogs,17,000 beers and 5,000 bottles of water. Then when the show is over 25 x 40ft trucks full of Tour production equipment will be shipped out, within two hours of the closing song.

“This is going to be a once in a lifetime performance you don’t want to miss,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

“To have Paul McCartney choose to play his final Australian concert of the tour in our city sends a message to the world that we put on great shows and we are determined to continue to attract the world’s best artists to our shores.”

If you haven’t already secured your tickets, there are still limited tickets available through Ticketek.

Heritage Bank Stadium is encouraging fans attending Saturday’s concert to get there early to avoid queues. Gates open at 5:00pm (early access available from 3:00pm) with the concert scheduled to start at 7:00pm.

Public transport to the stadium is free on QLD Rail and Kinetic Buses. Visit Translink for more information.

Acting CEO of Experience Gold Coast Rachel Hancock said businesses and hotels across the Gold Coast are gearing up for a busy weekend.

“Our STR Accommodation Report is showing really strong bookings over this weekend for Paul McCartney with occupancy up around 88% for Saturday night which is terrific and up on this time last year,” said Ms Hancock. “Recent trends tell us we can still expect some last-minute bookings as well so we’re anticipating Paul McCartney’s concert will bring a significant boost for the local economy.”