The countdown is on to Cooly Rocks On

Fans of the cars, music and lifestyle of yesteryear are counting down to the annual must-do on the calendar with less than a month to go until crowds make the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast for Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On.

Festival organisers have unveiled the 2024 program and are expecting over 160,000 people to roll into the iconic beachside precinct of Coolangatta from 5-9 June.

Attendees can immerse themselves in a packed program of free live music on outdoor stages and indoor venues throughout the precinct, in addition to ticketed shows, while being transported back in time to the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s over five massive days.

Gracing the festival stages this year are highly acclaimed international Elvis Tribute Artists Dwight Icenhower (USA) and Louis Brown (UK), along with a number of home-grown acts representing some of the best rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, swing and tribute artists the country has to offer.

Names like the internationally recognised rockabilly star Pat Capocci, Teddy Boy band The Lincolns and festival newcomers Perth’s Bang Bang Betty & The H-Bombs can’t wait to transport audiences back to a time when life was simpler.

The Perth group is bringing its cocktail of hot swing, jump blues and wild rock ‘n’ roll to Cooly Rocks On for the first time with festival goers having the chance to kick up their heels.

We are primed, ticking and ready to explode at this year’s Cooly Rocks On festival – we can’t wait to join the rockin’ party!” said Betty from Bang Bang Betty & the H-Bombs.

Taking Care of Business in the Elvis Precinct is USA’s Dwight Icenhower, widely considered one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world.

He boasts 75 ‘First Place’ awards in contests across the globe and became the only Elvis Tribute Artist in history to win four world championship titles consecutively during Elvis Week in Memphis, USA.

This will be the first time Cooly Rocks On fans can see Dwight on the Coolangatta stage with performances spanning Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

He’ll be joined by the incredibly talented Louis Brown (UK).

Just announced to join this year’s Elvis Precinct program is 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner Damian Mullin. Fresh from performing in the UK, this highly acclaimed artist from Victoria is known for his exceptional style and voice which remarkably captures the essence of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

True Elvis fans can’t afford to miss all three rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, one of only two contests in Australia sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises with the winner set to compete in Memphis later this year.

Tickets are still available for all three rounds of the contest which are sure to be snapped up quickly.

15-year-old industry rising star Charlie Gaylard is ready to wow audiences with his uncanny resemblance to the King. Joining him is crowd favourite Jack Gatto who doesn’t want the next generation to miss out on the music or legend that is Elvis Presley.

VIP Legends Passes are almost sold out, with pass holders to be treated like The King, receiving everything from premium seating inside the Elvis Marquee to meet and greets with international headliners, goodie bags, exclusive events and more through five rockin’ days of jam-packed entertainment worth over $1000 in value for just $499.

Tickets are also available for hotly anticipated feature shows including The Beatnix, regarded as one of the best Beatles tribute shows in Australia and the dynamic Australian tribute band Creedence Clearwater Survival who are preparing to put on a powerhouse performance with hits including Green River, Bad Moon Rising and Fortunate Son.

Other notable artists this year include Jake & The Cadillacs, Ella Fontaine & the Sugarshakers and more!

Take some time between dancing to meander through the festival’s Nostalgia Markets, wander through Kustomville or check out one of the country’s biggest collections of classic cars, customs, hot rods and more in the renowned Cooly Rocks On Show ‘N’ Shine.

The Saturday Night Car Cruise made an epic comeback last year and is sure to be a huge success again on Saturday 8 June.

Bringing back the popular Saturday Night Car Cruise in 2023 was a real highlight for the festival and another opportunity for our entrants to show off their pride and joy,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

There’s nothing quite like the spectacle of 250 classics, hot rods, muscle cars and more cruising through the streets of this iconic beachside destination and we’re expecting the crowds to line the streets again this year to watch the cruise, and of course marvel at the 900-plus cars on display in the Show ‘N’ Shine.”

The Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant is always a popular attraction with entrants from as far afield as the USA. Festival goers have the opportunity to meet and greet the contestants at the pageant Sashing Ceremony on Wednesday 5 June or find the finalists wandering around the precinct enjoying the festival.

‘Park N Ride’ will once again be offered to save the hassle of finding a park. On Saturday and Sunday buses will be running every half hour from 8.30am between 4 Boyd St, Tugun (Betty Diamond Park) and 15 Marine Parade. It is then a short 600m walk around the Kirra headland to the festival precinct. Just a $5 contribution (per person) to the State Emergency Service to Park N Ride (includes return bus trip).

Download the official Cooly Rocks On Festival App to plan your five-day festival experience so you don’t miss a minute of this unique award-winning festival.

Cooly Rocks On is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.

The world’s most elite surfing series returns to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast has secured the rights to host a World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour event at Snapper Rocks for the next four years.

The World Surf League has announced the iconic point break will return to the Championship Tour schedule from 2025-2028, after a five-year hiatus.

The sand-bottomed break, nestled within the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve, has long been a favourite location for the globe’s best surfers.

Experience Gold Coast CEO John Warn said resecuring the WSL Championship Tour was a massive coup for the Gold Coast.

Snapper Rocks is renowned as one of the world’s best surfing breaks and has a long history hosting world-class competition, so we were determined to work with WSL and Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) to bring this elite series back the Gold Coast,” said Mr Warn.

The Championship Tour is the absolute highest level of professional surfing, so we can expect to witness the world’s biggest names in surfing competing here each year while the global broadcast showcases one of the Gold Coast’s most spectacular destinations. For surfing fans and aspiring Tour contenders this is an incredible coup.”

WSL APAC President Andrew Stark said WSL was absolutely thrilled to see Snapper Rocks once again become a stop on the elite Championship Tour.

It’s an event with a fantastic history, held in a location that has professional surfing in its DNA,” said Mr Stark. “The long, perfect reeling walls of the ‘Super Bank’ is one of the wonders of the surfing world, and we can’t wait to see the world’s best competing for world championship points on one of the planet’s most high-performance waves.

The event returning to the Tour wouldn’t be possible without the support of the City of Gold Coast through Experience Gold Coast and the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland. We sincerely thank them for the support and for partnering with WSL to return the Tour to one of its favourite stops for both fans and competitors alike.

Snapper Rocks

We are thrilled to have secured the rights to bring the Championship Tour event back to the Gold Coast,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

Snapper Rocks is an iconic point break that holds a special place in the hearts of surfers here and worldwide, and we’re proud to bring this elite series back to our famous shores.

We look forward to showcasing not only the Gold Coast’s renowned surf breaks, but all that the southern Gold Coast has to offer, and I encourage all Gold Coasters and visitors to come down and enjoy the action!

Dates for the Snapper Rocks event and the full 2025 WSL Championship Tour schedule will be released later this year.

Acclaimed Bluesman Jon Cleary and Memphis’ Hi Rhythm Section to play iconic Blues festival

New Orleans based Grammy Award-winning musician Jon Cleary will be gracing the Blues on Broadbeach stage this May, announced as part of a stacked second lineup that will also feature the revered Hi Rhythm Section, considered by some as the best musicians Memphis has ever produced.

They’ll be joined by Melburnian roots-rocker Dallas Frasca, three-piece NSW band Chase The Sun and dozens more, bolstering an already explosive bill that includes blues-rock legends Melissa Etheridge (USA), Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton (USA) and Ana Popovic (USA) as well as Eric Bibb (USA) and returning local talent Lloyd Spiegel.

The now iconic Gold Coast festival has pulled out all the stops in 2024 presenting one of its strongest lineups to date and is set to drench the beachside city in rhythm and blues over four epic days from 16-19 May.

British-born multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer Jon Cleary cut his eye-teeth on blues, jazz and soul records, playing with bluesmen Smokey Johnson, James Singleton and George Porter before forming his own band. As a respected session and sideman, Jon has worked with other beloved rock, blues and soul artists like Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and Eric Clapton. The Absolute Monster Gentlemen has released six albums including Grammy-winning album ‘Go Go Juice’.

Straight from Memphis, home of blues, soul and rock n’ roll we welcome the acclaimed Hi Rhythm Section who have played on 26 consecutive gold and platinum records and countless chart hits alongside artists like Ann Peebles and Al Green.

The band will be joined at Blues on Broadbeach by Grammy Award-winning producer Boo Mitchell—son of legendary Hi Records and Al Green producer, Willie Mitchell— singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lina Beach, who joined the group in 2023, and soulful vocalist and much-loved Memphis performer Jerome Chism.

This all-star collective will be celebrating 10 years of the critically acclaimed documentary Take Me to the River, with songs from the film to be performed during their set; the perfect Memphis occasion to include in the Gold Coast festivities.

Working with Memphis Tourism to bring this iconic group to our shores, Blues on Broadbeach will be Hi Rhythm Section’s only public performance in Australia.

“Making my way to Australia for the 2024 Blues on Broadbeach is such a thrill, and to be doing it alongside the legendary Hi Rhythm Section makes it even more special. We can’t wait to bring the cool sounds that Memphis is so famous for, to the iconic blues festival on the Gold Coast.” – Boo Mitchell

Melburnian roots-rocker Dallas Frasca will bring her one-woman show filled with fiery charisma to the Broadbeach stage. Known for her almighty presence on the mic and raw, powerful energy, Dallas exudes the very essence of what roots music should be. Dallas is a stand-out in her class and boasts many accolades including an ARIA Top 10 charting album, ‘Artist of the Year’ at the Independent Music Awards, and an endorsement from Guns N’ Roses icon Slash on her commendable vocals, riffs and grooves.

Three-piece band Chase The Sun are celebrating 18 years together in 2024. What better way to do so than by rocking the blues for the crowds at Broadbeach? This will be the first time the band has performed at Broadbeach for many years, so blues fans are in for a treat. Long-time audience favourites from festivals all over Australia and the world, their style is a heady mix of loud guitar blues, blazing hard funk and cranking ‘70s southern rock.

“Be prepared for a musical feast this May as we continue to stack more incredible new artists on what is already one of Blues on Broadbeach’s strongest lineups,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth. “Some of the world’s best Blues artists will be here for the festival and fans will be hard pressed not to make the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast this year!”

Now in its 23rd year, Blues on Broadbeach invites 2024 festivalgoers to find their rhythm on the Gold Coast with their most electrifying lineup yet.

Block out 16-19 May in your calendar and start planning your true Blues getaway.

WATCH LINEUP VIDEO

Blues on Broadbeach is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.

International reggae-soul act headlines expanded Blues on Broadbeach program

Blues on Broadbeach (16-19 May) just got bigger, revealing yet another reason for music fans to make the pilgrimage to the festival on the Gold Coast in 2024.

On Sunday 19 May, Kurrawa Park will play host to a special lineup exclusive to ticket holders, featuring New Zealand genre-bending powerhouse Fat Freddy’s Drop with their only Australian show this year, local music innovators Tijuana Cartel, and electric creatives BOOMCHILD.

The Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket will be on sale from 9AM AEST Wednesday 28 February for $119 + booking fee and $189 + booking fee for VIP tickets.

Celebrating all things, rhythm, soul, reggae and everything in between, you won’t want to miss this cocktail of talent! Add to that the regular stacked four-day Blues on Broadbeach program and you have an unforgettable festival experience.

This year’s non-ticketed Blues on Broadbeach program is already set to make the Gold Coast rock with headline acts including blues-rock legend Melissa Etheridge (USA), Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton (USA), Ana Popovic (USA), revered bluesman Eric Bibb (USA), and returning favourite Lloyd Spiegel. With an incredible lineup of powerhouse performers, and plenty more artists still to be announced, the new Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket will only add more on the musical scale to an already massive Sunday program at Broadbeach.

Festival Director, Mark Duckworth says the Blues on Broadbeach team are always looking for ways to elevate the festival experience and grow their fan base.

“Blues on Broadbeach continues to build a loyal tribe of fans who make the trek across the country and from overseas every year to enjoy four epic days of live music on the Gold Coast,” said Mark.

“We wanted to enhance the festival experience for those fans, and attract new audiences as well, by offering a special ticketed experience featuring more incredible acts, this year we are stoked to showcase one of the world’s best reggae and soul live acts New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop.

“The Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket will mean Blues on Broadbeach can continue to grow bringing more international acts to the Gold Coast for our audiences to experience and enjoy.”

Aotearoa New Zealand’s seven-piece electronic-reggae-soul act Fat Freddy’s Drop are Kurrawa Park’s inaugural headliners. Globally regarded as one of the world’s finest live acts, their sound is a euphoric blend of dub, reggae, soul, jazz, techno, and rhythm & blues.

“After a quiet summer deep in the studio working on a new album, we’re very excited to get out, have a stretch and a play, and connect with our Gold Coast fans. This will be a blast before getting into the final stages of finishing our album. See you at the legendary Blues on Broadbeach!” – Fat Freddy’s Drop.

Blues on Broadbeach is the only Australian show this year for Fat Freddy’s Drop.

Adding to the Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket offering is Gold Coast’s own Tijuana Cartel. The band have been called one of Australia’s most exciting live acts, taking a psychedelic, atmospheric approach to songwriting and folding in worldly sonic splashes reminiscent of the Middle East, Spain and India.

Sydney collective BOOMCHILD brings together RnB, electronic, hip hop, soul and funk leaning into their individuality to create something truly unique and refreshing.

Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket is proudly presented by Blues on Broadbeach. For more info and details on registering for the exclusive pre-sale visit www.bluesonbroadbeach.com.au

Now in its 23rd year, the iconic and award-winning Blues on Broadbeach is continuing to grow alongside its audience and is proud to keep bringing the best of blues and roots to the Gold Coast every year.

Mark 16-19 May in your diaries and start planning your musical feast.

Blues on Broadbeach is proudly produced by Experience Gold Coast and is supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.

 

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.

 

Cooly Rocks On revs up with tickets now on sale

Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On, returns to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast from 5-9 June ready to celebrate the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear with organisers gearing up for huge crowds.

Ticketed shows at the award-winning festival are now on sale including the highly anticipated Show ‘N’ Shine – one of the country’s biggest showcases of classic cars.

The incredible display runs over the weekend on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, now spanning seven zones and showcasing over 900 cars throughout the iconic beachside precinct. Open to vehicles manufactured prior to and including 1979, featuring classic cars, hot rods, and more, the Cooly Rocks On Show ‘N’ Shine is on the bucket list for car enthusiasts across the country and is free for spectators.

“In terms of spectator numbers, this is the biggest car show in Queensland. There are no other car shows that compare to Cooly Rocks On. The atmosphere is electric. There’s something so unique and special about seeing all of these cars on show and cruising the streets,” said Shannons Insurance Business Development Manager Phil Ross.

“The beach culture also adds to the atmosphere of the car show. There are American cars, Aussie cars, British cars, muscle cars and more. This year at Shannons we are focusing on the 60th anniversary of the launch of the iconic Ford Mustang.”

For those eager to start their engines early, the Early Bird Show ‘N’ Shine will be held on Thursday 6 June and Friday 7 June with tickets now available.

The five-day festival is free to attend with bespoke ticketed offerings available for those who wish to elevate their Cooly Rocks On 2024 experience.

Dancers can look forward to jitterbugging the night away at their favourite sell-out event, the Moonlight Swing Dance to be hosted in the Elvis Marquee on the Coolangatta beachfront on Thursday 6 June. Plus, they can close out their festival experience with the Beachside Rock ‘N’ Roll Dance on Sunday 9 June.

Elvis Presley fans are also in for a treat, with the Era’s of Elvis featuring Louis Brown (USA), Che Orton (NZ), Jack Gatto and Charlie Gaylard on Wednesday 5 June and ELVIS! From Hollywood to New York City! featuring Dwight Icenhower (USA) on Friday 7 June.

Considered one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world, with five world-championships under his lavish belt, Dwight Icenhower will be Taking Care of Business as one of three international headline Elvis acts gracing Coolangatta this year.

Tickets are also now on sale for all three rounds of the Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist (UETA) Contest. Attracting some of the best tribute artists in the country and overseas, this renowned annual contest is one of only two in Australia sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises with the winner going on to represent Cooly Rocks On in Memphis later this year.

On Saturday 8 June, music lovers can secure a ticket to take a ride back in time for The Beatnix Show, regarded as one of the best Beatles tribute shows in Australia. Later that evening the Creedence Clearwater Survival Show will revive the energy of the band’s iconic powerhouse performances on stage in the Elvis Marquee.

Tickets are almost sold out for the festival’s exclusive VIP Legends Passes providing fans with the ultimate Elvis inspired experience including premium seating, VIP drink service, exclusive events and performances, a meet and greet with Dwight Icenhower, Louis Brown and fellow Elvis Tribute Artists, VIP Legends goodie bags and much more. With over $1,000 in value, pass holders can get the ultimate VIP Elvis experience for just $499 but will need to be quick!

Applications are also now open for the 2024 Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant, with both a ‘Classic’ and ‘Rockabilly’ crown up for grabs this year. The pageant is all inclusive and attracts entries from as far afield as the USA and New Zealand, and is a highlight of the annual festival.

“Aussies have a wonderful connection to the music and culture of yesteryear. Holden cars, rock ’n’ roll and trips to the beach remain some of the fondest memories of decades gone by,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

“Making the annual pilgrimage to the iconic Coolangatta foreshore for Cooly Rocks On is becoming a rite of passage for nostalgia lovers and classic car owners and our fan base has really grown in recent years. In 2023 we saw record crowds again, with close to 160,000 people enjoying the festival in perfect winter sunshine. Whether you’re 16 or 60 there is something for everyone at Cooly Rocks On.”

In addition to the ticketed shows, fans of rock ’n’ roll, rockabilly and swing music can immerse themselves in the packed program of free live music on outdoor and indoor stages throughout Coolangatta, featuring some of Australia’s best acts. Keep an eye out for the music lineup to be announced in the coming months.

Cooly Rocks On is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.

 

Three huge international Elvis Tribute Artists head to Cooly Rocks On 2024

Considered one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world, with five world-championships under his lavish belt, the USA’s Dwight Icenhower will be Taking Care of Business as one of three international headline Elvis acts at Cooly Rocks On this June.

The highly acclaimed performer will be joined on the Gold Coast by the incredibly talented Louis Brown from the UK and 2023 Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner, NZ’s Che Orton.

Dwight Icenhower has mastered the 50s, 60s, and 70s eras of Elvis’ career and has performed with many of Elvis’ original musicians, such as The Jordanaires, The Stamps Quartet, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Gerchio, DJ Fontana and Duke Bardwell.

He won 75 ‘First Place’ awards in contests across the globe and became the only Elvis Tribute Artist in history to win four world championship titles consecutively during Elvis Week in Memphis, USA. This will be the first time Cooly Rocks On fans can see Dwight on the Coolangatta stage.

“I can’t wait to come and perform for you all at the next Cooly Rocks On! I would absolutely love to see all my Australian friends and fans come out and rock with me and the other fantastic entertainers! If you love, great music, and especially Elvis, there’s only one place to be and that’s Cooly Rocks On. Let’s Rock ’n’ Roll!” – Dwight Icenhower.

“The Elvis Precinct has become a huge fan favourite at Cooly Rocks On and the team wanted to provide another unmissable experience,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

“This year we are stoked to welcome to the festival three phenomenal tribute artists from across the globe, who are sure to rock the Coolangatta crowd. We have also created some special events for our VIP Legends Pass holders”

Coming all the way from East Yorkshire, Louis Brown is quickly rising to the top in the Elvis Tribute Artist world and will be putting on his Blue Suede Shoes ready to bring some energy to the Gold Coast.

The multi-award-winning artist specialises in performing The King’s music from the early years of Elvis’ career from the Sun Sessions through to the Hollywood Movie Years.

A festival favourite that needs no introduction to Cooly Rocks On fans, Che Orton, is back in 2024. After winning the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest back in June 2023, the New Zealand-based performer ranked in the top five Elvis Tribute Artists in the world at Elvis Week in Memphis this year.

Beyond his remarkable performances, Che’s attention to detail shines in every aspect of his tribute show. He proudly rocks replica Elvis suits, and his jewellery is crafted by the same jeweller who adorned The King himself. With a voice that resonates with the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest icon, Che continues to captivate audiences and leave an indelible mark on the world of entertainment.

The first chance fans will have to secure tickets to these not-to-be-missed performances is by purchasing one of the festival’s exclusive VIP Legends Passes, on general sale at 9AM (AEST) on Wednesday 13 December.

Now in its fourth year, the Cooly Rocks On VIP Legends Pass provides Elvis devotees with the ultimate Elvis inspired experience including premium seating, VIP drink service, exclusive events including entry to the Cooly Rocks On VIP Legends Pass opening event and the annual Elvis Karaoke after party, memorabilia bags and much more.

The passes also provide entry to all three rounds of the Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, an official preliminary contest for Elvis Week at Graceland, one of only two contests in Australia sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

For the first time, VIP Legends Pass holders will also be invited to enjoy an exclusive night at the movies. The night includes a candy bar performance from host Dwight Icenhower who will select his favourite songs from Elvis’s film career, then passholders can immerse themselves in Australia’s largest first-class cinema experience, settle back and watch one of The King’s finest Hollywood moments.

The five-day Cooly Rocks On festival, proudly produced by Experience Gold Coast, is held in the iconic beachside destination of Coolangatta from 5 – 9 June, and not only celebrates the music of yesteryear but the lifestyle and, of course, the motors. The hugely popular festival has one of Australia’s largest showcases of cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s, including classics, hot rods, customs and muscle cars. While the Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant attracts entrants from as far afield as the USA and New Zealand.

Record crowds from across Australia and overseas attended the festival in 2023 and with a host of international tribute artists set to take to the stage as well as the best rockabilly, rock ’n’ roll and swing acts, the 2024 festival is going to be bigger and better than ever.

2023 VIP Legends Pass holders will have exclusive access to presale tickets at 9AM (AEST) on Tuesday 12 December a day ahead of the general sale. With over $1,000 in value, you can get the ultimate VIP Elvis experience for just $499! To buy tickets visit the Cooly Rocks On website. General Admission tickets will also be available for shows in the Elvis Marquee from early 2024.

Cooly Rocks On is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

 

The Gold Coast capitalises on new sporting craze

The Gold Coast community has already embraced one of the country’s fasting growing sports with pickleball clubs springing up all over the coast, and now the city has secured the right to host the sports’ biggest competition, the Australian Pickleball Championships.

The four-year deal secured by Experience Gold Coast will see professional and amateur pickleball players descend on the Gold Coast for six days every October from 2024-2027, with numbers expected to grow year-on-year starting with close to 1000 players in 2024.

Pickleball’s popularity has exploded across the country and we’re excited to be part of the sport’s exceptional growth by hosting its premier event on the Gold Coast for the next four years,” said Experience Gold Coast CEO John Warn.

“We’re proud to be able to add pickleball to the city’s already diverse and vibrant calendar of major events. These mass participation sporting events don’t just provide a significant economic boost for the local visitor economy but showcase our incredible destination to the rest of the country at the same time.”

Pickleball is a paddle sport played with two or four people that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Originating in the US back in the 60s, the humble backyard game soon boomed with clubs in every US state, then in more than 60 countries. The fast-growing sport found its way to Australia in 2015, where an estimated 30,000 now play the sport socially across the country with close to 140 clubs.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said that as the city with the largest pickleball association in Queensland, and Australia, it made sense to hold the national championships here.

“Pickleball is booming around the country and nowhere more so than right here on the Gold Coast where some of Australia’s top pickleball champions live and play,” said Mayor Tom Tate.

“We can’t wait to welcome the 1000-plus players and their supporters to our city for the first time in 2024 for this six-day festival of pickleball. Give me a paddle and let’s see what all the fuss is about!”

The 2024 Australian Pickleball Championship will be held at KDV Sport in Carrara from 2-7 October, with the sport and lifestyle facility set to be transformed into the official home of pickleball over the six days.

Spectators are invited to not just watch the action on court but pick up a paddle and give it a go themselves.

“Pickleball Australia are delighted to bring the 2024-2027 Australian Pickleball Championships to the Gold Coast,” said Brendan Lee, Executive Officer of Pickleball Australia. “The Gold Coast is the perfect location for our pickleball community to come together to crown our nation’s best and celebrate Australia’s fastest-growing sport.”

“As we close in on 10,000 official members nationwide and approximately 30,000 participants, we know our members from around Australia and the world will flock to the event to experience the festival-like atmosphere and test themselves against Australia’s best. The Gold Coast is home to many of Australia’s top opens, senior, junior and para-pickleball players including Sarah Burr, Dion Reweti, Jenny and Raymond Ware and Oliver Gray.”

“The 2023 Championships saw more than 700 participants compete at Blacktown in Western Sydney and we believe we will see the 2024 event eclipse 1000 entries and set a new Southern Hemisphere record.”

The 2024 Australian Pickleball Championships will also be livestreamed.