Gold Coast Music Awards organisers this week announced the lineup of live entertainment for the gala awards event.

The free, all-ages concert, which takes place on a massive festival-sized stage on the beach opens Surfers Paradise Live on Thursday 3 May and is followed by three days and nights of non-stop, free entertainment throughout the Surfers Paradise central precinct.

Bobby Alu will headline this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards live lineup, with Electrik Lemonade, Hussy Hicks and Eliza and the Delusionals also on the bill.

The live concert runs alongside the Gold Coast Music Awards gala ceremony which takes place in a ticketed marquee on the sand adjacent. Last year, some 3000 people attended with Amy Shark the star of the show.

Consolidating its place on the nation’s music radar, Gold Coast Music Awards director Samantha Morris said that the Awards had a successful move to Surfers Paradise last year with a sold-out VIP event and local artists Amy Shark, Hanlon Brothers, Aquila Young and Yes Sir Noceur attracting thousands to the precinct for the live show.

“We literally roll the red carpet out along the Surfers Paradise foreshore,” Samantha said. “We continue to attract national attention to the City’s burgeoning music scene, celebrating local artists’ successes and bringing the industry together for a big celebration of all that is great for Gold Coast music.”

“Amy Shark is flying the flag loud and proud for Gold Coast music, and we have an incredible calibre of talent following closely behind.”

“Jesswar and Bleeding Knees Club to Karl S Williams , Eliza and the Delusionals, Ivey, Lane Harry x Ike Cambpell, Lastlings and PACES are all achieving big things in the national space.”

“We have local musicians touring the world, supporting international stars, kicking big goals here and further afield and these awards help celebrate those achievements.”

“As well as all of that homegrown talent, an increasing number of artists are choosing to move here and to lay down roots on the Gold Coast,” she said. “That’s pretty exciting for the future of Gold Coast music.”

“Our partnership with Surfers Paradise LIVE provides us with an enormous festival-sized stage and enables us to further elevate the city’s talent to national audiences by adding more Gold Coast artists to the bill.”

This year, Surfers Paradise LIVE includes its biggest Gold Coast contingent yet, bringing some of the city’s best local live performers into the fray like Black Rabbit George, Benny D Williams, Mistram, Lane Harry x Ike Campbell and Hussy Hicks supporting Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens and Kate Ceberano with another headliner soon to be announced.

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said the partnership with the Gold Coast Music Awards was about supporting the Gold Coast’s music industry and nurturing home-grown talent, as well as putting the Surfers Paradise LIVE program on the national map.

“Surfers Paradise LIVE continues to enjoy rapid growth and received bronze in the Major Festival and Events category at last month’s QTIC Awards,” Mr Winlaw said.

“We are proud of our partnership with the Gold Coast Music Awards and created Surfers Paradise LIVE three years ago to bring live music back to the heart of the Gold Coast.

“We will be making a major headline announcement next month for Surfers Paradise LIVE that is sure to draw massive crowds.”

With a brand-new category ‘Live Act of the Year’ added to the mix, the esteemed panel of independent judges will name the region’s best talents and achievements in the categories of Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Breakout Artist of the Year, Event of the Year, Live Act of the Year, Song of the Year, Venue of the Year and Video of the Year.

The Gold Coast Music Awards is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and presented by Surfers Paradise Alliance.

Gold Coast Music Awards live artists

Gold Coast Music Awards and Surfers Paradise Live! present

Free all-ages concert | Surfers Paradise beach| 6pm – 10pm Thursday 3 May.

Bobby Alu

Multi award-winning artist, Bobby Alu will headline the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards’ free live music concert. As one of Australia’s top drummers performing around the world for the past 6 years most recently for Xavier Rudd, it was a swift progression stepping out from behind the drumkit to take the mic. Whether it’s with just him and the baritone ukulele or backed by a slick charismatic band Bobby is known for his signature smooth hammock music & high vibes, making them an Australian festival favourite.

Hussy Hicks

Award-winning Gold Coast duo, Hussy Hicks bring their fearlessly independent, genre-defying music to the 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards fresh from sharing their good vibes across festival stages and venues throughout Europe, America and Australia.

Electrik Lemonade

Since their debut in December 2010, Electrik Lemonade’s live performances have rapidly grown as they play to crowds at premiere live music venues & festivals up and down the East Coast. These Gold Coast funklords are set to play 2018 Gold Coast Music Awards free live concert.

Eliza & The Delusionals

Acclaimed indie rock band Eliza & The Delusionals are one of the most exciting groups breaking out of the Australian music scene. Led by colourful front woman Eliza Klatt, they have been making waves since their inception in early 2015, with a sound that has been likened to that of Catfish & The Bottlemen and Alex Lahey.