Whilst the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games brings worldwide exposure and tourism dollars to Queensland and the opportunity for Australia to thrash 50+ mostly poorer nations in various sporting events over the course of 12 days, it is Festival 2018 running in conjunction with the games that should have arts and music lovers excited.

A feast of free entertainment including live music, dance, circus, art installations and cultural performances are scheduled across numerous venues on the Gold Coast, Brisbane and elsewhere in Queensland.


Hot on the heels of an extensive international tour, Gold Coast-based singer/songwriter Amy Shark kicked off the live music program with a triumphant homecoming performance on the Queensland Music Stage at Broadbeach on Wednesday night (April 4) with images from the event here.

Other artists scheduled to perform at various venues over the course of the Festival include Meg Mac, Sahara Beck, Regurgitator, Archie Roach, Abbe May, Airling, Kate Miller-Heidke, Alex the Astronaut, Stella Donnelly and The Preatures, while the number of other events scheduled are too numerous to outline here.

Details of all shows and events featuring as part of Festival 2018 are available on the Festival 2018 website or Facebook.