As the reputation of Gold Coast’s cultural scene breaks out of the confines of the city, a partnership between Woodford Folk Festival and the City of Gold Coast has evolved. This year, over ten acts with strong links to the southern sibling of the Sunshine Coast are scheduled to perform at Woodford, resulting in a move some describe as a ‘Gold Rush’.
Hanlon Brothers, the reigning Emerging Artist of the Year at the Gold Coast Music Awards, get people moving on the Woodford dance floors with their hiphop and funk tunes. Beyond the Hanlons, Gold Coaster Nadia Sunde performs 19 times in a variety of acts including the Inaugural Dance Affair, The Treasure of Captain Curlylocks and with The Bella Fontes. The diversity of talent is unique, but very Woodfordesque, with speakers, children’s entertainers, dancers, theatre performances and musicians filling the bill.
It is hoped that as the Commonwealth Games approaches in 2018, the partnership can continue to develop for mutual benefit of both the Queensland Folk Federation and the Gold Coast cultural scene.
Look out for:-
· Hanlon Brothers – Hip Hop and Funk band; winner of Emerging Artist of the Year at Gold Coast Music Awards
· Kate McDonald’s lnaugural Dance Affair – commissioned on the Gold Coast and produced as part of the 2015 Bleach Festival
· Nadia Sunde performs 19 times in a variety of acts including the Inaugural Dance Affair at The Dance Hall, The Treasure of Captain Curlylocks at The Children’s Festival, and with The Bella Fontes at various venues
· CC The Cat – a female reggae/soul musician
· Juzzie Smith – a one man band from Ocean Shores just south of Gold Coast
· Tijuana Cartel – Middle Eastern and latin flavour to fine dance beats
· Scotty French – plays lead guitar for late night ska favourites – Cheap Fakes
· Kristy Seymour – speaks about her work helping autistic kids using circus performance and skills
· The Swell Sculpture Festival team – set up and décor at Bill’s Bar
· Josh Lovegrove – Gold Coast musician and prolific busker leads a team of 30 volunteers