Come Back Again at Sunshine Beach Surf Club

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John Caruso shares how Five Intimate Afternoons will ignite a love of live music.

There’s nothing like listening to singers and watching musicians play live. It’s a thrill that can’t be replicated by any recording or streaming service, and it’s even better when you get to see them in an intimate setting with others who share your passion for music.

When you watch a live performance, you don’t just hear the music, you feel it. There’s a physical movement of air whenever the bass drum is struck, sending vibrations through your body.

You feel the emotion and expression of the singer’s voice, reaching out to touch your soul. You feel the connection and communication between the band members, creating a harmony that transcends words.

These days kids are making music on their laptops in their bedrooms, which is great. I’m all for the creative expression this allows however there’s something magical about the craft and musicianship of watching a performer live, executing their art in front of a crowd.

There’s something awe-inspiring about seeing them play their instruments with skill and precision, improvising and adapting to the moment; something exhilarating about witnessing them overcome challenges and mistakes, turning them into opportunities and surprises.

I’ve often heard Mick and ‘Keef’, from the greatest band in the world, talk about the exchange of energy between artist and audience every time they play.

When this happens, it’s unique to the experience of watching a performer live.

There’s a feedback loop that amplifies the joy and excitement of both parties, creating a bond that lasts beyond the show; a sense of gratitude and appreciation that makes everyone feel valued and inspired.

If I may borrow from one of Australia’s biggest music fans, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum, “do yourself a favour” and check out The Sunshine Beach Surf Club’s Five Intimate Afternoons, starting in October and running through to May next year.

Each performance promises to be magical with much-loved Australian musicians engaging with decades-old fans – and no doubt making new ones.

Kate Ceberano enjoyed musical success early with her band I’m Talking and then performed as a cast member with Jesus Christ Superstar at the start of the 1990s. Earlier this year she released her eighteenth studio album, a collaboration with The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Fresh from ‘wowing’ Noosa audiences as part of Noosa Alive!, Kate will launch Five Intimate Afternoons at the Surf Club on 29 October.

From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock, Ross Wilson has been around the Aussie music scene for more than 50 years. He was instrumental in crafting the unique Skyhooks sound as producer on their first three studio albums. Ross is a highly-entertaining showman who will bring his hottest hits to the Sunshine Beach Surf Club on 4 February 2024.

Ella Hooper and GANGgajang appear 3 December this year and 24 March 2024, respectively. Ella was the powerhouse voice behind the multi-ARIA award winning band Killing Heidi and GANGgajang’s biggest hit, Sounds of Then describes those famous scenes at dusk when sugar cane fires would light up the sky prior to harvesting. 

When Brian Mannix and The Uncanny X Men asked, where will we be in 50 years in 1985, they probably never imagined that they’d still be making music in 2024, however 19 May 2024 is when you can experience their high energy hi-jinx.

Tickets are limited to 250 people for each performance for just $110 per person. It’s worth getting in quick to secure a VIP experience which includes a half hour meet and greet with the artists before the show plus a one hour drinks package and VIP seating by the stage for just $50 extra.

My money is on the package price of $500 for all five concerts with the VIP experience included.

Go on, do yourself a favour!


About the Author /

After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Conversations IN Noosa podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager, event MC, and delivery boy; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio from home (often in his pyjamas); and presenting Saturday mornings on Hot 91.1. He has previously worked for FoxFM Melbourne, Triple M Brisbane and SeaFM, as well as managing and presenting on ABC Sunshine Coast.

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