Join us for the farewell party to end all parties!
The final fling, the last chance, the last hurrah.
This is it, people - now is the time to go glass-half-full and grab this last chance to fill up on Festival.
Get off to an early start and immerse yourself in Sea Stories, a meditative audio experience that kicks off early with a free coffee on Broadbeach Beach. Don a pair of headphones and listen to stories of dreams, resilience and human performance over a soundtrack of ocean waves.
At Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, two unique music talents combine to create a music experience that may never be replicated. Singer-songwriter Jamie MacDowell and beatboxing vocal magician Tom Thum combine to meld traditional guitar and vocals with vocal acrobatics to deliver an unforgettable music show.
Further afield at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang, folk is brought firmly to the fore. The Coast Acoustics line-up comprises an eclectic mix of acoustic artists from around the world, including Hussy Hicks, Allensworth, Karl S. Williams and Felicity Lawless.
Back at Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, a global group of supremely talented female vocalists and songwriters has been assembled for Debe Neur - Women of Strength and Beauty. The women ask what the word “beauty” really means - Debe Neur means “pretty girl” in the creative director’s first language - and relate their answers to their Indigenous identity and culture.
What happens to the human race when sea levels disrupt our workaday lives? At Surfers Paradise Beach the idea of time running out is the central theme of Holoscenes. The piece is hard to miss - performers work inside what looks like a giant fishtank to perform usually mundane tasks as the tank fills suddenly and unpredictably with water.
At Broadbeach’s Queensland Music Stage, the music program reaches a crescendo with a dub-infused mash-up of rhythms and beats. Elko Fields kicks off this ultimate party night, with Dubmarine stepping in next to drive home the party vibe. At 11pm stretch, re-fuel and shift into party overdrive with the Track & Field All Star Sound System.
On the Main Stage at Surfers Paradise, the final night of Festival 2018 saves the best for last.
GRRRL (above), a fierce eight-woman collective lend the crowd their voices and perspectives from around the Commonwealth. Through the power of music the performers share stories of conflict, inequality and change to create an uplifting emotive experience.
The music is the perfect fuel to light your party fire as the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony takes over big screens around the stage and other festival sites. Party with a crowd-ful of your new BFFs and celebrate a truly epic Games.
But now that the Games baton has officially been passed on, replace it with a party glowstick and kick on into the night. From 10:30pm until who-knows-when, Last Chance to Dance (above) takes over the Main Stage. The global DJ phenomenon Hot Dub Time Machine will mash festival-level visuals with floor-filling anthems to keep the crowd baying for more.
Whether they’re tears of joy or sadness blink them back and keep your focus on the party to end all parties.
Farewell, Festival 2018!