“We need this”: Southport’s next steps to become live music centre

As the city prepares to consult the community on the development of Southport as the next ‘Special Entertainment Precinct’, local artists are calling for support saying their industry needs this.

Southport’s on its way to becoming the Gold Coast’s home of live music, and a spot that could rival the likes of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.

If successful, the CBD will be able to have more venues such as bars, clubs and even micro-breweries.


It’ll mean amending the Southport Priority Development Area Development Scheme, the City Plan and relevant local laws.

“There’s a lot of planning to be done but we want the vibrancy back,” Mayor Tom Tate said at Vinnies Dive Bar on Wednesday.

“Especially the entertainment industry in the live music world has found it tough in the last 12 months, with the pandemic.

“With this push, existing venues and new venues can emerge.

“And I’d like to see that, we’re going to be the live music centre of not just the Gold Coast but southeast Queensland,” Mr Tate said.

It’s an idea that the local artists are thrilled about as well, musician Ella Fence says the industry is begging for it.

“As a city, we really need this – as an artist, I personally really need this and I can speak on behalf of my community and say we really need this.

“There’s just so many people this is such a vibrant industry and it’s an industry that supports its community as well, you know like throughout the bushfires and things like that like we will put our hands up and play charity gigs and give back and I think it’s our turn,” Ms Fence said.

Community consultation is about to start on the proposed changes, with residents urged to have their say.

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