I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
What an exciting way to open Gold Coast's newest arts and entertainment venue. Tim Minchin, one of Australia's best know comedians and musicians, brought the crowds to their feet with his unique style of entertainment and display of musicianship on Saturday evening.
The new outdoor venue was filled to capacity, with three thousand people lucky enough to grab their free ticket relaxing on the newly turfed banks to enjoy the show. The sound was brilliant and the eye-catching stage was able to be viewed from right across the hillside. HOTA also made sure that there were plenty of food trucks on hand to feed the waiting crowd, and toilets and drinking water were easily accessible.
For two hours, Tim Minchin and his band presented a program which included old favourites, such as "Ginger" alongside hits from his recent musicals, "Matilda" and "Groundhog Day" which is yet to grace Australian stages. There was new material too, inspired by his recent move from the United States back to Australia and a cheeky look at his own mortality in his opening number. Of course, the crowds were also treated to the requisite political commentary. Donald Trump copped a hiding and the Gold Coast's Lord Mayor was the subject of ongoing banter throughout the evening - destined to happen as he questioned whether Tim Minchin was the right artist to open the venue. What was never in question, is that while many go to see Minchin for the comedy, his unquestionable musicianship and artistry can't be ignored. His virtuosic playing, singing and the quality of the band that he put together for the occasion is a vital component of what makes the whole show work.
The HOTA are looking forward to many more events at their new venue, with a full calendar already in place. You can check what else is on by visiting their website. It is advisable to take public transport to the venue as there is not a huge amount of parking onsite and it was a bit of a traffic jam getting out, however this new venue is a well-needed addition to the Gold Coast and will provide a great new venue for visiting artists.