The Potbelleez’s massive show is an example of the year’s vibrant entertainment offerings.
The Potbelleez’s massive show is an example of the year’s vibrant entertainment offerings. Christopher Chan

Here is how Gladstone rocked it out in 2013

WHAT a year it has been for entertainment.

Gladstone has seen a variety of bands, musicians, dancers, comedy acts and unique shows come to the region.

While many people still remain uncertain of the town being an "entertainment hub", many events have proved just what this industrial area has to offer.

The musical extravaganza Boomtown was one example of what our community can do.

Then we have the young-adult music scene, alive with the sounds of electronic hums, pounding drums, awesome guitar riffs and vibrant vocals.

HIGHLIGHT: DrawCard performs at the 2013 El Grande Festival at the Grand Hotel, showing off some of Gladstone’s live entertainment.
HIGHLIGHT: DrawCard performs at the 2013 El Grande Festival at the Grand Hotel, showing off some of Gladstone’s live entertainment. Christopher Chan

El Grande provided a great opportunity for locals and national heavy metal, alternative rock and indie bands to showcase their skills.

And the Gladstone Entertainment Centre (GEC) continued to feature some amazing acts - even from the tent-like dome of the marina's marquee.

From the sensational Queensland Symphony Orchestra to gifted guitar players and singers like Tommy Emmanuel and The Voice runner-up Luke Kennedy, the GEC continued to offer entertainment for all ages.

Now, with the opening of the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre (GECC), concerts and shows are increasing.

We've already welcomed Kitty Flanagan and Luke Kennedy, and amazing dance performances by Rampton's Danzenergy and Wendy Barker's Dance Studio.

The Potbelleez gave a memorable night at the Harvey Road Tavern in March - it was one of the most sensational nights I remember.

Some of these annual shows have vastly benefited from the GECC upgrades, providing an enormously improved production value.

But let's not forget some of the memorable nights at Harvey Road Tavern, the Rocky Glen Hotel Motel, Gladstone Reef Hotel, The Grand, Tannum Pub and Agnes Water Tavern.

These pubs and clubs showcased some great acts this year, from local live musicians and bands to skilled acoustic acts and top mixers in the DJ world.

The Potbelleez gave a memorable night at the Harvey Road Tavern in March - it was one of the most sensational nights I remember.

From face paint to top dance beats, the night was thriving from the get-go as dance circles broke out and the small crowd went wild with enthusiasm.

And while our local-talent music scene continues to thrive, The Gladstone Tennis Club, QRI Hall and Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum persist with alternative amusement and activity.

The Gladstone Tennis Club has had some epic nights for all ages, with heavy-metal rock stars from all across the country blasting dense, rhythmic vibrations for the crowds.

And the QRI Hall has catered for country music enthusiasts, presenting quality shows, contests and more.

With all that in mind, there is little left to say except bring on 2014 entertainment.

I know it will be bigger and better than we have ever seen.

The Potbelleez performs at Harvey Road Tavern this year.
The Potbelleez performs at Harvey Road Tavern this year. Christopher Chan


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