WHAT'S ON: 2016 Gladstone Gig Guide

Gladstone enjoys its fair share of big name visitors through the year, and 2016 looks to be no different. Here are some of the bigger dates to mark in the calendar. We'll update this as more gigs are announced so bookmark it in your favourites.

 

What: Northlane

When: January 20

Where: Grand Hotel

Tickets: norhtlane.oztix.com.au


What: Guy Sebastian

When: February 2

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

Tickets: gladecc.com.au.

 

What: Sammy J with Tenelle

When: February 12

Where: Harvey Road Tavern.

Tickets: moshtix.com.au or at the venue.

 

What: Agnes Water Blues Roots and Rock Festival

When: February 19 - 21

Where: Agnes Water SES grounds

Tickets: aagneswaterblues androots.com.au


What: El Grande music festival (more details below)

When: March 11

Where: The Grand Hotel, Gladstone

Tickets: Available at elgrandefestival.com or at the Grand Hotel.
 

What: Elvis to the Max

When: April 16

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

Tickets: gladecc.com.au

 

What: Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers 50th anniversary celebration

When: April 22

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.

Tickets: gladecc.com.au

 

What: Ian Moss six strings classic tour

When: June 22

Where: Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre

Tickets: gladecc.com.au

 

*** About El Grande:

PAY $20 and you get to see 20 bands; it's the new business model for El Grande and organisers hope it will help rebuild the event after last year's abysmal turnout.

They had hoped for 1000 people at the 2015 Gladstone music festival but were disappointed when just 400 turned up.

There were doubts it would be held again.

Organiser Nathan Bedford told this paper last year that it would take him at least five years to recover the money he put in to the event.

But he and Tim Price have just announced a (albeit downsized) line up for the 2016 El Grande festival.

Local bands need more local opportunities; so this driven duo has decided to give it another crack.

There will be fewer and lesser-known bands - but with cheaper tickets.

"If we don't put this event on then there's no real avenue for the non-top 40 touring artists who aren't huge, to come through central Queensland," Mr Bedford said.

"I don't want Gladstone people and local bands to miss out."

The format for the event this year will be similar to what they started out with four years ago.

"We need to go back to the beginning. This year we have a smaller line-up with some good bands and the tickets are cheaper this time around too.

"Our main headliner is Caligula's Horse (pictured). They're not a household name... they're tipped be the next big overseas progressive rock act out of Australia and I've heard they're amazing live."

The band is also ticketed on new rock festival, a replacement for Soundwave, Legion. "We're definitely happy with the line-up. But since we don't have the ARIA winning headliners this year there's not a huge amount of risk with this event as far as money goes."

This will be the fourth El Grande in Gladstone. It will be on March 11 at the Grand Hotel. Tickets are available at elgrandefestival.com or at the Grand Hotel.



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