POPULAR ACT: Pete Murray performed at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone to an enthusiastic crowd.
POPULAR ACT: Pete Murray performed at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone to an enthusiastic crowd. Wezzy Cruze

Pete Murray concert tops a big year in Gladstone

GLADSTONE has become quite the entertainment capital of central Queensland, with some of the biggest names in Australian music industry (and some international acts) stopping by to perform their tunes to the masses.

After the successful Hilltop Hoods concert, the team at the Harvey Road Tavern set the stage and decked the Marley Brown Oval out with fairy lights for an evening with Pete Murray and his band.

The evening started with two of the five members of surf rock-inspired band La Mont taking the stage to deliver their first-ever acoustic show.

"We've never done anything like this before," says Mik Guinane, lead vocalist and guitarist of the band.

While performing stripped-back renditions of songs from their self-titled EP, both Mik and Clay Hooper gave Gladstone a taste of what was to come on their soon-to-be-released second EP.

Rockhampton alternative folk duo The Short Fall, consisting of brothers Angelo and Ryan Conway, were up next.

After winning the MusicOz Australian Independent Music Award for best acoustic singer-songwriter in November last year, the brothers performed a collection of songs their works, including some off their recently released State of Mind EP.

With two regional bands reminding us that there is no shortage of talent in central Queensland, the night was finally ready for Pete Murray and his band to take the stage.

Having a back catalogue consisting of four albums over the past 10 years, there was no shortage of hits for the crowd to sing along to.

Pete and the band each took the spotlight to show off their individual musical talents.

From the full band sound of Class A, Lines and Better Days to the solo performances of Opportunity, the crowd sang along to every word long into the night.

The show came to a close with the platinum certified hit So Beautiful, a lovely send-off to all those who attended and have watched Pete emerge as one of Australia's finest singer/songwriters.



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