The Veronicas announced to headline Surfers Paradise LIVE 2017

Australian and international pop sensations The Veronicas have today been announced as the headline act for the 2017 Surfers Paradise LIVE music festival from Friday, April 28 through to Sunday, April 30.

Riding high on the success of their latest hit singles In My Blood and On Your Side, The Veronicas – Brisbane-born twins Lisa and Jessica Origliasso – will lead the free event’s line-up of big name acts and home-grown talent.

The chart-topping electro pop duo have just been nominated for three ARIAS and are currently working on their untitled fourth studio album.

The Veronicas will head LIVE’s diverse music line-up which will transform the heart of Surfers Paradise into a multi-stage live music festival over three days and nights with iconic Surfers Paradise beach as the unique gig backdrop.

Promising something for all ages, Surfers Paradise LIVE will showcase a diverse mix of genres across two main outdoor stages on The Esplanade and in Cavill Avenue, as well as more intimate events in local live music venues.

Surfers Paradise Alliance CEO Mike Winlaw said the Alliance was thrilled to secure such a big name Australian act to headline the third year of the festival.

“We have been encouraged by the record crowds that turned out for Surfers Paradise LIVE over the past two years and we expect The Veronicas will prove a huge drawcard for lovers of live music in 2017,” Mr Winlaw said.

“They top off what will be a hugely talented and entertaining line-up that reflects our commitment to the Gold Coast music industry and our ability to attract big ticket acts to this spectacular and vibrant destination.

“The Veronicas demonstrate just how far homegrown talent can take you in the music industry and our aim is to support local artists by giving them the opportunity to showcase their work to thousands of people during Surfers Paradise LIVE.

“Surfers Paradise LIVE will bring a large audience of overnight visitors to the Gold Coast for a highly entertaining and free live music festival.”

For the first time, Surfers Paradise LIVE has partnered with the Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMA) that will see the annual awards ceremony take place on Surfers Paradise beach on Thursday, April 27.

Mr Winlaw said the initial three-year partnership reflected SPA’s dedication to the local Gold Coast music industry, with some local talent to be announced as main stage performers at the festival.

“The GCMA recognise and foster aspiring local artists, so teaming up with them is the perfect alignment for both organisations,” he said.

Division 7 Councillor Gary Baildon AM said the partnership is fantastic news and testament to the growth and diversity of what Surfers Paradise has to offer.

“Congratulations on the joining of two fantastic home grown events – Surfers Paradise LIVE and the Gold Coast Music Awards – for the next three years,” Cr Baildon said.

GCMA co-founder and director Samantha Morris said the partnership would give the awards a greater opportunity to get Gold Coast acts in front of new audiences in Surfers Paradise specifically to experience music.

Ms Morris said local artists would have the opportunity of performing live at the awards ceremony and as Gold Coast acts for Surfers Paradise LIVE.

“We’re thrilled to take the Music Awards program to the next level and to be working with venues and partners from across the city to showcase everything that makes the Gold Coast music scene so unique,” she said.

“When we launched the awards in 2015 and it was such a success, people asked where we saw the event in 10 years’ time.

“Straight away I said ‘on the beach at Surfers Paradise’. I didn’t think we’d be there in our third year.

“Surfers Paradise has always been the beating heart of the Gold Coast, so there’s an obvious synergy here.”

Nominations for the third annual Gold Coast Music Awards open on January 20, 2017 at and close on March 10, 2017.

Details of the full line-up for Surfers Paradise LIVE will be announced in the coming months.

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