Live music returns to Queensland

Redland City to host state’s first drive-in concert.

Rock ‘n’ roll returns to Queensland in July when Cleveland hosts the state’s first drive-in concert.

The event, originally set for Cleveland Showgrounds on 13 June but rescheduled to 10 July, will be headlined by Australian music Hall-of-Famer Russell Morris and will also feature Masters of Pop and The Soul Movers.

Organisers said the idea of a drive-in concert in Queensland was inspired by similar live music events which had gained popularity around the world since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael “China” Walker, from John Paul Young's Allstar Band, is the driving force behind Drive-In Concerts Live in Australia with help from long-time friend Nick Chugg, Redland City Council and music industry lawyer Matt McCormick.

“The music industry is in a death-roll because of COVID,” Walker said.

“As restrictions are eased and retail and eateries start to trade, there is no light at the end of the tunnel for any of us in the entertainment sector and the impact on the economic and mental health of people in our industry is critical.

“This is the solution to be socially responsible, gets us off the dole and back to work, and get some happiness back into all our lives.”

Organisers have worked closely with Redland City Council and the Queensland Health Department  to ensure all necessary regulations would be in place to keep fans safe including: 

  • All patrons must remain in their vehicles during the show except for bathroom breaks.
  • All vehicles will be spaced in an offset pattern to ensure social distancing between cars.
  • Tickets for each person in a car will be linked to a registered number plate. 
  • On-site food and drinks will be able to be ordered through the event website for contact-free delivery to vehicles on show day.

Tickets to the Cleveland concert go on sale from 27 May at driveinconcerts.live.

The artists

Fifty years ago, Russell Morris became the first Australian artist to score consecutive No.1 singles with his first two releases. The Real Thing, which is one of the classic psychedelic singles of the 1960s, and Part Three Into Paper Walls both reached the top spot on the ARIA Chart. Morris has been putting albums out since 1971 but his highest charting album came in 2014 with Van Diemen's Land, the follow-up to his second highest charting album, 2013's Sharkmouth. These last two albums have seen him nominated for his first ARIA, with Sharkmouth winning in 2013,  five years after he was inducted in the ARIA Hall of Fame. In 2019, he returned with his new album, Black And Blue Heart, co-produced by Queensland’s Bernard Fanning.
 
The Soul Movers are a Sydney-based, rockin' pop and funky soul band lead by vocalist, frontwoman and songwriter Lizzie Mack and guitarist Murray Cook (ex-Red Wiggle) and backed by a top-flight band of experienced musicians. With clear 1960s and ’70s influences, The Soul Movers can slide into blues and classic rock with the change of a gear and have been moving audience’s bodies and hearts around the country and in a recent string of shows across the US.
 
The Masters of Pop play the music you grew up listening to on the radio, by the people who wrote it, played it and made it part of the soundtrack of your life. With 230 years of rock ‘n roll between them, Michael “China” Walker (John Paul Young Allstar Band), James Blundell, Tony Mitchell (Sherbet), Steve Mulry (Ted Mulry Gang), Greg Henson (Jon English) and Brett Williams (Choirboys) will have the cars revving to the sweet sounds of Australian rock.