Live music

Ministry of Sound at Night Quarter

We are shaping a new live music era for the Gold Coast.

We recognise the immense musical talent that exists in our city. We support everyone who contributes to shaping our cultural identity – musicians, the venues and professional service providers who work behind see scene. The following initiatives are designed to grow the live music scene on the Gold Coast.

Southport Special Entertainment Precinct

Southport is home to a growing cluster of live music venues on the Gold Coast. We have a vision for Southport to become a live music hub, a vibrant destination where everyone can see all kinds of music performed live. So we have established the Gold Coast's first Special Entertainment Precinct in Southport.

The Precinct will help attract and retain live music venues with noise managed by Council. This will ensure we create a vibrant and safe precinct with music venues and residential development designed to sit side by side.

To find out more about the Precinct, view Frequently asked questions(PDF, 475KB).

To find out if you need a licence to operate an amplified music venue in the Precinct and how to apply, visit Amplified music venue licence.

Southport is a Priority Development Area

In 2013, the Queensland Government declared Southport a Priority Development Area (PDA). The vision of the PDA is to create a world-class centre for employment, community services, commerce, and retail, offering a diverse range of housing options and highly desirable lifestyle. Establishing the Southport Special Entertainment Precinct supports this vision.

The PDA will protect and encourage opportunities for Southport to be a hub for innovative business, economic activity, entertainment, and leisure. The Precinct will grow the cultural economy and reputation of the Gold Coast.

To find out about lodging a development application in the Precinct, visit Southport PDA.

Music Action Plan

Our Music Action Plan 2021 provides a blueprint to encourage the live music sector on the Gold Coast by providing access to resources, promotion of Gold Coast music nationally and internationally and stronger partnerships across all tiers of government, peak bodies and private enterprise.

A key deliverable the Plan was the first step in establishing the planning and regulatory framework to create the Southport Special Entertainment Precinct.