15 years of Soundlounge on the Gold Coast!
15 years ago at the first Swell Sculpture Festival, then held in the Currumbin RSL Waterside Function space. Soundlounge was born out of a conversation between Anne Stovin, Rob Bare and Ben Treby. The group shared a mutual passion and support of the local music scene. Wanting to provide a venue for local and emerging artists, when Anne’s enthusiasm met Rob and Ben’s inspiration, magic happened! Vicky Bradford was also brought in on the project early on, and between the group ‘Soundlounge’ was born.
At that time the Club provided the room, Rob came up with the artwork and booked the artists while Ben organised and ran the shows. Sharing vivid memories of cobbling together furniture, ottomans and other pieces to make the room look more like a ‘music venue’ as opposed to an RSL. Ben’s father even built the original wooden stage! Soundlounge quickly became a success with leading local artists, national and international performers playing the venue.
All about the music
Ben said ‘Soundlounge became a great meeting place, where so many regulars, so many great and wonderful people shared their love of music. The vibe and the music made this place absolutely magical, and this continues today.’ Over the past decade and a half there have been so many standout shows and so many memorable moments. Tijuana Cartel have performed the most gigs at Soundlounge and have contributed to it being recognised as a stand out live venue. International legends like Bob Brosman, Steel Pulse and Harry Manx have played our stage. National superstars like Kate Miller-Heidke, Lior, Sarah Blasko, British India, James Morrison, The Lamplights, Boy & Bear, Cub Sport, Busby Marou, Tim Freedman and Angus & Julia Stone – these are just some of the stand out performers. A drop in the ocean for the artists we have had come through.
Ben recalls one of the most memorable shows was British India’s first ever Soundlounge gig. “It was the first time we’d had a band in the Club where people wanted to crowd surf, something new for our security staff who ended up perched at the front of the stage in case chaos broke out! The band was rocking the room and in response – the crowd was going wild! We even ended up with a hole in the wall from all the frivolity.”
Since day one, Soundlounge has worked hard to bring quality music of all kinds to people of all musical persuasions to the Gold Coast.
Anne Stovin said, “Over the years we have hosted many great artists and as CEO of Currumbin RSL I have been proud to be associated with the Soundlounge brand. While many clubs try and change their names to attract new markets, we changed what we offered and through the Soundlounge many people visited the club who would never have before. We were able to grow our Currumbin community by providing diversity of music.”
Anne adds, ‘Lots of people have contributed to keeping Soundlounge going and it is that community of people who I want to thank and celebrate 15 years of operation with. Not to mention the supporters who have turned up to the shows – without you we wouldn’t still be going.”
End of an era and the start of a new Legacy
2019 is the end of the era and the start of a new one with new team member Caitlin becoming key to the team at Soundlounge. Anne said, “It is time to pass the baton on to carry the legacy into a new generation, with a vision to offer the community a progressive and diverse entertainment experience.”
On Saturday 23rd February, Soundlounge will be celebrating our 15th Birthday Party with close partners BLANK Magazine and Balter Brewery.
Local and emerging artists BUGS, Clea, Sweater Curse and unreleased indie artist Tones and I performing in the stellar line up.