24 Mar 2019

By now, you’re probably well acquainted with all that is Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival – our city’s signature arts and music spectacle that rolls into town each April and brings with it a dynamic curation of contemporary performances, installations and experiences set against unique Gold Coast backdrops.

The perennially popular, annual arts program has well and truly helped put the Gold Coast’s cultural scene on the map since its inception in 2012, and locals and visitors alike just can’t get enough – in fact, close to 500,000 spectators have been inspired, delighted and captivated through Bleach* over the past seven years.

Returning to our shores in April (17th – 28th), Bleach* 2019 will infiltrate our beaches, waterways and city hotspots with one of its boldest programs yet – featuring dance, music, theatre, opera, circus and installations.

If you’re looking to time your GC travels with Bleach*, here’s a preview of what you can expect… and trust us when we say it’s worth blocking off in your iCal.

Verdi’s Requiem

Verdi Requiem Characters
Image Credit: Paul Blackmore

Bleach* has unveiled one of its centrepiece productions for 2019, announcing that Guiseppe Verdi’s classical masterpiece ‘Requiem’ will move and dazzle musical aficionadas in one exclusive Gold Coast showcase on 27th April.

As the major event of Bleach* 2019, and in a collaboration between Opera Queensland and Griffith University, this powerful opera and vocal production is set to feature almost 100 musicians and 60 singers from the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

And what better venue to host this world-class performance than the Coast’s premier arts and cultural hub, HOTA – which will unveil a specially designed outdoor space for this major musical concert under the stars. Arrive early and dine at HOTA’s onsite café for a pre-show meal, or pop into the foyer bar and enjoy a drink with friends before a night filled with magical musical moments.

Limbo Unhinged

Woman in fiery doorway
Image credit: David Solm

From the creative minds behind the ever-popular Blanc de Blanc and Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour comes a brand new circus-meets-cabaret style spectacle, Limbo Unhinged. Taking centre stage in the purpose-built Spiegeltent in a new location at Broadbeach’s Centenary Park, Limbo Unhinged will make its Gold Coast debut as part of Bleach* 2019, giving locals and visitors the opportunity to experience this electrifying, top-notch production for themselves.

After a sell-out Australian season, the all-star international cast are taking residency on the Coast for what is sure to be another smashing, four-week stint. From sword swallowing to heart-stopping aerial acts, beat-boxing and oh-so impressive acrobatics, underscored by a toe-tapping soundtrack, this Helpmann Award nominated spectacular is set to captivate theatre-goers, and if Strut and Fret’s previous Spiegeltent shows are anything to go by, tickets won’t last long – so get in quickly.

Tickets are on sale now and can be booked at



The cool, coastal hub of Burleigh Heads is set to play host to the grand finale of next year’s festival, with the return of Bleach* at Burleigh 2019, this time at Justins Park – think live music from epic Australian artists in a stunning oceanfront setting… how quintessentially Gold Coast.

And in a major coup, Bleach* has also lifted the lid on its headline musical act for this seaside production… ARIA winning, Australian songstress Montaigne will be rounding out the program and taking the stage to belt out some of her most popular indie-pop anthems as part of her national tour.

She will be joined by a host of other leading Aussie muso’s (we can’t reveal who just yet!), so stay tuned for further announcements from Bleach*.


Lauren Falchi
Lauren Falchi

When she’s not working on PR, social media or travel writing for clients, you’ll find Miami local Lauren Falchi with her nose to the ground looking for newcomers to the city’s food and culture scene. Born and bred right here on the Coast, Lauren’s got years of local tips tucked up her sleeves, from where to find the best smashed-avo, to top swimming spots and hidden gems.


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