Big names on the increase at The Events Centre
  • Tuesday 23 December 2014
Leo Sayer

It’s no secret the Sunshine Coast is a mecca for Brisbane-ites wanting a reprieve from their big-city life, but it’s now evident a chance to catch some top class entertainment is also on their to-do list during their seaside getaway.

Over the past few years, the centre has been building on its reputation as the region’s premier performing arts venue, and the number of international acts choosing to perform there is on the increase.

Big names such as Don McLean, Petula Clark, The Russian Ballet, The Searchers, Mother Africa, David Strassman and Glen Miller Big Band are just a few to have performed this past year.

And the venue hasn’t gone unnoticed by national acts, including comedians Ahn Do and The Umbilical Brothers, rockers Glen Shorrock and Brian Cadd and the Bell Shakespeare Theatre Company.

The Waifs performed earlier this month and next year will see Kitty Flanagan, Suzie Quatro and Leo Sayer gracing the stage.

Sunshine Coast Divisional Councillor Tim Dwyer said the event bookings had increased by 25% last financial year with 518 events and performances, including 15 international acts.

“These acts have raised the profile of the Sunshine Coast as an entertainment destination,” Cr Dwyer said.

“The Events Centre Caloundra is already recognised as a great venue by locals and that number is on the increase as more residents realise they can enjoy a great night out of music, comedy, dance, theatre and concerts right here on the Coast.

“We are also reversing the trend of Coast residents going to Brisbane for their entertainment.

“Instead, Brisbane residents, and those from further afield, are making the trip up here, combining a get-away with some theatre or entertainment.

“Many are also taking advantage of the pre-show dining to complete their night out.

“This is one of the largest regional theatre and function centres in Queensland and it’s not only the big name acts reaping the attendance rewards.

“We are building the profile of our local performers who are showcasing their talents to larger audiences.”

Cr Dwyer said the centre was also attracting major conferences which provided a direct economic benefit to local businesses, and centre management was keen to tap into that growing market in 2015.

“The Events Centre has stood the test of time and planned upgrades will ensure it remains the region’s premier performing arts venue for many years to come,” he said.

“Combined with Lake Kawana Community Centre and Nambour Civic Centre, not to mention Kawana Sports Precinct, the Sunshine Coast offers an excellent choice of venues to meet our performing artists’ and patrons’ requirements.

“We are looking to continually improve our venues so we attract top-class performing artists.”

To top off a successful year, the centre also took out the Creative Industries – Large Business Award at the 2014 Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

Cr Dwyer presented the award at Council’s Ordinary Meeting and said the win recognised the role Sunshine Coast Council played in The Events Centre’s success.

“The Board and management and staff, led by Gary Mears, felt it was appropriate to thank council as shareholder and to recognise the roles the councillors, executive leadership team and all the staff, under the guidance of Council CEO John Knaggs, have played to allow The Events Centre to position itself so well in this market,” Cr Dwyer said.

Check out what’s on at The Events Centre in 2015 by visiting theeventscentre.com.au.