Elton John is coming to the Sunshine Coast, performing at the stadium in March 2020.
Elton John is coming to the Sunshine Coast, performing at the stadium in March 2020. Ben Gibson

What's On: Sunshine Coast


GRAB your oversized glasses and sequinned jackets and prepare to paint the town yellow and pink as Sir Elton John is coming to the Sunshine Coast on March 3, 2020.

The global superstar will perform his Farewell Yellow Brick Road World Tour at the Sunshine Coast Stadium with the songs from Elton John's legendary 50-year career showcased against a backdrop of never-before-seen images and videos, brand new stage production, along with a tour wardrobe designed by Italian fashion house Gucci.

He will be joined by long-standing band members Nigel Olsson on drums (part of Elton's original three-piece band in 1970), esteemed musical director Davey Johnstone (who first recorded with Elton in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, virtuoso Ray Cooper on percussion, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.

Tickets are on sale at ticketek.com.au.


IT'S an early Christmas in Caloundra when on July 27 and 28 the Caloundra Quilters hold their biennial Quilt Show at the Caloundra Arts Centre. The Christmas in July theme event will include displays of quilts in all manner of styles, colours, sizes and designs including wall hangings. Member's handmade craft items will be for sale along with local trader's tables and a bag raffle. The results of the That Red & White Challenge quilt challenge will also be prominently displayed. The raffle has some prizes. First prize is a queen-size quilt valued at $2500, second prize is a Bernina 215 sewing machine valued at $1299 and third prize a craft basket of goodies valued at $250.

This year the Quilt Show has selected supporting the Caloundra Volunteer Coast Guard. Light refreshments will be on site. Entry is $5.


THE Nambour Winter Jazz Fest is back and set to entertain jazz lovers with over 20 acts across six venues for three big days from July 19-21. With almost double the line-up from last year, over the three days it will feature more than 15 world-class Australian and International Jazz artists offering a diverse range of jazz styles, entertainment, and more in the fringe of the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland town of Nambour.

Festival-goers can immerse themselves in the jam-packed program including; local markets, cafes, art, culture, the Nambour Heritage Sound trail and iconic Big Pineapple. The festival's headline act this year is award winning vocalist Emma Pask, one of Australia's favourite voices in jazz. Audiences will be spellbound by her effortless honest stage presence and powerful vocal ability at The Supper Club on the Saturday night, which also offers a two-course meal at the Nambour RSL Club. Also new this year is the Sunday's Jazz Brunch' at Nambour RSL Club. To off the long weekend, it will be tapping your feet and clapping the hands with an afternoon of Gospel Jazz in the Chapel with SCAT. For more details and to buy tickets,

Go to nambourwinterjazzfest.net.au or phone 0403 152 397.


DO YOU remember the stories your grandparents told you, how they took you back in time? Re-live your memories through Storytelling at Bankfoot House which will showcase objects from the remarkable heritage collection and explore how we share intimate family memories. Each Sunday in July there will be storytelling bought to life with a free afternoon tea, guided tour of the house and stories shared by descendants of the families who lived in the house, volunteers and Friends of Bankfoot House and Sunshine Coast locals. These sessions are on from 1.30-2.30pm on July 7, 14, 21 and 28. To book phone 07 5420 8600. Guided tours are available from 10am. The exhibition will be on display in Bankfoot House and Mary Grigor Centre, 1998 Old Gympie Rd until August 25.

Go to the website heritage.sunshine coast.qld.gov.au


A FREE USC course is offering Coast adults the chance to upgrade their academic skills, get a taste of university life and even start planning for a new career. The Uni Skills for You course, to be held at the Sippy Downs campus on June 24-25, is is designed for adults of all ages who did not finish high school or may have not studied formally for some years.

There are no are no tests, assignments or exams. Facilitated by USC advisers, participants will learn how to recognise and develop their skills gained from work and life experience and turn them into academic reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking skills. At the end of the course, they can arrange to have individual sessions with USC career advisers to help develop study and career plans.

Go to usc.edu.au/us4c or email pathways@usc.edu.au.


DRESSED in their best, the main street of Maleny is the centre of art, creativity, yarnbombing, workshops, music, trade stalls and craft markets on July 6-7. The Yarn & Fibre Arts Festival celebrates the theme Australiana through fibre arts and crafts. It's a a magical festival for families to discover new skills, talents and creativity with the use of yarns including knitting, crochet, basket weaving, spinning and weaving, felting and lots more. There will be 27 fibre art workshops, music, 100 trade and market stalls, a stargazing night, cooking classes, Raw Fleece Expo, displays, demonstrations, Jazz on Sundays at Spicers and golfing fun at the Maleny Golf Club.

The Maleny Arts and Crafts Group will have its workshop open for demonstrations, displays and sales at the Showgrounds on Saturday near the Park'n'Ride. Knitfest features competitions for community groups, art associations and skilled artisans to decorate trees in our beautiful streetscapes with handmade art installations made of yarn and fibre.

Go to knitfest.com.au.


Raquel Ormella's I hope you get this exhibition is on at Noosa Regional Gallery until July 28. Social and environmental activism, human and animal relationships plus nationalism and national identity are consistent themes in Ormella's work, and I hope you get this is no exception. Working primarily with textiles and stitching, her works are experimental and impromptu.

Noosa Regional Gallery Director Michael Brennan said, "rather than offering authority on the topics she covers, Ormella admittedly shares her voice in speculative contemplation". I hope you get this is a NETS Victoria and Shepparton Art Museum touring exhibition curated by Rebecca Coates and Anna Briers.

"Ormella's work takes a medium that is often associated with craft and the softer arts and subverts this by taking on ideas that might be considered political and divisive and which make us look more closely at our assumed national identity," Mr Brennan added.

"Not only are her art works impressive in terms of the skill Ormella demonstrates in their realisation, but also in the way they continue to resonate with visitors, even after they have left the exhibition space." Entry to the Gallery is free.

For more information, go to noosaregionalgallery.com.au.


THE hilarious Motherhood the Musical is on at The Events Centre Caloundra August 2-3. In this original play by Sue Fabisch, four women share their insights, challenges and pleasures at a baby shower. You will laugh till you cry as you peek into the powerful friendships of Amy, a soon-to-be first-time mum; Brooke, a hard-working lawyer; Barb, a stay-at-home stressed-out mother of five; and Tash, a single mum seeking to balance work, her kids and her divorce.

Motherhood the Musical is a rare show that all parents can directly relate to. From pregnancy, to facing an empty nest, to anxiously awaiting one's first grandchild, the show covers the entire wonderful, crazy journey of being a mum. It's lively, funny, fun and a little bit naughty. Go to theeventscentre.com.au or phone 07 5491 4240.

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