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Oh, what a night

The region’s music industry and venues have experienced the toughest years on record, but NightQuarter has reason to celebrate.

The Sunshine Coast’s music scene is going from strength to strength as a local venue has been named one of Queensland’s best.

In a major win for NightQuarter Sunshine Coast, the popular Birtinya location has been named Best Regional Venue at the Queensland Music Awards (QMA) recently held in Brisbane.

In a hotly contested category, the venue went up against other Sunshine Coast and regional locations, with the award determined through people’s choice and a QMA judging panel of industry heavyweights.

Owners Michelle Christoe and Ian van der Woude say they are extremely proud of this achievement, especially after a difficult few years for the entertainment industry.

“It has been a tough year for all of the music industry and it has been good to reconnect with industry to celebrate that we have all made it through the pandemic, cyclones and floods this year,” Ms Christoe says.

“We want to thank everyone including QMusic and the Sunshine Coast music community for their unwavering support as we wouldn’t be standing here today without them.

“The Sunshine Coast has a vibrant nightlife and an ecosystem of live music venues. We are proud to be in this category with Solbar and Eleven Dive Bar.

“Sunshine Coast music fans are passionate, loyal and we are so proud to be a part of the region.

“To provide a stage for local musicians, touring musicians and be a part of the music industry ecosystem as it emerges from the pandemic is awe-inspiring.”

NightQuarter opened in November 2020 after moving from the Gold Coast and has hosted acts like Ocean Alley, Jon Stevens, Bliss n Eso, The Angels, Timmy Trumpet, Lime Cordiale, The Jungle Giants and James Reyne over the past year, as well as a host of Sunshine Coast local acts across its five stages.

The venue contributes $10 million per year to the Sunshine Coast community and has booked more than 450 acts and hosted more than 60 concerts since opening. In the past 12 months it has attracted more than 50,000 patrons to enjoy live music, food and entertainment.

NightQuarter is open every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 10pm. For upcoming events visit nightquarter.com.au.

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