Much-loved entertainment precinct NightQuarter will soon open its doors to the Sunshine Coast.
Dynamic duo Michelle Christoe and Ian Van der Woude had to delay the move to the Sunshine Coast in March this year, after being open for three years on the Gold Coast.
The new venue will be open year-round every Friday and Saturday evening, and every Sunday. A kaleidoscope of colour and flavour, the precinct will be home to 40 shopping container-based stallholders serving food, drinks, desserts and speciality retailers. Then, ever Friday and Saturday night, live music will be played across five stages and the space will be filled with immersive performances, street art, bars and vintage amusement rides.
"We have invested millions alongside Stockland into the precinct to provide immersive entertainment every weekend, a curated selection of global eats and unique experiences," Michelle Christoe says. "This extends from Cabaret Thursdays, Friday and Saturday nights to Sunday afternoons with vintage and design markets – and yes you can bring your dogs on Sundays!"
Partnering with local brewery Eumundi Brewery, the Eumundi Backyard will be dedicated to local craft beers, live tunes and games.
"NightQuarter is strongly aligned with our focus on bringing curated customer experiences to our retail town centres while supporting local artists and businesses," Stockland Queensland Retail Asset Manager Fiona Papworth says.
Ian Van der Woude and Michelle Christoe
"The dynamic, open-air marketplace complements our existing centre offering and positions the retail precinct as more than just a great place to shop and socialise, but a destination with a range of choice, convenience and entertainment."
The precinct will open under a COVID-safe plan, leading to some innovations in the way that the space will operate.
Seasonal passes will provide six months of unlimited access, and the first 1,000 people to sign up will become 'foundation' members of NightQuarter, receiving a free t-shirt and 'golden ticket' to a concert in NightQuarter Live.
"I think that Michelle and NightQuarter are pushing the arts scene on the Sunny Coast in the right direction and hopefully this is going to kick off some more things," Sunshine Coast-based The Amity Affliction lead singer Joel Birch says.
"It would be nice for Sunshine Coast businesses to follow the lead here and realise that art does drive the economy. The more you have the art, the more you are driving free marketing for the region."
NightQuarter's opening weekend is set for 6-8 November.