Rock On! at Venue 114

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Events are back baby! Deb Caruso previews what’s on the calendar for the Sunshine Coast’s exciting event space, Venue 114.

Venue 114 has been the go-to for celebrations, presentations, conferences, forums, festivals, formals, concerts and more for almost two decades and 2023 is already off to a rocking start.

If live music is your thing, Venue 114 on Lake Kawana has you covered – literally. 

Get your groove on in all-weather, air conditioned comfort with pitch-perfect acoustics thanks to soaring ceilings; and if you need a break, enjoy an easy al fresco escape into the courtyard for fresh air and lakeside views. 

Venue 114 Manager Louise Thompson said they were excited that live music was back.

“We are so thrilled to provide a space to host talented touring artists and homegrown talent,” she said. 

“Noiseworks kicked off the year with a high-energy concert and we have a few acts lined up for the next few months, including Lime Cordiale, Jungle Giants and Spacey Jane in June, which has already sold out. 

“People see us a ‘new’ live music venue but we are 18 years old with a professional and passionate team with decades of experience. 

“The acoustics are so great that even with 1400 people at capacity, you can still get up close and intimate with live performances that sound amazing.

“We cater for the full guest experience with bar service, food trucks or onsite catering; ample al fresco space, full accessibility, free parking and a dedicated drop off zone. 

“For us, it’s all about exceeding our client’s expectations – being welcoming, inclusive and safe. Delivering professional, high-quality events that are all about customer service – be that at the bar or the box office.

“We want people to think ‘what’s on at Venue 114’ and look to us because there is always something coming up.”

Led by Louise, the team are genuine about creating a memorable experience that is welcoming and has a great vibe. 

It’s not just guests who appreciate what Venue 114 has to offer with Louise saying that visiting artists also love the professionalism and personal touch.

“Performers love to walk into a venue and feel welcome from the dedicated Green Room to the sound and lighting infrastructure and professional team on-hand to help with all technical aspects of their show,” she said. “Even the little things matter, like the fact that we have a flat floor so it’s easy to bump in and out, every aspect is made easy.

“Our team of event specialists and audio-visual and staging professionals have decades of experience and are here to make events shine. 

“When an artist is loving the environment, they reflect that back to the audience in their performance.

“We’re big enough to have some of the best professionals in the business and small enough to be hands-on and personable.  

“It’s a real team effort and it’s just magical. I’m really proud of all my team with their commitment to service excellence. We all love to see people leave with smiles on their faces after a great experience.”

The team recently presented an International Women’s Day lunch with guest speaker Leisel Jones that ended with a performance by Burlesque L’Amour, who have made Venue 114 the home of their powerhouse performances. 

“Providing a space for shared and memorable experiences is what it’s all about and in addition to our Live Music lineup, we host a lot of conferences, expos and corporate events,” she said. 

The SunnyKids Mayoral Ball will return to the venue; as will Australian Wearable Art Festival which will showcase the event’s flexibility for catwalk parades; Magic Men will also strut their stuff; the IN Conversation series will continue with inspiring guest speakers, such as last year’s breakfast with OzHarvest’s Ronni Kahn and a panel of inspiring local women; the Youth Market will be back; and the Live Music lineup continues to grow.

“It’s such an honour to share people’s stories and experiences in this space,” Louise said. 

It’s this kind of attitude that makes the team behind Venue 114 the real rock stars!  


UPCOMING EVENTS

8 April: Lime Cordiale’s Country Club Experience

20 April: Magic Men – Takeover Sunshine Coast

28 May: Spotlight on Bruckner, Brisbane Symphony Orchestra tribute to Wagner

7 June: Spacey Jane (Sold Out!)

11 June: The Jungle Giants – Trippin Up Tour

11-12 August: Australian Wearable Art Festival

26 October: DMA’s – How Many Dreams? Australian Tour

Booking information and Tickets: www.venue114.com.au


READ MORE ABOUT VENUE 114

Summer 2022: Out of the Box at Venue 114

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Deb has 25+ years' experience providing strategic communications and brand reputation advice to clients in the government, business and not-for-profit clients. She is passionate about Noosa and is an active member of her community, providing PR to Slow Food Noosa and other clients. Her passion lies in working with small businesses to help them succeed. She is planning to release the Tastes of Noosa cookbook with Matt Golinski in 2019.

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