By SHEA DAWSON
After countless delays, Sunshine Coast music lovers can look forward to the official opening of NightQuarter at Stockland Birtinya on November 6.
The $8 million entertainment precinct has been designed to appeal with tourists and locals alike.
The 7000sq m space will be packed with 40 food stallholders and five stages.
It operated on the Gold Coast for three years before making the move to the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast brothers Sam and Tim Aitken (above), better known as indie-pop band Sametime, performed at NightQuarter on the Gold Coast from when it first opened.
Sam says he is stoked to have the venue moving closer to home.
“We’ve had this relationship with NightQuarter for so many years,” he says.
“When we heard it was opening up right on the Sunshine Coast where we live, we were like ‘Oh hell yeah!’”
NightQuarter owner Michelle Christoe says she remembers booking Sametime as buskers on the Gold Coast and has loved watching them grow.
“NightQuarter’s all about incubating local talent,” Ms Christoe says.
“It’s in our DNA.”
Sametime is slated to perform on opening night along with a selection of local artists.
Their upcoming single will be debuted and released on the night.
Sam said he’s looking forward to breaking new ground for the band after working on a new sound during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We’re gonna go full party mode and celebrate the opening, and also celebrate the fact that we can play live cause we haven’t been able to do it for so long,” he says.