Rudd, Murray headline surfing concert

By ROB LAYTON

SURF rock stars Xavier Rudd and Pete Murray will headline a program of free live music on the Quiksilver Pro main stage at Snapper Rocks this weekend.

Once the world's leading men and women competitors end each days' surfing action, beachgoers are encouraged to stick around for the free music.

Xavier Rudd will take to the main stage tomorrow night and Pete Murray will be the headlining act on Sunday night. About a dozen musical acts have been scheduled for the free entertainment, which began last night with popular Gold Coast bands Mason Rack, Braxton and The Winnie Coopers.

Xavier Rudd has become one of the country's most popular independent artists for his roots music and one-man-band set-up that usually includes stomp box and didgeridoo.

Pete Murray is a chart-topper whose songs about the romance of the surfing lifestyle has made him a stadium act in Australia.

Tonight the first band on stage is The Incredible Strand who broke through last year on youth radio Triple J with the single You Broke my Heart at the Big Day Out.

They are followed by singer-songwriter Josh Boots and later dynamic Gold Coast pop and ska outfit Dr Octopus.

As well as Xavier Rudd on the Saturday bill are melodic power rockers The Eighth Colour, a three-piece that grew up listening to the Seattle sound of Soundgarden and Pearl.

Also on Saturday night is Moonjuice, who are making a name for their "good time West Coast Californian/Australia vibe".



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