Surfers Paradise to host Gold Coast SuperCarnivale

NEW GOLD COAST EVENT UNVEILED A three-day SuperCarnivale of entertainment was announced on the Gold Coast tonight, with the Great Lawn of the Broadwater Parklands hosting the launch of the Gold Coast's new annual entertainment festival to take...

NEW GOLD COAST EVENT UNVEILED

A three-day SuperCarnivale of entertainment was announced on the Gold Coast tonight, with the Great Lawn of the Broadwater Parklands hosting the launch of the Gold Coast's new annual entertainment festival to take place in 2010 over Friday October 22 -- Sunday October 24.

Attended by around 400 members of the media, local community, business, Government and sponsors, the re-launch of the event - now managed by Gold Coast based V8 Supercars Australia - included the introduction of Armor All as the major naming rights sponsor, 18 international stars unveiled and the confirmation of three massive nightly concerts at the Broadwater Parklands during the event.

Major artists performing each night include Empire of the Sun, London DJ Ian Carey from the Ministry of Sound, Kid Kenobe and MC Shureshock, Richard Clapton, Hook N Sling, the Baby Animals, Sneaky Sound System, Funkoars, Static Revenger featuring Luciana, James Reyne, Mondo Rock, The Angels, The Potbelleez, Noiseworks and The Only.

They will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in a massive line-up of Australian and international artists just 600m from the circuit precinct.

The feature international Act will be announced in late May.

People can access the entire weekend including the racing, on-track entertainment and every concert for as little as $136 (full ticket prices listed below).

The Armor All Gold Coast 600 will be the official name of the V8 Supercar Championship Series component as part of the SuperCarnivale which will take in the 18 international drivers and 16 Artists that will play across three big nights at Broadwater Parklands, as well as massively reduced ticket prices compared to last year.

The emphasis on families has meant a total redesign of the circuit, cheaper and more grandstand seat options, with most covered, the clearing out of Macintosh Island Park for all new family and alcohol free zones, new general admission areas and easier access around the circuit.

"Because of the world-wide reputation of V8 Supercars these international drivers want to come to the Gold Coast to co-drive with our home-grown Champions such as Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander -- drivers who can mix it with the best in the world," said Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.

"They will take part in the Armor All Gold Coast 600; however, the Gold Coast Supercarnivale is more than just a car race. There will be a huge range of on and off track activities for families, race goers and spectators at this totally refreshed event.

"Most ticket prices will be substantially reduced with the Gold Coast Bulletin offering coupons to allow free entry for children 12 and under, so long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.

"With a new format and different attractions, the Gold Coast SuperCarnivale will be a huge motor-racing and tourism drawcard for the region.

"In fact, it's estimated that more than $60 milllion will be injected into the Queensland economy and more than 500 jobs will be created."

V8 Supercars Chairman Tony Cochrane said he was ecstatic with the launch of the new Armor All Gold Coast 600 which will feature some of the biggest names in the sporting world from 12 different countries.

"A SuperCarnivale of entertainment, the event will be headlined by the Armor All Gold Coast 600 in their third endurance event for the season, pairing with 18 international drivers (one per team) across two 300km races over the three day event," said Cochrane.

"Combining racing with entertainment, the Rock'n'Race format that has proved so popular at other events such as the Sydney Telstra 500 and the Clipsal 500 will be an integral part of the Gold Coast race, with the Broadwater Parklands precinct to host concerts for up to 35,000 same day event patrons each night of the event.

"Admission to the concerts is free with a same day event ticket, as will be all of the on-track entertainment and plenty of other racing from the best Australian support categories.

"With the new look launched tonight we also welcome Armor All as naming rights sponsors in a four-year extension to their already extensive involvement in our Championship."

Event Name The Armor All Gold Coast 600 is the official name of the racing element of the Gold Coast SuperCarnivale

Entertainment Precinct The Broadwater Parklands were confirmed this evening as the official off-track entertainment precinct and host of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday night concerts.

Artists
The massive concert lineup includes some of the best acts from all genres performing across three nights. These include:

- Empire of the Sun
- Ian Carey from the Ministry of Sound
- Kid Kenobe and MC Shureshock
- The Baby Animals
- Static Revenger featuring Luciana
- Sneaky Sound System
- Hook N Sling
- Funkoars
- The Only
- Richard Clapton
- Noiseworks
- Mondo Rock
- The Angels
- The Potbelleez
- James Reyne
- As well as local DJs kicking off each night

The feature international Artist will be announced in late May with more Artists still in discussions.

International Drivers
The 18 international drivers and the V8 Supercar teams they will pair with was announced this evening. For the two-car teams with one international driver, expect confirmation of which car the international will compete in following the Bathurst endurance event over October 7-10.

- Sebastien Bourdais -- France -- Dick Johnson Racing
- David Brabham -- Australia -- Stone Brothers Racing
- Ryan Briscoe -- Australia -- Toll Holden Racing Team
- Scott Dixon -- NZ -- Jack Daniel's Racing
- Dario Franchitti -- Scotland -- Jim Beam Racing
- Heinz-Harald Frentzen -- Germany -- Wilson Security Racing
- Fabrizio Giovanardi -- Italy -- Brad Jones Racing
- Patrick Long -- USA -- Fujitsu Racing
- Alain Menu -- Switzerland --Brad Jones Racing
- Tiago Monteiro -- Portugal -- Centaur Racing
- Gianni Morbidelli -- Italy -- Triple F Racing
- Yvan Muller -- France -- Paul Morris Motorsport
- Will Power -- Australia -- Ford Performance Racing
- Andy Priaulx -- UK -- TeamVodafone
- Scott Pruett -- USA -- Lucas Dumbrell Racing
- Mika Salo -- Finland -- Bundaberg Red Racing Team
- Alex Tagliani -- Canada -- Kelly Racing
- Jacques Villeneuve -- Canada -- The Bottle-O Racing Team Ticketing

Information
Tickets sales were officially launched today for those who have in the past purchased grandstand tickets for the event, with those patrons having the first right of refusal ahead of the general ticket on-sale. Tickets will go on sale to the general public through Ticketek on Tuesday April 27. They can be purchased through Ticketek.com.au or on 132 849.

Grandstand (Pre-sale) - PLUS Ticketek fees starting from $5.95
Platinum - Adult: $310.00; Family (2 Adults and 2 kids): $930.00; Child (3-17yrs): $230.00
Gold - Adult: $265.00; Family (2 Adults and 2 kids): $795.00; Child (3 - 17yrs): $200.00
Silver - Adult: $185.00; Family (2 Adults and 2 kids): $555.00; Child (3-17yrs): $140.00

General Admission (Pre-Sale) - PLUS Ticketek fees starting from $5.95
3-Day - Adult: $130.00; Concession: $110.00
Weekend - Adult: $110.00; Concession: $95.00
Sunday - Adult: $75.00; Concession: $65.00
Saturday - Adult: $75.00; Concession: $65.00
Friday - Adult: $43.00; Concession: $33.00

-source: bammedia

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Series Supercars
Drivers Fabrizio Giovanardi , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Jacques Villeneuve , Andy Priaulx , David Brabham , Mika Salo , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Scott Pruett , Tiago Monteiro , Garth Tander , Sébastien Bourdais , Yvan Muller , Patrick Long , Ryan Briscoe , Brad Jones , Craig Lowndes , Paul Morris , Jamie Whincup , Will Power , Gianni Morbidelli , Dick Johnson , Tony Cochrane , Alain Menu , Jim Beam
Teams Brad Jones Racing , Holden Racing Team