Following an unofficial 10-year hiatus, the epic resurrection of Gold Coast artist development team and label, Summerland Records, weighed back into the game with a belter of a national tour, engaging and touring North Carolina’s He Is Legend on their first appearances in Australia in close to eight years. A success on many levels, the national run alongside He Is Legend also consequently doubled as the ultimate injection of vigour that Summerland Record owners, Lucas Stone and Rick Trewavas, needed in renewing the vision they’d originally conceived, years before.

Speaking about the Summerland Records return, Stone shares:
“The music industry needs a shake up,” The current climate… it’s just not sustainable. For both the musician and those who work with them. So for us, aside from delivering some killer tours, bridging the gap between our artists and the rest of the world, hosting boutique arts related events AND slingin’ releases from the biggest badasses around, our focus sits atop of the hill of change. Revisit. Remodel. Restrategise. Rebuild. A handful of the old, wrapped up in a fist full o’ new. Not 100% sure where that’s gonna take us yet but we are pumped for the journey. Playing music is the most fun you can have with ya pants on so if you love it the way we do, stay close.”

Over a decade since first conceiving Summerland Records, the mission statement remains the same: to keep the spirit of music exactly where it should be: in your hands, close by and in its highest quality form. A record label and a hub for all things music, Summerland Records spans everything from live event bookings to helping you manoeuvre the music industry. First and foremost, Summerland Records is an an artist-first operation, run by musicians for musicians, under the blazing Australian sun.

Now officially back in full swing, Summerland Records is pleased to announce their first vinyl release, with Gold Coast post rockers HELM, fronted by Stone, unveiling for the first time ever their debut 2008 album Vol 1…Keelhaul on limited edition vinyl. Strictly limited to 200 copies, the 33rpm, 140gm vinyl features a double gatefold jacket and all lyrics and original artwork by Sam Haycroft.


To commemorate the return of Summerland Records, a special hometown launch event will also take place on Sunday October 15 at Dust Temple on the Gold Coast. The first of many planned industry networking events and music showcases, the official Summerland Records launch will feature pop-up shops by local, independent powerhouses such as Badlands Vinyl, Old Flame Label, Roadsick Apparel, Fortitude Brand, Padre Beer, Jamesco as well as an art & music stall containing wares from a handful of badass local artists and various merch items provided by both Summerland, the Beats Cartel artist roster and the aforementioned businesses.

The event also see live, 90’s MTV Unplugged-inspired performances by Grace Drummond (Something Something Explosion), VERUMSunk Loto‘s Jay Brown as well as a very special one off reunion for HELM  performing select songs from all three records to cap things off, post sundown.

Local bass warlock and psychedelic party starter Jack Rabbit will also kick off the afternoon filling any and all vacant space throughout the night, with his mind bending funk-fuelled trip-hoppin’.

“We couldn’t be more excited about re-launching this label in 2023,” enthuses Trewavas of the upcoming event. “Summerland Records will be a touring company as well as a traditional label that releases music for bands we love. The aim is to work with artists that may be a bit more left of centre, or artists that don’t necessarily get the opportunities that they deserve. This event will be the perfect opportunity kick things off and to meet with the local industry and music lovers in general.”

Tickets are strictly limited, definitely don’t delay securing your spot for the official launch event today and come celebrate the Aussie music industry with us this October.