“A genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience featuring 3 amazing island getaway gigs.”
Join The Church for 3 incredibly intimate gigs on this specially curated Music in Paradise event in the heart of the warm, sunny, tropical Maldives at beautiful Kandooma Resort.
This is both a music experience and week-long holiday in the tropics not to be missed!
Under The Milky Way In The Maldives.

May 3-10, 2025

The Church Maldives

What we Love
The Legacy

The Church are into their fifth decade of making music with all the fierce creative energy of their early years. Their highly cinematic and atmospheric blend of indie rock, shimmering post-punk, icy dreampop and psychedelic post-rock ensures their live shows mesmerize. The Church’s international hit ‘Under the Milky Way’ is regarded as one of the most influential and recognizable Australian rock anthems of all time.

MEET YOUR MUSIC ICONS

This specifically curated Music in Paradise event features Australian music legends performing in an idyllic location. In this instance The Church will host a meet and greet session where you will have the opportunity to meet these iconic legends, get a professional photo opportunity and perhaps even share a tale over a beer or cocktail if you’re lucky.

MUSIC IN PARADISE

Music in Paradise inspires a very special experience – one that promises maximum fun, dancing and socialising in luxury and style. Pull up a bean bag, cocktail, bourbon or beer in hand, and dance the night away.

PRICING & PACKAGES
AU$1,060 off
Gold Experience (Early Bird)
AU$3,950 AU$2,890

price is per person, double share.
Event dates: April 5-12, 2025.
You can purchase limited single packages here.

INCLUSIONS:
GOLD Experience
  • Entry to 3 Nightly Exclusive Events
  • 3 Intimate Performances
  • Music in Paradise Welcome Bag
  • Event T-shirt
  • Music in Paradise Event Poster
  • Meet and Greet with the band.
  • Professional photo with the artists.
  • MIP Client liaison

20

available

ENQUIRE

AU$1,060 off
VIP Experience (Early Bird)
AU$4,450 AU$3,390

price is per person, double share.
Event dates: April 5-12, 2025.
You can purchase limited single packages here.

INCLUSIONS:
VIP Experience
  • Entry to 3 Nightly Exclusive Events
  • 3 Intimate Performances
  • Music in Paradise Welcome Bag
  • Event T-shirt
  • Music in Paradise Event Poster
  • Meet and Greet with the Band.
  • Professional photo with the artists.
  • 1 Group Yoga Session
  • 1 Group Learn to Surf Experience
  • MIP Client liaison

20

available

ENQUIRE

AU$1,100 off
Ultimate Experience (Early Bird)
AU$5,990 AU$4,890

price is per person, double share.
Event dates: April 5-12, 2025.
You can purchase limited single packages here.

INCLUSIONS:
ULTIMATE Experience
  • Welcome Bottle of Sparkling Wine
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception with MIP Team
  • Entry to 3 Nightly Exclusive Events
  • 3 Intimate Performances
  • Music in Paradise Welcome Bag
  • Event T-shirt
  • Music in Paradise Event Poster
  • Meet and Greet with the Band.
  • Professional photo with the Artists.
  • Exclusive VIP section
  • Unlimited Group Yoga Sessions
  • Unlimited Group Learn to Surf Experiences
  • Ultimate Sunset / Dolphin Cruise
  • MIP Client liaison

10

available

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AU$1,200 off
Platinum Experience (Early Bird)
AU$10,990 AU$9,790

price is per person, double share.
Event dates: April 5-12, 2025.

 

INCLUSIONS:
  • Return Speedboat airport transfers to/from Male Airport & Resort
  • Welcome drink and cold towel on arrival
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in COMO Cocoa Island Resort in a Dhoni Water Villa – Twin / Double Share for 2 adults
  • Half Board Meal Plan – breakfast and 3-course lunch or dinner per person per day.
  • Bottled water in villa daily.
  • Coffee and tea making facilities in villa.
  • Selected items in minibar replenished on daily basis.
  • COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities.
  • Beach bag and flip flops.
  • Use of non-motorised water sports equipment.
  • Scheduled wellness class six times per week.
  • Access to COMO Shambhala Retreat (steam room, hydrotherapy pool, 24-hour gym).
PLATINUM Experience
  • Return transfers from Cocoa Island Resort to Kandooma for performances (5-10min boat ride).
  • Entry to 3 Nightly Exclusive Events.
  • 3 Intimate Sunset Performances.
  • Music in Paradise Gift Bag.
  • Music in Paradise Event Poster.
  • Meet and Greet with the band
  • Professional photo with the band
  • Exclusive VIP seating.
  • Unlimited Group Learn to Surf Experiences.
  • Unlimited Group Yoga Sessions.
  • Welcome VIP Cocktail Reception with Music in Paradise team.
  • MIP Client liaison.

10

available

ENQUIRE

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Few bands enter their fifth decade of making music with all the fierce creative energy of their early years.

Even fewer bands are like The Church. Experiencing a renaissance of sorts with their worldwide critically-hailed 26th album The Hypnogogue and a world tour that took them through North America, the UK, Europe and Australia, The Church was met with fervent audiences who embraced not only their early catalog but their new material as well.

The Church

Starting in 1980, The Church continued expanding their highly cinematic and atmospheric blend of indie rock, shimmering post-punk, icy dreampop and psychedelic post-rock without retreading their steps.

Beginning with classic early albums ‘Of Skins and Heart’, ‘The Blurred Crusade’, ‘Heyday’ and ‘Starfish’. ‘Starfish’ was the 1988 album that broke into the mainstream and gave The Church the international hit ‘Under the Milky Way’. The hit single has been regarded as one of the most influential and recognizable Australian rock anthems of all time. The renowned five-piece line-up is made up of bassist, vocalist and founder Steve Kilbey along with long- time collaborator, drummer and producer Tim Powles, who’s remained a staple across 17 albums since 1994. Joining them is guitarist Ian Haug, who has been strumming with the band since 2013 and formerly of Australian rock icons Powderfinger. Touring multi-instrumentalist talent Jeffrey Cain is now a full time member since the departure of Peter Koppes in early 2020. Rounding out the members is the newly recruited Ashley Naylor, one of Australia’s finest guitarists and is a long-time member of Paul Kelly’s touring band. Entering their fourth decade as a band, The Church continue to remain a treasured creative force.

UNCUT encapsulated this idea when they wrote in their 8 out of 10 review that “The Hypnogogue is like every other Church album, and nothing quite like any of them; both statements are intended as compliments.” A monumental concept album, The Hypnogogue found The Church honing in on their bespoke sound without retreading creative steps, unveiling a cinematic record that couples their trademark psychedelic-splashed indie rock with a dystopian narrative – a first for the band. Featuring pre-album release singles “The Hypnogogue”, “C’est La Vie” and “No Other You,” the album offers a pool of melancholy tones and psychedelic swells, transporting listeners to another realm, guided by its striking science fiction narrative. Reading like a short story from visionary science fiction author Philip K. Dick (“A Scanner Darkly,” “Electric Dreams”), The Hypnogogue is a retro-futuristic, dystopian tale that revolves around a fictional machine (the “Hypnogogue”) that extracts music directly from subconscious dreams. As fans’ love of the band grew with the advent of the new record and its new direction, critics embraced them too. Rolling Stone quipped, “In full flight, Kilbey plays the bass with a power and intent once reserved for ascending Lancaster bomber pilots in WWII.” Vive Le Rock rated it a 9 out of 10 and calls the album “a great leap forward, thanks to the incredible melting pot of talent that Kilbey is now stirring.” American Songwriter praised, “On The Hypnogogue, the quintet creates fluid moods, moving in idiosyncratic directions while maintaining the shadowy gaze that has defined The Church’s style.” Classic Rock hailed, “The Hypnogogue finds [Steve Kilbey] close to the top of his game… The best bands have the capacity to surprise even after decades at the coal face. That The Church remain so vigorous and vibrant is a delightful surprise indeed.”

To continue the excitement that the music world at large was experiencing, Steve Kilbey and band decided to further the storyline of the Hypnogogue by returning to the studio to add additional tracks for a deluxe edition of The Hypnogogue to be released this Fall 2023. While the digital companion to the album will be available worldwide on DSPs, a special physical deluxe edition will be available to purchase as a standalone physical format at merch on the upcoming U.S. dates. Starting in 1980, The Church continued expanding their highly cinematic and atmospheric blend of indie rock, shimmering post-punk, icy dreampop and psychedelic post-rock without retreading their steps. Beginning with classic early albums ‘Of Skins and Heart’, ‘The Blurred Crusade’, ‘Heyday’ and ‘Starfish’. ‘Starfish’ was the 1988 album that broke into the mainstream and gave The Church the international hit ‘Under the Milky Way’. The hit single has been regarded as one of the most influential and recognizable Australian rock anthems of all time. The renowned five-piece line-up is made up of bassist, vocalist and founder Steve Kilbey along with long- time collaborator, drummer and producer Tim Powles, who’s remained a staple across 17 albums since 1994. Joining them is guitarist Ian Haug, who has been strumming with the band since 2013 and formerly of Australian rock icons Powderfinger. Touring multi-instrumentalist talent Jeffrey Cain is now a full time member since the departure of Peter Koppes in early 2020. Rounding out the members is the newly recruited Ashley Naylor, one of Australia’s finest guitarists and is a long-time member of Paul Kelly’s touring band.

Entering their fourth decade as a band, The Church continue to remain a treasured creative force.

 

“Relax all day, share in great music, dance long into the evening!”

Birds of Tokyo Maldives 2023

Birds of Tokyo Maldives 2023

Birds of Tokyo Maldives 2023

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives offers an unbeatable holiday experience for those searching for that extra special touch! Located on a private island in the South Male Atoll, the resort features spectacular architecture inspired by sea barnacles and exudes a tropical island atmosphere, lush tropical greenery, white sand beaches and turquoise waters are more than enough paradise for guests to enjoy relaxed seclusion and privacy.

All the accommodation has been built around the edge of or on the water. Each villa type is fresh and contemporary in appearance, with clean lines and minimal clutter, incorporating all modern amenities, whilst retaining the warmth of natural wood finishes. Large windows mean that you are only a glance away from the great blue outdoors. Choose from Gold – Beach Villas, VIP – 2 Storey Beach Houses and Ultimate – Overwater Bungalows.

Where you'll be

Located on a private island in the South Male Atoll, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives offers an amazing Maldives holiday experience to those looking for an easy-going tropical island atmosphere. White sand beaches, lush tropical greenery, numerous swimming pools and turquoise waters are more than enough paradise for guests to enjoy relaxed seclusion and privacy, making it a popular choice with families and couples young and old.

Where you'll sleep

For Music In Paradise, Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives offer three categories of accommodation: Beach Villas, Seaview Beach Houses and Overwater Bungalows. All the accommodation has been built around the edge of or on the water. Each villa type is fresh and contemporary in appearance, with stylish beachy decor, whitewashed timber floors, state of the art beds and your choice of pillows (hard or soft), fresh oranges with orange press and quality tea and coffee neatly compliment any occasion.

What you'll eat

Enjoy a culinary journey as Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, eating and drinking experiences offer everything from sumptuous buffets served at the Cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner; to the classy a la carte restaurant, ‘The Kitchen’ offering fine beachfront dining. Wake up to fresh squeezed orange juice whilst lounging next to the amazing infinity pool flowing out on to the white sandy beach and turquoise lagoon beyond where the resident manta rays play for your snorkelling pleasure. The Sunset Bar offers the perfect sunset chill out session. You will be on sensory overload!

Once-in-a-lifetime Experience

Unforgettable experiences are the heart of the Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, with a long list of remarkable outdoor and water adventures on offer, from picnic island trips, to aqua surfaris and windsurfing just a booking away. Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives activities cater to everyone, be it the advanced diver, the extreme sport enthusiast or the family in need of some tranquil chill out time in the Maldives’ magical wilderness.

Evening activities on offer may include live music, discos and local folklore. You can also enjoy tennis, football, table-tennis and darts, as well as just relaxing in the expansive resort pool. Plenty to keep you busy when you are not surfing or soaking up the sun on Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives’ beach! For a sampling of Maldivian life, visits to Guraidhoo can be arranged.

World’s Most Breathtaking Yoga

Taught by the resident yoga-instructor, the vinyasa-style yoga class weaves together the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of your vacation, to help you centre yourself in a space of complete wellness and relaxation. Suitable for yogis of every level, the yoga classes can be an inspiring start to the day, or a way to unwind into your island evening.

 

 

Mesmerizing Tropical Ecosystem

Manta rays, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, oriental sweetlips, parrotfish, green turtles and other rare species of marine life are commonly found among Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives’ home reefs. The Dive Centre is comprehensively equipped to meet the needs of advanced divers but also suitable and thoughtfully set up for absolute beginners. Bubblemaker – for kids, Discover Scuba Diving – the first encounter with the wonders of marine life! And a multitude of PADI training courses are available.

Exclusive Surfing, Perfect Waves

Perfect Wave, the world’s largest surf tour operator, run the surf program at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives and boast experienced resident surf guides and surf instructors. Surfing is exclusive and limited to a maximum 50 surfers, so you must pre-register for the surf program. The surf breaks around Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives have something for everyone, from beginners that want to move to an intermediate level to experienced surfers wanting fast barrels and rippable walls.

Refresh & Reset

The idyllic setting at the COMO Shambhala Spa at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives sets the scene of serenity and calm and is the perfect getaway from all the pressures and demands of today’s modern world. The spa experience is all about energizing in a natural environment with its wide range of therapeutic massages and spa treatments in five treatment rooms with breathtaking oceanic views.

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