Music in Paradise was a dream conjured up in tandem by Perfect Wave’s Global Marketing Manager Ben Horvath and CEO Jamie Gray.


9 years ago, Ben and Jamie first approached Californian singer/songwriter and world-renowned surfer Donavon Frankenreiter on his 2013 Corona Extra Australian tour, inviting Don and his family to experience S-Resorts Maldives and play 3 intimate shows for limited numbers in the picturesque setting.



Donavon embraced the idea, and Music In Paradise kicked off with Donavon playing 3 amazing sets and surfing his brains out in a memorable week back in winter 2014.


The concept was a unique offering whereby fans could enjoy surfing some highly rippable waves in the Maldives by day, and as the sun sets invited musical legends would perform live on the beach with the surf in the background.


Surf Music in Paradise Maldives


The plan being that the intimate gigs would guarantee that the guests who travelled could enjoy direct interaction with the performers, a front row bean bag and cocktails experience whilst socialising with like-minded fans.



In 2015, Tex Perkins played 4 amazing shows. 2016 featured Pete Murray as our special guest, again welcoming him in 2018.



in 2017 Jimmy Barnes, Diesel and Mahalia performed a week of amazingly fun gigs!



Jimmy, Diesel and co raised the bar. In fact, at their second gig inside the marquee, they pretty much raised the roof. All 180 guests were up dancing and drinking well into the night.


The first show at the Sunset Bar was groovy, whilst the third and final show at Surfers Point will go down in Music in Paradise history as one of the memorable ones.



The great news is Jimmy announced at his final show that he will be back in 2022.



May 2022 was a huge month for Music in Paradise. At Daydream Resort Whitsundays, we hosted a series of amazing events featuring Darryl Braithwaite, Richard Clapton, Diesel, The Black Sorrow, Phil Jamieson, The Living End, Troy Cassar-Daley and Ian Moss.


Ben Horvath