Blues on Broadbeach second lineup announced

Blues on Broadbeach returns to the Gold Coast for its 22nd year this May; boasting an array of talent and artistry that has earned the beachside festival a reputation as one of Australia’s most beloved music festivals, and now one of the country’s largest.

The Festival features more than 50 acclaimed international and homegrown artists performing across multiple outdoor and indoor stages, Blues on Broadbeach is guaranteed to be all about the music, all the time. With 20 additional artists added to an already classy bill, the 2023 festival promises a musical experience as diverse as the fanbase.

Joining the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Don Walker, Emma Donovan and the Putbacks and The Kevin Borich Express, the second lineup welcomes Melbourne Ska Orchestra – who will be returning to the Blues on Broadbeach stage after nearly a decade hiatus. The Living End frontman Chris Cheney will also be debuting his first solo album and sharing the stage with swamp-pop legend Tommy McLain (USA), joined by long-time collaborator C.C. Adcock. The second lineup also features Memphis’ own Marcus Scott and the Bo Keys, Blue Shaddy, Albi & the Wolves (NZ), Little Georgia, 8 Ball Aitken, Julian James and the Moonshine State, Ian Collard, Mike Elrington plus many more… Check it out below.

“The Blues on Broadbeach team has put together a lineup for 2023 that will appeal to all our festival fans; Blues’ aficionados who have been coming to the festival for more than 20 years and new fans just discovering the genre,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events, Mark Duckworth.

“Our festival has always been about the music and celebrating excellence in Blues’ craftsmanship, and that is what we have become known for both by the artists who perform on our stages, and by our audiences.”

And where better to enjoy four days of incredible music and family-friendly fun than at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. Swinging into action from 18 May, the 2023 festival will take over four blocks of the beachside precinct, enabling Blues on Broadbeach fans to find their rhythm as they weave between the colourful and unique parks, venues, and streets of this iconic location.

Blues on Broadbeach is supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

Cooly Rocks On revving up with tickets now on sale

Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On, returns to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast from 7-11 June to celebrate the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear and organisers are gearing up for it to be bigger and better than ever.

All ticketed shows at the award-winning festival are on sale, as well as the Cooly Rocks On Moonlight Swing Dance, and for car enthusiasts the highly anticipated Show ‘N’ Shine tickets are now available.

“Record crowds of more than 136,000 people made the annual pilgrimage to Cooly Rocks On last year, to enjoy what we’re famous for – a combination of music, dancing, motors and fashion from the rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and swing eras,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth.

“This year we’ve also secured a very special show for our Elvis fans with the artist widely-considered the best Elvis Tribute Artist in the world performing on our stage, Shawn Klush, along with a host of other unique performances.”

The five-day festival is free to attend with bespoke ticketed offerings available for those who wish to elevate their Cooly Rocks On experience.

Among the experiences, car owners can secure tickets for one of the country’s biggest showcases of classic cars, the Show ‘N’ Shine, open to vehicles manufactured prior to and including 1979.

The now renowned display will take place on 10-11 June spanning seven zones showcasing more than 900 cars throughout the Coolangatta precinct.

For those eager to start their engines early, the Early Bird Show ‘N’ Shine will be held on Thursday 8 June and Friday 9 June.

Car enthusiasts can also gear up for an unforgettable experience and purchase tickets for the annual car runs across the Gold Coast which will roll out of Coolangatta on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 June.

Dancers can look forward to a favourite sell-out event, the Cooly Rocks On Moonlight Swing Dance to be hosted in the Elvis Marquee on the Coolangatta beachfront on Thursday 8 June.

For Elvis fans, be prepared to be taken through arguably the greatest era of Elvis’ live performances as Jimmy Holmes and Mark Andrew present: The King Returns to Stage ‘68-’72 on Wednesday 7 June.

Tickets are also on sale for all three rounds of the Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist (UETA) Contest. Attracting entrants from Ireland and New Zealand in 2023 this renowned annual contest is sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises with the winner going on to represent Cooly Rocks On in Memphis later this year.


Performing for the first time at Cooly Rocks On, the man dubbed ‘The closest thing to The King in concert’, Shawn Klush will take to the stage on Friday 9 June and is not to be missed.

Festival fans can secure their ticket to take a ride back in time for The Australian Beach Boys Show, paying tribute to the pure genius of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys on Saturday 10 June.

The festival’s exclusive VIP Legends Passes went on sale in December, providing fans with the ultimate Elvis inspired experience including premium seating, VIP drink service, an exclusive performance and meet and greet with Shawn Klush and fellow Elvis Tribute Artist Jimmy Holmes, VIP Legends goodie bags and much more. With over $1,000 in value, pass holders can get the ultimate VIP Elvis experience for just $449. But be quick, limited tickets remain.

Applications are also now open for the Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant, proudly presented by Celebrity Ink, bringing together the classic and rockabilly styles in one place.

The 2022 Pin-up Pageant attracted entrants from as far afield as the USA and New Zealand and is a highlight of the festival.

“There really is something for everyone at this year’s Cooly Rocks On festival and if last year’s record crowd is anything to go by, we are all looking forward to another not-to-be-missed festival this June,” said Mark Duckworth.

Produced by Major Events Gold Coast, the festival was recently awarded Gold in the Major Festivals and Events category at the Queensland Tourism Awards and is a finalist in the upcoming Australian Tourism Awards held in March.

Cooly Rocks On is supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.


Global superstar joins a list of renowned music acts on the Gold Coast for music month

The summer vibes are sticking around all through February on the Gold Coast with a month of huge live music events that will see fans from across the country flock to the beachside destination.

Tickets are sold out for the Gold Coast stop of Harry Styles’ Love on Tour with out-of-region visitors making up the majority of ticket sales to the 28 February show at Metricon Stadium.

Earlier in the month international heavyweight Ben Harper and Australia’s own sibling duo Angus and Julia Stone will headline SummerSalt music festival on 12 February, with UK pop sensation Charli XCX and fellow Brit DJ Duke Dumont leading the bill at For The Love on 25 February.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said for music fans February will be a month not to miss on the Gold Coast. “Securing Harry Styles’ only Queensland performance was a huge win for the Gold Coast’s burgeoning music tourism industry and highlights the city’s growing profile as an international music event destination,” said Ms McCormick.

“A huge percentage of the tickets sold for Harry’s concert have been from interstate fans which translates to an economic windfall for local businesses. Many concert goers won’t just come for the concert but for a holiday as well, spending at least a few days seeing everything else this beautiful destination has to offer, staying in our hotels and eating out in our restaurants and cafés.”

Roger Field, President, Live Nation Asia Pacific said: “It’s great to see an artist of the calibre of Harry Styles coming to the Gold Coast, alongside the likes of Jack Johnson, Tim Minchin, Festival X, Spilt Milk, 5SOS, Benee Urzila Carlson, Jimmy Rees and Russell Howard. These major events are more than just a big night out. They drive visitation and support businesses.”

“There is clearly a demand for live music on the Gold Coast, and that’s why we are committed to growing the entertainment offering, and audience.”

The multiple Grammy Award-winning artist is just one of the big names coming to the Gold Coast during the month of February.

“We’re excited to welcome back SummerSalt and For The Love in 2023, both music festivals proved popular last year, and this year’s lineups are looking even more impressive, we are delighted to be able to support their return this year,” said Ms McCormick.

SummerSalt returns on 12 February with an incredible bill of international and homegrown artists including Angus & Julia Stone, Ben Harper, City and Colour, The Rubens, Middle Kids, and Alex the Astronaut.

The family-friendly festival sold out in 2022 and has moved to Broadwater Parklands in Southport in 2023 to accommodate more fans. Tickets for SummerSalt can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

For The Love is again at Doug Jennings Park at The Spit on 25 February as part of a four-city national tour. Designed to be the soundtrack to summer, headliners include global pop sensation Charli XCX, beloved dance icons Duke Dumont, Sonny Fedora & Snakehips and Aussie favourites Cosmo’s Midnight, Budjerah, Kye, Sumner and Jade Zoe. More information can be found on the For The Love website with tickets available to purchase oztix.

“We can’t wait to bring For The Love back to the Gold Coast and along with it an incredible lineup of top-tier international artists and Aussie favourites,” said Director Ben Tucker.

“The Spit provides the perfect natural waterside amphitheatre that our music and lifestyle festival has become known for and were expecting great crowds to turn out to enjoy an unforgettable sun-drenched experience.”

“There is simply no better time to visit the Gold Coast if you are a music fan than February with three huge music events,’’ said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate. “We are already attracting some of the biggest names in the music industry to our city and some of the country’s most popular touring music festivals, and we’re determined to continue to grow as a music destination providing Australian and overseas visitors with even more reasons to holiday here.”

“The Gold Coast is continuing to grow as a must-visit live music destination, and where else would you want to go to see live music with so many other things to do and see while you’re here,” said Ms McCormick. “We are excited to continue to work with music promoters to secure more international and national live music events and festivals for the city.”

And February 2024 is set to be just as big as 2023 for major music events on the Gold Coast, with the announcement that three-time Grammy Award-winning US singer P!NK is set to perform at Metricon Stadium on 20 February 2024 as part of her P!NK Summer Carnival tour.