Free live music returns as SPRINGTIME 2023 reveals artist lineup

After bringing nothing but three days of good times, live music, art, entertainment and skateboarding to tens of thousands of music lovers on iconic Surfers Paradise beach in 2022, SPRINGTIME is back this September!

Bringing in Spring with a bang, the free, all-ages contemporary music festival will kick off on Friday 1 September, and run for three days and three nights. True to its promise, SPRINGTIME 2023 will continue to shine a spotlight on Australian artists, and highlight local music, arts and the skate scene while celebrating the best parts of the country’s most popular beachside destination.

With an ethos built around celebrating music from across Australia, SPRINGTIME is excited to welcome back presenting partner triple j, who have been championing homegrown talent for almost five decades.

Taking place across two stages, including the Main Stage and the newly named Dr Martens Street Stage, SPRINGTIME’s music lineup for the sophomore year will include ethereal indie-pop icon Matt Corby. Hot off the heels of his first record in five years ‘Everything’s Fine’’ and a slew of sold-out tour dates around the globe, Matt Corby will be making his SPRINGTIME debut on Sunday evening, marking his only free show on his tour and putting a pin in those Sunday blues before the work week takes hold on Monday.

New Zealand alt-pop artist BENEE, fresh from massive performances at Coachella, Field Day and Paddock In The Park will make her first appearance on the Gold Coast since selling out HOTA in early 2022. Australia’s favourite party-starting duo Bag Raiders, the smooth textured sounds of Gold Coast based electropop artist Boo Seeka and Queensland’s very own multi-award-winning artist Sycco will also be gracing the beachside stages of SPRINGTIME in 2023.

Having all performed around the country at some of Australia’s largest music festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Laneway, The Grass Is Greener and The Drop, they’ll now all be appearing at SPRINGTIME for free.

Focusing on putting homegrown talent front and centre, SPRINGTIME also welcomes Australia’s favourite psych-pop outfit Babe Rainbow, indie-rock tour de force Eliza & The Delusionals, rising pop powerhouse Bella Amor, beloved pop artist grentperez, Brisbane indie-pop act yb. and a performance from Sunshine & Faith Disco Choir, who will be bringing their unique blend of disco-house and gospel from Melbourne to the beachfront.

The lineup, which boasts more than 30 artists, doesn’t end there with additional sets from Girl & Girl, Mitch Santiago, Daste., Chutney, Greatest Hits, Dizzy Days, Austin Mackay, Radolescent, Lemaire, The Vultures, Betty Taylor, Big Fuzz, Tomorrow’s Forecast, N’jaane, Bill Durry and Jason Van Miert.

Beyond the live music element of the event, live art mural painting will return, adding a splash of colour to Surfers Paradise. Don’t miss the chance to watch SPRINGTIME’s artists paint in real time across the festival precinct.

In addition to coming on board as a Major Partner of the event, iconic footwear brand Dr Martens will also make a splash on the coastline this September as the Official Festival Sandal of SPRINGTIME, offering up a solution for festival goers looking to strut through the streets by day and boogie on the beach by night.

SPRINGTIME will also welcome back the newly named Vans Skate Plaza in a redesigned form, showcasing the official Vans Skate Team on a pop up, beachfront skatepark over three days. SPRINGTIME is excited to welcome Vans on board as a Support Partner in 2023 and as the festival’s Official Skate Shoe.

Stay tuned because Shock Therapy Arts – the creative minds behind 2022’s eye catching performance art piece ‘The Cleaners’ – will also return with a brand new, top secret interactive performance installation.

Dedicated to celebrating the Gold Coast’s flourishing music scene, SPRINGTIME will again be partnering with the Gold Coast Music Awards (GCMAs) who will be hosting a SPRINGTIME launch party following the conclusion of the annual awards on Thursday 31 August.

With the launch party kicking off directly after the Awards ceremony, it’s the perfect opportunity to profile the incredible local talent we have here on the Gold Coast, while also making sure we kick off the weekend long festival program in a memorable way,” said GCMA Director Chloe Popa. “The Gold Coast boasts world-class musicians and live-performance opportunities, that the city can be proud of.”

We are pumped to be bringing SPRINGTIME back in 2023 for more good times and an unmissable lineup of incredible homegrown artists, “ said Festival Director Mark Duckworth. “We created this festival to first and foremost showcase the very best of Australia’s contemporary artists as well as to celebrate and support the musical talent right here in our own backyard on the Gold Coast. I am proud to say we were able to achieve that, and more, in 2022 and saw some impressive crowds come along to enjoy our free festival on the beach. We can’t wait to welcome them all back this Spring.”

Those looking to make a long weekend out of the event are in luck! The Gold Coast punches well above its weight when it comes to dishing up top-tier food and drink options and hosts a never-ending list of high-end hotels, quirky boutique options and family-friendly accommodation smack bang in the middle of Australia’s ultimate major event destination.

Meet SPRINGTIME’s 2023 Sponsor Family here.

More than 65 artists across 16 stages, Blues on Broadbeach full program unveiled

If you haven’t already, now is the time to book your flights to the Gold Coast in May with the full festival program for the legendary Blues on Broadbeach revealed.

Now in its 22nd year, one of Australia’s favourite festivals returns from 18-21 May with more than 20 additional acts added to an already stacked lineup.

The full program is now live online with four jam-packed days of live rhythm and blues music, including Tommy Emmanuel, Don Walker, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Emma Donovan & the Putbacks plus many more international and homegrown sensations.

Among the fresh artists added to the 2023 bill is the globe-trotting multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter powerhouse Minnie Marks and Brisbane’s three-time Australian Blues Music Award winners and Australian Roots Music Award nominees Blues Arcadia.

A highlight of this year’s program will be the recently announced world-first exclusive performance from the electric Marcus Scott & The Bo-Keys.

Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, previous Tower of Power frontman (2016-2020) Marcus Scott is bringing his explosive and compelling lead vocals to The Bo-Keys all-star cast of legendary soul masters. Lead by Emmy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated composer Scott Bomar, The Bo-Keys feature some of Memphis’ most renowned and respected blues craftsmen.

I am extremely excited and also honoured to be sharing the stage with this great band The Bo-Keys. We are about to take you on a musical journey giving you a taste of our Memphis history and then will bring you right back to the present day! Please join me Marcus Scott along with The Bo-Keys as we share a chemistry like no other that is bound to take you on an unforgettable ride from beginning to end. This will truly be one of the best blues parties you will ever experience!” – Marcus Scott

Marcus Scott and The Bo-Keys will also be hosting a unique masterclass as part of an exclusive offering for members of the Twelve Bar Society. The Twelve Bar Society was launched in 2022 and is made for blues lovers. The membership gives you the chance to experience Blues on Broadbeach with a difference, and includes masterclasses, a members only ‘Secret Show’, an exclusive VIP bar with up-close main stage viewing garden, limited-edition merchandise and more.

Memberships for 2023 are still on sale but are limited and selling fast so secure yours now for $149 plus booking fee (total $154.80), only through Oztix.

Twelve Bar Society members will also have the privilege of hearing from Grammy Award nominee Tommy Emmanuel. Widely regarded as one of the greatest acoustic guitarists of all time for his percussive and complex fingerpicking style, you don’t want to miss this exclusive masterclass.

I am so happy to be finally able to come back to play my beloved Australia. It’s been a tough time in our world lately, and I find that music is needed more than ever. Since I’ve been back touring again, I sense a new feeling of JOY that people have for the live experience, just like the old days when people hear you play for the first time. It’s an awakening, a reminder of the beauty of music – seeing, feeling, and experiencing an event filled with truth, love, sacrifice, dedication and letting go. Relax, let it all go, come and have fun!” – Tommy Emmanuel

The Gold Coast is proud to have been home to this very special multi-award-winning festival for the past 22 years. If you haven’t already got enough reasons to visit the Gold Coast, here’s another! Where else can you see some of the world’s best rhythm and blues musicians just steps from some of the globes’ best stretches of beach.” – Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.

You won’t miss a beat of this beachside blues extravaganza with the upgraded festival app providing the perfect companion to your Blues on Broadbeach adventure, right in your pocket. Download the app in advance and make sure to plan ahead with schedules and alerts – plus dive deeper with extra artist and event info, festival map and updates.

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.