Groundwater CMF celebrates ten years of country music on the Gold Coast

Celebrating unmatched artistry, unique beachside stages and a commitment to the heart and soul of country music, Groundwater Country Music Festival (CMF) is thrilled to announce yet another world-class lineup for its 10th anniversary this October.

Since its inception a decade ago, the Gold Coast’s Groundwater CMF has become a beloved annual pilgrimage for country music fans from all over Australia and the globe.

With three days of free live music by the beach featuring the country’s best country music stars, it’s no surprise the festival has earned a loyal following of fans and artists alike over its 10-year run.

Announcing 20 artists in the first lineup, 20-22 October will see the Gold Coast once again welcome some of the best Australian talent country music has to offer and a host of international guests including the return of some familiar favourites!

Taking place only steps from the golden beaches of Broadbeach, festivalgoers can experience the magic of the Gold Coast backdrop all while enjoying unbeatable performances from superstar acts such as Lee Kernaghan, Jackson Dean (USA), Casey Barnes, Amber Lawrence, Asleep at the Wheel (USA) and many more.

This year is going to be a really special party at Groundwater CMF with a decade of festivals under our belts and we are lucky to have many friends of the festival back to join us in the celebration, including the legendary Lee Kernaghan, Amber Lawrence who appeared in our inaugural lineup and of course our own local star Casey Barnes,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festival and Events Mark Duckworth.

With a new album and a national tour to boot, headlining the festival this year will be the legendary Lee Kernaghan – who needs absolutely no introduction to country music fans.

Groundwater CMF is also excited to welcome Maryland USA’s rising star Jackson Dean, who has had an astounding breakthrough year in 2023.

Australia’s reigning queen of country Amber Lawrence will be returning to the Broadbeach stage this year as will Gold Coast local and music mega-star Casey Barnes.

“I’m so excited to be coming back to the Groundwater festival. I remember being lucky enough to play the very first festival in 2013 and many times since.” – said Amber Lawrence.

“I know I’m not meant to have favourites but when it comes to Groundwater it’s definitely at the top of the list and I’m so honoured to be part of yet another amazing lineup to celebrate the 10th anniversary. This was one of the first festivals to give me a start back in the day and I’ll never forget that.” said Casey Barnes.

With many more artists still to be announced, Groundwater CMF is shaping up to be one incredible party.

Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated organisers on the 10th year of the Groundwater Country Music Festival.

“This award-winning music festival has become an icon in its own right as one of the Gold Coast’s must do, bucket list visitor experiences,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Last year more than 20,000 music fans experienced the Groundwater Country Music Festival, generating more than $9.4 million for the Gold Coast visitor economy. The unbeatable tourism combination of beach and country is why the Palaszczuk Government continues to back Groundwater as a major feature of our It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar.”

 

Bustling crowds enjoy the best of rhythm and blues under blue skies

Blues lovers from around the globe can hang up their fedoras and relish in the music and memories made during the 22nd annual Blues on Broadbeach.

Record numbers of fans, new and old, made the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast for the much-loved festival. Across four epic days, tens of thousands weaved their way through sunny Broadbeach daily to indulge in the diversity and quality of the live authentic rhythm and blues music.

Blues on Broadbeach 2023 featured over 70 artists across 16 stages, showcasing legendary names from the Australian and international blues world – as well as emerging artists. Fans and artists from all walks of life came together, a testimony to the power of rhythm and soul.

World-renowned guitarist Tommy Emmanuel headlined the festival on Friday night, with anticipated record crowds attending – proving good things are worth the wait, following the postponement of the artist’s show in 2019 due to the pandemic. Saturday night’s performance took crowds on a journey to Memphis and back with the smooth vocals of Marcus Scott sharing the stage with some true blues legends, The Bo-Keys.

The festival had an international feel this year with performances, guests and musical styles from around the globe,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festival and Events Mark Duckworth.

One transnational act returning to the Broadbeach stage was The Turner Brown Band, the collaboration of Australian ‘Backsliders’ guitarist Dom Turner, and vocalist/ sacred-steel-slide guitar extraordinaire Nikki D Brown (Ohio, USA).

Blues on Broadbeach was the festival that we launched The Turner Brown Band for the first time in 2017. To come back all these years later and see the growth, the excitement and diversity of talent is extraordinary.” – Dom Turner, The Turner Brown Band.

Blues players and blues lovers alike cannot be defined by age, gender or nationality, with an impressive 61-year age gap between 22-year-old Melbourne singer songwriter Steph Strings and 83-year-old US swamp-rock legend Tommy McLain. Facilitating a new generation of musicians to share the stages with masters of their craft, the joy and excitement was palpable as legends and fresh faces took to the Broadbeach stages to share in what they love – music.

Playing her Blues on Broadbeach debut, Steph Strings noted – “I’m pinching myself that I get to play at Blues on Broadbeach for the first time amongst a lineup of my biggest inspirations and the world’s best Blues talent.”

Building new experiences into the festival is something we’ve been really proud of this year. Spreading the footprint further into Federation Park, introducing a piano bar in Broadbeach Mall, having more integration with the local businesses and adding Secret Shows and Masterclass events for our Twelve Bar Society members, we continue to see the festival evolve year on year,” said Mark Duckworth.

The sold-out exclusive Twelve Bar Society lived up to its promise to provide bespoke experiences for members who enjoyed a festival first, a secret show from multi-award-winning Aussie great Lloyd Spiegel. Two unique masterclasses from Memphis based legends Marcus Scott and The Bo-Keys, plus an intimate session with the world’s greatest acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel were also on offer.

Tommy talked about his playing style, cutting his teeth as a session musician, collaborating with the world’s best and treated us to an unrecorded song… we couldn’t ask for more” – said Mark Duckworth.

The 2023 festival was an uplifting celebration of rhythm and blues that solidified its place as one of Australia’s most beloved music events in its two-decade run. With picture postcard weather, a beachside location and over 200 hours of world class music, it’s no wonder crowds were at an anticipated all time high proving Blues on Broadbeach 2023 is one that won’t be forgotten quickly.

Music lovers book in 16-19 May 2024, and get ready to find your rhythm at the 23rd Blues on Broadbeach.

This year’s festival wraps after an incredibly successful 2023 with thanks to our Sponsor Family: City of Gold Coast, Tourism and Events Queensland, Gold Coast Airport, Memphis Tourism, Yugambeh Region Aboriginal Corporation Alliance (YRACA), Clean Vibes, 92.5 Triple M and EventElec.

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.