Iconic Australian artists head up star-studded 2024 Groundwater Country Music Festival lineup

With more than a decade under its belt, the award-winning Groundwater Country Music Festival returns this October bringing some of Australian country music’s most iconic artists to the Gold Coast.

Announced on the festival’s first lineup is none other than the Queen of Country, legendary songstress Kasey Chambers.

The multi-award-winning Aussie artist leads a star-studded 2024 line up alongside acclaimed acts including Canadian singer-songwriter Tim Hicks, country music legend Jim Lauderdale (USA) and Grammy-nominated artist Gord Bamford (CAN).

They are joined by some of Australia’s favorite names in country including the multiple Golden Guitar winning Felicity Urquhart & John Cunningham, Taylor Moss, Josh Setterfield and rising stars Max Jackson and Sweet Talk, as well as local Gold Coast performer Emily Grace Taylor just to name just a few.

More than 20 artists have been announced in the first lineup to play the three-day Groundwater Country Music Festival (CMF) from 18-20 October 2024 held just steps from one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic beaches. The unique country festival by the coast has long been a favourite for artists and fans alike and has become an annual pilgrimage for lovers of country music.

“October is our favourite time of the year where we get to present another stacked lineup of Aussie country icons, some fantastic international talent, and a heap of festival friends,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth. “It has been a few years since Kasey Chambers has played Groundwater CMF, we are excited to have her return with the band for an epic show.”

With 12 award winning albums under her belt, Kasey Chambers’ brilliant songwriting and world-class performance have earned her a rightful position on the global country artist stage and is one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation in Australia. In 2018 she was honoured by being the youngest female ever to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. This will be Kasey’s first performance at Groundwater CMF since 2017 and will be one not to miss.

Gracing the Groundwater CMF stage for the first time is Canadian country star Tim Hicks. Hailing from Ontario, the singer-songwriter’s vast catalogue of highly praised releases has earned him multiple Gold and Platinum records and a strong following around the world. Hicks’ ascent as an elite chart-topping act since making his country label debut in 2013 is undeniable and country fans can expect something very special from his performance on the Gold Coast.

“I couldn’t be more excited to make the trip down to the Gold Coast in October! It’s been FAR too long since we’ve come to see our friends down under and to say the boys and I are pumped would be the understatement of the year! We’ve got an action-packed set planned and we can’t wait to get everyone singing and stomping along. See you in October Groundwater Country Music Festival!” – Tim Hicks

Gord Bamford is Australian Country Music’s best kept secret, born in Traralgon Victoria but based in Canada, Gord is a country music superstar in his new home and Groundwater CMF is excited to have him join the 2024 lineup. Named the Canadian Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year on multiple occasions.

“I am so happy and excited to now have the opportunity to tour and to connect with Australian audiences again. To be able to visit the country of my birth and to play my music here is a gift that means so much to me. I can’t wait to come back down-under in October 2024.” – Gord Bamford

Shannon Noll, rose to fame as the runner-up of the record breaking first series of Australian Idol, with a multi-platinum debut album. Twenty years later he is one of Australia’s most cherished and recognised recording artists, with seven ARIA top 10 albums, including two multi-platinum #1 ARIA albums, 17 platinum and three gold. ‘Australia’s favourite son’ is ready to blow audiences away in October.

“I can’t wait to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of my debut album with everyone at one of Australia’s very best festivals, the Groundwater Country Music Festival. It’s going to be one hell of a party on the Gold Coast in October!” – Shannon Noll

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience some of Australia’s best country music acts and incredible international acts, in one of the most beautiful and vibrant beachside destinations in Australia. Mark your calendars for 18-20 October 2024!

Groundwater Country Music Festival is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.

Experience Gold Coast welcomes festival community partners

Experience Gold Coast is excited to announce partnerships with three key community organisations for its upcoming festivals Blues on Broadbeach (16-19 May) and Cooly Rocks On (5-9 June), and later this year, for Groundwater Country Music Festival (18-20 October).

University: Official University Partner

Experience Gold Coast (EGC) is proud to welcome Griffith University to the festival sponsorship family from 2024 as the Official University Partner, underscoring its commitment to arts and music education. The new partnership shines a spotlight on Griffith University’s three leading offerings in the School of Art: Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, and Griffith University Film School.

Experience Gold Coast CEO John Warn said the partnership with Griffith University provided a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a dynamic organisation leading the way in the education of our next generation of arts and cultural creatives.

This exciting collaboration aligns Experience Gold Coast with another anchor Gold Coast institution that further supports the growth and development of arts and culture in the region,” John Warn said. “It’s also a great opportunity for our festivals like the upcoming Blues on Broadbeach to reach a new generation of music fans.”

Griffith University has a long history of working with local partners to enrich the Gold Coast’s cultural life,” Professor Donna Pendergast AM, Director Engagement, Arts, Education and Law Group at Griffith University said. “Teaming up with Experience Gold Coast reflects Griffith’s belief that a vibrant arts scene is a key part of a healthy society.”

Clean Vibes: Official Waste Management Partner

Clean Vibes joins the festival family once again as the Official Waste Management Partner. With a strong focus on sustainability, Clean Vibes will play a pivotal role in reducing landfill and implementing effective waste sorting and recycling initiatives throughout each event. In 2023, roughly 70% of all waste generated at Blues on Broadbeach was diverted from landfill for recycling purposes. Building on their success from last year, Clean Vibes is hoping to achieve even greater results across the three upcoming festivals, contributing to the preservation of our beautiful environment.

EVENTelec: Official Event Electrician and Electrical Provider

EGC is proud to welcome back EVENTelec, a local Gold Coast company that has grown into one of Australia’s premier providers of specialised event electrical equipment. From sport to music, lifestyle to community events, EVENTelec has been an integral partner in ensuring the seamless operation of electrical services at a variety of events. Their dedication to excellence and reliability has earned them a prominent place in the festival community, and EGC is thrilled to be working with such a professional and trusted team once again.

The EGC Event team look forward to partnering with Griffith University, Clean Vibes and EVENTelec to deliver another year of unforgettable festival experiences on the magical Gold Coast and fostering a sense of community through music, art, and celebration.

The countdown is on to Cooly Rocks On

Fans of the cars, music and lifestyle of yesteryear are counting down to the annual must-do on the calendar with less than a month to go until crowds make the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast for Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On.

Festival organisers have unveiled the 2024 program and are expecting over 160,000 people to roll into the iconic beachside precinct of Coolangatta from 5-9 June.

Attendees can immerse themselves in a packed program of free live music on outdoor stages and indoor venues throughout the precinct, in addition to ticketed shows, while being transported back in time to the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s over five massive days.

Gracing the festival stages this year are highly acclaimed international Elvis Tribute Artists Dwight Icenhower (USA) and Louis Brown (UK), along with a number of home-grown acts representing some of the best rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, swing and tribute artists the country has to offer.

Names like the internationally recognised rockabilly star Pat Capocci, Teddy Boy band The Lincolns and festival newcomers Perth’s Bang Bang Betty & The H-Bombs can’t wait to transport audiences back to a time when life was simpler.

The Perth group is bringing its cocktail of hot swing, jump blues and wild rock ‘n’ roll to Cooly Rocks On for the first time with festival goers having the chance to kick up their heels.

We are primed, ticking and ready to explode at this year’s Cooly Rocks On festival – we can’t wait to join the rockin’ party!” said Betty from Bang Bang Betty & the H-Bombs.

Taking Care of Business in the Elvis Precinct is USA’s Dwight Icenhower, widely considered one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world.

He boasts 75 ‘First Place’ awards in contests across the globe and became the only Elvis Tribute Artist in history to win four world championship titles consecutively during Elvis Week in Memphis, USA.

This will be the first time Cooly Rocks On fans can see Dwight on the Coolangatta stage with performances spanning Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

He’ll be joined by the incredibly talented Louis Brown (UK).

Just announced to join this year’s Elvis Precinct program is 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner Damian Mullin. Fresh from performing in the UK, this highly acclaimed artist from Victoria is known for his exceptional style and voice which remarkably captures the essence of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

True Elvis fans can’t afford to miss all three rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, one of only two contests in Australia sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises with the winner set to compete in Memphis later this year.

Tickets are still available for all three rounds of the contest which are sure to be snapped up quickly.

15-year-old industry rising star Charlie Gaylard is ready to wow audiences with his uncanny resemblance to the King. Joining him is crowd favourite Jack Gatto who doesn’t want the next generation to miss out on the music or legend that is Elvis Presley.

VIP Legends Passes are almost sold out, with pass holders to be treated like The King, receiving everything from premium seating inside the Elvis Marquee to meet and greets with international headliners, goodie bags, exclusive events and more through five rockin’ days of jam-packed entertainment worth over $1000 in value for just $499.

Tickets are also available for hotly anticipated feature shows including The Beatnix, regarded as one of the best Beatles tribute shows in Australia and the dynamic Australian tribute band Creedence Clearwater Survival who are preparing to put on a powerhouse performance with hits including Green River, Bad Moon Rising and Fortunate Son.

Other notable artists this year include Jake & The Cadillacs, Ella Fontaine & the Sugarshakers and more!

Take some time between dancing to meander through the festival’s Nostalgia Markets, wander through Kustomville or check out one of the country’s biggest collections of classic cars, customs, hot rods and more in the renowned Cooly Rocks On Show ‘N’ Shine.

The Saturday Night Car Cruise made an epic comeback last year and is sure to be a huge success again on Saturday 8 June.

Bringing back the popular Saturday Night Car Cruise in 2023 was a real highlight for the festival and another opportunity for our entrants to show off their pride and joy,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

There’s nothing quite like the spectacle of 250 classics, hot rods, muscle cars and more cruising through the streets of this iconic beachside destination and we’re expecting the crowds to line the streets again this year to watch the cruise, and of course marvel at the 900-plus cars on display in the Show ‘N’ Shine.”

The Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant is always a popular attraction with entrants from as far afield as the USA. Festival goers have the opportunity to meet and greet the contestants at the pageant Sashing Ceremony on Wednesday 5 June or find the finalists wandering around the precinct enjoying the festival.

‘Park N Ride’ will once again be offered to save the hassle of finding a park. On Saturday and Sunday buses will be running every half hour from 8.30am between 4 Boyd St, Tugun (Betty Diamond Park) and 15 Marine Parade. It is then a short 600m walk around the Kirra headland to the festival precinct. Just a $5 contribution (per person) to the State Emergency Service to Park N Ride (includes return bus trip).

Download the official Cooly Rocks On Festival App to plan your five-day festival experience so you don’t miss a minute of this unique award-winning festival.

Cooly Rocks On is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.