31 May, 2023

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.”


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