28 May, 2024

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.