June is the month of nationals on the Gold Coast

The country’s sporting elite descend on the Gold Coast in June for a month of nationals.

One of the legacies of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the city’s list of world-class venues and facilities, in June some of those venues will spring into action again hosting three premier national championships.

The Santos Wheelchair Rugby National Championship kicks off at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre on 2 June, then in the following week more than 1000 competitors will take over the venue for the Judo Australia National Championships from 9-12 June. At the same time, the 2023 Australian Open Bowls will roll back into town hosted at various clubs across the Gold Coast from 10-23 June, including at another legacy venue, Broadbeach Bowls Club.

Major Events Gold Coast CEO Jan McCormick said the Gold Coast’s reputation for hosting major events, along with our world-class venues, helps the city secure and retain these pinnacle national sporting tournaments.

“One of the wonderful legacies of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the many state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venues we have here, which allow us to attract, and keep, major international and national sporting events,” said Ms McCormick.

“The Gold Coast continues to grow its reputation as a major sporting event destination with facilities to rival the world’s best, coupled with our great weather and accommodation options, that is a very attractive offering for event organisers looking for long-term homes for their annual competitions.”

Just steps from the beach, Broadbeach Bowls Club will not only play a major role in the Australian Open tournament in June, it will also play host to the 2023 World Bowls Championships secured for August and September this year. More than 45 countries are expected to participate in the championships including, for the first time, the world’s best para-athletes. This month’s Australian Open titles has attracted record registrations with around 3500 of the country’s, and indeed the world’s, best bowlers registered to compete, with the final two days broadcast live on 7Two, Fox Sports and Kayo.

The world-class Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre (GCSLC) is another in-demand venue that is regularly booked out all year round with major sporting events, and this month is no exception. The 2023 Santos Wheelchair Rugby National Championship sees the country’s best in the sport compete across three days of fierce action much to the delight of spectators. The event is broadcast live on Kayo Sports and Foxtel.


From 9 June, the Judo Australia National Championships returns to the GCSLC. Major Events Gold Coast secured a three-year deal for the National Championships to be held at the venue from 2023–25. The GCSLC has been identified as a potential host venue for judo for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Acting Coast Mayor Donna Gates said she was proud to see the Gold Coast secure so many premier national and international sporting events.

“Increasingly our city and sporting venues are being chosen to host major sporting tournaments, that bring thousands of participants and spectators here, further cementing our reputation as one of Australia’s, and the globe’s, top sporting cities,” said Acting Mayor Donna Gates.

“For Gold Coasters, these events provide the chance to watch the country’s elite athletes in action right in their own backyard, whether it is judo, wheelchair rugby or lawn bowls. Don’t miss this month of nationals!”

Spectators are welcome at all national championships in June with tickets available through the individual sports’ websites. Wheelchair Rugby, Judo Australia and Bowls Australia.

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.

Blues on Broadbeach second lineup announced

Blues on Broadbeach returns to the Gold Coast for its 22nd year this May; boasting an array of talent and artistry that has earned the beachside festival a reputation as one of Australia’s most beloved music festivals, and now one of the country’s largest.

The Festival features more than 50 acclaimed international and homegrown artists performing across multiple outdoor and indoor stages, Blues on Broadbeach is guaranteed to be all about the music, all the time. With 20 additional artists added to an already classy bill, the 2023 festival promises a musical experience as diverse as the fanbase.

Joining the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Don Walker, Emma Donovan and the Putbacks and The Kevin Borich Express, the second lineup welcomes Melbourne Ska Orchestra – who will be returning to the Blues on Broadbeach stage after nearly a decade hiatus. The Living End frontman Chris Cheney will also be debuting his first solo album and sharing the stage with swamp-pop legend Tommy McLain (USA), joined by long-time collaborator C.C. Adcock. The second lineup also features Memphis’ own Marcus Scott and the Bo Keys, Blue Shaddy, Albi & the Wolves (NZ), Little Georgia, 8 Ball Aitken, Julian James and the Moonshine State, Ian Collard, Mike Elrington plus many more… Check it out below.

“The Blues on Broadbeach team has put together a lineup for 2023 that will appeal to all our festival fans; Blues’ aficionados who have been coming to the festival for more than 20 years and new fans just discovering the genre,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events, Mark Duckworth.

“Our festival has always been about the music and celebrating excellence in Blues’ craftsmanship, and that is what we have become known for both by the artists who perform on our stages, and by our audiences.”

And where better to enjoy four days of incredible music and family-friendly fun than at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast. Swinging into action from 18 May, the 2023 festival will take over four blocks of the beachside precinct, enabling Blues on Broadbeach fans to find their rhythm as they weave between the colourful and unique parks, venues, and streets of this iconic location.

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.

Blues on Broadbeach teams up with the birthplace of blues – Memphis

Blues on Broadbeach, the Gold Coast’s very own home of blues music, is coming together with the city where it all started, Memphis.

Today Blues on Broadbeach announced an exciting three-year partnership with Memphis Tourism coming on board as an Official Support Partner of the festival from 2023-2025. The partnership formalises the festival’s long-held relationship with Memphis Tourism.

From the blues clubs on Beale Street, Memphis to the streets of Broadbeach Queensland, Memphis Tourism will play an integral role in bringing that unique Memphis blues sound to Blues on Broadbeach fans each year. This partnership falls in line with the ethos of festival producers Major Events Gold Coast, to deliver a truly authentic blues experience and nurture our growing blues music culture in Australia.

“Blues on Broadbeach has built a strong relationship with the team at Memphis Tourism for many years, curating some amazing festival performances from some of Memphis’ best,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

“To see our partnership continue to grow for our 2023 event, and beyond, is a testament to the genre of blues music, and its ongoing journey around the world. We can’t wait to welcome many more legends from the home of blues music, to our Gold Coast stages.”

Thanks to Memphis Tourism, the recently announced Blues on Broadbeach 2023 lineup will, for the first time, include Memphis rhythm and blues artist Don Bryant.

“Memphis Tourism is thrilled to once again be partnering with Blues on Broadbeach,” said Chris Ingram, Director of Memphis Tourism Australia/New Zealand.

“Known as the home of blues and soul, Memphis is a perfect match for this festival and the synergies extend far beyond the music. We are incredibly excited to be welcoming Don Bryant and The Bo-Keys to the festival from Memphis, and we can’t wait to be part of another successful Blues on Broadbeach.”

Memberships to the festival’s exclusive Twelve Bar Society are on sale, and the Memphis Tourism partnership brings with it a truly special experience for 2023 members – an exclusive masterclass with rhythm and blues legend Don Bryant, and friends. An opportunity fans of soulful blues won’t want to miss!

The Twelve Bar Society was established in 2022 to offer the ultimate blues experience for avid Blues on Broadbeach fans and included exclusive offers and opportunities, selling out quickly in its inaugural year.

Along with the Don Bryant masterclass, 2023 membership will include a ‘secret show’, a special masterclass with one of the greatest acoustic guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel, an exclusive VIP bar and main stage viewing area and limited-edition merchandise. Don’t miss your opportunity to become a member of Twelve Bar Society available here.

Born in the blues capital of the world, Memphis native Don Bryant is among the greats of the genre. He is immortalized in the history books of music as the artist who penned “the best song ever”, as declared by John Lennon. The timeless hit I Can’t Stand The Rain is a song Don wrote for his wife Ann Peebles, one of many influential records he created as a solo artist and in collaboration with fellow blues elites, like Otis Clay and Al Green.

Twelve Bar Society members have the opportunity to experience a piece of blues history with Don Bryant himself at the very heart of it. With a career spanning over 50 years, Don will no doubt have a wealth of insight to offer in his masterclass, as well as a vast catalogue of soul, jazz and blues to perform on the Gold Coast in May. Sharing the stage with Don will be The Bo-Keys, a band of multi-instrumentalists from Memphis who bring together the sounds of classic rhythm & blues with their own distinct flavour.

For over two decades, Blues on Broadbeach has been an annual pilgrimage for blues fans, travelling to the Gold Coast from across states and seas to this unique four-day event. Now one of Australia’s largest music festivals, Blues on Broadbeach returns for its 22nd year from 18 – 21 May 2023 and will showcase some legendary names in the Australian and International blues scene.  Don Bryant & The Bo-Keys (US) will be joined by the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Don Walker, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, The Kevin Borich Express, and The Turner Brown Band (US/AUS), plus many more to be announced.

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.

Feel the rhythm at Blues on Broadbeach 2023

One of Australia’s largest music festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, is set to return for its 22nd year from 18 – 21 May 2023 and will showcase some legendary names in the Australian and international blues world.

An annual pilgrimage for many, Blues on Broadbeach attracts fans from near and far to the Gold Coast to feel the rhythm in what’s set to be an unforgettable four-day festival.

Our first lineup for 2023 includes Tommy Emmanuel, Don Walker, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, Don Bryant & The Bo-Keys (US), The Kevin Borich Express, and The Turner Brown Band (US/AUS).

Two-time Grammy-nominated headliner Tommy Emmanuel brings the power and dynamism of a full band to his solo acoustic playing. He returns to Australia in May 2023 for the first time in four years and a truly special opportunity awaits Blues on Broadbeach fans.

Joining Tommy on the bill is yet another icon of Australian music, Don Walker. Widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s most important songwriters.

I am delighted to be a part of the lineup in 2023 in what will be its 22nd year,” says Cold Chisel pianist, Don Walker.

Hailing from the Home of Blues Memphis, rhythm and blues legend Don Bryant is the real deal when it comes to blues. He will be joining forces with fellow Tennessean band, The Bo-Keys, to perform an eclectic blend of blues, gospel and soulful jazz.

We look forward to adding even more friends to the festival family in 2023. Blues On Broadbeach has become the Gold Coast’s home of blues for over two decades and we are all excited to announce these amazing acts to the 2023 lineup,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth.

We are gearing up for a rhythms, blues, and roots festival like no other in May, with some legendary international acts joining plenty of homegrown talent on our Blues on Broadbeach stages. The 2023 lineup includes some exceptional singer/songwriters like Don Bryant hailing from the Home of Blues, Memphis Tennessee, and much-loved Aussie icon Don Walker, plus arguably one of the world’s best guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel.”

With borders open again, the 2022 festival earlier this year saw the return of  interstate and international fans eager to experience the electric atmosphere that Blues on Broadbeach is renowned for.

The 2023 festival promises to be even bigger, encompassing four blocks in the Broadbeach precinct, interspersed throughout the many vibrant streets, parks and venues of Broadbeach.

Here’s more music for the ears of blues lovers: The Twelve Bar Society is back in 2023! This exclusive club offers members the opportunity to elevate their Blues on Broadbeach experience.

Sold out in 2022, Twelve Bar Society offers a range of exclusive experiences including Masterclasses with artists, a VIP Bar and viewing area, merchandise and more.

Rounding out the stellar first lineup are some familiar names and festival favourites including Jazzparty, The Mason Rack Band, Frank Sultana and newcomer Steph Strings, plus plenty more.

Don’t miss a beat, mark the dates in your diary and start planning so you can feel the rhythm at Blues on Broadbeach on the Gold Coast this May!

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.

Groundwater CMF and P&O Cruises announce return of the People’s Choice Award

The Gold Coast’s annual country music party, Groundwater Country Music Festival (CMF) is excited to announce that P&O Cruises Australia will be returning as a Supporting Partner in 2022.

If experiencing three days of free world-class country music in one of Australia’s most beautiful sought-after destinations isn’t enough, festival fans will be thrilled to hear P&O will once again be presenting the P&O People’s Choice Award in 2022 as part of the partnership.

The 2022 P&O People’s Choice Award gives Groundwater CMF attendees the chance to vote for their most loved artist throughout the festival which kicks off on Friday 28 October through to Sunday 30 October. One very lucky voter will also set sail with P&O, winning themselves a three-night cruise for two, in an Oceanview room on board a P&O Country Music Cruise in 2023 (departing Sydney or Brisbane).

It’s great to have P&O Cruises back on board for another year with Groundwater CMF as a Support Partner,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth.

The People’s Choice Award is a great opportunity for our Groundwater CMF family to get involved in what has become a popular part of the festival experience,” said Mark. Our fans love choosing their favourite act over the long weekend and last year it was super tight with The Wolfe Brothers just nudging ahead and taking out the acclaimed title.”

Since 1932, P&O has been operating cruises at some of the most incredible destinations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the South Pacific. Like Groundwater CMF, P&O have been creating truly unique country music experiences of their own, with their luxurious country music themed cruises designed for like-minded music lovers to enjoy out at sea. It is only fitting then that P&O return as the official cruise liner for Groundwater CMF 2022.

Country music continues to be one of the most popular music genres around Australia and we’re ecstatic to be able to continue supporting local performers and fans through our partnership with the Groundwater Country Music Festival,” said Chris Rich, Partnerships Manager at P&O Cruises. “Our Country music cruises are all about great entertainment and good times, just like Groundwater CMF.”

Past P&O People’s Choice Award winner, CASEY BARNES has gone to perform on a P&O Country Cruise along with many more country artists. The 2021 winner, The Wolfe Brothers are expected to do so on a Country Cruise soon.

This year, the likes of SEAFORTH, ANDREW FARRISS, TAMI NEILSON (NZ), JAYNE DENHAM, FANNY LUMSDEN and TRAVIS COLLINS will perform at Groundwater CMF. Along with a packed program of talented country acts, these globally recognised artists will make for a hotter contest for the top prize in the P&O People’s Choice Award.

Now in its 9th year, this one-of-a-kind country music party continues to get bigger and better each year. Proudly produced by Major Events Gold Coast, Groundwater CMF 2022 will feature a massive program of close to 50 national and international acts performing across multiple stages in the parks, streets, and venues of the beautiful coastal precinct of Broadbeach from October 28-30.

Bring the family and kick back and enjoy the party!

To enter 2022 P&O Cruises People’s Choice Awards, festival goers need to visit groundwatercmf.com or the official festival app and cast a vote for their favourite artist. Voting will open Friday 28 October at 9:00am AEST and close Tuesday 1 November at 11:59pm AEST. Both the winning artist and the lucky recipient of the P&O Cruise for two will be announced on Thursday 3 November.

Groundwater Country Music Festival is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

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