Acclaimed Bluesman Jon Cleary and Memphis’ Hi Rhythm Section to play iconic Blues festival

New Orleans based Grammy Award-winning musician Jon Cleary will be gracing the Blues on Broadbeach stage this May, announced as part of a stacked second lineup that will also feature the revered Hi Rhythm Section, considered by some as the best musicians Memphis has ever produced.

They’ll be joined by Melburnian roots-rocker Dallas Frasca, three-piece NSW band Chase The Sun and dozens more, bolstering an already explosive bill that includes blues-rock legends Melissa Etheridge (USA), Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton (USA) and Ana Popovic (USA) as well as Eric Bibb (USA) and returning local talent Lloyd Spiegel.

The now iconic Gold Coast festival has pulled out all the stops in 2024 presenting one of its strongest lineups to date and is set to drench the beachside city in rhythm and blues over four epic days from 16-19 May.

British-born multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer Jon Cleary cut his eye-teeth on blues, jazz and soul records, playing with bluesmen Smokey Johnson, James Singleton and George Porter before forming his own band. As a respected session and sideman, Jon has worked with other beloved rock, blues and soul artists like Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and Eric Clapton. The Absolute Monster Gentlemen has released six albums including Grammy-winning album ‘Go Go Juice’.

Straight from Memphis, home of blues, soul and rock n’ roll we welcome the acclaimed Hi Rhythm Section who have played on 26 consecutive gold and platinum records and countless chart hits alongside artists like Ann Peebles and Al Green.

The band will be joined at Blues on Broadbeach by Grammy Award-winning producer Boo Mitchell—son of legendary Hi Records and Al Green producer, Willie Mitchell— singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lina Beach, who joined the group in 2023, and soulful vocalist and much-loved Memphis performer Jerome Chism.

This all-star collective will be celebrating 10 years of the critically acclaimed documentary Take Me to the River, with songs from the film to be performed during their set; the perfect Memphis occasion to include in the Gold Coast festivities.

Working with Memphis Tourism to bring this iconic group to our shores, Blues on Broadbeach will be Hi Rhythm Section’s only public performance in Australia.

“Making my way to Australia for the 2024 Blues on Broadbeach is such a thrill, and to be doing it alongside the legendary Hi Rhythm Section makes it even more special. We can’t wait to bring the cool sounds that Memphis is so famous for, to the iconic blues festival on the Gold Coast.” – Boo Mitchell

Melburnian roots-rocker Dallas Frasca will bring her one-woman show filled with fiery charisma to the Broadbeach stage. Known for her almighty presence on the mic and raw, powerful energy, Dallas exudes the very essence of what roots music should be. Dallas is a stand-out in her class and boasts many accolades including an ARIA Top 10 charting album, ‘Artist of the Year’ at the Independent Music Awards, and an endorsement from Guns N’ Roses icon Slash on her commendable vocals, riffs and grooves.

Three-piece band Chase The Sun are celebrating 18 years together in 2024. What better way to do so than by rocking the blues for the crowds at Broadbeach? This will be the first time the band has performed at Broadbeach for many years, so blues fans are in for a treat. Long-time audience favourites from festivals all over Australia and the world, their style is a heady mix of loud guitar blues, blazing hard funk and cranking ‘70s southern rock.

“Be prepared for a musical feast this May as we continue to stack more incredible new artists on what is already one of Blues on Broadbeach’s strongest lineups,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth. “Some of the world’s best Blues artists will be here for the festival and fans will be hard pressed not to make the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast this year!”

Now in its 23rd year, Blues on Broadbeach invites 2024 festivalgoers to find their rhythm on the Gold Coast with their most electrifying lineup yet.

Block out 16-19 May in your calendar and start planning your true Blues getaway.

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Blues on Broadbeach is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.

International reggae-soul act headlines expanded Blues on Broadbeach program

Blues on Broadbeach (16-19 May) just got bigger, revealing yet another reason for music fans to make the pilgrimage to the festival on the Gold Coast in 2024.

On Sunday 19 May, Kurrawa Park will play host to a special lineup exclusive to ticket holders, featuring New Zealand genre-bending powerhouse Fat Freddy’s Drop with their only Australian show this year, local music innovators Tijuana Cartel, and electric creatives BOOMCHILD.

The Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket will be on sale from 9AM AEST Wednesday 28 February for $119 + booking fee and $189 + booking fee for VIP tickets.

Celebrating all things, rhythm, soul, reggae and everything in between, you won’t want to miss this cocktail of talent! Add to that the regular stacked four-day Blues on Broadbeach program and you have an unforgettable festival experience.

This year’s non-ticketed Blues on Broadbeach program is already set to make the Gold Coast rock with headline acts including blues-rock legend Melissa Etheridge (USA), Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton (USA), Ana Popovic (USA), revered bluesman Eric Bibb (USA), and returning favourite Lloyd Spiegel. With an incredible lineup of powerhouse performers, and plenty more artists still to be announced, the new Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket will only add more on the musical scale to an already massive Sunday program at Broadbeach.

Festival Director, Mark Duckworth says the Blues on Broadbeach team are always looking for ways to elevate the festival experience and grow their fan base.

“Blues on Broadbeach continues to build a loyal tribe of fans who make the trek across the country and from overseas every year to enjoy four epic days of live music on the Gold Coast,” said Mark.

“We wanted to enhance the festival experience for those fans, and attract new audiences as well, by offering a special ticketed experience featuring more incredible acts, this year we are stoked to showcase one of the world’s best reggae and soul live acts New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop.

“The Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket will mean Blues on Broadbeach can continue to grow bringing more international acts to the Gold Coast for our audiences to experience and enjoy.”

Aotearoa New Zealand’s seven-piece electronic-reggae-soul act Fat Freddy’s Drop are Kurrawa Park’s inaugural headliners. Globally regarded as one of the world’s finest live acts, their sound is a euphoric blend of dub, reggae, soul, jazz, techno, and rhythm & blues.

“After a quiet summer deep in the studio working on a new album, we’re very excited to get out, have a stretch and a play, and connect with our Gold Coast fans. This will be a blast before getting into the final stages of finishing our album. See you at the legendary Blues on Broadbeach!” – Fat Freddy’s Drop.

Blues on Broadbeach is the only Australian show this year for Fat Freddy’s Drop.

Adding to the Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket offering is Gold Coast’s own Tijuana Cartel. The band have been called one of Australia’s most exciting live acts, taking a psychedelic, atmospheric approach to songwriting and folding in worldly sonic splashes reminiscent of the Middle East, Spain and India.

Sydney collective BOOMCHILD brings together RnB, electronic, hip hop, soul and funk leaning into their individuality to create something truly unique and refreshing.

Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket is proudly presented by Blues on Broadbeach. For more info and details on registering for the exclusive pre-sale visit www.bluesonbroadbeach.com.au

Now in its 23rd year, the iconic and award-winning Blues on Broadbeach is continuing to grow alongside its audience and is proud to keep bringing the best of blues and roots to the Gold Coast every year.

Mark 16-19 May in your diaries and start planning your musical feast.

Blues on Broadbeach is proudly produced by Experience Gold Coast and is supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.

 

Blues-rock female icons lead the charge in huge Blues on Broadbeach first lineup announce for 2024

One of Australia’s largest music festivals, Blues on Broadbeach, returns from 16-19 May 2024 with an electrifying first lineup set to transform the Gold Coast into a rhythm and blues mecca for four days.

Blues-rock genre benders Melissa Etheridge (USA), Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton (USA), Ana Popovic (USA), fiery bluesman Eric Bibb (USA), and returning favourite Lloyd Spiegel headline the festival’s explosive first drop.

Following a phenomenal 2023 program, Blues on Broadbeach 2024, proudly produced by Experience Gold Coast, will lift the bar even higher featuring strong female guitar heroes, international heavy hitters and much-loved homegrown talent.

“We have truly embraced some heavy hitting blues rock acts for the 2024 first lineup including some of the world’s best female blues guitarists,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

“We had so much fun putting together this year’s lineup, and can’t wait to see Melissa Etheridge and Ana Popovic set the Blues on Broadbeach stage alight. Add in Samantha Fish and Jesse Dayton performing their Death Wish Blues Tour and multi-Grammy Award winning bluesman Eric Bibb and we’ve got an unmissable weekend of live music, and that’s just the first four names on the poster!”

If shredding, fine song craftmanship and searing performance is your thing… this dynamic first lineup will tick all the boxes.

Twelve Bar Society is also back for Blues on Broadbeach 2024. Now in its third year, this exclusive membership club presents blues lovers the chance to connect even deeper with the festival and the artists they love.

2024 Twelve Bar Society members will have the chance to hear from internationally renowned guitarist and vocalist – Ana Popovic and Grammy-nominated singer songwriter – Eric Bibb, as part of the club’s In Conversation sessions. If the up close and personal experiences with Tommy Emmanuel and Marcus Scott and The Bo-Keys in 2023 are anything to go by, these are sessions that shouldn’t be missed. Plus members will receive an exclusive invite to the 2024 secret show, get access to the VIP bar, limited-edition merchandise and more.

Available only through Oztix, an exclusive pre-sale will be available to 2023 Twelve Bar Society members on 9AM AEST Thursday 7 December with general sale open 9AM AEST Friday 8 December.

“Blues on Broadbeach just gets better every year and by the looks of this first lineup 2024 is going to be four days of live music you won’t want to miss,” said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate. “Come May, you’ll find me enjoying a scotch beachside in Broadbeach listening to some of the best rhythm and blues you are ever likely to hear!”

Melissa Etheridge is one of blues rock music’s great female icons and is much loved by Australian audiences. The two-time Grammy winner is known for her smoky vocals, confessional lyrics and searing performances. Melissa’s rock icon status is cemented with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; one of many accolades including multiple platinum albums, an Academy Award, and an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee.

Melissa Etheridge said, “I am thrilled to announce that I’m now joining the Blues on Broadbeach lineup, and sharing the stage with some amazing international, Australian and New Zealand artists. This is my only Queensland show, and I am excited to be playing this iconic blues festival. I’ll be bringing my full live show down under, for the first time in 5 years, and I’m looking forward to seeing all my Australian fans in 2024!”.

Melissa will rock the Blues on Broadbeach stage for the first time in 2024 alongside her ‘I’m Not Broken’ tour. Recognised many times over for her skill with a six-string, Melissa’s performance is sure to strike a chord with blues lovers.

Dynamic US duo Samantha Fish & Jesse Dayton form collaboration Death Wish Blues, creating genre-defying blues-rock and taking to the Blues on Broadbeach stage for the first time. Death Wish Blues is born from a shared passion for pushing the limits of blues music, melding Samantha & Jesse’s eclectic sensibilities into a Grammy-nominated album reflecting their longtime mission of opening the blues genre to entirely new audiences.

Samantha Fish has made her name as a multi-award-winning festival headliner who captivates crowds with explosive yet elegant guitar work. She is known for her chart-topping blues albums, electric live performance and distinctive genre-bending style. Jesse Dayton has an extraordinary background including working with the likes of Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, working with Rob Zombie on the soundtracks for his iconic horror films, and a series of acclaimed solo albums. Separately these two are incredible artists; together, they are nothing short of thrilling.

Another standout in blues-rock, Ana Popovic joins the ranks of powerful femmes rocking Broadbeach in 2024. This award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinging Los Angeles local via Serbia blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals.

Called “one helluva guitar player” by Bruce Springsteen, Ana is no stranger to telling it straight while bending the lines between sizzling blues and crunchy rock-and-roll riffs. Her incredible stage presence makes her a must-see artist in any lineup.

Returning to Australia in 2024 is revered bluesman Eric Bibb, who was recently nominated for his third Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album. With an illustrious career spanning five decades and over 40 albums, New York-born Bibb is one of the world’s most prolific blues troubadours. From having received three Grammy nominations to multiple Blues Foundation ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’ awards, there’s no question why he is known and respected globally as a fiery singer-songwriter and one of the leading bluesmen of our time.

Eric’s most recent album, Ridin’ sits in the Top 10 of multiple blues and roots charts, has over three million Spotify streams and been lauded by critics as his “late life classic” and “a fervent gospel-backed blues manifesto”. The past twelve months alone has seen his entire catalogue clock up 15 million streams.

Joining Eric Bibb on the bill is Australian guitar legend Lloyd Spiegel. Lloyd Spiegel has been touring for 30 of his 40 years, racking up fourteen Australian Blues Awards. He has one of the most interesting stories in music, having grown up on stage with the founding fathers of modern Blues. He’s a firm festival favourite, never failing to delight fans. The current show features Lisa Baird on trombone and long-time collaborator Tim Burnham on drums. Combined with Spiegel’s guitar wizardry, powerful vocal performance and knack for storytelling, this act delivers a truly unique entertainment experience that reinvents the blues and dispels the associated cliches.

Rounding out the epic first lineup are some familiar names and favourites, plus some exciting newcomers including Hat Fitz & Cara, Shaun Kirk, Checkerboard Lounge, Sweet Felicia and the Honeytones, NZ-based muso Li’l Chuck the One Man Skiffle Machine, The Mezcaltones, Don Hopkins, C.J. Lee, Rod Paine & The Fulltime Lovers, The Band Ham, Rory Ellis & Christian Marsh, Slips and the F.W.’S, and Kerbside Collection… and that’s just to start!

Now in its 23rd year, and an annual pilgrimage for many, Blues on Broadbeach invites 2024 festivalgoers to celebrate their love of the blues on the Gold Coast over an unforgettable four-day festival experience.

Mark 16-19 May in your calendar and start planning your musical feast.

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Blues on Broadbeach is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

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.

Wheelch

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.