Full program announced for the Gold Coast’s annual country music party

From 28-30 October, the Gold Coast will host its renowned and award-winning annual country music party – Groundwater Country Music Festival (GCMF).  

The full three-day live music program for 2022 is now live along with the official festival app.

The 2022 Groundwater CMF has added more great country music acts to the already stacked lineup which now features close to 50 artists for the FREE star-studded celebration of the best in country music.

Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events Mark Duckworth said the Groundwater CMF team were looking forward to bringing another packed lineup of country music talent to the stages in Broadbeach.

Mark Duckworth, Festival Director:

It’s hard to believe we are just a month out from kicking off Groundwater CMF 2022 and I think the program this year is one of the most varied we have ever had. We can’t wait to welcome home some of our favourite Aussie acts this year, showcase a collection of international talent, and introduce fans to some new up and coming artists.

The beloved ‘big top’ is making its return to Kurrawa Park for Groundwater CMF 2022, housing one of the festival’s six stages.

The festival program will kick off with Groundwater’s KIX-Start competition winner who will entertain festival fans on Surf Parade Stage. Later that night New Zealand-born hit maker and the current Most Streamed Female Country Artist in Australasia, Kaylee Bell takes to the same stage. Going back-to-back with Kaylee is the 2021 Male Artist of the Year as named by Country Music Awards Australia, Travis Collins. Both launched their successful careers after winning the prestigious Star Maker crown, and in keeping with Groundwater CMF’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent, reigning Star Maker champion Max Jackson gets her opportunity to do the same the following afternoon.

The program certainly doesn’t slow down on Saturday, with ARIA award winner and eight-time Golden Guitar recipient Fanny Lumsden joining a stellar evening roster including the likes of Jayne Denham, Tami Neilson (CAN), Kristy Cox, Andy Golledge Band and more. Nashville residing Aussie trio Dozzi, will be sure to keep the party going with a performance well into the night.

Fellow Nashville-based country-pop duo Seaforth, who are returning to home shores for their only Queensland show, are performing the closing set on the Surf Parade Stage on Sunday. The pair are set to bring their uniquely magnetic presence to the Groundwater CMG stage as the sun sets on the magical Gold Coast. Determined to keep the country party going, Sunday’s program will also feature some of the industry’s best including Canadian artist Dan Davidson, Kirsty Lee Akers, Hayley Jensen and The Viper Creek Band among dozens more on the bill. Former INXS composer and prolific country and rock artist Andrew Farriss is set to hit the Kurrawa Big Top for a primetime afternoon set.

There’s plenty more than great music on offer at Groundwater CMF with family-friendly entertainment at the Country Fair and Art & Craft Markets held across the three days. The markets will provide local artists and businesses an opportunity to showcase their work to thousands of festival goers who have travelled from near and far. Festival favourite, Cornhole will also be back for punters to try their luck.

With so much great music and entertainment to enjoy, it is just as well the official Groundwater CMF festival app is available to help festival goers make the most of the long weekend!

Get ready to enjoy some unforgettable country music while kicking back in one of the best beachside destinations in the country!

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.

Groundwater Country Music Festival adds more artists to an already stellar lineup

Groundwater Country Music Festival (GCMF) has added more huge international and national names to an already impressive lineup for 2022. 

With its second artist announcement release, Groundwater CMF is gearing up for a long weekend escape (28-30 October) of mega proportions for country music fans on the Gold Coast.

Boasting an incredible lineup of beloved international and national country music artists, 2022 is shaping up as a not-to-miss festival. 

Now based in Nashville, sensational country-pop duo Seaforth returns to native soil for Groundwater CMF in their first show back home and their only Queensland performance.

Joining Seaforth on their voyage from the US will be the chart-topping Aussies Kristy Cox and Dozzi.

Beyond these wonderful homecomings, be prepared to be staggered by the exceptional talent now confirmed to complete the already impressive lineup. Big names like Andrew Farriss, and New Zealand favourite Tami Neilson who is back for her only Australian performance this year, in addition to Andrew Swift, Jayne Denham, and The Viper Creek Band will be augmenting an already amazing bill! See the full lineup here.

Groundwater CMF prides itself in its unwavering ethos to support and nurture emerging talent and is proud to be featuring 2022 Star Maker winner Max Jackson in the lineup.

Max will be joining an incredible alumni of previous Star Maker winners: Travis Collins, Kirsty Lee Akers, and Kaylee Bell. Plus of course, last year’s inaugural KIX start winner Bella Mackenzie.

There really is just so much to love about Groundwater CMF and the opportunities it provides emerging talent throughout Australia.

Festival Director Mark Duckworth said the Groundwater team were stoked to be able to add some extraordinary international talent to the 2022 festival program and welcome home some of our own homegrown stars as well.

Mark Duckworth, Festival Director:

I can’t wait to kick back and enjoy some incredible live music and to share it all with our loyal festival fans on the beautiful Gold Coast. This is going to one of our best country music parties yet!

Seaforth, Country-pop duo:

Our Australian tour has been a long time coming so we can’t wait to get back home and kick off our run of shows at Groundwater CMF. It’s our only show in QLD so we’d love to see ya!

The new additions to the lineup will join already announced Groundwater CMF 2022 artists including country icons Fanny Lumsden, Travis Collins and Catherine Britt. 

With such a huge program of country music legends, and up and coming stars, country music lovers are encouraged to book their Gold Coast accommodation soon so they don’t miss this out on this hugely popular free festival. Why not make a long weekend of it and enjoy everything this holiday mecca has to offer.

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.

Country music’s big names to descend on the Gold Coast this October

A sensational lineup of award-winning country music artists has been announced for this year’s Groundwater Country Music Festival (GCMF).

With the iconic Gold Coast skyline as the festival backdrop, music lovers will be treated to three epic days of free live music from 28-30 October with country music favourites from near and far gracing the GCMF stages.

The bill features an incredible lineup of home-grown and international talent plus an exciting selection of up-and-coming artists. Among the country music stars descending on Broadbeach will be headliners Fanny Lumsden and Travis Collins who will be joined by Brooke McClymont and Adam Eckersley, Catherine Britt, Gina Jeffreys and Kirsty Lee Akers.

With borders now well and truly open, we’re excited to welcome international artists back to Groundwater again. New Zealand’s Kaylee Bell, who is currently the most streamed female country artist in Australasia will hit the Broadbeach stage, as well as number one selling Canadian artist Dan Davidson, who has racked up an enviable array of awards.

Festival Director Mark Duckworth said this year’s Groundwater Country Music Festival is shaping up to be one of our best country music parties yet!

Mark Duckworth, Festival Director:

2022 will see our festival fans be treated to some incredible acts from across the country as well as some international flavours along the way.

Three days of country music vibes will swell the spirit and welcome the Queensland sun this October, with over 40 country artists set to take to Groundwater CMF’s various stages to entertain and connect with fans from all over Australia.

ARIA Award and eight times Golden Guitar winning artist Fanny Lumsden said  it was a thrill to be heading back to Groundwater CMF this year.

Fanny Lumsden, artist: 

It was the first festival we got to play on the 'big stage' back in 2017 so it’s truly one of our favourite festivals… to play and just to be at as well.

As one of four festivals proudly produced by Major Events Gold Coast (MEGC), Groundwater CMF plays a vital role in helping drive visitation and stimulate the Gold Coast economy, providing a significant economic injection to local businesses. Check out the Groundwater Country Music Festival full line-up here!

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.