Experience Gold Coast welcomes festival community partners

Experience Gold Coast is excited to announce partnerships with three key community organisations for its upcoming festivals Blues on Broadbeach (16-19 May) and Cooly Rocks On (5-9 June), and later this year, for Groundwater Country Music Festival (18-20 October).

University: Official University Partner

Experience Gold Coast (EGC) is proud to welcome Griffith University to the festival sponsorship family from 2024 as the Official University Partner, underscoring its commitment to arts and music education. The new partnership shines a spotlight on Griffith University’s three leading offerings in the School of Art: Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, and Griffith University Film School.

Experience Gold Coast CEO John Warn said the partnership with Griffith University provided a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with a dynamic organisation leading the way in the education of our next generation of arts and cultural creatives.

This exciting collaboration aligns Experience Gold Coast with another anchor Gold Coast institution that further supports the growth and development of arts and culture in the region,” John Warn said. “It’s also a great opportunity for our festivals like the upcoming Blues on Broadbeach to reach a new generation of music fans.”

Griffith University has a long history of working with local partners to enrich the Gold Coast’s cultural life,” Professor Donna Pendergast AM, Director Engagement, Arts, Education and Law Group at Griffith University said. “Teaming up with Experience Gold Coast reflects Griffith’s belief that a vibrant arts scene is a key part of a healthy society.”

Clean Vibes: Official Waste Management Partner

Clean Vibes joins the festival family once again as the Official Waste Management Partner. With a strong focus on sustainability, Clean Vibes will play a pivotal role in reducing landfill and implementing effective waste sorting and recycling initiatives throughout each event. In 2023, roughly 70% of all waste generated at Blues on Broadbeach was diverted from landfill for recycling purposes. Building on their success from last year, Clean Vibes is hoping to achieve even greater results across the three upcoming festivals, contributing to the preservation of our beautiful environment.

EVENTelec: Official Event Electrician and Electrical Provider

EGC is proud to welcome back EVENTelec, a local Gold Coast company that has grown into one of Australia’s premier providers of specialised event electrical equipment. From sport to music, lifestyle to community events, EVENTelec has been an integral partner in ensuring the seamless operation of electrical services at a variety of events. Their dedication to excellence and reliability has earned them a prominent place in the festival community, and EGC is thrilled to be working with such a professional and trusted team once again.

The EGC Event team look forward to partnering with Griffith University, Clean Vibes and EVENTelec to deliver another year of unforgettable festival experiences on the magical Gold Coast and fostering a sense of community through music, art, and celebration.

Help shape the city’s growth as a major events destination


Have you attended a major event on the Gold Coast recently?

Do you work in the events sector, or are a local resident and have a view on the types of major events you would like to see more of on the Gold Coast?

Work is underway to develop a five-year strategy for the management and delivery of major events on the Gold Coast.

Commissioned by Major Events Gold Coast (MEGC) in partnership with Griffith University the strategy marks an exciting new chapter for our city and will provide direction for how the Gold Coast continues to build on its established reputation for hosting major events.

We are interested in hearing the views of Gold Coast residents, major event attendees and other key stakeholder groups involved with the major events sector on the economic, social and reputational value of major events to the Gold Coast.

You are invited to complete an anonymous 10-minute online survey to share your views. Your input will shape the city’s aspirations and its growth as a major events destination.

To complete the survey, click on the button below. Closes Monday 28 March.


This survey is being administered by Griffith University and has ethics approval (approval no. 2021/891).

Find out more about the project here

If you require further information please contact lead researcher Associate Professor Leonie Lockstone-Binney at gift@griffith.edu.au.