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.

The countdown is on to Cooly Rocks On

Fans of the cars, music and lifestyle of yesteryear are counting down to the annual must-do on the calendar with less than a month to go until crowds make the pilgrimage to the Gold Coast for Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On.

Festival organisers have unveiled the 2024 program and are expecting over 160,000 people to roll into the iconic beachside precinct of Coolangatta from 5-9 June.

Attendees can immerse themselves in a packed program of free live music on outdoor stages and indoor venues throughout the precinct, in addition to ticketed shows, while being transported back in time to the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s over five massive days.

Gracing the festival stages this year are highly acclaimed international Elvis Tribute Artists Dwight Icenhower (USA) and Louis Brown (UK), along with a number of home-grown acts representing some of the best rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, swing and tribute artists the country has to offer.

Names like the internationally recognised rockabilly star Pat Capocci, Teddy Boy band The Lincolns and festival newcomers Perth’s Bang Bang Betty & The H-Bombs can’t wait to transport audiences back to a time when life was simpler.

The Perth group is bringing its cocktail of hot swing, jump blues and wild rock ‘n’ roll to Cooly Rocks On for the first time with festival goers having the chance to kick up their heels.

We are primed, ticking and ready to explode at this year’s Cooly Rocks On festival – we can’t wait to join the rockin’ party!” said Betty from Bang Bang Betty & the H-Bombs.

Taking Care of Business in the Elvis Precinct is USA’s Dwight Icenhower, widely considered one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world.

He boasts 75 ‘First Place’ awards in contests across the globe and became the only Elvis Tribute Artist in history to win four world championship titles consecutively during Elvis Week in Memphis, USA.

This will be the first time Cooly Rocks On fans can see Dwight on the Coolangatta stage with performances spanning Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

He’ll be joined by the incredibly talented Louis Brown (UK).

Just announced to join this year’s Elvis Precinct program is 2012 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist winner Damian Mullin. Fresh from performing in the UK, this highly acclaimed artist from Victoria is known for his exceptional style and voice which remarkably captures the essence of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

True Elvis fans can’t afford to miss all three rounds of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, one of only two contests in Australia sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises with the winner set to compete in Memphis later this year.

Tickets are still available for all three rounds of the contest which are sure to be snapped up quickly.

15-year-old industry rising star Charlie Gaylard is ready to wow audiences with his uncanny resemblance to the King. Joining him is crowd favourite Jack Gatto who doesn’t want the next generation to miss out on the music or legend that is Elvis Presley.

VIP Legends Passes are almost sold out, with pass holders to be treated like The King, receiving everything from premium seating inside the Elvis Marquee to meet and greets with international headliners, goodie bags, exclusive events and more through five rockin’ days of jam-packed entertainment worth over $1000 in value for just $499.

Tickets are also available for hotly anticipated feature shows including The Beatnix, regarded as one of the best Beatles tribute shows in Australia and the dynamic Australian tribute band Creedence Clearwater Survival who are preparing to put on a powerhouse performance with hits including Green River, Bad Moon Rising and Fortunate Son.

Other notable artists this year include Jake & The Cadillacs, Ella Fontaine & the Sugarshakers and more!

Take some time between dancing to meander through the festival’s Nostalgia Markets, wander through Kustomville or check out one of the country’s biggest collections of classic cars, customs, hot rods and more in the renowned Cooly Rocks On Show ‘N’ Shine.

The Saturday Night Car Cruise made an epic comeback last year and is sure to be a huge success again on Saturday 8 June.

Bringing back the popular Saturday Night Car Cruise in 2023 was a real highlight for the festival and another opportunity for our entrants to show off their pride and joy,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

There’s nothing quite like the spectacle of 250 classics, hot rods, muscle cars and more cruising through the streets of this iconic beachside destination and we’re expecting the crowds to line the streets again this year to watch the cruise, and of course marvel at the 900-plus cars on display in the Show ‘N’ Shine.”

The Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant is always a popular attraction with entrants from as far afield as the USA. Festival goers have the opportunity to meet and greet the contestants at the pageant Sashing Ceremony on Wednesday 5 June or find the finalists wandering around the precinct enjoying the festival.

‘Park N Ride’ will once again be offered to save the hassle of finding a park. On Saturday and Sunday buses will be running every half hour from 8.30am between 4 Boyd St, Tugun (Betty Diamond Park) and 15 Marine Parade. It is then a short 600m walk around the Kirra headland to the festival precinct. Just a $5 contribution (per person) to the State Emergency Service to Park N Ride (includes return bus trip).

Download the official Cooly Rocks On Festival App to plan your five-day festival experience so you don’t miss a minute of this unique award-winning festival.

Cooly Rocks On is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.

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.

WATCH LINEUP VIDEO

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.

 

Pearl Jam to kick off Australian tour on the Gold Coast

Iconic American rock band Pearl Jam will heat up Heritage Bank Stadium this November, the first Australian stop on the band’s Dark Matter World Tour 2024 announced today.

It has been a decade since Pearl Jam last performed in the country in 2014, and promoters are expecting more than 40,000 fans to rush to secure tickets to the band’s first show on the Gold Coast, and only Queensland concert.

“Securing the first stop of an Australian tour, and a Queensland-exclusive, for one of the biggest rock bands of all time is a huge coup for the Gold Coast,” said Experience Gold Coast CEO John Warn.

“Australian fans haven’t had the chance to see Pearl Jam for a very long time and we’re expecting a lot of people to travel here from across the state, and indeed the country, for the opportunity to experience the epic live performance these rock legends are known for.”

Including the Gold Coast, Pearl Jam will play just three cities while in Australia, with stops in both Melbourne and Sydney. The limited number of Australian cities included in the tour makes the Gold Coast concert and holiday experience particularly enticing for music fans from other states including South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Supporting Pearl Jam on the Gold Coast will be another rare music treat for fans, the groundbreaking alternative rock band, the Pixies.

Live Nation, Senior Vice President – Concerts & Touring, Mark Vaughan said: “Hot on the heels of Harry Styles and P!nk, Live Nation is proud to be bringing back global rock icons Pearl Jam to the Gold Coast. This isn’t just a concert, it’s a history-making event.

“With huge demand for live music in the city, we are committed to growing live entertainment and not just because fans of the Goldy love to come out to play, but because these events are important for boosting the local economy, driving tourism, and supporting hundreds of businesses and jobs!”

Pearl Jam joins a growing list of international music acts choosing to add a Gold Coast stop to their Australian tours with three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, performer, and international pop icon P!nk to bring her Summer Carnival 2024 tour to the beachside city later this month.

Final tickets are still available for P!nk’s Heritage Bank Stadium show on Tuesday 20 February with close to 50,000 fans expected.

Experience Gold Coast CEO John Warn said securing more global music acts is part of the city’s broader event attraction strategy.

“We want the Gold Coast to become a must-stop on the touring schedule for international artists and the fact that Harry Styles, Paul McCartney, Guns ‘N Roses, P!nk, and now Pearl Jam, have all chosen to come and perform at Heritage Bank Stadium, shows this city is well and truly on the way to achieving that.”

Fans are urged to register for Pearl Jam’s long-awaited Australian Tour and Gold Coast show from today via Ticketmaster. Full details can be found here.

 

Cooly Rocks On revs up with tickets now on sale

Australia’s largest nostalgia festival, Cooly Rocks On, returns to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast from 5-9 June ready to celebrate the motors, music and lifestyle of yesteryear with organisers gearing up for huge crowds.

Ticketed shows at the award-winning festival are now on sale including the highly anticipated Show ‘N’ Shine – one of the country’s biggest showcases of classic cars.

The incredible display runs over the weekend on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, now spanning seven zones and showcasing over 900 cars throughout the iconic beachside precinct. Open to vehicles manufactured prior to and including 1979, featuring classic cars, hot rods, and more, the Cooly Rocks On Show ‘N’ Shine is on the bucket list for car enthusiasts across the country and is free for spectators.

“In terms of spectator numbers, this is the biggest car show in Queensland. There are no other car shows that compare to Cooly Rocks On. The atmosphere is electric. There’s something so unique and special about seeing all of these cars on show and cruising the streets,” said Shannons Insurance Business Development Manager Phil Ross.

“The beach culture also adds to the atmosphere of the car show. There are American cars, Aussie cars, British cars, muscle cars and more. This year at Shannons we are focusing on the 60th anniversary of the launch of the iconic Ford Mustang.”

For those eager to start their engines early, the Early Bird Show ‘N’ Shine will be held on Thursday 6 June and Friday 7 June with tickets now available.

The five-day festival is free to attend with bespoke ticketed offerings available for those who wish to elevate their Cooly Rocks On 2024 experience.

Dancers can look forward to jitterbugging the night away at their favourite sell-out event, the Moonlight Swing Dance to be hosted in the Elvis Marquee on the Coolangatta beachfront on Thursday 6 June. Plus, they can close out their festival experience with the Beachside Rock ‘N’ Roll Dance on Sunday 9 June.

Elvis Presley fans are also in for a treat, with the Era’s of Elvis featuring Louis Brown (USA), Che Orton (NZ), Jack Gatto and Charlie Gaylard on Wednesday 5 June and ELVIS! From Hollywood to New York City! featuring Dwight Icenhower (USA) on Friday 7 June.

Considered one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world, with five world-championships under his lavish belt, Dwight Icenhower will be Taking Care of Business as one of three international headline Elvis acts gracing Coolangatta this year.

Tickets are also now on sale for all three rounds of the Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist (UETA) Contest. Attracting some of the best tribute artists in the country and overseas, this renowned annual contest is one of only two in Australia sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises with the winner going on to represent Cooly Rocks On in Memphis later this year.

On Saturday 8 June, music lovers can secure a ticket to take a ride back in time for The Beatnix Show, regarded as one of the best Beatles tribute shows in Australia. Later that evening the Creedence Clearwater Survival Show will revive the energy of the band’s iconic powerhouse performances on stage in the Elvis Marquee.

Tickets are almost sold out for the festival’s exclusive VIP Legends Passes providing fans with the ultimate Elvis inspired experience including premium seating, VIP drink service, exclusive events and performances, a meet and greet with Dwight Icenhower, Louis Brown and fellow Elvis Tribute Artists, VIP Legends goodie bags and much more. With over $1,000 in value, pass holders can get the ultimate VIP Elvis experience for just $499 but will need to be quick!

Applications are also now open for the 2024 Cooly Rocks On Pin-Up Pageant, with both a ‘Classic’ and ‘Rockabilly’ crown up for grabs this year. The pageant is all inclusive and attracts entries from as far afield as the USA and New Zealand, and is a highlight of the annual festival.

“Aussies have a wonderful connection to the music and culture of yesteryear. Holden cars, rock ’n’ roll and trips to the beach remain some of the fondest memories of decades gone by,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

“Making the annual pilgrimage to the iconic Coolangatta foreshore for Cooly Rocks On is becoming a rite of passage for nostalgia lovers and classic car owners and our fan base has really grown in recent years. In 2023 we saw record crowds again, with close to 160,000 people enjoying the festival in perfect winter sunshine. Whether you’re 16 or 60 there is something for everyone at Cooly Rocks On.”

In addition to the ticketed shows, fans of rock ’n’ roll, rockabilly and swing music can immerse themselves in the packed program of free live music on outdoor and indoor stages throughout Coolangatta, featuring some of Australia’s best acts. Keep an eye out for the music lineup to be announced in the coming months.

Cooly Rocks On is produced by Experience Gold Coast and supported by the Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland.

 

Three huge international Elvis Tribute Artists head to Cooly Rocks On 2024

Considered one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world, with five world-championships under his lavish belt, the USA’s Dwight Icenhower will be Taking Care of Business as one of three international headline Elvis acts at Cooly Rocks On this June.

The highly acclaimed performer will be joined on the Gold Coast by the incredibly talented Louis Brown from the UK and 2023 Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest winner, NZ’s Che Orton.

Dwight Icenhower has mastered the 50s, 60s, and 70s eras of Elvis’ career and has performed with many of Elvis’ original musicians, such as The Jordanaires, The Stamps Quartet, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Gerchio, DJ Fontana and Duke Bardwell.

He won 75 ‘First Place’ awards in contests across the globe and became the only Elvis Tribute Artist in history to win four world championship titles consecutively during Elvis Week in Memphis, USA. This will be the first time Cooly Rocks On fans can see Dwight on the Coolangatta stage.

“I can’t wait to come and perform for you all at the next Cooly Rocks On! I would absolutely love to see all my Australian friends and fans come out and rock with me and the other fantastic entertainers! If you love, great music, and especially Elvis, there’s only one place to be and that’s Cooly Rocks On. Let’s Rock ’n’ Roll!” – Dwight Icenhower.

“The Elvis Precinct has become a huge fan favourite at Cooly Rocks On and the team wanted to provide another unmissable experience,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth.

“This year we are stoked to welcome to the festival three phenomenal tribute artists from across the globe, who are sure to rock the Coolangatta crowd. We have also created some special events for our VIP Legends Pass holders”

Coming all the way from East Yorkshire, Louis Brown is quickly rising to the top in the Elvis Tribute Artist world and will be putting on his Blue Suede Shoes ready to bring some energy to the Gold Coast.

The multi-award-winning artist specialises in performing The King’s music from the early years of Elvis’ career from the Sun Sessions through to the Hollywood Movie Years.

A festival favourite that needs no introduction to Cooly Rocks On fans, Che Orton, is back in 2024. After winning the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest back in June 2023, the New Zealand-based performer ranked in the top five Elvis Tribute Artists in the world at Elvis Week in Memphis this year.

Beyond his remarkable performances, Che’s attention to detail shines in every aspect of his tribute show. He proudly rocks replica Elvis suits, and his jewellery is crafted by the same jeweller who adorned The King himself. With a voice that resonates with the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest icon, Che continues to captivate audiences and leave an indelible mark on the world of entertainment.

The first chance fans will have to secure tickets to these not-to-be-missed performances is by purchasing one of the festival’s exclusive VIP Legends Passes, on general sale at 9AM (AEST) on Wednesday 13 December.

Now in its fourth year, the Cooly Rocks On VIP Legends Pass provides Elvis devotees with the ultimate Elvis inspired experience including premium seating, VIP drink service, exclusive events including entry to the Cooly Rocks On VIP Legends Pass opening event and the annual Elvis Karaoke after party, memorabilia bags and much more.

The passes also provide entry to all three rounds of the Cooly Rocks On Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, an official preliminary contest for Elvis Week at Graceland, one of only two contests in Australia sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

For the first time, VIP Legends Pass holders will also be invited to enjoy an exclusive night at the movies. The night includes a candy bar performance from host Dwight Icenhower who will select his favourite songs from Elvis’s film career, then passholders can immerse themselves in Australia’s largest first-class cinema experience, settle back and watch one of The King’s finest Hollywood moments.

The five-day Cooly Rocks On festival, proudly produced by Experience Gold Coast, is held in the iconic beachside destination of Coolangatta from 5 – 9 June, and not only celebrates the music of yesteryear but the lifestyle and, of course, the motors. The hugely popular festival has one of Australia’s largest showcases of cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s, including classics, hot rods, customs and muscle cars. While the Cooly Rocks On Pin-up Pageant attracts entrants from as far afield as the USA and New Zealand.

Record crowds from across Australia and overseas attended the festival in 2023 and with a host of international tribute artists set to take to the stage as well as the best rockabilly, rock ’n’ roll and swing acts, the 2024 festival is going to be bigger and better than ever.

2023 VIP Legends Pass holders will have exclusive access to presale tickets at 9AM (AEST) on Tuesday 12 December a day ahead of the general sale. With over $1,000 in value, you can get the ultimate VIP Elvis experience for just $499! To buy tickets visit the Cooly Rocks On website. General Admission tickets will also be available for shows in the Elvis Marquee from early 2024.

Cooly Rocks On 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.

 

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.