One of our favourite free events, Blues on Broadbeach has announced one of the best local lineups in history. In our opinion anyway. Nestled amongst the likes of Tex Perkins, The Bamboos, Eric Burdon and The Animals and Diesel are some of the most talented Australian artists who just happen to call the Gold Coast home.
Leading our list of favourites is Felicity Lawless, who’s just about to release her new album Tails and is fresh from playing Bluesfest Byron Bay’s busking stage after being a finalist for both Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year in the 2015 Gold Coast Music Awards.
She’s not the only Gold Coast lady to make the cut, either. Nicole Parker-Brown and the Late Late Show also get a guernsey.
Also on the lineup is champion busker Juzzie Smith, champion bluesmen Mason Rack Band and champion full stop Black Rabbit George. Howling their way through the streets of Broadbeach will also be Phil Barlow and the Wolf, Mescalito Blues as well as Bluesville Station. Mitch King, James Street Preachers, Free Soul Collective, Jason Delphin and Peter McFarlane and the Sidewinders also make it onto the bill.
Griffith University’s Schoolyard Blues also takes place as part of the four-day event. Schoolyard Blues features students from southeast Queensland schools including Guardian Angels, Aquinas College, Kingston State College, Nerang High and Franciscan Colleges and runs on Friday 20 May.
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Blues on Broadbeach runs 19 – 22 May through the streets and venues of Broadbeach. As well as the headliners and local talent, there truly is blues music of all types in the program and the main festival events are absolutely free! Program at bluesonbroadbeach.com.