You can start planning your Blues on Broadbeach weekend, with the 2017 program now available on the official website.
Now in its 16th year, multi-award winning Blues on Broadbeach is one of the largest free music festivals in Australia, entertaining locals and visitors with almost 70 acts on 20 stages. Situated on the picturesque Gold Coast, the event draws more than 160,000 visitors over its four days, with numbers growing every year.
This year’s festival is a mix of big name draw cards (Bonnie Tyler, Ian Moss, Russell Morris and Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats); but then you’ve also got exciting young talent like Harts, the gun guitarist who became a protégé of Prince – right through to a bona fide legend in the shape of Louie Shelton, who as a top session man with LA’s Wrecking Crew has played with James Brown, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker and many more.
Festival Director Mark Duckworth has doubled attendance at the festival in his four years at the helm. After taking out Event of the Year for the second year running at this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards, he spoke with Blank’s Trevor Jackson about who he was most excited about this year.
“I have a couple of acts that are essentially my guilty pleasure, bands that I just want to see or that I think will go really well. Personally I’m excited about Lachy Doley and the Horns of Conviction, Melbourne’s Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, but really I love any sort of jump blues or old school rockabilly – just that sweaty, late night pub stuff that I really dig.
“There’s a really cool band called Byron Short and the Sunset Junkies (I know these band names are getting ridiculously long, right?) and then there’s 19-Twenty – the blues scene knows them well, but outside of that they’re a bit of an unknown quantity. Those guys will just tear it away”.
Blues on Broadbeach runs from 18 – 21 May 2017. Check out the full festival program here.