Suzanne Vega, James Blundell Tribute headed to Groundwater

James Blundell at Groundwater Country Music Festival

Groundwater Country Music Festival on the Gold Coast has added to its already massive lineup with a second announcement of artists this week.

Running 27 – 29 July and previously known as Broadbeach Country Music Festival, this year’s event will include Suzanne Vega, a tribute to James Blundell ’30 Years of Pride’, Amber Lawrence, Bennett, Bowtell and Urquhart, Ashleigh Dallas, Davidson Brothers, Jasmine Rae and a tonne more. They join the McClymonts, Granger Smith, Joshua Hedley and Lillie Mae already announced.

Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega’s 20-year career has made her creative and thoughtful music as distinct as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio in 1985. Her album ‘Solitude Standing’ was nominated for three Grammys (including Record of the Year), and included the song that would enter the cultural vernacular as her trademark hit, ‘Luka’. An icon who paved the way for female folk singer-songwriters such as Tracey Chapman, Shawn Colvin and Indigo Girls, Suzanne Vega is an artist who continues to surprise.

Amber Lawrence is an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter who captures the nation’s attention and heart with her songs about Australia; its people and the things that matter to them. She had a huge Golden Guitar Awards this year – where she was nominated for six awards, and won three of them.

This second announce is headlined by a special and exclusive tribute show to an act acknowledged by many as single-handedly shaping modern Australian country music, James Blundell.

Blundell is credited with taking the best of rock and country to create a brand new sound that ensured success and found favour across all demographics. ’30 Years of Pride – a Tribute to James Blundell’ will feature his songs performed by some of today’s biggest stars – side by side with some of our most exciting new talents.

Sister to the multi-award winning Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, Groundwater is committed to bringing together a diverse range of music genres, grounded in country and folk and has become Australia’s fastest growing country music festival. Each year Groundwater remains a highlight on Queensland’s calendar of events, featuring over ten performance areas and some of the hottest names from Australia and all over the globe.

Groundwater Country Music Festival 2018 – second lineup announcement

’30 Years of Pride’: a tribute to James Blundell + Suzanne Vega + Amber Lawrence + Bennett Bowtell & Urquhart + Ashleigh Dallas + Davidson Brothers + Jasmine Rae + Matt Cornell + The Weeping Willows + Col Finley + Billy Bridge and Rebecca Lee Nye + A Band Called Twant + 2018 Star Maker Winner Brad Cox + Amy Nelson + The Whiskey Mountain Boys + Brook Chivell + The Cherry Pickers + Tyson Coleman + Pine Mountain Cartel Paradise Road + Bud Rokesky + Ruby Gilbert

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Gold Coast’s Groundwater Country Music Festival takes place 27 – 29 July across the streets and venues of Broadbeach. More at groundwatercmf.com

 

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