Blues on Broadbeach announces premiere Facebook live event: BANDWIDTH

Bandwidth presented by Blues on Broadbeach will be a virtual showcase capturing live music performances from some of your favourite Blues on Broadbeach 2020 artists – all from the comfort of their own homes.  Self-isolating music fans around the world are invited to join the party.

Amid a calendar of cancelled and postponed gigs and festivals, Broadbeach Alliance was adamant that Blues on Broadbeach would not be taken away from fans and is happy to announce that Australia’s largest free music festival will now be a 90-minute music event premiering Live on Facebook on Friday 15 May 2020 at 7 pm AEST. Northern hemisphere-based fans can also join in on this experience with a special encore screening on Saturday 16 May 2020, at 7 pm Los Angeles time PDT.

Headlining Bandwidth will be original 2020 headliner Tommy Emmanuel.  Not only is Tommy a national treasure, he was recently ranked the greatest acoustic guitarist in the world today.

Led by living legend Joe Camilleri, The Black Sorrows have been a beloved part of Australia’s musical landscape since forming in 1984. Renowned as a dynamic live act and festival favourite, the band takes crowds on a musical journey that encompasses everything from blues and roots through to old school R&B, with flashes of jazz, country and even pop.

Auckland-based Canadian Tami Neilson is set to once again impress fans after blowing audiences away at last year’s Blues on Broadbeach. Described as a “fire-breathing belter” by Rolling Stone, new fans will be super impressed by Tami’s voice which comes straight from the golden age of soul, country and rockabilly music. Her incredible singing and song writing have seen her win the ‘2014 APRA Silver Scroll Award’ as well as ‘Best Female Artist’ at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

“The best way to get rid of the blues is to sing the blues, so, I’m looking forward to joining you all online, with my brother Jay Neilson beaming in from Toronto to join me for a special set we’ve cooked up just for you!” said Tami.

High energy festival favourite, The Lachy Doley Group, has performed at over 200 concerts and festivals around the world, including several shows at Blues on Broadbeach over the years. Lachy Doley is the most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player in the world, hailed by Glenn Hughes from Deep Purple as ‘the greatest living keyboard player in the world today’. Tune in to see Lachy Doley’s electrifying 2016 Blues on Broadbeach performance. 

“These are crazy times… and to musicians and live music lovers these important restrictions have taken away a piece of our heart, culture and livelihood,” said Lachy. “I’m thrilled that Blues on Broadbeach have decided to bring the festival into our homes.

“Alongside the incredible line-up from what was to be this year’s ‘Blues on Broadbeach’ festival, I’m stoked to have my 2016 Blues on Broadbeach concert aired as part of this great initiative.

“I love this festival and it’s incredible loyal audience that I get to catch up with whenever I’m there. This performance was one of the most career changing events in my life and I hope you enjoy it as much this time around.”

The virtual festival has been created by Gold Coast based creative agency Hotel Miami, who recently lost the majority of their work in just a few days due to the pandemic. Darren Franks of Hotel Miami told us the team is determined to continue producing content and work with clients to find new opportunities during this time of transition.

“We’re honoured to be working with the team at Broadbeach Alliance. Their openness to the idea of a virtual festival and their ability to pivot the entire event in such a short time is a testament to their team and culture,” he said.

“We’ve seen first hand how hard the creative industry has been hit by the pandemic, and it’s inspiring (and a little bit relieving) to see that opportunities are still possible during this time.

“We can’t wait to get the show online and give viewers the best possible virtual blues experience. It’s an exciting time to be working with Blues on Broadbeach!”

Festival Director Mark Duckworth says Bandwidth provides a fascinating way for fans to connect with some of their favourite artists through an online platform.

“The idea that Blues on Broadbeach would not make its annual appearance on the Gold Coast in 2020 was a shock to us all,” said Duckworth. “As we informed the artists and fans, the idea that we could band together to do something virtual immediately followed.

Bandwidth is an online meeting point for our festival tribe, a celebration of our event and a snapshot of musicians working from home around the globe. It’s a non-traditional concert experience that we can provide for our audience to enjoy. Turn on, tune in, drop out.”

Visit the Blues on Broadbeach Facebook page for updates.


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