The Multi-award-winning Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival is returning for its 18th year with top local and international acts you don’t want to miss.
Fresh off the back of the Queensland Tourism Awards held last Friday night where Blues on Broadbeach took home the silver award for Major Festivals and Events 2018, Broadbeach Alliance has announced the line-up for the 2019 festival.
The much-loved event has grown to become one of the largest music festivals in the country. Against the backdrop of Gold Coast’s unparalleled beaches, fabulous dining scene and endless blue skies, some of the world’s best musicians congregate to shred, howl, stomp and wail their way through four epic days of live music awesomeness. And it’s FREE.
Leading the announcement is international sensation Canned Heat (pictured), who will be bringing a touch of Woodstock to the Gold Coast festival for the second time. The band represent a historical time in popular music and achieved several worldwide hits, including ‘Going Up The Country’ and ‘On The Road Again’.
Another top act from the USA who brims with blues cred is 2018 Grammy Award nominee Eric Bibb who preserves the best of pre-war blues through his unique music that glides seamlessly between genres. Bibb is an activist who centres his values on the civil rights movement of the 60s, and uses his unique music to entertain, educate and motivate listeners to form a better world.
The diverse and wonderfully curated 2019 Blues on Broadbeach line-up also boasts funksoul band The Bamboos, the crazy talent of Harts (plus band and brass section!) New Zealand songstress Tami Neilson, and US stars Eric Steckel Band and Chris Cain. Perennial Aussie faves The Lachy Doley Group will lead the homegrown talent lineup announcement, popping in before heading off on their next European tour. Lachy has been described as “the greatest living keyboard player”, so that’s a set not to be missed.
Festival Director Mark Duckworth said, “We’ve curated such a wide scope of Blues, Soul and Funk performers for the 2019 program reaching from home soil to New Zealand and the UK to the US. This year’s festival is so varied and unique, be prepared for a lot of brass and a lot of smiles.”
Blues on Broadbeach is expected to draw huge crowds after the 2018 festival saw over 170,000 people at the exciting four-day music festival. The festival is presented by Broadbeach Alliance and led to a huge $21 million economic boost in 2018.
The festival is held over four glorious days and allows patrons to enjoy 70 incredible acts perform across 20 different stages in stunning Broadbeach locations. Did we mention it’s FREE?
The first line-up includes six international acts as well as 11 stellar Aussie artists, with heaps more still to be announced. Check it out below:
CANNED HEAT (USA)
ERIC BIBB (USA)
THE BAMBOOS – TAMI NEILSON (NZ)
THE LACHY DOLEY GROUP
BLUE SHADDY – CHRIS CAIN (USA)
Z-STAR TRINITY (UK) – ERIC STECKEL BAND (USA)
THE BAD DAD ORCHESTRA – KINGS AND ASSOCIATES
THE KATE LUSH BAND – KALLIDAD – CHERRY DIVINE
SLIPS & THE FLAMIN’ WHIPPERSNAPPERS
PIANO WIZARD ANDREW FARRELL
Blues on Broadbeach runs from 16 – 19 May, 2019.