First lineup announced for Blues on Broadbeach 2023!

Returning for its 22nd year, Blues on Broadbeach is back on the Gold Coast from 18-21 May 2023, and the first lineup has just dropped!


Led by acoustic guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, Don Walker, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks plus many more, the festival is set to be an unforgettable four days filled with rhythm and blues music.


An annual pilgrimage for many, the festival encompasses four blocks of the Broadbeach precinct, with acts staged across the many vibrant streets, parks and venues of this iconic location. Plus, with plenty of accommodation options in and around Broadbeach, fans can enjoy having live music right at their doorstep. While there’s still a few months till the festival, it’s never too late to start the countdown!


To help you get in the festival mood now, get to know more about some of the talented artists from the 2023 lineup!

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Tommy Emmanuel

Two-time Grammy-nominated headliner Tommy Emmanuel will return to Australia for the first time in four years for Blues on Broadbeach 2023! Arguably the number one acoustic guitarist in the world, Tommy’s incredible charisma, stunning speed, dexterity and unerring command of melody has captivated fans in sold-out shows across the globe.

A black and white photo of Don Walker

Don Walker

An icon of Australian music, Don Walk is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s most important songwriters. Having been a member and the main songwriter for Cold Chisel, Don’s anthemic storytelling has earned him a place in the Australian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and in the hearts of music lovers.

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Emma Donovan & The Putbacks

Returning by popular demand, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks impressed the crowds at the 2022 festival. Emma’s soaring vocals and moving lyrics have seen her become one of the most celebrated Indigenous artists in Australia today, with her recent album ‘Crossover’ earning her a 2022 ARIA Award nomination for Best Blues & Roots Album.

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The Kevin Borich Express

A true legend of Australian rock 'n' roll, Kevin Borich will also be gracing the stage in May. As the frontman of The Kevin Borich Express, he's been thrilling audiences with his incendiary guitar playing and soulful vocals for over four decades. Still at the top of his game, his new album ‘Legacy’ is currently topping Australian Blues & Roots charts.

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The Turner Brown Band

The Turner Brown Band is one of the most exciting blues outfits of recent times. This joint Australia/USA musical collaboration between Australian slide guitarist, music producer Dom Turner and Ohio-based vocal sensation Nikki D Brown promises to be a dynamic live show, not to be missed!

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