Following its mammoth first line-up announcement, Blues on Broadbeach adds a little G. Love and 25 more acts to its Lineup giving fans the chance to catch more than 200 hours of live entertainment for free across 20 performance areas.
“We are excited to invite such varied, dynamic and talented acts from Australia and overseas to Blues on Broadbeach this year to experience the festival’s fun, energetic, and welcoming vibe,” said Festival Director Mark Duckworth. “Our festival has become an important part of Broadbeach’s cultural identity, with locals and visitors coming together each year to listen to an amazing mix of sound at this spectacular beachside location.”
Welcome back Black Sorrows
Returning to headline the 2nd line-up is THE BLACK SORROWS fronted by ARIA Hall of Famer Joe Camilleri. The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most prolific and enduringly popular bands and a festival favourite. Renowned for their high-energy live shows, musicianship and infectious rootsy rhythms, The Black Sorrows through various incarnations, have not stopped performing or recording since Joe formed the band in 1984.
Blues on Broadbeach adds a little G. Love
Joining The Black Sorrows is US artist G. LOVE (pictured) who is set to entertain with his eccentric personality and quirky hybrid of hip-hop blues. His latest album, The Juice, was co-produced and co-written by five-time Grammy Award-winner Keb Mo. G. LOVE is a genre-defying artist who offers a distinctly modern pop spin on traditional blues, mixing programmed beats and hip-hop grooves with blazing guitar and steel.
For the third year, Memphis Tourism is partnering with Blues on Broadbeach and is bringing a very classy act direct from Memphis with DON BRYANT AND THE BO-KEYS set to take the stage this year. Don Bryant (above) and his eight-piece band will keep the spirit of classic Memphis alive as they epitomise the best of blues and soul.
“As the home of blues, soul, and rock n’ roll, the partnership between Memphis Tourism and Blues on Broadbeach is one with undeniable synergies,” said Director Australia/New Zealand of Memphis Tourism, Chris Ingram. “The city of Memphis continues to foster and support blues artists around the world, and Blues on Broadbeach provides the perfect local stage for a host of international artists all just as committed to the genre.” He added “In partnership with United Airlines and Love Police Touring, Memphis Tourism will this year bring soul icon Don Bryant to Australia for the event along with the incredible Bo-Keys, and the appearance of these living legends will no doubt thrill long-standing blues fans, as well as inspire the next generation.”
Also joining the diverse line-up is Sydney-based BOOTLEG RASCAL whose eclectic combination of hip hop, reggae, indie-rock, dub and electronica is reminiscent of Gorillaz, Kid Cudi, and Massive Attack. Bootleg Rascal traverse the globe playing sold-out shows in France, UK, Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, and the USA. Returning to Blues on Broadbeach after blowing audiences away last year is TAMI NEILSON who has been 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, and has seen her win ‘Best Female Artist’ at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2014.
It’s all free!
One of the largest free music events in Australia, Blues on Broadbeach sees over 200,000 people attend the four-day festival each year. The festival allows patrons to enjoy over 200 hours of entertainment in stunning locations throughout Broadbeach’s streets, parks, bars and restaurants. Fly or drive and stay in the heart of Broadbeach with the festival right on your doorstep! There are many sophisticated accommodation options in the precinct from five-star hotels to self-contained apartments, satisfying all needs and budgets.
The 19th Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival will be held from Thursday 14th May to Sunday 17th May 2020.
Blues on Broadbeach is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, worth $880m to the state’s economy in 2019.