Join Fat Freddy’s Drop at Blues on Broadbeach 2024!

Returning for their only Australian show of 2024, Fat Freddy’s Drop is coming to Blues on Broadbeach for the Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket!


Held at Kurrawa Park on Sunday 19 May, fans of the New Zealand electronic-reggae-soul group, along with Tijuana Cartel and BOOMCHILD will get to enjoy an even bigger festival program, and enjoy a brand-new festival experience that will take Blues on Broadbeach to the next level! 


Located directly next to the gorgeous Kurrawa Beach in the heart of the Gold Coast, how much better can it get?! Well, we caught up with Chopper Reeds, saxophone player for Fat Freddy’s Drop to give us a teaser on what the band has in store this May and let’s just say it’s going to be epic!

Fat Freddy's Drop saxophone player Chopper Reeds. Photo credit: GEM REY Photography

Founded in the club scene of Wellington New Zealand in 1999, Fat Freddy’s Drop have established themselves internationally as one of the world’s finest live draws. The seven-piece band draws inspiration from almost every part of the black music lexicon, with their sound characterised by any combination of rhythm & blues, dub, reggae, soul, and jazz.


Making their much anticipated return to Australia this May, the Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket at Blues on Broadbeach will be the band’s only Australian show of the year.

“Without a world of a lie, we really do love coming over the ditch to play. The audiences in Australia are ALWAYS full of energy and we feel that on stage – and around the whole show day to be honest. We haven’t been to the Gold Coast for a looong time – and haven’t been to this festival before, so playing somewhere new always adds to the occasion. Hopefully Fred-Heads from further afield will make the trip up to see us too.” 

Fat Freddy's Drop live on stage. Photo credit: Nick Paulsen

Known for their soul-drenched vocals and euphoric sonics that demand to be experienced, it’s no wonder their fiercely independent music has sold in excess of three quarters of a million. When asked if the band are planning anything special for the show, Chopper’s words have got us eager for more!

“Well the very fact we’re playing live will be a bit special. We’re deep in ‘studio mode’ working on material for a new album and have kept the gig workload very light over summer, so the chance to perform again is great.  We’ll be bringing a set of tunes that cover the history of the band – from deep classics that stretch back nearly 20 years to some freshies that we’ve only played live a few times.”

With VIP tickets already sold out, Kurrawa Park is set to be pumping with BOOMCHILD and Tijuana Cartel starting the day off strong ahead of what’s sure to be an incredible Fat Freddy’s Drop set.


Heading on stage from 6:45pm on Sunday 19 May, whether you’re a die-hard ‘Fred-Head’ or a newbie to the modern institution that is Fat Freddy’s Drop, we know you’ll definitely have a good time regardless.

“I’ve described us before as an un-holy mix of swampy blues, soulful dub and techno – that’s still pretty relevant to this day I’d say. I think one of our main aims when we perform live is to take the audience along with us on a journey that moves through all those elements – so that before you know it you’re dancing around with Hopepa (our trombone man) in a conga line.”

Fat Freddy's Drop Trombone player Hopepa. Photo credit: Nick Paulsen

Be sure to secure your Kurrawa Park Sunday Ticket early to be part of all the excitement! General Admission tickets are on sale now for $119 + booking fee, available on Oztix only. 


Plus, with pass-outs available for all ticket holders, you can also enjoy all the amazing non-ticketed performances located throughout Broadbeach on Sunday and every other day of the festival.


Download the 2024 festival app now to see all that’s on offer from 16-19 May!

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