Second Lineup Announced for Blues on Broadbeach 2023!

The countdown is on for Blues on Broadbeach 2023! Returning to the Gold Coast from 18-21 May, 20 more international, national and local artists have just been added for the festival’s 22nd year. With multiple outdoor and indoor stages planned for the festival, Blues on Broadbeach is guaranteed to be all about the music, all the time. 


“The Blues on Broadbeach team has put together a line up for 2023 that will appeal to all our festival fans; Blues’ aficionados who have been coming to the festival for more than 20 years and new fans just discovering the genre. Our festival has always been about the music and celebrating excellence in Blues’ craftsmanship, and that is what we have become known for both by the artists who perform on our stages, and by our audiences.” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festivals and Events, Mark Duckworth.


Check out some of the impressive artists below from the second lineup who will be joining the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Don Walker, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks and so many more!

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra are back bigger, bolder and more bombastic than ever, and this year they’re celebrating their 20th Anniversary... so audiences can expect an extra special treat of a show. Formed in 2003, this juggernaut act is comprised of 18 – 36 members, lead and directed by the energetic and charismatic Nicky Bomba (John Butler Trio, Bustamento, Bomba). With seven albums under their belt, including ARIA award winner ‘52 Fridays – One Year of Ska’, the band are guaranteed to inject their signature energy into their dynamic live show and get crowds feeling the rhythm.

Chris Cheney

With countless sold out shows across Australia, nine albums (including two number one records) and international touring credentials with his iconic band The Living End, Chris Cheney has released his debut solo album; ‘The Storm Before the Calm’. Written and recorded between Nashville, LA and his Melbourne garage, this intimate record displays a more personal side to Cheney’s rock and roll roots. Cheney’s expansive career has earned him a reputation for exceptionally powerful live vocals and prowess on the guitar- none of which will want to be missed at his Blues on Broadbeach debut.

Tommy McLain featuring C.C. Adcock

Hailing from central Louisiana USA, few artists can boast the breadth of experience and skill garnered by Tommy McLain. With a career spanning over five decades, at 82 McLain has shared stages with the likes of Otis Redding, Bobby Vinton, the Bryds and the Yardbirds. With his first solo album in 40 years, Tommy McLain will be joined on the road by his producer and guitarist, C.C. Adcock. The dynamic duo will be performing at Blues on Broadbeach as part of their first Australian tour in 11 years- embodying more than 60 years of classic, authentic swamp pop into every performance.

With the lineup now featuring more than 50 acclaimed blues artists, Blues on Broadbeach is gearing up to be four incredible days set right in the heart of the Gold Coast. 


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