Let the festival fun begin at the multi-award winning BLUES ON BROADBEACH, May 18-21 2017
While all eyes are on the Gold Coast on the cusp of the Commonwealth Games, more than 160,000 visitors will converge on the stunning Broadbeach precinct this week. The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival kicks off on Thursday, and the final plans are in place to host one of Australia’s largest free music festivals.
At a VIP event hosted by The Star Gold Coast last night, the CEO of Broadbeach Alliance Jan McCormick, along with Deputy Mayor Donna Gates, officially launched the Festival. McCormick said, “The launch last night was a fantastic taste of what’s to come. Our guest performer Lachy Doley absolutely stunned our invited guests and made us even more excited about presenting this year’s Festival, with all of the action kicking off on Thursday.”
The event boasts a huge line-up of almost 70 local and international artists including UK superstar Bonnie Tyler, Ian Moss, Slim Jim Phantom, Kevin Borich, Harts and the list goes on.
An extra special one-off headline event for patrons to enjoy will be the Are You Experienced 50th Anniversary Concert, on the Surf Parade Stage at 8.45pm on Sat May 20. The supergroup performance will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s famous album, with renditions of the album’s track list performed by Australian blues legends Kevin Borich, Ray Beadle, The Screaming Jets’ Jimi Hocking as well as Hammond monster Lachy Doley and the Stratocaster slinging Harts.
The concept of the Hendrix show came together when Festival Director Mark Duckworth approached Jimi Hendrix fan and band leader Phil Ceberano to take on the role of Musical Director for the project. “I’m so excited to be part of this wonderful celebration and homage to one of my guitar heroes,” said Ceberano. “This album was the soundtrack to such a vibrant era of change, revolution, and creativity. It will be mind blowing recreating the tones and vibes of this icon.”
Hosted by Gold Coast musician Nick Stewart (George/White Russians) and complete with psychedelic visuals and lighting, this performance is set to blow away Hendrix fans of all ages.
5 Things Not to Miss, from Festival Director Mark Duckworth
1/. Join home-grown headliners 19-Twenty at the Broadbeach Tavern on day one of the festival for a high energy blues party sure to get you grooving.
2/. Little Billie, a cool quartet out of Brisbane, will be playing 50’s upbeat Chicago Blues on the Broadbeach Mall Stage on Friday. Influenced by Ruth Brown, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and Etta James, the band’s rockabilly stage presence will blow you away
3/. On Saturday, cool (stray) cat Slim Jim Phantom Trio will bring the experience of an incredible career to entertain the Griffith Stage in Victoria Park.
4/. The Are You Experienced 50th Anniversary Concert will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jimi Hendrix’s famous album with renditions of the track list performed by Australian blues legends Kevin Borich, Ray Beadle, Jimi Hocking of The Screaming Jets, Lachy Doley and Harts.
5/. On Sunday afternoon, Ian Moss will excite Blues on Broadbeach crowds with his first appearance there in years. Don’t miss him rocking the Surf Parade Stage before international guest Bonnie Tyler.
This year Blues on Broadbeach is kicking off The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal on the Gold Coast with a variety of initiatives. Patrons can text ‘BLUES’ to 1999 2769 to donate $5. Considering there is no ticket price, this is a nice way to give back to a charity which provides 100,000 meals, 2000 beds, 8000 grocery vouchers and refuge to hundreds of Australians in need.
Blues on Broadbeach will also be premiering a brand new community fundraising initiative through The Salvos with the introduction of ‘Tap to Donate’ doors placed throughout the festival precinct. A first in the Australian not-for-profit sector, this service will provide more effective, safer and more meaningful donation opportunities at high-traffic public collection points like Blues on Broadbeach.
To help support the free Festival, also remember to pop by the merchandise office at the event to pick up a limited edition t-shirt. Don’t miss out, these sold out so fast last year that by Sunday there weren’t any left!
Be sure to download the Blues on Broadbeach app onto your smartphone to plan the acts you want to see. The festival showcases more than 70 performers across 20 stages – with a program so action packed, it pays to be prepared.
THE FULL LINE-UP INCLUDES;
BONNIE TYLER (UK)
SLIM JIM PHANTOM TRIO (USA)
KEVIN BORICH – RAY BEADLE – HARTS
CASH SAVAGE AND THE LAST DRINKS
JIMI HOCKING’S BLUES MACHINE – THE SHANE PACEY TRIO
LACHY DOLEY AND THE HORNS OF CONVICTION – DARREN JACK BAND CHEAP FAKES – CLAUDE HAY – HUSSY HICKS – BLUES ARCADIA
THE VIBROLATORS FEATURING MISS PETA LEE – LOUIE SHELTON BLUESLAND
AUSTIN WALKIN’ CANE (USA) – JUZZIE SMITH – 19 TWENTY
AARON WEST & THE CUSTODIANS – THE TURNER BROWN BAND
PHIL MANNING – EZRA LEE – LITTLE BILLIE – DEVILS KIOSK –
ASA BROOMHALL – NICK CHARLES
PHIL BARLOW AND THE WOLF – MATT STILLERT – TOMCAT PLAYGROUND – THE JACKY HOWELLERS WEST TEXAS CRUDE – WARDS XPRESS – MITCH KING – BAG O’NAILS – BB FACTORY – KENNY SLIDE – RICHIE LANGFORD – POP STANDEN AND THE PRINCES OF PROMISES – CAPTAIN DREAMBOAT– BYRON SHORT AND THE SUNSET JUNKIES – THE JAMES STREET PREACHERS – RIVER CITY ACES – TIM GRIFFIN – THE WET FISH – JOHNNY DEVILSEED – KNIKI AND MIKE BEALE – MESCALITO BLUES – JASON DELPHIN MUSIC – THE FLAMING MUDCATS (NZ) – BRAD PALMER BLUES SESSIONS – THE MOJO WEBB BAND – BENNY D WILLIAMS – RAKU ONE O’GAIA – LITTLE GEORGIA – WILSON & WHITE – SESSIONS & GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY SCHOOLYARD BLUES
WITH SPECIAL APPEARANCES FROM
RUSSELL MORRIS & CHARLIE A’COURT
Remember the festival doesn’t just take place at the stages, so be sure to book a table at your favourite Broadbeach restaurant to enjoy some great quality food in the festival surrounds.
On your way to and from the festival, take advantage of the myriad of public transport options around the Gold Coast, including trains and buses. Make sure your journey is hassle free by planning it here. Remember that Blues on Broadbeach also offers a free double-decker shuttle bus between Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, The Star Gold Coast, and the Festival Hub.