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More Big Names Added to Australia’s Fastest Growing Country Music Festival

March 20, 2018 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Groundwater Country Music Festival (formerly Broadbeach Country Music Festival) has announced a slew of names to join its already huge 2018 line-up. An event that attracts music lovers young and old, the festival is held in the centre of the emerging hub of entertainment, the sunny Gold Coast. Better yet, the whole thing is completely free, making it the perfect holiday escape with friends or family.

Broadbeach Alliance is proud to add to its already packed line-up:

‘30 YEARS OF PRIDE’
(A TRIBUTE TO JAMES BLUNDELL)

SUZANNE VEGA

AMBER LAWRENCE

BENNETT, BOWTELL & URQUHART

ASHLEIGH DALLAS, THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS, JASMINE RAE

MATT CORNELL, THE WEEPING WILLOWS, COL FINLEY

BILLY BRIDGE, A BAND CALLED TWANG
2018 STARMAKER WINNER BRAD COX, AMY NELSON
THE WHISKEY MOUNTAIN BOYS, BROOK CHIVELL, THE CHERRY PICKERS

TYSON COLEMAN, PINE MOUNTAIN CARTEL PARADISE ROAD
BUD ROKESKY, RUBY GILBERT

“In programming this festival, it’s important for us to cover all the bases in Australian Country Music and give a spotlight to both the veterans and the artists of the future,” said Festival Director, Mark Duckworth. “There such a cool variety coming to Groundwater in 2018, all with a different style of story to share.”

This second announce is headlined by a special and exclusive tribute show to an act acknowledged by many as single-handedly shaping modern Australian country music, James Blundell. He is credited with taking the best of rock and country to create a brand new sound that ensured success and found favour across all demographics. 30 YEARS OF PRIDE – A TRIBUTE TO JAMES BLUNDELL will feature the songs of James Blundell performed by some of today’s biggest stars – side by side with some of our most exciting new talents. Stay tuned for more info on that one…but rest assured…it will be special!

James Blundell quote to come.

Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, SUZANNE VEGA’s 20-year career has made her creative and thoughtful music as distinct as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio in 1985. Her album ‘Solitude Standing’ was nominated for three Grammys (including Record of the Year), and included the song that would enter the cultural vernacular as her trademark hit, ‘Luka’. An icon who paved the way for female folk singer-songwriters such as Tracey Chapman, Shawn Colvin and Indigo Girls, SUZANNE VEGA is an artist who continues to surprise.

AMBER LAWRENCE is an award-winning Australian singer-songwriter who captures the nation’s attention and heart with her songs about Australia; it’s people and the things that matter to them. After a huge Golden Guitar Awards this year – where she was nominated for six awards, and won three of them – AMBER LAWRENCE is ready to get everyone dancing at Groundwater this year.

These acts join Australia’s top country stars THE McCLYMONTS, off the back of last week’s win at the CMC Awards, where the girls took home CMC Group or Duo of the Year for the second year in a row. This is the third time the girls have won this award (which was established in 2015), adding to their CMC Artist of the Year Award win in 2013. They are joined by BILL CHAMBERS, TROY KEMP, and CASEY BARNES, as well as international favourites GRANGER SMITH, LILLIE MAE and JOSHUA HEDLEY, just to name a few

THE McCLYMONTS

GRANGER SMITH (USA)

Featuring Earl Dibbles Jnr

ADAM HARVEY – O’SHEA

CATHERINE BRITT & THE COLD COLD HEARTS

LILLIE MAE (USA) – BILL CHAMBERS
JOSHUA HEDLEY (USA)

TROY KEMP – KIRSTY LEE AKERS – CASEY BARNES

TRAVELLIN’ STILL: THE SONGS OF SLIM DUSTY
WITH PETE DENAHY & THE TRAVELLING COUNTRY BAND

THE HILLBILLY GOATS – HURRICANE FALL – DOUG BRUCE
THE MORRISONS – MELODY MOKO – COUNTRY MUSIC COCKTAILS

Sister to the multi-award winning Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, Groundwater is committed to bringing together a diverse range of music genres, grounded in country and folk, to Broadbeach and has gone on to become Australia’s fastest growing country music festival.

Each year Groundwater remains a highlight on Queensland’s calendar of events, featuring over 10 performance areas and some of the hottest names from Australia and all over the globe. As well as a huge program of live music, the festival boasts a location offering amazing food, bars, and family-friendly attractions that all ages can enjoy!

“Our city continues to emerge as a vibrant, live music hub for south east Queensland,” says Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate. “We make no apologies about wanting to attract the very best in country music talent to the Gold Coast – and Groundwater is the perfect platform for that. I can’t wait to get down to the 2018 spectacular.

Broadbeach is the perfect escape from the winter blues…and to see world class entertainment, completely free!

The Queensland Government, via Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support the Groundwater Country Music Festival which features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. Queensland, just the place to experience Australia’s best live events.

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