First line-up for 2019 Groundwater announced as festival given ‘major status’

A bumper line-up has been announced for the 2019 Groundwater Country Music Festival on the Gold Coast as the event returns for its 7th year.

It comes as the popular festival is upgraded to ‘major status’ by Tourism and Events Queensland after a massive 2018 that saw 61,000 people attend, pumping more than $13 million into the economy.

Multi-award winner and Gold Coast local Lee Kernaghan will headline this year’s festival, keeping the promise he made last year when he jumped on stage with James Blundell.


Surprisingly, Kernaghan has never performed at Groundwater but is looking forward to being there this year.

“I’m super excited to be bringing my national tour to Groundwater festival,” Kernaghan said.

“It’s an incredible vibe on stage and out on the street and I can’t wait to be a part of this awesome festival in 2019.”

2019 Golden Guitar Female Artist of the Year Beccy Cole is back to entertain the crowds after first performing at Groundwater in 2015.

They’ll be joined by The Wolfe Brothers who were big winners at this years Golden Guitars, taking home four awards including Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

Fanny Lumsden, Tori Forsyth and Felicity Urquhart are among the other female country stars who will perform this year.

Also featuring this year will be Adam Eckersley Band, Andrew Swift and 2019 Star Maker Winner Blake O’Connor with plenty more artists to be announced.

Festival director Mark Duckworth says he’s proud of how Groundwater continues to grow.

“Groundwater Country Music Festival will always present Australian Country Music’s top artists, as well as create pathways for some of the our newest and most deserved performers,” Duckworth said.

“Each year as our festival family increases our event builds its own traditions and unique experiences.”

Mayor Tom Tate says Groundwater continues to go from strength to strength.

“From humble beginnings seven years ago, it is now the premiere country music event in Australia, rivalled only by Tamworth.”

The free festival will be held July 26-28 in Broadbeach.

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