Groundwater Country Music Festival wraps up with a special announcement

THOUSANDS of passionate country music fans boot scooted their way into Broadbeach over the weekend to enjoy some awesome live tunes at the newly rebranded Groundwater Country Music Festival.

The free festival kicked off on Friday and wrapped up on Sunday night, with a spectacular finale performance by Groundwater star James Blundell, who was celebrating his 30th anniversary tour.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, fans were treated to an extra special surprise when local country music star Lee Kernaghan joined Blundell on stage for the finale, announcing that he would be headlining the country musical festival next year.


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“Joining this star-studded line-up at Groundwater has been one of the highlights of my year,” Kernaghan said.

“It was a pleasure to pay tribute to an absolute living legend on his 30th anniversary tour, and I can’t wait to come back next year to perform again.”

Close to 65,000 people packed the Broadbeach precinct over the three days, enjoying the sweet sounds of Golden Guitar winners The McClymonts, USA’s Granger Smith, Catherine Britt, Adam Harvey and many more!

Broadbeach Alliance CEO Jan McCormick said she was excited for the festival’s future, if this year’s was anything go by.

“At six years old Groundwater has certainly demonstrated that it will become Australia’s largest CMF in a very short time. The crowds have been strong and everyone is so relaxed and happy, from performers and crews to the fans… A perfect recipe for the festival’s growing success moving into the future,” Ms McCormick said.

“And what a line-up of artists we had this year, it was hard to choose who to go and see; everyone was spoilt for choice.

“Roll on Groundwater 2019 for an even bigger and better festival experience!”

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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Great news about Lee now all we need is Slim Dusty grandchildren and John Williamson and Warren Williams great singer’s together