BROADBEACH has proved it certainly has rhythm in its veins, with organisers announcing a record crowd of over 125,000 hit the precinct for the 13th annual Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival last weekend.
More than 60 performers delivered more than 330 hours of free entertainment during the festival, which was held on the 22-25 May.
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The four day free festival closed with some of Australia’s biggest household names come together on stage as “The Time of My Life” Band featuring Daryl Braithwaite, Joe Camilleri, James Reyne and Ross Wilson.
Surf Parade was jam packed as thousands of festival goers crammed in every inch of the precinct to be part of the action.
Broadbeach Alliance CEO Jan McCormick said the event has continued to grow since its humble beginnings in 2002.
“The success of Blues on Broadbeach is a remarkable achievement given each and every aspect is handled by our small but talented team of seven people,” she said.
“We have seen an incredible growth over the past few years, and our team are to be congratulated for delivering such a world-class event.
“The genius of our festival remains the fact that it is completely free and we wish to thank our major partners, the City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events QLD along with our media and event partners for their support.
“It is particularly great to see our accommodation houses full and the crowds soaking up the atmosphere from our many restaurants, bars and apartment balconies.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said Blues on Broadbeach has quickly grown to become an iconic festival that draws thousands of tourists and blues fans from right across Australia.
“It is no surprise that it is loved by locals too with phenomenal artists, an incredible atmosphere in a real cosmopolitan setting. There’s nothing quite like Blues on Broadbeach and I expect the best is yet to come.”
The event, one of the largest free ‘blues’ music festivals in the world, received the prestigious honour of being named the Best Regional Event and Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event in Queensland at the 2013 Australian Event Awards.
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