Another Blues on Broadbeach festival has come and gone, bringing huge numbers to the Gold Coast.
The free music festival’s attendance has risen by an estimated 10 percent from the 171,000 who attended last year.
The 2018 festival resulted in a $21 million boost to the local economy, with this figure also expected to rise after the 2019 festival.
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While official numbers are still being crunched, the festival is being celebrated as one of the largest in the country, and thanked for its boom for local businesses.
Broadbeach Alliance CEO Jan McCormick says every year the festival gets better and better, and this year was no exception.
“It has been quite extraordinary to experience the wonderful relaxed vibe of the festival with the fans commenting how special this festival is.
“Every year we carefully plan our line up and the experience the fans will have when they come and in 2019 the team really nailed it.”
“This festival contributes to the local economy significantly.
“The festival alone employs 250 crew and imagine the numbers of additional employee hours that are generated by the restaurants, accommodation and retail outlets, some of which traded well into the nights,” Ms McCormick said.
More international acts filled the line-up than ever before, with artists from the USA, UK, Canada and NZ describing Blues as a must-do event on their global touring calendars due to the vibrant atmosphere, huge numbers, loyal fans, and friendly locals that bring the event together each year.
Plans are already underway for the 2020 festival, with some ‘very cool developments’ promised.