Legendary Eric Burdon is set to headline the 15th annual Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival next year.
Regarded as one of the 100 Greatest Voices of All Time according to Rolling Stone Magazine, Eric Burdon will close out the iconic free Gold Coast music event with his band Eric Burdon and the Animals.
The accomplished painter, author, recording artist and a traveling bluesman for over 50 years, Burdon’s musical journey began in the coal-mining town of Newcastle, England, where he immersed himself in American blues and jazz. The driving force of the Animals, Burdon helped lead the British Invasion with their first international hit, “House of the Rising Sun.”
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A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member since 1994, Burdon’s long string of hits includes “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and the Vietnam-era anthem, “We Gotta Get Out of This Place.” His psychedelic-era classics include “San Franciscan Nights,” “Monterey” and the anti-war, “Sky Pilot.” Founder of multi-ethnic funk outfit War, Burdon broke new ground with “Spill the Wine.”
Burdon has shared the stage with legends such as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Witherspoon and Otis Redding – and was cited by cutting edge musicians Patti Smith and Iggy Pop in their personal top tens. In 2012, Burdon received hard-earned kudos from Bruce Springsteen in his keynote speech at South by Southwest. Burdon joined Springsteen on-stage and was soon back in heavy demand. An EP with garage rockers the Greenhornes was quickly followed up with the acclaimed, full-length LP ‘Til Your River Runs Dry.
CEO of Broadbeach Alliance Jan McCormick said securing Eric Burdon and the Animals for the 15th annual free event has shaped it to be the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival not to miss. “The Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival continues to grow each and every year and with the line-up we are about to present – headlined by such an iconic legend as Eric Burdon, we know that 2016 will be the biggest event yet and people will fly from across the country to be a part of this unique festival.”
The 2016 Blues on Broadbeach will showcase Australian and international artists on outdoor stages and in venues throughout the beachside CBD that is Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
“Apart from being free, what is so unique about Blues on Broadbeach is that you can book a table at one of the restaurants or an apartment in Broadbeach and soak up the festival atmosphere and in some cases even see the main stages from the comfort of your table or balcony” said Mrs McCormick.
She adds: “2016 will proudly be our best festival ever and must not be missed, and we will be announcing the rest of our stellar line-up in the coming weeks”.
The Blues Broadbeach Music Festival is driven by Frizelles, is on May 19-22, 2016, and is a free event to attend.
Visit www.bluesonbroadbeach.com for more information.