Gold Coast’s ‘Blues on Broadbeach’ busts out the big guns for 2020

Blues on Broadbeach has released a killer first line up for next year’s event, and it’s already being hailed the best and most diverse yet.

The likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Gaby Moreno, Karise Eden and Kim Churchill are set to grace the streets of Broadbeach in May next year, at one of biggest (and biased opinion, best) free music festivals in Australia.

Over 200,000 people attend the four-day festival each year, with patrons able to enjoy over 200 hours of entertainment in stunning locations throughout Broadbeach’s streets, parks, bars and restaurants.


This year, we’ll get to see Australian legend Tommy Emmanuel return home to perform for the first time.

He’s known as the international master of the acoustic guitar, with a career spanning decades, and a couple Grammy nominations to boot.

He plays at hundreds of sold out shows around the world each year, but says he can’t wait to come back to Oz.

“Nothing compares to playing at home.

“I’ve been looking forward to performing at Blues on Broadbeach for so long. My brother Phil used to perform there a lot over the years and he told me all about it.

“See you in May! Emmanuel said.

Guatemalan born singer-songwriter-producer Gaby Moreno will also make her way down under to wow us all with her Latin-inspired music that ranges from blues to jazz to soul.

She’s won a Latin Grammy for ‘Best New Artist’ and has shared the stage with international stars like Bono, Andrea Bocelli, and Tracy Chapman.

Another exciting addition this year, with the unearthly tones of Karise Eden coming our way!

Eden’s authentic storytelling and distinctive voice saw her rise to fame in 2012 when she got all judges to turn around within seconds of her audition of The Voice Australia, which she then went on to win.

Hers is arguably one of the best female blues voices in the country, and she’s topped the Australian charts with the most singles on the Australian ARIA chart in the top 10 at one time (she beat The Beatles for this).

Blues on Broadbeach is also looking forward to welcoming back Kim Churchill, who graced the stage as an emerging artist years ago.

Churchill’s memorable sound has been described as “psychedelic whale music, ocean-side blues or cornified Nick Drake” by Vancouver Weekly, and he has gained a strong following among younger audiences.

Festival Director Mark Duckworth says Blues on Broadbeach gets more and more exciting every year.

“This festival has become part of Broadbeach’s cultural tapestry, the musicians, festival fans and local community all have an ownership over how its weaved.

“It’s exciting to invite new acts from Australia and around the world to experience the incredible vibe of this event for the first time, whilst still sharing in the history with the artists who have helped us build it from the ground up,” Mr Duckworth said.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says he’s looking forward to another great event next year.

“Bringing in almost $30 million to the Gold Coast economy every year I’m not surprised to see that the big names keep lining up to be part of this quintessential Gold Coast event.

“Our calendar of major events continues to grow and Blues on Broadbeach continues to be a favourite among locals and visitors alike,” Mayor Tate said.

The 19th Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival will be held from Thursday 14th May to Sunday 17th May 2020.

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