THOUSANDS of passionate country music fans boot scooted their way into Broadbeach over the weekend to enjoy some awesome live tunes at the Groundwater Country Music Festival.
The free festival kicked off on Friday and wrapped up on Sunday night, with a record-breaking 73,000 people attending this years event, up a massive 20 per cent from last year.
Local country music star Lee Kernaghan closed out the festival in rockin’ style, with his performance leaving no doubt as to why he is the undisputed ‘King of Country’.
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“I’ve just come off stage at Groundwater 2019 and I just wanted to say to every single person who has come from all over Australia to be part of this epic event, it was absolutely legendary and I can’t wait to do it again,” Kernaghan said after his Sunday night performance.
Kernaghan was in good company, with 50 fellow country music acts including the Davisson Brothers Band, Adam Eckersley Band, The Wolfe Brothers, Tex Perkins, Casey Barnes and Fanny Lumsden all delighting fans who had travelled from across Australia and around the world.
Festival-goers were also treated to a special horse show by Australian Outback Spectacular for the first time ever, with the stockwomen and stockmen performing a remarkable synchronised ride featuring the Australian flag and their lead performers singing I Still Call Australia Home, which didn’t leave a dry eye in the house!
It was a great few days for local businesses too, with Broadbeach hotels at 97 per cent occupancy over the weekend and caravan parks across the coast completely full.
Organisers will now be hoping for similar success with the Blues on Broadbeach festival, which kicks off next May.