Groundwater line-up swells with Aussie legend and acclaimed international star

Whether you’re from Way Out West or the Hills of Brisbane, if you love Australian country music you’ll want to get your boots to Broadbeach come July.

The Groundwater Country Music Festival (formerly Broadbeach Country Music Festival) has just unveiled an exciting line-up of local and international acts that will put the boot-scoot in any fan.

This year’s event will feature a tribute to Queensland singer and TSS old boy, James Blundell.


30 YEARS OF PRIDE – A TRIBUTE TO JAMES BLUNDELL will feature the songs of the ten-time Golden Guitar winner, performed by some of today’s biggest stars, as well as our most exciting new talents.

“Having watched this festival grow, I feel particularly privileged to be involved in the 2018 lineup,” Blundell said in a statement.

“Some of the acts I’ve grown up in awe of – Suzanne Vega, Kevin Bennett – some I’ve watched from their first public performances, and all the artists involved in the ‘30 Years of Pride’, I’ve been involved with one way or another for years,” he added.

“Broadbeach has always had a special place in my affections, as it was our family’s holiday destination since the late 1950s.

“Seeing that part of the Gold Coast mature into the precinct for the coolest country festival in Australia 2018 Groundwater Festival is very similar to watching your children grow up!”

Suzanne Vega will perform at Groundwater 2018. Image: Supplied

Blundell won’t be the only one looking forward to hearing acclaimed singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega play on the festival stage.

The New Yorker is best known for 80s chart hits Marlene on the Wall, Left of Centre and Luka from the album ‘Solitude Standing’, which was nominated for three Grammys (including Record of the Year).

Capping off today’s huge line-up announcement is three-time Golden Guitar Award-winner Amber Lawrence.

“In programming this festival, it’s important for us to cover all the bases in Australian Country Music and give a spotlight to both the veterans and the artists of the future,” Festival Director, Mark Duckworth said.

“There’s such a cool variety coming to Groundwater in 2018, all with a different style of story to share.”

Goundwater Country Music Festival will be held in the heart of Broadbeach from July 27-29. For the full details and tickets, head to the event website.