Legendary Russell Morris launches Blues on Broadbeach music festival

OVER 120 guests gathered at Jupiters Hotel & Casino’s Atrium Bar on Monday night for the launch of the 13th annual Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival.

Local dignitaries joined VIPs to celebrate the start of the iconic festival with a special performance by Australian music legend and headline act for the festival, Russell Morris.

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The Aria Award winning Morris is just one of the many artists featured in the festival’s longest ever music program, which is expected to attract record crowds of more than 95,000 to the Broadbeach precinct over four days and nights, from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th of May.

Must-See performances this year include the Guitar Tribute to the Blues (Phil Emmanuel, DIESEL, Eugene Hideaway Brides, Kevin Borich, Owen Campbell and 8 Ball Aitken hitting the stage for an incredible one-off performance on Sunday from 3.30pm – 5.15pm) and  the iconic Time of My Life band (featuring Daryl Braithwaite, Joe Camilleri, James Reyne and Ross Wilson on Sunday from 5.45pm – 7.15pm).

The award-winning event was officially launched by Minister for Tourism Jann Stuckey who welcomed the start of the festival.

“Each year the highly-anticipated Blues on Broadbeach festival attracts tens of thousands of fans to the Gold Coast, offering visitors a unique beachside experience,” she said.

“Last year’s event is estimated to have delivered an economic impact of $12.3 million. This year’s incredible artist line-up sets the stage for a bigger and better event in 2014.”

Broadbeach Alliance CEO Jan McCormick said the success of the festival was largely due to the friendly, welcoming atmosphere and its broad appeal.

“We are thrilled that we are able to deliver such a high calibre program which is entirely free to the public and accessible to the young and old, families, genuine Blues followers and general lovers of exceptional entertainment,” she said.

“Our event has become part of the cultural fabric of this city and plays a significant role in the economy of our region by encouraging visitors to enjoy a mini-break in our stunning beach-side location.”

The event, one of the largest free ‘blues’ music festivals in the world, received the prestigious honour of being named the Best Regional Event and Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event in Queensland at the 2013 Australian Event Awards.

Broadbeach Alliance is continually looking for innovative ways to lessen the carbon footprint of the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival and encourage all attendees to use our city’s public transport system as a means of getting to and from the event. Comprehensive details of transport, parking and road closures are available on the event’s website.

For artist information, program, maps, transport and accommodation options visit: www.bluesonbroadbeach.com

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