Record number of music fans enjoy 2018 Blues on Broadbeach festival

The annual Blues on Broadbeach event has wrapped up for another year, with a record number of blues fans flocking to the free music festival to get their groove on over the weekend.

Multi Grammy Award winner Robert Cray closed out the 17th music festival in fine style last night, with perfect weather topping off the four-day event.

The sun set on a bumper main stage line-up, with one of Australia’s greatest Blues outfits, Backsliders, warming up a huge crowd for US headliner The Robert Cray Band.


Surf Parade was packed to the rafters, while visitors to the Kurrawa Park stage picnicked and grooved along to international legends Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds.

Blues On Broadbeach Crowds

PHOTO: Blues on Broadbeach

Last year, the festival injected $20 million into the local economy, and with accommodation occupancy at 90% before the event even kicked off on Thursday, early predictors have suggested record numbers close to 170,000 people.

Overall, Queensland police reported great behavior and no major incidents across the four days, with fans and artists all just sharing the love of music both on stage and off.