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Free music festival on the Gold Coast
One of my favourite festivals is Blues on Broadbeach. Held annually in May, and absolutely free, the line-up and schedule for 2013 has been released and it's looking like a hell of a good time.
Starting in 2002, Broadbeach Alliance kicked off Blues on Broadbeach and it's been going from strength to strength ever since. The festival is four day long weekend of blues and related genres, with many artists playing more than one set over the long weekend.
Many acts have a couple of sets over the weekend, so take some time to check through the schedule and mark out your must-sees, making sure to give yourself some time to find some gems you've not heard of before. And one important housekeeping rule - the festival is an unlicensed event, but alcohol can be purchased and consumed in the (many) licenced venues hosting live music over the long weekend.
There's plenty of accommodation available, with a link on the Blues on Broadbeach website. You can find out more about Blues on Broadbeach on their website here, and like them on Facebook here.