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Blues on Broadbeach 2016

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by Denise H-C (subscribe)
Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
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Blues on Broadbeach music festival gold coast

How could you not love the Blues on Broadbeach Festival: four days of music throughout different indoor and outdoor venues in Broadbeach.

Running from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd May 2016 this is regularly a highlight on the Broadbeach calendar and nearby accommodation books out quickly.

This year, the line up is bigger and better than ever. Leading the headliners are Diesel, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and The Bamboos. Check out too Cookin' on 3 Burners with Tex Perkins and Stella Angelico.

There's just so much to offer at the 2016 Blues on Broadbeach - Three Kings, Blue Shaddy and the Gold Coast's music scene's favourite son, Mason Rack Band.

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Mason Rack at Blues on Broadbeach 2014

I'm looking forward to seeing Back in Blue, a show dedicated to AC/DC in support of Beyond Blue. If any of you have ever seen an 8 Ball Aitken performance, you'll be as intrigued as I am to see what he does with Back in Blue, along with a host of awesome artists including the fantastic Shaun Kirk.

This festival is throughout Broadbeach. Clubs, restaurants and cafes host artist performances starting around midday each day and running long into the night. Beaches, the mall and parks also host the artists playing all afternoon. For details of when and where each artist is playing, see the website or download the app to be regularly updated.

We like to spend one of the days at Victoria Park on a picnic rug with our daughter listening to a host of artists on the main stage well into the evening. Other days we check out the midday performances in the Broadbeach Mall, then wander over to one of the cafes with a singer performing for a coffee and finish off our day in one of the clubs who have the blues artists playing well into late evening.

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Blues on Broadbeach 2015 (photo reproduced courtesy of

There's nothing better than an afternoon in the cool autumn weather listening to music in the park. The restaurants are all scattered throughout the area, making it easy to grab dinner and a glass of wine and sit nearby an artist performing. As a lot of this festival is outdoors and free, it's very family friendly.

The performances are all first class, well known artists throughout the Gold Coast music scene, and the headliners obviously don't need any introduction. Diesel is one of Australia's favourite singers and guitarists, and the addition of Eric Burdon and The Animals this year brings a real bluesy old school feel that you won't catch anywhere else. Don't miss Eric Burdon's performance, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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The beautiful Gold Coast, a great place to spend the weekend

The festival Facebook page has updates and other bits of news and information.

As I said above, if you don't live in the area, accommodation sells out very quickly for this weekend. We've already booked ours months in advance. You need to do this to get a good deal. However if you haven't yet booked and you're finding prices too high, check out nearby Surfers Paradise for a hotel room. It's just a few stops on the tram and prices in Surfers on Blues in Broadbeach weekend are traditionally 30-50% cheaper.

Parking is available, see the transport map for more information.

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Why? A fantastic weekend of music and good food
When: 19 to 22 May 2016
Phone: (07) 5539 8416
Where: Throughout Broadbeach
Cost: Free entry to most events, some night time venues have door prices
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