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Get out your cowboy hat and your dancing boots
I have to be honest and confess that I am not much of a country music fan - in fact, as a musician and somebody that lives and breathes music, country music has to be in the bottom 3 'least loved' music genres, along with teen pop and 80's jazz. However, Broadbeach is fast becoming the party hub of the Gold Coast, and as such, I will be going to check out the Broadbeach Country Music Festival this weekend - and here's why!
1) Country Music Seems to be Changing
Along with all other genres of music in the turn of the century, country music seems to be getting a make-over, and becoming a little more funky, and a lot more contemporary. Think Taylor Swift (once a big country musician!) or those snazzy blues/ country/ folky singers that appear to be seamlessly melding different musical elements to create something that everyone wants to listen to. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Mitch King was in the line-up, as we also had the pleasure of seeing him play at the Broadbeach Blues Fest, and he was really amazing.
As a mother of many girls, I am always looking for something that is fun to do as well as inspiring for our girls. I love that there are powerful, yet gentle, inspirational role models for young girls on the country music scene. Lyrics are generally appropriate for a younger audience, so feel free to bring along the little ones! And the atmosphere is very family friendly, with lots of wide open spaces for little ones to run around in the parks and grassed areas while you listen to some free music!
If you are not from the Gold Coast, coming for a day trip could never be wasted, as the festival is right on the beach and in the middle of the Broadbeach business district, where you can frequent some of the wide arrange of coffee shops and restaurants, or just take a walk along one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, while you wait for the next band to come on.
Country music festivals seem to attract a whole lot of country people - and country people know how to have a good time! Shake off the city life for a few days of good old country music and booty shaking, shake off your brown leather boots and borrow your uncle's cowboy hat - it is kind of like Cosplay but with a country flavour
Parking is very few and far between. If you can get on public transport, this is definitely recommended, otherwise be prepared to walk a couple of blocks to get there. You can park at Oasis for $20 for the whole day, which is pretty fantastic, considering that the rest of the festival is free.
Toilets are fantastic for kids especially in this area and at this festival. There are blocks of toilets at all main stages, as well as multiple toilet blocks in and around the centre of Broadbeach. Jupiters, the beach and restaurants have additional bathrooms, so this is not one of those festivals where you will have to line up for an hour to use a bathroom! - something that is a big plus with children!
Cheap and good food is available everywhere. There is a Woolworths there if you don't want to spend too much on food, but there is also the Cardomom Pod, which is fantastic for vegetarian and vegan food, and numerous other great little restaurants with every cuisine you could ask for.