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Broadbeach Blues Festival

Today, Blues fans can rejoice because Blues is back in Broadbeach!

Yes, one of the largest FREE music events in Australia is announcing its return in 2021, bringing with it a diverse array of local Aussie talent, a range of rising stars, and your all-time blues favourites. — some of whom will be performing exclusively for Blues on Broadbeach.

Hungrier than ever to put on another incredible music festival, the Gold Coast’s much-loved Blues event last rocked the streets of Broadbeach in May of 2019, and in 2021 it is slated to light up the streets of Australia’s favourite playground for four days of musical celebration (May 20 – 23, 2021).

With world-class dining, incredible beaches and bars, plus sensational vistas on-offer; Broadbeach is a no-brainer of a location to springboard your Gold Coast getaway, so don’t delay, book your stay and get ready to see a range of stunning performances, all within walking distance of your very own hotel.

Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate said

What fantastic news and what a line-up for 2021. Since lockdown, I’ve been dying to get amongst some great blues music, so with Tommy heading down under, I can see a record crowd milling around the main stages at Broadbeach

Revered as the best acoustic guitarist in the world, Nashville based Tommy Emmanuel is a man that has achieved enough musical milestones to last a lifetime. In 2021, he is returning home with a fresh album under his belt to perform exclusively at Blues on Broadbeach.

Here’s what Tommy had to say about the festival.

I am really looking forward to playing Blues on Broadbeach May 2021! My late brother Phil had played the festival and raved about it. I am very honoured to be asked and will give my absolute best to the fans!!! See you in May, Australia!! Love — Tommy

With one of the most enduring and recognisable voices in Australia, the multi-faceted icon and ARIA award-winning artist Christine Anu will be stylin’ up the festival stage and tipping her hat to the Queen of Soul in a must-see performance packed with heartfelt interpretations of Aretha Franklin’s most memorable hits. The critically acclaimed Aretha Franklin Songbook is a show unlike any other and will be performed exclusively at Blues on Broadbeach.

Roots-legends overseas and a household name in New Zealand, The Black Seeds have come from humble beginnings, and since 1998 they have continued to push the boundaries of Reggae-fusion without compromising the music’s heart; bringing raw energy, good vibes, and bass-heavy sounds wherever they go. Alongside bands like Fat Freddy’s Drop and Katchafire, the multi-platinum selling band have earned a reputation for rocking dancefloors around the world. This is a special year for them as they will be releasing new music and performing in Australia for Blues on Broadbeach exclusively.

Sydney’s energetic and ferocious blues/soul powerhouse The Lachy Doley Group are a must-see for anyone, topping charts and electrifying crowds around the world with their iconic sound. This year they will be returning to Blues on Broadbeach with some very special surprises to be announced later.

Festival Director, Mark Duckworth said,

After producing a digital version of Blues on Broadbeach in 2020, we can’t wait to throw open the doors and welcome back our festival fans new and old. In 2021 we have curated a mix of artists to give the streets a party vibe and let live music entertain once more.

About Blues on Broadbeach

One of the largest free music events in Australia, Blues on Broadbeach allows patrons to enjoy over 200 hours of entertainment in stunning locations throughout Broadbeach’s streets, parks, bars and restaurants.

Fly or drive and stay in the heart of Broadbeach with the festival right on your doorstep! There are many sophisticated accommodation options in the precinct from five-star hotels to self-contained apartments, satisfying all needs and budgets. Check out Broadbeach accommodation here.

The 20th Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival will follow the necessary guidelines to ensure a COVID-safe experience for all attendees, and it will be held from Friday 20th May to Sunday 23rd May, 2021.

Blues on Broadbeach is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

For further information on the Festival including updates and programming, visit the Blues on Broadbeach website.

REPCO Supercars Championship

The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship winners will be crowned on the streets of Surfers Paradise with confirmation today Gold Coast will host next year’s season finale.

One of the marquee stops will return as the last of 12 events on next year’s calendar announced today, running 3-5 December.

Queensland’s Minister for Tourism and Minister for Sport, Stirling Hinchliffe, said Queensland motorsport fans were looking forward to a double dose of Supercars in 2021.

“The Supercars championship is a much-loved celebration in Queensland of motorsport rivalries, precision driving and excellence in automotive engineering,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“A mid-season event in Townsville and the 2021 finale on the Gold Coast will deliver a double dose of Supercars in Queensland, set amongst some of Australia’s best motor racing back drops.

“For southern motorsport enthusiasts, the Supercars championship is without hesitation the perfect way to kick-off a Queensland getaway.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said:

“What a classic three-day carnival it will be with the Gold Coast to host the finale of the Supercars season.

“Only on the Gold Coast will spectators see the final race to the championship flag.

“Given the pressure on teams to win the crown, it’ll be one hell of a race weekend in December.”

The last time Supercars raced on the Gold Coast, there was a record crowd of 198,763 who attended the event on the famous street circuit.

It’s the biggest crowd at the GC600 recorded since Supercars began promoting the event in 2012, surpassing the previous marker of 197,872 set in ‘15 and the 2018 result of 196,192.

Supercars will continue work on 2021 event formats with full details to be released over coming weeks.


The 2021 Repco Supercars Championship Calendar:

Feb 26-28:        Mount Panorama 500, Bathurst, NSW

Mar 18-21:       Melbourne, Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, VIC

April 10-11:      Tasmania SuperSprint, Symmons Plains, TAS

May 8-9:           OTR SuperSprint, Tailem Bend, SA

May 29-30:       Winton SuperSprint, Winton, VIC

June 19-20:       Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley, NT

July 9-11:          NTI Townsville, Reid Park, QLD

Aug 20-22:        Sydney SuperNight, Sydney Motorsport Park, NSW

Sept 11-12:       Perth SuperNight, Wanneroo Raceway, WA

Oct 7-10:          Repco Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama, NSW

Nov 6-7:           ITM Auckland SuperSprint, NZ

Dec 3-5:            Gold Coast Street Circuit, Surfers Paradise, QLD

SANCTUARY COVE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW

20 – 23 MAY, AUSTRALIA’S GOLD COAST

Anyone can be a Thrillionaire. All you need is a sense of adventure and a hot ticket to the unmissable 2021 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.

Attracting over 45,000 marine enthusiasts each year, it’s an event that looks set to live up to its reputation as the Southern Hemisphere’s premier marine event once again. With over 300+ exhibitors and 600+ watercraft on display, you’ll be treated to best-in-class superyachts, fishing boats, trailers, watercraft, marine tech and much more.