In May each year, Broadbeach comes alive with the sound of music… blues music! Live tunes and festival fun is something we’ve been missing over the last year so this year’s Blues on Broadbeach is going to be something extra special.
19 years after its humble beginnings the annual event has grown to gain international acclaim and is now one of Australia’s largest non-ticketed music festivals… which means punters can enjoy three days of amazing music absolutely free! The program promises and incredible and diverse display of performances ranging from Blues and Roots to Folk, Rock and even some Reggae and Funk.
From May 20-23 Broady’s beachside shopping and dining precinct will be transformed into a buzzing hub with 20 performance areas on both the stunning beachfront and throughout the vibrant streets of Broadbeach. Add amazing food at local bars and restuarants, plus activities for all ages throughout the festival precinct and you’ve got a recipe for guaranteed good times.
LET THE MUSIC PLAY
This year’s line-up embraces the smooth sounds of many Aussie musicians whose names you’ve no doubt heard before.
Such as, you ask? Three days of music means plenty of incredible acts. Rock gods Wolfmother for starters, the lovely Christine Anu, CW Stoneking, The Black Seeds, The Lachy Doley Group, legendary local lad Benny D Williams, Mason Rack Band and Billie Page to name just a few.
Download the Blues on Broadbeach mobile app to find out about official playing times, stages and event information. A festival map will help you find your way around, plus you can learn all about the artists who are playing.
GET CENTRE STAGE
In terms of how things will run, 2021 is a little different than usual so read on for everything you need to know about stage setups, drinking and dining options and exactly what’s on offer at this year’s Blues on Broadbeach.
The main stage, also known as Kurrawa Park Stage, can be found in (you guessed it!) Kurrawa Park, right next to the sparkling ocean and with plenty of shady spots to pull up a seat. A second main stage will be set up at Victoria Park, just a short walk down through the Broadbeach Mall.
Both of these stages will have stage-side Wingman Beer Bars serving up the official beer of Blues on Broadbeach as well as wine, spirts and water so you’ll certainly find something that tickles your fancy.
EAT, DRINK & DANCE
2021 will see the addition of a Dine & Watch precinct which will see restaurants and bars on Surf Parade and Oracle Boulevard celebrating Blues on Broadbeach by extending their existing restaurant space out onto the street. What could be better than eating top notch food while watching live music Gold Coasters? Not much, honestly.
That’s not all of course. Many Broadbeach restaurants are also partnering with the event which means you can experience live music right there at the venue as you dine.
A relative newbie to the area, Den Devine is a jazz bar and restaurant you should certainly stop into. They’re serving up a Greek-inspired menu with a side of soulful tunes.
Sage Café Restaurant is a much-loved local restaurant serving up everything from seafood to steaks and tasty pizzas. You can catch plenty of live music action there throughout the festival.
The Broadbeach Tavern is always a good time and even more so during Blues on Broadbeach. They’ve got frosty beverages, plenty of tasty eats and of course, a dance floor to test out your moves on.
Another Broady fave, The Loose Moose is sure to show you a good time with plenty of live tunes plus some good old southern US-style eats and a cocktail list that’ll knock your socks off.
The Lucky Squire opened not too long ago, and Broadbeach got its first brewhouse. The James Squire venue boasts plenty of space, even more beers on tap, epic eats and yes, live music throughout the festival.
The Envy Hotel is also hosting some live music events and we know you don’t need us to tell that there’s plenty of space in there for some toe tapping action.
Last but certainly not least, Tower 28 Café beneath Kurrawa Surf Club will be serving up not only unbeatable ocean views but plenty of music and a good cuppa too, making it one of the very best places to be.
So, there you have it, the 2021 Blues on Broadbeach festival is shaping up to be an incredible event and if you’re a fan of eating, drinking and being merry we suggest you mark your calendars for three days filled with exactly that.
Bring on the Blues!
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