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Wolfmother, CW Stoneking to headline Blues on Broadbeach

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Twenty new artists have been added to the free Blues on Broadbeach festival’s line-up, including Australian blues legends Ray Beadle, Lloyd Spiegel, and Fiona Boyes.

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In a steal for the non-ticketed festival, Blues on Broadbeach has snagged ARIA-winners and music legends Wolfmother and CW Stoneking.

Mark Duckworth, the festival’s director, said the new announcements are sure to make this year’s festival a memorable one.

As a music lover, the best thing about Blues on Broadbeach is the multiple styles of music we get to present, all stemming back to the original blues sound,” he said.

Australian rock band Wolfmother, fronted by Brisbane local Andrew Stockdale, will take centre stage at Blues on Broadbeach for the first time.

No stranger to a festival stage, Wolfmother have toured all around the world including stints at Coachella, Lollapalooza, returning to live performing at the 2020 AFL Grand Final.

Most notably, they tore the house down at Splendour in the Grass 2019.

 

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The second major lineup announcement arrives in the form of 1920’s blues raconteur CW Stoneking.

Described as “an old vaudeville master, a carnival caller or maybe a market huckster”, he will bring his distinctive blend of pre-war blues, New Orleans jazz, country and calypso to the Blues on Broadbeach stage.

His appearance at the festival will round off his current tour of Australia.

The second line-up of Blues on Broadbeach

Stoneking will be touring through Queensland this month, with sold out shows in Brisbane, Burleigh Heads, Toowoomba, and Eumundi.

Gold Coast’s mayor Tom Tate said he was thrilled at the quality of the lineup.

“There is only one word needed to describe the line-up for Blues in 2021 – amazing,’ he said.

“I’m not sure I’ve got the energy to go all night with Wolfmother, but I’ll definitely be front-of-stage when C.W. Stoneking showcases the blues from the 1920s. I encourage anyone who has not been to a Blues weekend in our city to blank out the dates now – and book their accommodation.”

Blues fans will also be treated to Ray Beadle, a beloved Blues on Broadbeach favourite, and Lloyd Spiegel who has played alongside Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and Etta James.

Spiegel said that Blues on Broadbeach will be a welcome return to normality and community for blues enthusiasts  and Australian music lovers.

“After the madness of 2020, I can’t think of a better way to return to music than performing at Blues on Broadbeach”

“It’s an event that truly represents and embraces the Australian blues community, and now — more than ever — that community needs a chance to come together, relaunch and move forward. I’m so looking forward to seeing this amazing showcase of Australian blues talent back in full swing,” Spiegel said.

The second line-up announcement joins a strong program, which includes Tommy Emmanuel, NZ’s The Black Seeds and Christine Anu.

Blues on Broadbeach will be held from 20th to the 23rd of May. To find out more information on Blues on Broadbeach, visit their website.

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