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The festival turning the Gold Coast blue

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Blues on Broadbeach is one of Australia’s largest non-ticketed festivals, and will return in 2022 with headliners James Morrison’s Motown Experience, R.L. Boyce and Dom Turner, and Robben Ford.

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The Festival is a huge boon for the Gold Coast, sprawling through Broadbeach with around 70 acts to enjoy for free.

Leading the charge is the James Morrison Motown Experience, a one-off performance by the acclaimed jazz musician.

“It’s a great pleasure to be returning to Blues on Broadbeach in 2022 and this time it’s going to be one great big party,” said James Morrison.

“Get ready to be blown away with an unforgettable and feel-good Motown experience with songs from all the greats including James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and many more.

“To be able to play live music again at festivals like Blues on Broadbeach is the most rewarding part of being a musician – connecting with an audience, getting people up out of their seats, and seeing the joy that music brings, there is no greater feeling.

“I have toured the world and played in some of the greatest concert halls but there is something special about Blues on Broadbeach.”

The Festival forged on in 2021 in spite of the pandemic, with Wolfmother and C.W. Stoneking leading the charge.

Blues on Broadbeaach have announced their 2022 lineup and dates (Image: Supplied)

Now, with the restrictions of the pandemic beginning to ease, they have set their sights global, programming international acts once again.

The first lineup announcement includes American guitarist Robben Ford, a blues heavy hitter who has collaborated with Miles Davis, George Harrison, and Joni Mitchell.

Grammy nominated blue singer-songwriter R.L. Boyce will bring Mississippi hill country blues to the Gold Coast in collaboration with Australian slide guitarist Dom Turner.

Huge Australian talent is booked for the Festival in the form of dynamic soul group Emma Donovan and the Putbacks, award winning singer-songwriter Mia Dyson, and blues guitarist Hamish Anderson who was one of the last openers for B.B. King.

Festival Director Mark Duckworth said he is thrilled that Blues on Broadbeach is returning in 2022.

“The thing that makes Blues on Broadbeach such a special Festival is the importance we place on presenting authentic artists each year.

The month of May wouldn’t feel the same on the Gold Coast without music taking over the streets of Broadbeach and this year’s line-up of acclaimed performers will continue the pilgrimage of Blues fans from around the country and beyond.

“Bring on Blues on Broadbeach 2022.”

Blues on Broadbeach 2022 full lineup (Image: Supplied)

Blues on Broadbeach will run from 19 May to 22 May 2022. 

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