2021 Groundwater Country Music Festival
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, thousands of country music fans flocked to Broadbeach on the Gold Coast and were blessed with blue skies and golden lineup of country stars on the return so much. expected from the Groundwater Country Music Festival. (CMF).
Over three unforgettable, action-packed days (November 12-14), Groundwater CMF has brought the country back to the coast with a vengeance.
With an overload of creative energy, more than 45 local Australian artists wowed festival-goers and filled the parks and streets of Broadbeach with their infectious charm and country music virtuosity.
From perfect weather and sensational lineup to smiles on the faces of country music fans of all ages, Groundwater CMF has undoubtedly been a huge hit.
Festival director Mark Duckworth was thrilled with the outcome, especially given the myriad of challenges festivals face getting started in the first place.
âIt was great to see Groundwater return to the Gold Coast and be able to welcome back our country music family. For many artists, Groundwater is a time to celebrate and share new music releases and chart hits from the year, âhe said.
Troy Cassar-Daley – image Â© Bianca Holderness
âGroundwater 2021 has been more important than ever for Australian country music as it is one of the few festivals left on the calendar.
âWe hope to have seen over 35,000 visitors to Broadbeach over the weekend, with many loyal fans returning, as well as many new fans who came in for an incredible weekend of live country music. We are delighted to announce that Groundwater CMF will be back from October 28-30, 2022! “
Groundwater CMF was a festival of premieres, with many artists who had been locked indoors due to COVID finally had the opportunity to showcase their creative works to the outside world.
“I feel like a champion athlete who has had to sit on the sidelines and wait for the past two years,” said country legend Graeme Connors.
âGroundwater is the event that finally allows me to come back and do what I love. There was so much pent-up energy, and it was emotional to come face to face with an audience again. Simply amazing!â
Rising country-pop star Melanie Dyer shared a similar sentiment: âWhile it’s been hard not to play a lot over the past 18 months, I’ve really got back to writing my next album.
“It was so awesome singing my new single ‘Run Out Of Road’ for the first time with my band in Groundwater … and also playing a few other unreleased songs that will be coming out in the new year.”
With the album releases, first singles and newly formed duets, excitement and love permeated Broadbeach, creating a terrific atmosphere.
Highlights included impressive sets from Australian country superstars, duo Tassie The Wolfe Brothers and local legend Casey Barnes. âWe love this festival! Tom of the Wolfe Brothers said.
“We’ve had some of our best concerts in Groundwater. I love that it’s free for punters and I love that the city invests in live music and knows it’s going to attract people.”
The Wolfe Brothers – image Â© Bianca Holderness
Country and American artist Matt Ward first performed his new music in front of a thrilled crowd, just as his new album reached No.1 on the Australian country charts and No.11 on the Australian charts.
Vocal power Natalie Pearson presented her contemporary country sound for the first time with her new band, declaring “I’m so excited to be back, and this is the first time I’ve played Groundwater as an individual artist with my group.
“I have so many memories and so much love for this festival, so this is a dream come true.”
Country singer-songwriter icons James Blundell and Sara Storer have performed on stage so far as a duet, with a world premiere of their incredible new song “Sweet Dreams Way Out West”, due out in January. .
Groundwater CMF has been a platform for many artists and continues to celebrate the growing popularity of the country genre as it merges into the mainstream.
âI love what Groundwater is doing for the country industry as a whole by introducing a new generation of younger fans. Every time I play here I go with longtime fans who had never heard of my song. music before. They’ve just got the right model, “says Graeme Connors.
The entire Broadbeach neighborhood was buzzing with positive vibes, delighting festival-goers and local stakeholders.
Major Events Gold Coast is proud to produce and support a diverse portfolio of events, such as Groundwater CMF, to help generate tours and boost the Gold Coast economy and provide a significant economic injection to local businesses.
Adam Brand – image Â© Bianca Holderness
Lincoln Testa, owner of Madison’s CafÃ© at The Oasis, said the weekend was like the good old days before COVID. âIt was such a great feeling to see our staff run away for the three days.
“We weren’t sure what to expect, but we think we’ll be close to hitting 2019 numbers, which is fantastic. Hopefully this is a harbinger of Christmas when the borders open again.” , did he declare.
Chelsea Steber, Director of Oracle Boulevard, agrees: âOracle Boulevard merchants are impressed with this year’s event.
Despite the absence of interstate visitors, the people of Queensland soak up the atmosphere of Broadbeach, experience the live music and world-class stage program, and savor excellent cuisine from some of the best. Gold Coast restaurants offering dine and watch.
“Groundwater CMF offers the opportunity to showcase the best that Broadbeach has to offer.”
The Groundwater Country Music Festival returns to the Gold Coast from October 28-30, 2022.