Gold Coast welcomes Blues to Broadbeach

19 May 2014 4:02 PMJann Stuckey

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Gold Coast economy is set to be boosted by more than $12 million, with the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival returning on 22-25th May.

The award-winning festival was officially launched by the Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games Jann Stuckey, who said the four-day major event would see 60 performers deliver more than 330 hours of free entertainment for both visitors and locals.

“In 2012, Blues on Broadbeach was recognised by the LNP Government as a major event after growing into one of Queensland’s largest music festivals,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Each year the highly-anticipated Blues on Broadbeach festival attracts tens of thousands of fans to the Gold Coast, offering visitors a unique beachside experience.

“The Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, is proud to support Blues on Broadbeach, which contributes to the industry goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure from $15 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

“Last year’s event is estimated to have delivered an economic impact of $12.3 million. This year’s incredible artist line-up sets the stage for a bigger and better event in 2014.

“The Queensland Government’s 20-year plan for tourism, Destination Success, outlines the need to support events that drive repeat visitation to Queensland destinations. Blues on Broadbeach does just that.”

Broadbeach Alliance CEO Jan McCormick said the 2014 Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival would see the Gold Coast host some of the biggest names in the Industry including DIESEL, Russell Morris, the Time of My Life band, featuring Daryl Braithwaite, Joe Camilleri, James Reyne, Ross Wilson, on outdoor stages and in venues throughout the four days and proudly the iconic event is completely free to attend.

One of the largest free blues music festivals in the world, the Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival received the Best Regional Event and Best Cultural, Arts or Music Event in Queensland at the 2013 Australian Event Awards.

For more information visit www.bluesonbroadbeach.com (external site) ( http://www.bluesonbroadbeach.com/ )

[ENDS] 19 May 2014