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Groundwater Country Music Festival

May 25, 2023

Groundwater is celebrating a milestone this year as it the 10th time the country music festival has graced the Gold Coast with its unique combination of country music charm, ocean calm, and tropical palms.

Happening 20-22 October 2023, it promises to deliver a memorable weekend of sun, sand, surf, and incredible sounds.

Since its inception a decade ago, the Gold Coast’s Groundwater CMF has become a beloved annual pilgrimage for country music fans from all over Australia and the globe. With three days of free live music by the beach featuring the country’s best country music stars, it’s no surprise the festival has earned a loyal following of fans and artists alike over its 10-year run.

Groundwater have released a cracking first line-up announcement including Country icons Lee Kernaghan, the Gold Coast’s own Casey Barnes, and all the way from the USA, Jackson Dean. Australia’s reigning queen of country Amber Lawrence will be returning to the stage this year after performing at the first ever rendition of the festival in 2013 (originally known as Broadbeach Country Music Festival).



“This year is going to be a really special party at Groundwater CMF with a decade of festivals under our belts and we are lucky to have many friends of the festival back to join us in the celebration, including the legendary Lee Kernaghan, Amber Lawrence who appeared in our inaugural lineup and of course our own local star Casey Barnes,” said Major Events Gold Coast Director of Festival and Events, Mark Duckworth.

“This festival started as a unique and humble concept to bring some country music to the city, to watch the festival grow into a multi-award-winning event with a loyal tribe of fans makes the Groundwater CMF team incredibly proud.”

This year is not one to miss, so make sure to get your friends and the kids together for this completely free, completely fun, family-friendly festival of country music, city scapes, and coastal respite, all set amongst the sophisticated streets, parks, bars, and restaurants of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.


Casey Barnes

Gold Coast’s very own local legend Casey Barnes cannot wait to return to Groundwater and show off his hometown in all its glory. “I know I’m not meant to have favourites but when it comes to Groundwater it’s definitely at the top of the list and I’m so honoured to be part of yet another amazing lineup to celebrate the 10th anniversary.

This was one of the first festivals to give me a start back in the day and I’ll never forget that. To think how far we’ve come since then is pretty crazy. Plus, there’s nothing better than playing in front of a home town crowd! See you guys for one heck of a party in October!”

Amber Lawrence Groundwater cmf

Amber Lawrence (pictured right) shares Casey’s excitement. “I’m so excited to be coming back to the Groundwater festival. I remember being lucky enough to play the very first festival in 2013 and many times since. It’s been five years since I last played this wonderful festival – and in that time there’s been a whole lot of new songs and albums for us to bring with us to the Gold Coast. We can’t wait!”


Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated organisers on the 10th year of the Groundwater Country Music Festival.

“This award-winning music festival has become an icon in its own right as one of the Gold Coast’s must do, bucket list visitor experiences,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“Last year more than 20,000 music fans experienced the Groundwater Country Music Festival, generating more than $9.4 million for the Gold Coast visitor economy. The unbeatable tourism combination of beach and country is why the Palaszczuk Government continues to back Groundwater as a major feature of our It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar.”

Groundwater Country Music Festival is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and is a feature on the It’s Live! In Queensland events calendar.

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