10 reasons why you should come to Groundwater Country Music Festival!

10 July 2023

To celebrate 10 years of country music on the Gold Coast, we’ve narrowed down 10 reasons why Groundwater Country Music Festival (CMF) is the next festival for you! If you haven’t already, lock in the dates now for 20 – 22 October 2023!

1. Lee Kernaghan, Jackson Dean, Casey Barnes, Amber Lawrence + MORE!

Need we say more on this reason? We’re so excited to welcome country favourites from around the country and the world to celebrate with us in Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.

With 20 artists announced in the first lineup, there’s also plenty more to come with a second artist announce coming very soon! In 2022, close to 50 international and national artists joined in on the party and this year will be no different!

crowd at surf parade stage waving their arms

2. Tickets… what’s that? You don’t need one!

If you weren’t quire sure whether or not to fork out some cash for a festival ticket, then don’t! 

Groundwater CMF is a FREE festival. Just walk right into the beautiful Broadbeach precinct and you’re at the festival! Whether it’s to catch Lee Kernaghan on the main festival stage, or heading in to catch an artist set at one of our partner venues, it’s all free entry. How does it get better than that?!

four ladies sitting on a picnic mat at Kurrawa Park

3. Who doesn’t love some Gold Coast sunshine?

Nothing beats listening to some country tunes while soaking up sunshine! Bring your picnic blankets and camp chairs along for some of the most relaxing times you’ll have at a music festival. 

Plus, with the ocean breeze flowing right next to you, you’ll feel like you’re on a vacation!

Kurrawa beach

4. A country music festival right by the beach?!

Speaking of ocean breeze, we mean it! With the festival located right by Kurrawa Beach, why not bring your swimmers and take a mid-day dip in the water?

If you’re not much of a swimmer, start each festival day off instead with a sunrise beach walk along the famous Gold Coast beachfront. Because where else can you do this at a music festival?!

people wearing cowboy boots and hat walking in the precinct

5. You’re never too far away from anything at Broadbeach!

Broadbeach is a bustling dining and shopping precinct right in the heart of the Gold Coast, so everything you’ll ever need is just a short stroll away. 

Make the most of your visit to the Gold Coast by getting some shopping done, or even a dentist check up! Massages, hairdressers, GPs – it can all be done in Broadbeach and you’ll never be far away from the music!

three ladies walking across the street wearing country hats

6. You couldn’t find better festival accommodation than this.

Need a break from festival camping? We get it!

From hotels and resorts to holiday apartments, Broadbeach has accommodation to suit all budgets. Say goodbye to tents and hello to nice warm showers, pools and comfortable beds! You’ll need a good nights rest after the festival each day, so definitely book your stay early to secure the best accommodation rates!

two ladies dining at a restaurant sitting at the table

7. So many delicious foods to choose from!

Groundwater CMF is as much a treat to the ears as it is for your tastebuds! Filled with endless restaurants, bars and cafes, you’ll be spoilt with choice for each meal. 

From a grab and go kebab to high-end fine dining, there’s something for even the pickiest of eaters in Broadbeach. And that’s always a win in our books!

three ladies shopping for hats at the festival markets

8. Get your shop on!

In between artist sets, beach swims and delicious meals, there’s also the festival markets for you to explore!

Filled with stalls from local businesses, you can treat yourself to some new country boots, hats, leather belts and more so you can country-fy your festival outfit. Don’t forget to also pick up some festival merch to look the part! Not to mention The Oasis Shopping Centre is just a stroll away, and one of the Gold Coast’s best shopping centres Pacific Fair is just down the road too!

people playing cornhole

9. There’s something for everyone at Groundwater CMF.

New to country music? There’s a first time for everything, and there’s no better place to experience country music for the first time than at Groundwater CMF. 

With country tunes flowing throughout the entire precinct, you never know when you’ll find your next favourite artist, and the same goes for our long-time country lovers too! If you can’t get out of parenting duties, then bring the kiddos along. There’ll be plenty of activities that can keep them entertained too!

large group of people all smiling

10. We’re a friendly bunch!

After 10 years of celebrating country music together on the Gold Coast, it’s no exaggeration to say that the Groundwater CMF crowd feels like a family to many of us

If you plan on joining us for the first time, don’t be nervous! Lifelong friendship have been made at Groundwater CMF and perhaps the only thing we like more than country music is other country music fans!

So what are you doing from 20 – 22 October? Because we sure hope you’ll be busy celebrating with us at Groundwater CMF! 

You can lock it in now by browsing your accommodation, we know you won’t regret it! To see all the fun we had last year, be sure to check out our 2022 festival gallery

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