News March 5, 2020

The Black Sorrows, G. Love & more heading to Blues On Broadbeach

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The Black Sorrows, G. Love & more heading to Blues On Broadbeach
Joe Camilleri of The Black Sorrows / supplied

Blues On Broadbeach, Australia’s largest free music festival, has welcomed a second huge lineup of acts to its 2020 performance schedule.

25 additional acts have been revealed, helping put on a whopping 200 hours of live across 20 stages and performance areas.

Returning in 2020 are The Black Sorrows, with frontman ARIA Hall Of Fame’s Joe Camilleri.

“I think this will be our fourth appearance… I always feel incredibly humbled to be part of the and the community spirit Blues on Broadbeach generates,” said Camilleri.

“Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing the growth of this …the production is incredible, the atmosphere is electric and the music top-notch.”

One of the more left-field additions is US act G. Love, who creates an amazing fusion of and blues.’s appearance came from the left and I thought, yep that would work for us,” director Mark Duckworth told TMN.

“The most important thing for me at Blues On Broadbeach is to keep it interesting whilst still being able to tie back to the blues.

“’s latest solo record has some solid blues collaborations on it with appearances from Keb Mo, Marcus King, Roosevelt Collier and more, I dig it and it works.”

More headliners include Don Bryant and the Bo-keys, coming over as a result of a partnership between Memphis Tourism and Blues On Broadbeach.

“As the home of blues, soul, and rock & roll, the partnership between Memphis Tourism and Blues on Broadbeach is one with undeniable synergies,” said director Australia/New Zealand of Memphis Tourism, Chris Ingram.

“In partnership with United Airlines and Love Police Touring, Memphis Tourism will this year bring soul icon Don Bryant to Australia for the event along with the incredible Bo Keys, and the appearance of these living legends will no doubt thrill long-standing blues fans, as well as inspire the next generation.”

Sydney’s Bootleg Rascal also joins, as does Tami Neilson who wowed audiences at the 2019 edition of the festival.

“Tami Neilson performed with us for the first time last year at the and won over so many fans,” added Duckworth.

“For me her music is such a joy to listen to and It’s a pleasure to watch her receive such positive reviews everywhere she goes.”

The newly announced acts join. the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Gaby Moreno, Karise Eden, Kim Churchill and more revealed in the first announcement.

First staged in 2002, Blues on Broadbeach is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Queensland and features on Its $800 million Live! in Queensland events calendar.

“We are excited to invite such varied, dynamic and talented acts from Australia and overseas to Blues on Broadbeach this year to experience the ’s fun, energetic, and welcoming vibe,” said  Duckworth.

“Our has become an important part of Broadbeach’s cultural identity, with locals and visitors coming together each year to listen to an amazing mix of sound at this spectacular beachside location.”

View the full schedule and lineup here.

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