Blues On Broadbeach announces second lot of acts for 2022 festival

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Ahead of its return to the Gold Coast this May, the team behind Blues On Broadbeach have added another spellbinding stack of performers to its 2022 festival. 

Leading the cohort is Gosford singer-songwriter Karise Eden, who you might know as the winner of the inaugural season of The Voice Australia – or as the jaw-dropping voice behind such cracking singles as ‘You Won’t Let Me’ and ‘Born To Fight’. In a statement, Eden said: "For my performance, I will be backed by a full live band for the first time in what feels like forever! I am also thrilled to be launching my forthcoming album Into The Black at the festival, which Blues On Broadbeach attendees will get a full exclusive live preview. It's going to be a great time."

Sure to make history at this year’s Blues On Broadbeach are the Blues Empress All Stars, sporting some of the country’s brightest names in… Well, guess the genre. Comprising the seven-name supergroup is Fiona Boyes, Cara Robinson, Julz Parker, Leesa Gentz, Anna Scionti, Ali Penney and Sweet Felicia (all of whom will also perform at the festival with their main projects).

"With Blue Empress All-Stars, we've curated a rare collaboration," Boyes said. "We've put together a group of award-winning, remarkable women, all of whom are respected band leaders in their own right. That's one of the truly exciting things about playing a major festival like Blues On Broadbeach – the opportunity to put together a special act, something you just can't see every day."

There’s been a further 18 acts added to the lineup, too, with highlights including Hussy Hicks, The Long Johns, Dom Turner & The Rural Blues Project, Matty T Wall and Eamon Dilworth’s Crawfish Po’ Boys. Have a look at who else you’ll find tearing it up in May below:

They join an already massive festival rounded out by the likes of Mia Dyson, Emma Donovan & The Putbacks, The Soul Movers, Robben Ford, The James Morrison Motown Experience and Bitches Brew. All in all, there’s 45 acts (that we know of) playing this year’s Blues On Broadbeach, which is set to go down between Thursday May 19th and Sunday 22nd, all across the Broadbeach precinct on the Gold Coast.

In his own statement on the new additions, festival director Mark Duckworth said: "We want to continue to bring our festival fans a collection of artists which celebrate all the different music styles in the blues genre as well as a few surprises. It is so important to us that we bring out not just the big names, but those artists that are true to the festival and represent the very best of what blues music has to offer.

"With our international borders finally open again, we're excited to welcome to our stages some truly incredible international artists and some unique performances which you won't see anywhere else and won't want to miss."

More info on the festival can be found on its website here, and you can take a look at the full lineup below:

  • Karise Eden 
  • Osaka Monaurail 
  • Blue Empress All-Stars 
  • Matty T Wall 
  • Hussy Hicks 
  • Minnie Marks 
  • Frank Sultana 
  • Mike Beale 
  • Dom Turner & The Rural Blues Project 
  • Sweet Felicia and the Honeytones 
  • Taya Chani 
  • Jackson Dunn 
  • The Blues Preachers 
  • The Long Johns 
  • Anna Scionti Trio 
  • Devils Kiosk 
  • The Holy Rollercoasters 
  • Eamon Dilworth's Crawfish Po' Boys 
  • The Mojo Corner 
  • Melody Graves and the Hokum Redemption 
  • Peaches & The AlphaSonics


  • The James Morrison Motown Experience
  • Robben Ford
  • Mia Dyson
  • Cookin' On 3 Burners w/ Stella Angelico
  • Emma Donovan & The Putbacks
  • Bondi Cigars
  • Hamish Anderson
  • R.L. Boyce w/ Dom Turner
  • The Seven Ups
  • Karen Lee Andrews
  • Jimi Hocking's Blues Machine
  • 8 Ball Aitken
  • Dave Hole
  • Karl S. Williams
  • The Soul Movers
  • Checkerboard Lounge
  • Bitches Brew
  • Sweet Talk
  • Dogsband
  • Dishpan Hands
  • Oscar Ladell
  • The Magnificence
  • Dave Blight w/ Mick Kidd
  • Sweet Thunder

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…