Groundwater rises again in 2021

Groundwater Country Music Festival | September 7, 2021





Groundwater is set to be one of the first major music festivals in some time when it returns 12-14 November, with its unique combination of Country music charm, ocean calm, and tropical palms, it promises to deliver a memorable weekend of sun, sand, surf, sophistication, and incredible sounds.

Queensland is widely regarded as Australia’s home of country music, and this is reflected in the line-up, with Queenslander’s making up over half of Groundwater’s stacked schedule of country music stars! We’re showcasing over 40 artists across 5 stages and 3 days, and best of all, Groundwater is completely free, non-ticketed, and frankly, unmissable!

Following a cracking first line-up announcement including Country icons The Wolfe Brothers, Adam Harvey, and Sara Storer, Groundwater CMF is thrilled to reveal an equally spectacular second line-up.

Jumping on board are the likes of charismatic and charitable legend Adam Brand, Sir Elton John’s favourite woman from Down Under, the fiercely authentic Catherine Britt, as well as hometown hero Casey Barnes, and Kiwi Country Queen, Kaylee Bell!



“I’m so excited to present an extremely diverse country music line up for Groundwater this November.  It will be great to see Adam Brand, Catherine Britt, and Casey Barnes back at the event , as well as festival first timers like The New Graces , Arlington, and Lily Grace. Every stage will see a stellar line up of our homegrown Aussie country music artists.” Festival Director Mark Duckworth said.

“Groundwater CMF is unlike your typical country music festival, our picturesque beachside destination on the Gold Coast gives country music fans the opportunity to enjoy a tropical holiday whilst kicking back and watching their favourite artists – It’s the ultimate festival experience, and best of all, Groundwater CMF is completely free to attend.”


Casey Barnes

Gold Coast’s very own local legend Casey Barnes (pictured left) cannot wait to return to Groundwater and show off his hometown in all its glory.  ‘Nothing beats a hometown show and they don’t come much bigger than the Groundwater Country Music Festival!” Casey declared.

“Easily one of my favourite festivals to perform at plus it’s in one of the most incredible locations in Australia. Can’t wait to see you all for one heck of a weekend in November!’ 

Catherine Britt

Catherine Britt (pictured right) shares Casey’s excitement. “I can’t wait to get back to the sun and sand of QLD’s beautiful Gold Coast for one of Australia’s premier country music festivals, Groundwater.” She said.

“After the year it’s been for everyone – I’m so excited to bring my band and play a bunch of new songs from my ‘Home Truths’ album – along with all the fan favourites! See you there and let’s have some fun!”


So, leading up to November 12-14, 2021, get you 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.


About Groundwater

  • In 2019, 73,000 people attended the 3- day event, that’s up 15% from the previous year.
  • Of those who attended in 2019, 38% were local or from the Gold Coast, 34% intrastate, 26% interstate and 2% came from international destinations.
  • Those who stayed in accommodation for the festival stayed an average 3.9 nights.
  • The event injected in approximately $8.46 million into the local economy in 2019, an increase of 26% on 2018. 93% of the economic impact was felt in the Gold Coast region and 7% in other parts of Queensland.
  • Groundwater attracts a wide variety of demographics, from families attending during the day with little ones (often their first live music experience), to groups of friends who make it their annual holiday.


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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