Australia’s fastest growing country music festival, the Groundwater Country Music Festival, smashed its attendance record on the weekend.

More than 70,000 attendees (up 20% on 2018) enjoyed memorable shows from international headliners, the Davisson Brothers Band (pictured) and local stars including Lee Kernaghan, Adam Eckersley Band, The Wolfe Brothers, Tori Forsyth, Fanny Lumsden and Beccy Cole.

This was the second Australian visit for the Davisson Brothers Band, who earlier in the week played shows at The Factory in Sydney and Croxton Bandroom in Melbourne.

The band from the hills of West Virginia rose to prominence following the release of their triumphant southern lifestyle anthem, ‘Po’ Poyz’ in late 2017.

“Thank you for inviting us into your home and sharing your beautiful culture and heritage with us,” said the Davisson Brothers Band.

“It truly has been one of the most incredible experiences of our career and one that we will not forget. You have our heart forever Australia.”

The Wolfe Brothers, who won four golden guitar awards earlier this year, returned to Australia following a writing trip in Nashville to play a huge show on the Surf parade stage.

“What we love about Groundwater is that it is country music in the city,” said The Wolfe Brothers.

“It’s good times, it’s good people, it’s good music in one of the best places in Australia, there’s not much better than that.”

Lee Kernaghan closed out the festival, thrilling fans with his new Backroad Nation show.

Other highlights included Tex Perkins’ Far From Folsom show and award-winning Australian Outback Spectacular at the new performance space, The Outback Arena.

This marked the first time the Australian Outback Spectacular has ever come to a music festival.

The festival also provided a boost to the local economy, with Broadbeach hotels at 97 per cent occupancy, caravan parks across the coast completely full, and cafes and restaurants packed all day and night.

Fans can now vote for their favourite act at the festival and win a trip on the first ever P&O Cruises Country Cruise later this year.

Lee Kernaghan