Bluesfest is excited to announce that Neil Finn and his band are joining the Bluesfest line up. Finn, along with his bands Split Enz and Crowded House are responsible for some of Australia’s most beloved songs including ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, ‘I Got You’, ‘Something So Strong’, ‘Better Be Home Soon’, ‘Weather With You’ and ‘Four Seasons in One Day’. It will be a magical Monday at Bluesfest indeed as Finn and his band end the festival with a set that will leave hearts full and faces smiling.
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Bluesfest Byron Bay is proud to welcome even more of the greatest guitar players on the planet to the 2017 festival with Eric Gales, Mud Morganfield, Devon Allman and Experience Jimi Hendrix joining the line up. Bluesfest is renowned for bringing the world’s best Blues artists to the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm, just outside Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia every Easter. This year the festival begins Thursday April 13 and finishes on Monday 17 April.
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Patti Smith fans are in luck, she and her band will perform Horses for a third night at The State Theatre in Sydney. Bluesfest Touring has added the show to keep up with the incredible demand. The entire tour is tracking to sell out before the end of the year, so if fans haven’t had the chance yet now is the time to get tickets. Pre sale begins at 10am Friday 18 November, general on sale starts on Tuesday 22 November.
State Theatre, Sydney on Sunday 9th April 2017– ALMOST SOLD OUT
State Theatre, Sydney on Monday 10th April 2017– HURRY – TICKETS SELLING FAST
State Theatre, Sydney on Tuesday 11th April 2017 – TICKETS ON SALE 10AM TUESDAY NOV 22
Hamer Hall, Melbourne on Sunday 16th April 2017 FEW TICKETS LEFT
Hamer Hall in Melbourne on Monday 17th April 2017 ALMOST SOLD OUT
Hamer Hall in Melbourne on Tuesday 18th April 2017 ON SALE NOW
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In their fourth major announcement in just three weeks, Bluesfest is proud to announce that equal headliner Barry Gibb joins Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Santana, Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, Mary J. Blige and Buddy Guy (exclusive) on what is promising to be the biggest Bluesfest line up to date.
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Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia’s much loved 5 day Easter Festival and recent winner of the ‘2016 Best Regional Event Award’ at the Australian Event Awards, delivers its fans two major and legendary artists, showing Australia and the world there is no stopping Bluesfest now!
Already 3 announcements under its belt, with more to come, the distinguished Santana with his band, as well as the mighty Doobie Brothers have now joined the 28th Bluesfest Byron Bay line up. This announcement comes just a week after Bluesfest added superstar Mary J. Blige to the extraordinary list of artists playing at the festival.
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“Bonnie Raitt continues to exhibit the hot-blooded enthusiasm of performers half her age.” – Variety US
Rock and Roll Hall of fame inductee Bonnie Raitt is more than a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter…. She has become an institution in American Music.
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Music innovator Andrew Bird began to play the violin at age four, learning to play Bach and Mozart by ear as if they were folk tunes. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be returning to Australia off the back of his most recent release Are You Serious (2016) featuring contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills. Classically trained, Andrew Bird is known to attract adoring fans who connect with his personal and relatable lyrics, expect to hear a mass whistle-along at his exclusive Australian performances.
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The 28th Annual Bluesfest to be held over the Easter long weekend in Byron Bay, Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April 2017, is officially ringing in its new season with the first release of awe-inspiring artists. The first artist announcement features Bluesfest debuts from iconic artists that have been many years in the making, Bluesfest exclusive performances, and the return of some of the festivals most requested artists.
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Review By Wanda Hill
Photos by Stuart Blythe
Wondering around the Bluesfest site during the early afternoon on day 2, I could hear a beautiful familiar voice rising over the cacophony of sounds emanating from multiple tents. Following the voice lead me to the Crossroads stage to find Djakapurra from Bangarra singing with East Journey, an amazing band from North East Arnhem Land carrying on the tradition of Yothu Yindi. They performed new original songs that are bound to end up in the charts as well as performing Yothu Yindi favourites such as Treaty. Lead singer Rrawun Maymuru’s versatility was showcased with vocal styles ranging form traditional ceremonial song poetry, to ballads and full on rock. His song writing is appreciated world wide through songs he has written for Gurrumul. The band and dancers were truly exceptional and will be appearing at the Boomerang Dance Grounds over the next 3 evenings.
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By Wanda Hill
Day one and there is already too many choices. Who to see and where to be? The answer… a bit of everything and everywhere. Entering the festival site was made sweet with the sounds of Lord Huron paving the way for a relaxing night at Bluesfest 2016. The opportunity to leave the world of commitments behind and bathe in sweet music for five days is a pleasure that I am always grateful for and being spoilt for choice of which brilliant set of musicians to cast my ears and eyes upon, never gets old. I guess thats why Bluesfest has been going strong for 27 years and still finds new audiences by stepping out of the mould and bringing artists like Kendrick Lamar into the fold.
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ADDING THE FINAL TOUCHES TO THE POWERFUL BLUESFEST 2016 LINE-UP:
Including The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Eagles of Death Metal, Playing For Change Band and more!
Bluesfest, one of the most exceptional and highly awarded music festivals in Australia, is giving the nation a brand new artist announcement, including renowned artists from overseas and our home shores.
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If you not already familiar with Elle King you soon will be. The sassy musician who loves both banjos and hobos, has just been nominated for two 2016 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for her hit ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’. The song also spent three weeks on the No.1 spot in the Billboard Alternative Charts and hit the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Elle King also made the No.2 spot on Billboard’s Top New Rock Artist of 2015 list.
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This Merry Christmas announcement has something in it for everyone and there is nothing like some jolly Bluesfest Christmas cheer! Just in time for the festive season and wrapping up another incredible year, the 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay, held over Easter (Thu 24 March – Mon 28 March 2016), at its exclusive event site (the lush 300 acre Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside of Byron Bay), releases another artist announcement, full of musical gifts brought to you by artists from overseas and Australia.
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Following yesterday’s massive announcement of the first group of talented artists and cultural leaders in the Boomerang program that will feature at Bluesfest next year, today, the 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay, held over Easter (Thu 24 March – Mon 28 March 2016), at its exclusive event site (the lush 300 acre Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside of Byron Bay), releases yet another star studded artist announcement.
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By Wanda Hill
Bluesfest Day 5
After nights of heavy rain it was stunning to have a beautiful sun shining day for the Bluesfest 2015 finale. The crowds had thinned, the earth underfoot had dried up a bit, and the feeling in the air was relaxed and easy. People were united in the agreement – its our last day here, let’s just chill and enjoy.
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