DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, CROWDED HOUSE, PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND and many more will ensure our 31st Bluesfest Byron Bay rocks next Easter! The 31st annual Byron Bay Bluesfest is taking place from 9th – 13th April 2020 and is set to be the best festival yet! The first of many line up announcements also includes the legend GEORGE BENSON andBRANDI CARLILE, both making their Bluesfest debuts.Continue reading Bluesfest first line-up announcement for 2020. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, CROWDED HOUSE, PATTI SMITH and more!
Photographer : Ant Ritz
Featuring (in alphabetic order) : Colin Hay, Danny Spencer, David Gray, Deva Mahal, Fantastic Negrito, Gary Clark Jr., Ian Moss, I’m With Her, Imelda May, Irish Mythen, Jack Johnson, Jack White, The Saboteurs, Julia Stone, Keb Mo, Kurt Vile, Larkin Poe, Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul, Little Georgia, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Mavis Staples, Melody Angel, Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Ocean Alley, Paul Kelly, Ray Lamontagne, Richard Capton, Ruthie Foster, Samantha Fish, Shakey Graves, Tex Perkins, The Marcus King Band, The War and Treaty, Tommy Emmanuel, Vintage Trouble
Photographer : Ant Ritz
By Wanda Hill
Photo Credit : Tao Jones
Bluesfest Day 5 – 22 April 2019
The final day of life in a village designed especially for fun looked magical as sun showers and rainbows illuminated the sky in true north coast style. Relaxed patrons roamed the grounds enjoying their last tastes of festival foods and music for the soul. Many of the visiting performers comment in their shows about the blessing of coming to this festival, the great time they have, and the beauty of the land and nearby ocean.
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By Wanda Hill
Photo credit : Julius C Montes
Bluesfest Day 4 – 21 April 2019
The 30th anniversary of Bluesfest would not be complete without Australia’s most soulful singer songwriter Archie Roach. This afternoon’s Mojo highlight was Archie sharing stories of his life and his ancestor’s lives interwoven between powerfully emotive songs full of well earned wisdom. His beautiful lyrics punctuated by distinctive vocal tones, depth and vibrato that can move even the most stoic man to tears. Time seems to slow down in his presence, plenty of space for contemplation as Archie brings into focus issues such as the fight to protect a Djap Wurrung sacred birthing tree in Victoria currently threatened by highway expansion. His song ‘A child was born here’ perfectly illustrating the importance of birthing trees to Aboriginal people across the country. Such a gift to spend time listening to this great man who demonstrates so well that the greatest strength can be found in gentleness.
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By Wanda Hill
Bluesfest Day 3 – 20 April 2019
Saturday got of to a great start with Rockwiz in the Jambalaya where hopeful players were spilling out the sides of the venue. After the quiz contestants were chosen the show got underway with an endless stream of guests including Ian Moss and Sarah McLeod arriving to play a song and join in with the teams. First guest for the day was Casey Donovan performing a cover of Queen’s ‘Don’t stop me now’ that Freddy Mercury would have been extremely proud of. Julia Zemiro hosted a witty and fun afternoon, artfully mixing music and politics making sure everyone was entertained and laughing. Turn up early for your chance to be a contestant when Rockwiz returns Sunday 1pm at Jambalaya.
Continue reading Live Review : Bluesfest Byron Bay 2019 – Day 3
By Wanda Hill
Photo credit – Evan Malcolm
Bluesfest Day 2 – 19 April 2019
Gazing out over a sea of happy faces all staring at a source of inspiration is one of the highlights of Bluesfest, a religious experience of sorts. Finding togetherness in appreciation for another’s artistic expression is the kind of non denominational worship that can heal old wounds and start new friendships. Whether you like an an artist or not it is hard to ignore the passion, talent and commitment required to build a career around music that lets you travel the world. What greater way to spend a designated holy day than watching people who have risen to god/dess status in our lifetimes and listen to the gifts they bring.
Continue reading Live Review : Bluesfest Byron Bay 2019 – Day 2
By Wanda Hill
Bluesfest Day 1 – 18 April 2019
If you are wondering why people keep coming back to Bluesfest year after year for 30 years, it’s because there is always new and exciting music to discover here. Whether it be seeing an artist for the first time that you have never heard of that has actually been around for decades and is really famous somewhere else, or having the opportunity to see recently emerged artists from right here on your doorstep. Day 1 brought the Bluesfest crowd a taste of what is hot in Australia right now with Dallas Woods, Baker Boy and Ocean Alley all on the menu.
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Photographer: Peter Coates – Inside Edge Photography – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography
The Marcus King Band at Northcote Social Club, Melbourne – 17 April 2019
Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce Grammy-winning Nashville band The Saboteurs – Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler (known outside of AU as The Raconteurs) – will perform three exclusive headline dates in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney in April 2019. These will be The Saboteurs’ very first performances in Australia and New Zealand, and anywhere worldwide since 2011! Tickets are on sale Wednesday 6 March via frontiertouring.com/thesaboteurs.
Continue reading The Saboteurs | Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence & Patrick Keeler Announce First Ever Auckland, Melbourne & Sydney Headline Shows
LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL
Musician, songwriter, producer, actor, director, activist, radio DJ and one of the founding members of Bruce Springsteen’s iconic E Street Band, Steven Van Zandt, is bringing his rousing “Soulfire” tour to Perth, Adelaide and Auckland this April!
Continue reading Tour News : LITTLE STEVEN AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL – Bluesfest 2019 Sideshows
With special guest Louis Baker.
Just one week after getting married to his ‘Brown Eyed Lover’ and a hugely successful sold-out show in Melbourne; Allen Stone announces he will be spreading the love to dates in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this April!
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LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
With special guests The Weeping Willows supporting in Meeniyan and William Crighton supporting in Melbourne and Sydney.
Lukas Nelson, the son of Willie Nelson and friend of Bluesfest is returning to tour Australia with his band Promise Of The Real on the heels of tremendous accolades for his work on Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack.
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THE MARCUS KING BAND
With special guests Roshani supporting in Sydney and Grim Fawkner supporting in Melbourne.
South Carolina Blues Rockers, The Marcus King Band are making their Australian debut this April with dates confirmed in Sydney and Melbourne ahead of their Byron Bay Bluesfest performance this Easter.
Continue reading Tour News : The Marcus King Band – Bluesfest 2019 Sideshows
With special guests Eagle & The Wolf supporting in Sydney and Archer supporting in Melbourne.
Bluesfest Touring is proud to present Larkin Poe, the American Blues-Rock band who will be performing their gritty, soulful, southern heritage in Melbourne and Sydney this April. Originally from Atlanta, the now Nashville based sister duo are poised to make a mark all their own with the release of their fourth album ‘Venom & Faith’ which is out this November 9, 2018. According to Rebecca Lovell “It’s a celebration of American roots music as translated by two sisters who are playing the blues in a modern age”.
Continue reading Tour News : Larkin Poe – Bluesfest 2019 Sideshows
With special guests The Chats supporting in Melbourne.
Often considered the godfather of Punk – Iggy Pop is making a welcome return to Australia this April with tour dates just announced in Melbourne and Sydney’s Opera House!
Continue reading Tour News : IGGY POP – Bluesfest 2019 Sideshows