Review by Wanda Hill
Photos by Stuart Blythe
Recent major flooding of the Northern Rivers area is barely perceptible at the Bluesfest site, with only a small puddle here and there as a giveaway. Instead, the site is flooded with musicians from around the globe bringing the world of music and culture to our doorstep. As always the lineup is a mix of old and new talent, attracting a broad cross-section of society, of all ages, to the festival.
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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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Their 2016 festival sets have become the stuff of legend so Bluesfest is ecstatic to have Alabama sextet St Paul & The Broken Bones rocking Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in 2017!
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Bluesfest favourite Trombone Shorty is bringing his energetic fusion of funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop to back to Australia. The New Orleans native began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz.
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Vibraphonist and vocalist Roy Ayers is known as the Godfather of Neo-Soul and is among the most respected Jazz and R&B artists on the scene today.
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Making their Bluesfest debut in 2017 are Canadian band The Strumbellas. When a crowd is singing along with the last chorus after hearing the song for the first time, and Twitter lights up with those same lyrics in the days following a performance, you know it’s a song that connects. With poignant yet sing-along-able lyrics and undeniable rock noir musical undertones, Spirits, the first single from The Strumbellas’ album Hope embodies the essence of what has been attracting fans from across the world to this Lindsay, Ontario-bred band.
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Joan Osborne is a multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee. The soulful vocalist and noted song interpreter is a highly sought after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Patti Smith to name a few.
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 13, 2016 – IAN ANDERSON, the voice and flute behind the legendary JETHRO TULL, returns to Australia next April celebrating a lengthy career that’s seen him and the band sell more than 60 million records.
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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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Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, working with some of the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice.
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Today, the 28th Annual Bluesfest, that will rock Byron Bay and its beautiful surrounds over Easter in 2017, adds more superb artists to its growing line up.
Bluesfest 2017 will be held over the five day Easter long weekend from Thursday 13th to Monday 17th of April at its home on the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside of Byron Bay.
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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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