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Live Review : Bluesfest 2019 – Day 1

By Wanda Hill

Bluesfest Day 1 – 18 April 2019
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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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Tour News : KARNIVOOL ANNOUNCE THE PRAXIS TOUR 2019

Photo credit: Kane Hibberd

Karnivool, Fidelity Corporation & Billions Australia are very happy to announce The Praxis Tour 2019.

Praxis definition: the process of using a theory or something that you have learned in a practical way.
Karnivool was a sleeping giant in 2018, but the beast stirred in January of this year with a short run of dates in WA and SA leading into a headlining slot at the Unify Gathering festival in regional VIC. This jaunt was so well received (all shows sold out) and more importantly so much damn fun for the band that it only seems fair that they should visit the rest of Australia and remind their fans how unique the atmosphere is in the temple of Vool – the band were a little overwhelmed by how many messages they got from other cities in Australia asking for a visit – it had been awhile!
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The Saboteurs | Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence & Patrick Keeler Announce First Ever Auckland, Melbourne & Sydney Headline Shows

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.
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COG – ‘Drawn Together’ Single & 2019 Tour

Following the releases of 2018, The Middle and Altered States, progressive trio Cog are set to release their third single as they redefine their practice within the modern music landscape. In succession of 2008’s album Sharing Space, the Australian underground icons are running into 2019 with a track that will bring them closer to their followers, Drawn Together.
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BIG COUNTRY Announce 2019 Australian and NZ Tour

Legendary Scottish indie rockers Big Country return down under to Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of their classic album Steeltown. As an added Bonus they will play an Encore of Greatest Hits (In A Big Country, Fields of Fire, Chance, Look Away, Wonderland and more)
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Tour News : Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Bluesfest 2019 Sideshows

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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Tour News : The Marcus King Band – Bluesfest 2019 Sideshows

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.
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Tour News : ASKYA + Ryan Edmond – Australian Tour – January 2019

ASKYA and Ryan Edmond have just returned from Europe and are putting on a series of intimate acoustic shows for their first East Coast Tour.
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Tour News: Norah Jones – Australia & New Zealand Tour – April 2019


Frontier Touring announce the long-awaited return to Australia and New Zealand of one of the USA’s most critically acclaimed singer/songwriters – nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones.
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Bluesfest 2019 – 2nd Artist Announcement – 19 Artists Added!

19 Artists Added for Bluesfest’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

With 189 days to go until we swing open the gates to the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside Byron Bay, we have our second artist announcement for our 30th Anniversary Celebration, taking place over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 18th April to Monday 22nd April 2019). Bluesfest has captured the hearts of music lovers at home and abroad and we can as always, expect some of the best musical acts in the world to touch down on Australian soil for what will definitely be, one to remember!

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Lost Worlds – Fire Fire Tour – Sept/Oct 2018

To celebrate the release of their debut album ‘Fire Fire’, Lost Worlds are touring the east coast Australia.

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Caravãna Sun – ‘Come Back’ (Soundcloud Stream) + ‘Silver Linings’ National Tour Dates

Sun-soaked indies Caravãna Sun have today announced their spirited new single Come Back. Come Back is a heartfelt ode to a lost friend; a bridge between this world and the next. Come Back precedes Caravãna Sun’s sparkling new EP Silver Linings, a full body experience of a release that will encourage not only dancing and singalongs, but self-reflection as well, out September 14. To celebrate the EP, Caravãna Sun will be hitting the road on a massive tour across Australia, which includes some coveted festival slots at the renowned Wave Rock, Under The Trees and Celebrate Gold Coast festivals. The Silver Linings national tour will kick off at Denmark Civic Centre in WA on September 14, before moving through Margaret River, Broome, Fremantle, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Cairns, Airlie Beach, Sydney, Wollongong, Melbourne, and wrapping up at Torquay Hotel in Torquay, VIC, on October 27.
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Tour News : Colin Hay brings the Immigrants back Down Under!

Following the announcement that Colin Hay will be performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest’s 30th birthday, Colin has today announced he will also be returning to Australia with his merry band of immigrants for shows in Thirroul, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney in April 2019.
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LIVING COLOUR Announce Australian Tour – December 2018

LIVING COLOUR return to Australia to perform highlights from their debut album ‘Vivid’ in plus they will be armed with all their other classic tunes.


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BLUESFEST 2019 – FIRST ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT


*Exclusive* JACK JOHNSON *Exclusive*

*Exclusive* BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS *Exclusive*

RAY LAMONTAGNE

*FINAL SHOWS* GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC *FINAL SHOWS*

SNARKY PUPPY

KASEY CHAMBERS

*Exclusive* ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES *Exclusive*

NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE

TOMMY EMMANUEL • COLIN HAY

ARLO GUTHRIE • KEB’ MO’

TEX PERKINS • ALLEN STONE

RICHARD CLAPTON • RUSSELL MORRIS

KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS

VINTAGE TROUBLE • THE BLACK SORROWS
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS

TREVOR HALL

I’M WITH HER • LARKIN POE

IRISH MYTHEN • ELEPHANT SESSIONS

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

ROCKWIZ LIVE


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