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Bluesfest 2011 unveils joy and wonderment with signature super 1st artist announcement!


Has the Australian Event of the Year just initiated the music Lineup of the Year?

November 04th 2010 – Bluesfest from Byron Bay, Australia‟s favourite counter-culture, family-orientated, ethnically and artistically diverse music festival, has today announced a whopper of a signature first artist announcement – and it’s the first of many! Tickets are on sale now for Bluesfest – which just won the Australian Event of the Year for Bluesfest 2010 – and festival dates next year over Easter are from Thursday April 21 through to Monday April 25, 2011.

Once again, Bluesfest 2011 offers its passionate fans a very tasty – almost holy – array of simply the best local and international blues and roots music with its renowned blend of multi-genre, multi-demographic and multi-generational sounds.

Let’s get the party started! The first Bluesfest announcement for 2011 includes:

  Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Cat Empire, Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Fistful of Mercy, Mavis Staples, Xavier Rudd, Trinity Roots, Kate Miller-Heidke, Washington,

Little Bushman, Tony Joe White, Indigo Girls, Eric Bibb, Ash Grunwald, Ruthie Foster, C.W. Stoneking, Jeff Lang, Saltwater Band, and RocKwiz Live.
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Parkway Drive – “Deep Blue” LP Review

Review: Lana Harris


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  There are lots of surprises in the musical world. Who would’ve thought that Billy Ray Cyrus would still be making money, that Ozzy Osbourne would still be alive, or that Parkway Drive – who mix hardcore and metal styles into brutal barrages of songs – could have emerged from the womb of hippiedom, Byron Bay? But it happens, and the success of Parkway Drive has recently been confirmed with their third album Deep Blue acknowledged at the Australian Music Industry Awards with the honour of ‘best hard rock/ punk album’.

The award for the album is not one of the music world’s surprises. Deep Blue is a masterpiece of jack hammering ear assault.

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Bluesfest 2011 Dates Announced!

After a successful Bluesfest’s 21st birthday celebration event during Easter 2010 – planning for Bluesfest 2011 is now in full swing.

The 22nd annual Bluesfest 2011 event will take place over five days between April 21 and April 25, 2011, once again at the festival’s new permanent site at Tyagarah, 12 minutes north of Byron Bay.

New awards and nominations for Bluesfest include: recognition as an international winner in The Greener Festival awards – for the fourth year in a row – a continuing tribute to the event’s long-term commitment to environmental sustainability. Bluesfest has also picked up a Silver Award in the ‘Major Festivals and Events’ category in the North Coast Tourism Awards. And lastly, Bluesfest has been nominated as finalists in the Australian Event of the Year Awards in two categories: ‘Best Cultural or Arts Event’ and ‘Best Achievement in Sustainability’.
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Fun In The Sun At Woodford, SPLENDOUR WRAP UP!

It’s been 10 years since SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS debuted in Byron Bay. Today, the festival wrapped up after three magnificent days at the beautiful site of Woodfordia in the QLD Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Featuring more than 80 of Australia’s and the world’s hottest artists and DJs, quality music acts alongside quirky arts and counter-culture this weekend has seen a spectacular collection of awesome artists from around the globe leave a permanent mark on the hearts and dancing soles of all 32,000 ecstatic music fans who heard and saw. With weary joy and tears of sadness at it’s end we reflect on a collection of new tales from the Amphitheatre, Mix Up and G.W. McLennan stages now permanently added to the pages of SPLENDOUR IN THE GRASS history.
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Rocketsmiths blast through Sunny Coast to Byron Bay 10-13 June 2010

  Following on from QLD support slots with Texan rockers Spoon and the release of their pyromaniac-friendly film-clip for new single ‘Underground’, Brisbane’s most wayward rock quintet get the second leg of The Underground Tour underway next week.

The Underground Tour takes in a dozen dates from the Sunshine Coast to Melbourne.

It gives audiences the chance to share in the good times that always seem to find the rabble-rousing bunch who are masters of the sharp, short and colourful rock ditty.

Those who like their rock a tad off-kilter, their punk a little clever and their stage antics a lot crazy are encouraged to catch Rocketsmiths as they haphazardly make their way throughout the country, with support on the majority of dates from Melbourne indie-power-popsters Red Ink.

    ROCKETSMITHS – THE ‘UNDERGROUND’ TOUR

QLD/NORTHERN NSW DATES

Thursday June 10 2010 | Neverland, Coolangatta
w/Red Ink
$10 door

Friday June 11 2010 | Villa Noosa, Sunshine Coast
w/Red Ink & The Marsden Lees
FREE

Saturday June 12 2010 | Great Northern, Byron Bay
THE CANNON BALL: A ROCK & ROLL PIRATE MASQUE
w/The Good Ship, Jimmy Willing & The Real Gone Hick-ups, Rag Tag Band & Burlesque
Tickets: thenorthern.oztix.com.au / $23.50

Sunday June 13 2010 | The Troubadour, Brisbane
(QUEEN’S BDAY EVE)
w/Red Ink, Velociraptor, Bang Bang Bos Kelly
$12 pre
/ $15 door
Tickets: troubadour.oztix.com.au

Related: RocketSmiths – “Underground” : CD Review [LifeMusicMedia]
Live Review: Tom Ugly with The Rocketsmiths and Comic Sans @ The Troubadour, Brisbane

The Cat Empire – Australian Tour August/September 2010

If there’s one band in this country who has sold in excess of half a million albums, singles, DVDs collectively across their relatively short career, it’s the always get on ya feet and dance, The Cat Empire!

EMI Music Australia is proud to announce that Melbourne’s own The Cat Empire have re-signed with the label and set to celebrate their successful 6 year relationship with the release of their fourth studio album ‘Cinema’ on Friday June 25 2010. Continue reading The Cat Empire – Australian Tour August/September 2010

The Cat Empire Announce New Album ‘Cinema’ and Tour

If there’s one band in this country who has sold in excess of half a million albums, singles, DVDs collectively across their relatively short career, it’s the always get on ya feet and dance, The Cat Empire!

EMI Music Australia proudly announced that Melbourne’s own The Cat Empire have re-signed with the label and set to celebrate their successful 6 year relationship with the release of their fourth studio album ‘Cinema’ on Friday June 25. Continue reading The Cat Empire Announce New Album ‘Cinema’ and Tour

Bluesfest 2010 wraps up its 21st Birthday

Bluesfest 2010 wraps up its 21st Birthday with the world’s finest musicians and approx 80,000 fans

April 6th 2010 – Last night at the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm 12 minutes north of Byron Bay, five incredible days of blues and roots music from all over Australia and the world drew to a close, capping off a 21st Anniversary birthday party of infectiously good music and signature Bluesfest spirit.

Blessed with glorious sunshine and the occasional cooling shower, approximately 80,000 fans from 30 different countries walked through the entry gates over five days of blues, rock and roll, alt-country, world, soul, reggae, funk, Latino and roots music.
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Tour: Hoodoo Gurus ‘Purity Of Essence’ Tour ‘Purity Of Essence’ Tour – April/May 2010

The mighty Hoodoo Gurus are back with their ninth studio album Purity Of Essence and to mark this auspicious occasion they will do what they do best: hit the road and perform like they have done for many a decade, exciting fans across the globe with a live show to rock you to your core and leave you aching for more!
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Hungry Kids of Hungary – OK GO Support Slots and AIR SICK TOUR

HKOH   Joined by musical explorer Ernest Ellis and ethereal melody-makers Boy and Boy, Hungry Kids of Hungary are turning The Air Sick Tour into an even bigger affair with the addition of a further support for each state.

In New South Wales, HKoH will be joined by Mucho roster-mates and little cousin band Ball Park Music in their first interstate journey, while pop-folk upstarts Oh Ye Denver Birds represent for Queensland and The Box Rockets get their jangly-rock mitts on Victoria.

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The Kill Devil Hills – ‘Another Joke, Another Ransom’ Tour

The Kill Devil Hills   The Kill Devil Hills kick off their ‘Another Joke, Another Ransom’ tour next Friday 5 February 2010 at The Zoo in Brisbane, supported by Mexico City and The Blackwater Fever.

Following the release of their critically acclaimed third album, Man, You Should Explode, the band will also play Saturday 6 February at Bon Amici in Toowoomba, and Sunday 7 February at the Great Northern in Byron Bay.

Having spent the past few months touring non-stop around the country, The Kill Devil Hills’ live show is at its electrifying best. They’ll also be unleashing their blood, sweat, and tears on venues in Coffs Harbour, Sydney, Wollongong, the Blue Mountains, Hobart, Launceston and Melbourne throughout February.
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News: THE FRAY AUSTRALIAN TOUR – MARCH/ APRIL 2010

It seems that Australians just can’t get enough of The Fray. The band’s last tour in March sold out in every city well in advance of the shows, and the performances themselves gripped crowds across the nation.

Luckily, The Fray can’t seem to get enough of us either. With that in mind, The Frontier Touring Company is very pleased to announce headline shows for the multi-platinum-selling band in addition to their performance at 2010’s Bluesfest in Byron Bay.
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Jack Johnson to headline Bluesfest 2010

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Bluesfest unveiled a major new announcement – that Jack Johnson will be the headline artist at the Bluesfest 21st Anniversary festival held in Byron Bay over Easter from Thursday April 1 through to Monday April 5, 2010.

Jack Johnson’s exclusive 2010 Bluesfest appearances mark his first Australian appearances since March 2008, and his first Bluesfest appearances since 2005. These hotly anticipated Bluesfest performances are truly special as there will be no other Jack Johnson Australian shows on this tour!

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