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Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017 – 1st Artist Lineup Announced

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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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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011 – Day Three, Featuring: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Indigo Girls, Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band and Grace Barbe Afro Kreol – Live Review

By: Pepa Wolfe

Blues Fest 2011 – Day Three, Featuring: Michael Franti & Spearhead, Indigo Girls, Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band and Grace Barbe Afro Kreol.

On day three, the Original Sinners were once again at the Jambalaya tent, running through the same set to an equally rapt audience. The afternoon also saw Melbourne’s The Red Eyes dubbin’ it at the Juke Joint, Bluesfest veteran Jeff Lang gracing the main stage and Trombone Shorty jammin’ at the Crossroads with Gospel legend Mavis Staples.

Celebrated actor and director turned musician Tim Robbins, touring Australia on the back of his debut CD with the Rogues Gallery Band, brought a mixture of blues, country and a dash of sing-a-long to the Jambalaya tent on Saturday. Robbins, on guitar and vocals, seemed to be thoroughly enjoying himself, rumbling through Folsom Prison Blues before festival superstar and all-round maestro Trombone Shorty joined the Rogues for “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep”. A change of tempo and “Crush On You”, inspired by the young victim of a hate crime, demonstrated a simple approach, buoyed by beautiful instrumentation, as was a gorgeous, measured cover of Tom Waits’ “All The World Is Green”. Featuring the sweet wail and wallow of a musical saw over vocal harmonies, it was easily the high point of their set.
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Photos! Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011 – by Silvana Macarone

Photographer: Silvana Macarone

Photographer: Silvana Macarone

Artists: The Snowdroppers, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Irma Thomas, Mavis Staples, Robert Randolph, Jeff Lang, Washington
Event: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011
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Music Legends, Movie Stars and Generosity of Spirit – Bluesfest 2011

By: Pepa Wolfe

  A mammoth six-day festival, hosting what many consider the best line-up to date, Bluesfest 2011 had it all. From bright sunny days to the traditional rain and mud, from international legends of music like B.B. King and Bob Dylan to the local sounds of Byron Ukulele band The Blackbirds, it was a celebration of community, culture, diversity and most of all, of music.

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Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011 – Day 3 [Photo Gallery]

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Photographer: Stuart Blythe

Photos from Byron Bay Bluesfest 2011 – Day 3
Artists: Mavis Staples, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Imogen Heap, Tim Robbins, Wolfmother, Kasey Chambers, Leah Flanagan, Indigo Girls, The Blackwater Fever
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Bluesfest Sideshows – Mavis Staples [Tour News]

  VH1 named her as one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of all time. MAVIS STAPLES is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. In her 60 year career – from her ground breaking family band – THE STAPLES SINGERS – through her solo career – it is now that her star is shining brightest. With her new album, ‘You Are Not Alone’, this legendary vocalist adds a remarkable new chapter to her historic career, delivering wall-to-wall joy and mixing traditional gospel numbers with two new songs, penned by producer Jeff Tweedy of Wilco fame, and including

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Bluesfest 2011 consolidates supersonic line up with class 2nd artist announcement!

The Soul, the Funk and the Blues pumping up anticipation for 22nd Bluesfest happiness

Bluesfest from Byron Bay, Australia’s favourite counter-culture, family-orientated, artistically diverse music festival, today unveiled its SECOND artist announcement – and what an array it is of classic and contemporary blues, soul, funk, reggae and much more!

Tickets are on sale for Bluesfest, the 2010 Australian Event of the Year, and are selling very fast. The festival dates next year over Easter are from Thursday April 21 through to Monday April 25, 2011.
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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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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ‘I Learned the Hard Way’ Australian Tour – December 2010 [Tour News]

  It is always with the great pleasure that Billions Australia announce an Australian tour when the band just happens to be one of the greatest bands in the world.

Cooler than fashion and both sweeter and harder than all their contemporaries – it is the authentic, super soul sounds of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings that gets us all foamy in the mouth and in training for some serious rump shaking come December.

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Soundgarden, Green Day, Arcade Fire head Lollapalooza 2010

Lollapalooza 2010 is set to take place from August 6-8 2010 at Chicago’s Grant Park.
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As it stands now, the complete Lollapalooza 2010 bill looks like this:

Soundgarden, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Phoenix, Social Distortion, MGMT, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Chip, the Black Keys, the National, Spoon, Devo, Cypress Hill, Cut Copy, The New Pornographers, Erykah Badu, Slightly Stoopid, Grizzly Bear, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, Wolfmother, Yeasayer, X Japan, MUTEMATH, Metric, Dirty Projectors, AFI, Mavis Staples, Matt & Kim, the xx, Drive-By Truckers, Blues Traveler
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Legendary Louisiana ‘Swamp Pop, Country, Cajun, Blues and Rock n Roll Supergroup’, Lil’ Band o’ Gold Australian Tour 2010

Dust Devil Music are proud to announce the worldwide premiere release of ‘The Promised Land’, the latest album by legendary Louisiana ‘Swamp Pop, Country, Cajun, Blues and Rock n Roll Supergroup’, Lil’ Band o’ Gold.

Lil’ Band o’ Gold features some of the most influential musicians to ever have emerged from America’s most important musical state. The outfit was assembled by vocalist and guitarist CC Adcock, who searched the swamps and flatlands of South Louisiana to form a band of his childhood heroes. This process was captured for the documentary The Promised Land: A Swamp Pop Journey which was a feature at the Tribeca, SxSW and Melbourne International Film Festivals – www.room609.com/films/promisedland/
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