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:: Bluesfest 2018

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Bluesfest has delighted music lovers across Australia by announcing sixteen artists who will perform at the festival in 2018. In typical Bluesfest fashion it’s a truly eclectic mix of heritage artists, festival favorites and exciting new comers – there’s something for any true music lover.

YOUSSOU N'DOUR
SEAL
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
JACKSON BROWNE
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT
GOMEZ
RAG ‘N’ BONE MAN
THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND
JIMMY CLIFF
THE WAILERS
BENJAMIN BOOKER
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF
CANNED HEAT
WALTER TROUT
ANDRÉ CYMONE
THE TESKEY BROTHERS


These artists join those already announced:

ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
LIONEL RICHIE
THE JOHN BUTLER TRIO
TASH SULTANA
THE NEW POWER GENERATION
CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS
FIRST AID KIT
JOSE GONZALEZ
MORCHEEBA
GOV'T MULE
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS
ERIC GALES
BOBBY RUSH
DUMPSTAPHUNK
JOE LOUIS WALKER
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through here or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800

Bluesfest will be staged from March 29 - April 2, 2018. It showcases music from around the world annually on the Easter long weekend on 120 hectares at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay, NSW.

Bluesfest presents over 200 performances with various stages over 5, 12 hour days, as well as camping for up to 6,000 people, 5 licensed bars, over 100 food and market stalls, undercover food courts, beer gardens, and children’s entertainment.

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**Update as at December 6, 2017**

POWERFUL WOMEN WITH STORIES TO TELL HEADLINE BLUESFEST’S THIRD ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT

KESHA
SHERYL CROW
MELISSA ETHERIDGE
JUANES
SEU JORGE
ZIGGY ALBERTS
ÁSGEIR
NEWTON FAULKNER
AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM
HARRY MANX
HARTS
HOLY HOLY
WILLIAM CRIGHTON
ELEPHANT SESSIONS

It’s the announcement no one saw coming. Bluesfest continues to galvanize its reputation as being Australia’s most surprising and innovative music festival with the addition of one of 2017’s most talked about artists – Kesha. With the release of her album Rainbow, she has evolved from pop star to critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated artist. Rainbow boasts an incredible range of collaborators including Ben Folds, Eagles of Death Metal and Dolly Parton. Billboard describes lead single “Praying” as a “ballad that tears at your soul” while Consequence of Sound says, "no other song in recent memory so perfectly embodies the way in which hope itself is a kind of triumph”. Rainbow has also been named at number four on Rolling Stone’s best albums of 2017 (the number one spot was taken out by 2016 Bluesfest alumni Kendrick Lamar). Bluesfest is proud to have Kesha play the festival at such a momentous time in her career.

The third line up announcement for Byron Bay Bluesfest features a litany of strong female artists, including the legendary Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge. Known for her country roots and the catchy hooks of smash hits like “All I Wanna Do”, “Strong Enough”, “If It Makes You Happy” and “Everyday Is A Winding Road”, Sheryl Crow has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and won 9 Grammys. Her set is sure to put smiles on a lot of faces next Easter long weekend.

Bluesfest is also excited to welcome Melissa Etheridge back to the festival in 2018. An Academy Award and two time Grammy winning artist, Etheridge, will take the stage to perform her greatest hits ‘Come to My Window’, ‘I’m The Only One’, ‘Bring Me Some Water’, ‘Like the Way I Do’, ‘I Want To Come Over’ and many more. Known for her iconic raspy, smoky vocals, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs.

These artists join those already announced for Bluesfest 2018, and there’s more to come early next year.

LIONEL RICHIE - ROBERT PLANT
AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
JOHN BUTLER TRIO | TASH SULTANA
SEAL | JACKSON BROWNE
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
YOUSSOU NDOUR
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT
GOMEZ | RAG'N'BONE MAN
JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ | FIRST AID KIT
MORCHEEBA | GOV'T MULE
THE NEW POWER GENERATION
THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND
CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS
JIMMY CLIFF | THE WAILERS
CANNED HEAT | WALTER TROUT
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
JOE LOUIS WALKER | BOBBY RUSH
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF | BENJAMIN BOOKER
ERIC GALES
DUMPSTAPHUNK | ANDRÉ CYMONE
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS
THE TESKEY BROTHERS

THE 2018 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON BLUESFEST.COM.AU

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800

For more information, visit

www.bluesfest.com.au