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A Heart Full of Soul Announcement featuring D’Angelo & more sensational artists!

D'Angelo
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Cold War Kids
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HIATUS KAIYOTE
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Houndmouth
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FANTASTIC NEGRITO
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Con Brio
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KALEO
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Mike Love
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The Bros. Landreth
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KIM CHURCHILL
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Mojo Juju
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PIERCE BROTHERS
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Harts
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STEVE SMYTH

Bluesfest adds another stack of incredible artists to its dream bill

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Hello [Name,fallback=Friend],

Today your Bluesfest, which has had media & festival fans in a frenzy about its eclectic line up for weeks, adds another stack of incredible artists to its dream bill.

Only three weeks after the last announcement, which was headlined by Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds & His Greatest Hits for the last time, this artist release focuses on contemporary musicians, who are fast becoming the avant-garde of music today.

With the addition of two time Grammy Award winner D’Angelo (touring with his current talent-fuelled band, to the Thursday night of Bluesfest, the tally of Grammy Winners performing at Bluesfest 2016 to date has risen to 10 artists, sharing a total of 22 Grammys between them!

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D'Angelo’s star has been rising since he dropped his debut, platinum selling album, Brown Sugar in 1995. His evolution is a joy to witness. From winning two Grammys in 2001 (for Best R&B Album & Best R&B Vocal Performance for his second album, Voodoo) and three Soul Train Music Awards in 1996 to his latest and universally acclaimed album, Black Messiah which marked his triumphant return to music after over a decade, debuting at number five in its first week of release on the Billboard 200 music chart. This multi-faceted, multi-talented, genre bending artist fuses the best of R&B, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Jazz-fusion and Psychedelic Rock!

Also added to the Bluesfest bill are Indie Rock and Blues Rock Californian band Cold War Kids, bringing their multiple hits to Bluesfest, including their most recent hit ‘First’ which peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart and Rock Airplay charts.

Also joining are US Folk Rock & Americana group Houndmouth, Oakland’s Black Roots star Fantastic Negrito, who was the winner of the US National Public Radio’s (NPR) Tiny Desk Concert contest in April for Best New Artist and San Francisco Funk stars Con Brio.

Hawaiian Roots Reggae rising star Mike Love, Iceland’s current #1 band Kaleo and Canada’s exciting new Juno Award winning Americana/Country group The Bros. Landreth are also featured in this latest announce.

This announcement also includes the first round of Australian artists added to the bill and features two artists who have been endorsed by music icon Prince; Future Soul band Hiatus Kaiyote who are nominated for Best Urban Album at the 2015 ARIA Awards and Melbourne’s Harts (who Prince flew out to the US to meet and perform with). Other Aussie artists featured in this announce include Mojo Juju, Kim Churchill, Pierce Brothers and Steve Smyth, who won over many fans at Bluesfest 2015.

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Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble shares his excitement about the latest announcement:

“When Bluesfest confirmed Kendrick Lamar we had the guy who produced the best record in Hip Hop this year, and now we have the guy who recorded the best current record in R&B: D’Angelo. We now have playing at Bluesfest, on the same stage and on the same night (Thu 24th March), the two most important innovators in Rap and R&B today. People will travel from all over Australia and the world to see these first time ever ‘back to back’ festival plays of the artists, who are showing the way forward in Hip Hop and R&B. Think Prince then James Brown and you have D’Angelo – he is that good and an absolute don’t miss!

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On top we have US bands Cold War Kids and Houndmouth, more great Indie Rock artists, as well as some of the absolute best emerging artists around today in Iceland’s Kaleo, coming to Australia after five Nr 1 hit singles in a row in their home country, a land that produces more hit artists per capita than any other country in the world, yet the big difference here is this band is the first ever major Roots band to emerge from Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Fantastic Negrito has been simmering in Oakland for a couple of years and is going to break out big time with his Black Roots and R&B music for everyone!  His biggest feat was winning the United States National Public Radio’s (NPR) Tiny Desk Concert contest in April for Best New Artist, where he was picked from 7000 entries. What a way to skyrocket!

Killer funky horn supremo’s Con Brio are without doubt one of the hottest new bands out of San Francisco today. Con Brio’s singer will give Michael Jackson a run for his money as a dancer.  If you think we are gonna stop now we ain’t gonna - we got the 2015 Juno Award winner - Canada’s best Roots music band - The Bros. Landreth and this band is destined for greatness.

Direct from Hawaii, the country that produced Jack Johnson, Nahko and Jake Shimabukuro we have the next major Roots artist emerging with Mike Love and he is not the one from The Beach Boys. Think Nahko, even Xavier Rudd and John Butler - Mike Love is going to be a major artist – mark my words!

Last not least, there is our own Aussie contingent coming to Bluesfest but this is only the beginning of the Aussie Chapter- there will be more of our home grown talent to be announced!

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Hiatus Kaiyote are one of the best Soul bands in  Australia and are conquering the world right now. At the time this release goes to print they will be up for a 2015 ARIA Award in the category of Best Urban Album for Choose Your Weapon. This band is on the road to true stardom!

Moju Juju? There is only one Moju Juju - you name it and she will bring it to the stage in her unique Moju Juju way, from Blues to Rock n’ Roll, Soul & R&B.

Kim Churchill is coming home to Bluesfest. He is a gifted musician and also as a genuine, beautiful human being and to have him back for the 6th time is an immense pleasure. Kim began his career at Bluesfest, when he won the Bluesfest Buskers Competition in 2009!

The Pierce Brothers have been taking the world by storm with their multi-instrumental, high energy show and will be shaking the Bluesfest tent. Harts will give you a Jimmy Hendrix guitar playing throwback experience with a unique blend of Funk, Pop, Rock and Soul music. Steve Smyth’s voice and show are simply said: first class and an absolute must see.

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You name a genre, and it’s very likely going to be represented at Bluesfest. Every day at Bluesfest is shaping up to be an individual musical experience and journey. There will be so many performances next Bluesfest that will move you deeply.

This announcement adds a whole bunch of artists to the Thursday line up, which is headlined by Kendrick Lamar and now includes D'Angelo, Cold War KidsHiatus Kaiyote, Fantastic Negrito, The Bros. LandrethMike Love and Con Brio, as well as other artists already announced.

And yes, fellow festival friends, there will be more announcements before Christmas, ensuring every music lovers needs will be fulfilled and Bluesfest 2016 will likely go down in history as one of the best music festivals in Australia and maybe worldwide. You just never know! Get your tickets while they are hot and still available.”

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ARTIST BIOS

D'ANGELO

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“An artist of uncompromising power and originality…”  Consequence of Sound

“Onstage, D’Angelo is a traditional funk-and-soul-revue taskmaster, wisely borrowing from the game plan followed by Prince and James Brown: assemble a varied band, keep it moving, and use only the best.” The New Yorker

In another sensational Bluesfest debut, D’Angelo will be performing his first ever Bluesfest show on Thursday 24th March.

Michael D’Angelo Archer was born in Richmond, Virginia the son of a Pentecostal Minister. He began teaching himself piano as a very young child, and at age 18, he won the amateur talent competition at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre three weeks in a row. In 1991, he signed a publishing deal with EMI.

D’Angelo’s first major success came in 1994 as a writer/producer, helming the single ‘U Will Know’ on the Jason Lyric soundtrack; that helped lead to the success of his debut solo album, 1995’s Brown Sugar, which went on to sell over two million copies. With the title track ‘Lady’, the album continued to soar on the charts, defining D’Angelo as one of the founding fathers and leading lights of the Neo-Soul movement of the mid-to-late ‘90s; along with artists like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Maxwell.

In early 2000, D’Angelo released his second album, Voodoo which debuted at number one, an indication of just how large and devoted his fan base was. The lead single ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’ was a smash on the R&B charts and won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal; likewise, Voodoo won for Best R&B album.

After over a decade long hiatus, D’Angelo returned in December 2014 with his latest album Black Messiah, which debuted at number five in its first week of release on the Billboard 200 charts and received critical acclaim such as this:

“Black Messiah is a dictionary of soul, but D'Angelo is the rare classicist able to filter the attributes of the greats in the canon into a sound distinctly his own.” Pitchfork

“There have been musical comebacks as strong as “Black Messiah,” but not many. Like a New York City radiator, the record is warming and intermittently noisy, too intense to hold tightly but powerful enough to change an entire apartment’s atmosphere.” The New Yorker

D’Angelo’s return also included performances at sold-out dates in Stockholm, Amsterdam and Paris and a tour of the US with Mary J Blige, and now its Bluesfest’s turn to experience the soulful artistry of D’Angelo.

D'ANGELO will perform at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th of March.


COLD WAR KIDS

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“…sheer, indie-rock perfection…a solid, cultured, grit-filled performance” – We Listen Hear

Hard-working and enduring Indie Rock & Blues Rock Californians, Cold War Kids are making their Bluesfest debut in 2016.

Ten years into their impressive career, from reaping sky-high praise from a mid-2000s blogosphere then growing wings as a live show juggernaut, they’re selling out tours on the back of the release of their fifth album Hold My Home and continue to gain fans worldwide.

Following previous Indie hits ‘Hang Me Out To Dry’ & ‘Miracle Mile’ and ‘All This Could Be Yours’, the first single from the latest album, packs influences from Patti Smith with its chugging piano chords and sing-along refrain, while the second song, radio hit ‘First’, is perhaps their biggest sound yet, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

Citing influences including The Smiths, Tom Waits and Radiohead, and made up of two ex-Modest Mouse members, Cold War Kids are loved for their musical craftsmanship, spontaneous Punk Rock locomotive live shows, and enduring cool factor.

They’ve conquered some of the biggest stages in the world including performances at Bonnaroo & Coachella, and now they’re coming to Byron Bay to rock Bluesfest, in what will be an energetic set full of moving, shaking, and all-round fun!

COLD WAR KIDS will perform at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th of March.


HIATUS KAIYOTE

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“Singer Nai Palm, the stage name of Naomi Saalfield, is a presence whose voice gives character to the blend, as she bends melodies in the style of Erykah Badu, Neneh Cherry and other slinky, melismatic descendants of Stevie Wonder.” The Wall Street Journal

Australian future Soul band Hiatus Kaiyote is one of the crème de la crème of Australian artists making their Bluesfest debut in 2016. In a short time, this quartet has embarked on an odyssey that began in bohemian Melbourne and has taken them to the Grammy Awards and beyond. This year alone they have toured 19 countries and performed around 160 shows. They have also been nominated for a 2015 ARIA Award for Best Urban Album of the Year.

In 2012 the group released their LP Tawk Tomahawk which featured the Grammy nominated track ‘Nakamarra’ for Best R&B performance with Q-Tip. The LP also saw the band work with esteemed producer Salaam Remi, who has collaborated with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Nas, and The Fugees.

Hiatus Kaiyote released their second album, Choose Your Weapon, in May 2015 and it debuted at number 22 on the Australian Albums chart. The album was again self-produced, and honours Soul music's history while revelling in its experimentation and globalisation of sound in an utterly distinctive manner.

There is light-heartedness in everything they do including playfully dubbing their transcendent hybrid of Jazz, Psychedelia, Soul, R&B, Funk, Hip-Hop, Electronica and Worldbeat "multi-dimensional, polyrhythmic gangster shit".

These days they offer the eccentric "wondercore", but Hiatus Kaiyote's music is less a genre than a movement and an immersive experience - a trip and we can’t wait to take the wild and wonderful journey with them at Bluesfest.

HIATUS KAIYOTE will perform at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th of March and Saturday 26th March.


HOUNDMOUTH

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“You'd be hard pressed to find a more effortless, well-crafted mix of roots than from this Louisville quartet” – Garden & Gun

In four short years Indiana new-comers Houndmouth have burgeoned a reputation and strong following, having heads at 2012 SXSW, being famously signed after only one performance, and named ‘Band of the Week’ by the Guardian all in the same year.

From the Hills Below the City LP, one of 2013’s most incandescent debuts affirmed the sounds of Americana, renewed by the youthful glow of songwriters, musicians and pals unafraid to both celebrate and desecrate them. Rolling Stone lauded it as “earthy melancholy with a rude garage-rock streak.”

Earning a reputation as a must-see act, performances with the Drive-by Truckers and the Alabama Shakes followed, plus shows at the Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo, as well as on major TV show appearances including Conan, Letterman and World Café. SPIN and Esquire.com named Houndmouth a "must-see" band at Lollapalooza.

Their second album, 2015’s Little Neon Limelight is a balance of tragedy and triumph, full of sweeping movement and beautiful melodies, contributing to the new Americana movement that audiences can’t get enough of.

Don’t miss another incredible discovery artist taking to the Bluesfest stage for the first time in 2016: the charged, charming and preternaturally mature Houndmouth.

HOUNDMOUTH will perform at Bluesfest on Sunday 27th of March.


FANTASTIC NEGRITO

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"That guy did not let anyone down," he said. "He just owns the stage every time he plays." – Mercury News
Xavier Dphrepaulezz sings like a man compelled by a spiritual force” – Consequence of Sound

Bluesfest is excited to welcome emerging Black Roots star Xavier Dphrepaulezz, AKA Fantastic Negrito to the stage in 2016.

Having blown up at SXSW, impressing industry and fans alike, Fantastic Negrito is an exciting and poignant artist not only creating quality, stirring R&B and Blues music, but living and standing for the heart of the Blues: the desperate, urgent, struggle crafted into raw, honest music.

A self-taught multi-instrumentalist from the age of 20, Dphrepaulezz got caught up in the streets and the dark side of the music industry, affected by early failings to reach stardom, and three (yes, three!) near-death experiences including a car accident that put him in a coma and severely damaged his body. After lengthy rehabilitation and self-reflection, the cynicism that comes from struggle made room for the hope that comes from cheating death. And Fantastic Negrito was born.

Negrito turned to the original DNA of all American music, the Blues. The beating life had primed him to channel his literal and musical forefathers: the Blues musicians of the Delta. When you listen to Negrito, you’re invited to hear the story of life after destruction.

Now he is building a solid fan base with his captivating stage presence, incredible voice, and the release of his self-titled EP, being received enthusiastically.

This is a truly special inclusion at Bluesfest 2016, and we know you’re going to be moved and rocked by Fantastic Negrito and his incredible band!

FANTASTIC NEGRITO will perform at Bluesfest EVERYDAY!!


CON BRIO

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“One of the best live acts seen in recent memory” - Death and Taxes
“….sophisticated and mature sounding music… sure to be one fantastic live experience.”

Known for their fiery live shows, Con Brio is a living, evolving testament to the power of Soul, fronted by the phenomenal Ziek McCarter, a charismatic, undeniably gifted showman, whose stage presence calls to mind the charisma of a young Michael Jackson or James Brown.

Based in San Francisco and named after a musical direction meaning “with spirit”, Con Brio has a relentless drive for experimentation, for pushing their technical ability higher, for reaching beyond the familiar, which has turned them into the genre bending band they are today.

In 2013, the longstanding rhythm section of keyboardist Micah Dubreuil, bassist Jonathan Kirchner and drummer Andrew Laubacher were joined by the incomparable guitar slinger Benjamin Andrews, as well as the fireworks of the “Hallelujah Horns” Marcus Stephens and Brendan Liu and you have the skill and confidence that comes from years of stage time and deeply-established musical partnerships with the thirst and energy of a rising star.

They’ve shared the stage with artists such as Fishbone and Trombone Shorty. The release of the Kiss The Sun EP in February of 2015 marked the beginning of Con Brio’s North American touring and ambitious performance and release schedule, and gained them praise from all over the world.

Bluesfest warmly welcomes this hot band on the rise, sure to be one of the great discovery artists of the 2016 festival. Get your dancing shoes on!

CON BRIO will perform at Bluesfest EVERYDAY!


KALEO

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Five #1 Singles in a row in their home country of Iceland!

“Think Of Monsters and Men, with an extra dose of soul.” Huffington Post

Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble discovered Kaleo on a recent trip to their home country Iceland and couldn’t wait to introduce the four-piece band to Bluesfest audiences.

The Icelandic group blend Folk, Blues, Country and Rock to create a dreamy, layered sound that pays homage to their isolated heritage and has captured the world’s attention.

Kaleo’s beautifully crafted music transcends genres and has seen them compared to an array of artists from Bon Iver and Iron & Wine to Coldplay and David Gray.

Kaleo worked their way to superstar status in Iceland, producing five number one singles, a gold debut album Kaleo, extensive airplay and an appearance on the biggest stage in their home country where they played to 100,000 people, the most to ever attend an event in Iceland. The best friends from the small town of Mosfellsbaer are paving the way to global success, signing with Atlantic Records in the US and now call Austin, Texas home.

Get ready for some truly breathtaking music.

KALEO will perform at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Monday 28th of March.


MIKE LOVE

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Meet Roots and Reggae’s rising star, Mike Love, who is gracing us with his unique revolutionary conscious music in 2016. 

Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, Mike Love brings a multitude of influences to the table; all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place. 

In his debut album, The Change I’m Seeking, Love harkens the legends of Roots Reggae in both his lyrics and his sound, fusing the simple rhythms of classic Reggae with the complex changes of Classical and Rock music to come up with a style wholly unique to him.

But it’s his message, his passion, the wisdom behind his words that truly resonate with his fans. His songs take you on a journey, one of healing and inspiration.

Mike Love has shared the stage with artists like Stephen Marley, Don Carlos, Trevor Hall, Nahko & Medicine For The People, John Butler Trio, Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson, and had heads turning at this year’s SXSW.

Mike will be bringing his inspiring show, complete with loop pedals & incredible layered sounds, along with material from his new album Love Will Find A Way to Bluesfest, and we know you’re going to love him (pun intended…)!

MIKE LOVE will perform at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th, Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th of March.


THE BROS. LANDRETH

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“While many guitar bands have come and gone in the interim, there is something about the way this band play, harmonise, and sing. There’s no other word for it besides "magical" – No Depression

“… strong song-writing and striking vocals, adding a twist of blues to the band’s harmony-heavy Americana style…the guys have been known to really dial it up on-stage” – Paste Magazine

Canada’s exciting new Americana/Country group The Bros. Landreth are coming to Bluesfest to premiere their debut album Let it Lie.

Comprising of siblings David & Joey Landreth (sons of renowned Winnipeg musician Wally Landreth) & friends Ryan Voth & Alex Campbell, The Bros. Landreth are melting hearts with rich, textured harmonies and heartfelt, earnest lyrics.

Already blazing trails the world over Let it Lie has scored the band a 2015 Juno award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards as well as a nomination for Contemporary Album of the Year, plus Rolling Stone named them in their list of Country artists you need to see in 2015.

Drawing influence from the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, John Hiatt & Lyle Lovett, Let It Lie was recorded with producer Murray Pulver (Crash Test Dummies, Doc Walker), who helped the band brew up an earthy, earnest sound that has since drawn comparisons to The Eagles, The Allman Brothers and Jackson Browne.

Filled with mid-tempo rockers, butter-smooth ballads and cowboy lullabies, the album, and the band’s live show will set Bluesfest audiences ablaze with the excitement of discovering yet another incredible talent making their Australian debut!

THE BROS. LANDRETH will perform at Bluesfest EVERYDAY!


KIM CHURCHILL

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“Churchill, an ex-busker, had a booming voice, melody-laced when needed, and busted out some guitar chords and finger-tapping that would have made Steve Vai’s jaw drop.” – Exclaim! Magazine

After winning the Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Competition in 2009, Kim Churchill has returned to Bluesfest five times and each time his performances have left a huge impression. 2016 will be no different. Kim is known for his dynamic live performances which focus on his deft guitar-work while simultaneously playing bass drum, percussion, tambourine, harmonica and vocals. 

Kim has already accomplished impressive feats in his time as a professional musician. He is recognised as much internationally as he is at home, having performed headline shows, festivals and supports alike all over the planet. In recent years he has opened for Billy Bragg and Michael Franti, and performed at many notable festivals such as Montreal Jazz, Glastonbury, Cornwall Boardmasters, Victorious, Womad, Beautiful Days, Telluride Blues, SXSW, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest (of course) and many more.

With four albums under his belt (the last one Silence/Win released in 2014) Kim matches his lyrical artistry with fierce vocals; he is a sonic architect, using his instruments to create landscapes to animate his lyrics. Live, he is a true virtuoso and at Bluesfest he will be welcomed home with open arms!

KIM CHURCHILL will perform at Bluesfest on Sunday 27th & Monday 28th of March.


MOJO JUJU

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“Moju Juju is a living and breathing dream. Such natural swagger as this does not come often” – AU Review.

“Vintage Rock ‘n ’Roll licks, howling jazz and grinding juke-joint blues. Juju does for her genres what Lanie Lane has done for country music” – Sydney Morning Herald

Moju Juju is 5’3” of wise cracking, sass mouthing, jump-jiving attitude wrapped up in a zoot suit and propped up on a Cuban heel. A dynamic vocalist, entertainer and songwriter, forever difficult to pigeonhole, Mojo is versatile and unafraid to challenge the boundaries of genres and style.

In 2012 she released her eponymous debut solo album, an offering of lyrical Blues & noir soundscapes to 4 & 5 star reviews. Her latest album release in April 2015 Seeing Red/ Feeling Blue presents an exploration into ‘pop songwriting ‘ with throwback to Soul, R&B plus Funk and has received rave reviews.

A seasoned touring act and a natural performer, Mojo has been selling out National headline tours!

Welcome back to Bluesfest Moju Juju – It’s been a long while since 2010 and it’s time to set the Bluesfest stage blazing once again!

MOJU JUJU will perform at Bluesfest on Friday 25th & Sunday 27th of March.


PIERCE BROTHERS

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"Pierce Brothers have exploded as one of Australia’s must-see up-and-coming live acts. Their DIY approach sees them functioning entirely independently, free from major labels, the duo have now sold over a staggering 40,000 CDs, featured in NME and blown audiences away at sell-out shows from Melbourne and Sydney to London and Liverpool" - Tone Deaf

Pierce Brothers have taken their music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to the world. Their irresistible energy and world-class live show has generated a word of mouth buzz not seen for some time. The acclaimed live act has been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms across the UK, Europe, Canada, USA & their native Australia.

Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi instrumentalists have sold over 50,000 EP's independently. Now back in Australia, after spending the majority of 2015 touring the world, they are ready to launch their top 10 ARIA EP Into The Dirt and play a select run of shows.

Pierce Brothers have performed at some of the world’s largest festivals and their first ever Bluesfest performance will be a much anticipated and unforgettable experience!

PIERCE BROTHERS will perform at Bluesfest on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th of March.


HARTS

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“He reminds me of how I was at that age” – Prince

“A supernaturally talented young buck who’s mastered Hendrix’s Blistering guitar shredding” - Rolling Stone

Darren Hart, better known as Harts, is a musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and music producer from Melbourne who will be making his Bluesfest debut as a duo with his drummer in tow.

Often labelled as “a one man music making machine”, Darren Hart writes everything, plays all the instruments, records and produces all his music singlehandedly in his bedroom studio.

Harts has become known for his Jimi Hendrix-like guitar playing and unique blend of Funk, Pop, Rock and Soul music, which has earned him praise worldwide. Most notably from iconic music legend Prince, who flew Harts out to his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis, USA to meet and play with him in 2014 saying, “He reminds me of how I was at that age”.

Following the success of his debut album Daydreamer (2014), his new EP, the aptly title Breakthrough was released in 2015 and featured Harts’ two latest singles ‘When A Man’s A Fool’ and ‘Breakthrough’ which were both Alternative Radio hits in Australia.

Harts found a fan in Prince and will find many more in the Bluesfest audience when he takes to the stage with his drummer next Easter.

HARTS will perform at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th & Saturday 26th of March.


STEVE SMYTH

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“Smyth is an undeniable talent” – Rolling Stone

 “There's no doubting he is one of the most talented singers we have right now” – Double J

Hailing from the NSW South Coast, Steve Smyth’s music bears all the markers of the itinerant songwriter, and he’s continuing his travels all the way to Bluesfest 2016, off the back of his popular 2015 appearance.

Smyth’s 2014 album Exits, produced by Waronker (Thom Yorke, Beck) and Gus Seyffert (The Black Keys, Norah Jones), is receiving acclaim from all corners of the country, including Double J Feature Album, Album Of The Week on ABC Newcastle & Darwin, and a J Award nomination for Artist Of The Year

Certainly Smyth’s intention for Exits, was to push the dynamic range of his vocals to previously untested extremes, while still reminding us that the art of song writing is not dead.

This is a burgeoning Australian talent on the rise, and one you’ll be pleased you witnessed at Bluesfest 2016. Welcome back Steve!

STEVE SMYTH will perform at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th & Saturday 26th & Monday 28th of March.


In other Bluesfest news:

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have added a third Bluesfest performance on Thursday 24th March and moved their Monday performance to Good Friday. The band alongside Lukas's brother Micah Nelson, recently became Canadian musician Neil Young's accompanying band on his thirty-sixth studio album, The Monsanto Years (June 2015), and its tour that followed. The Monsanto Years debuted in the Billboard Charts at #21 and on the Australian ARIA albums charts at #23. Fans now have three chances to see Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th March, Friday 25th March and Saturday 26th March 2016.

Many of the new artists added today will be performing on the opening night of Bluesfest, Thursday 24th of March. Check out the daily playing schedule right here!

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