Byron Bay Bluesfest

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Thursday 2 April to Monday 6 April 2015
Bluesfest wins 2010 Australian Event of the Year!

Announced Artists

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Aaron Neville

Are you ready for a musical journey of a special kind? One that will touch the core of your heart?

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ACPA Dancers

Based in Brisbane this all male Line-up showcases their performing arts training at the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts particularly concentrating on the disciplines of dance and music.

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Allen Stone

After making such a huge impression at Bluesfest this year we had to have Allen Stone back.

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Backsliders

“Without a dispute the best blues band in Australia. Their material is impeccable and their musicianship is a wonder to behold” - Sydney Morning Herald

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The Beards

The Beards are returning to Bluesfest after entertaining the crowd last year with favourites such as ‘If Your Dad Doesn't Have a Beard, You’ve Got Two Mums’.

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Beth Hart

We invite you to check her out and you’ll soon know why Festival Director, Peter Noble goes overboard for this woman.

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Booker T. Jones

Booker T.’s 25th Bluesfest performance will mark five years since the Soul and Rock legend last captivated the Bluesfest audience.

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Boz Scaggs

Boz gets the Bluesfest buzz. “One of the masters of American music”-Mike Barnes,Hollywood Reporter

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The Black Sorrows

Led by the irrepressible Joe Camilleri, The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australia’s most successful touring bands.

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Buddy Guy

He’s a Bluesfest favourite - an absolute legend and, can you believe it, he will be 78 next birthday !!!

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Cambodian Space Project

"They’re a great band, the singer is amazing, really beautiful, the guitars really jump out at you, very affecting, great stuff." - Nick Cave

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Candye Kane Feat. Laura Chavez

“... has that big, brassy voice that has authority and sass; the kind of thing men like because its seductive and women like because its powerful”- BB King

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Chain

"Chain's influence on Australian music has been enormous." - Rolling Stone magazine.

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Chali 2na

MC for Jurassic 5. Ozomatli Front man. Musician. Actor. Painter. Renaissance Man, Chali 2na has done it all.

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Charlie Musselwhite

The harmonica master is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world and has collaborated with legendary musicians including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Tom Waits to name a few.

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Chris Tamwoy

A self-taught seventeen year-old guitarist who brought his magic fingers into the Triple J studio impressing everyone including his idol John Butler.

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Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes

This Melbourne based 9 piece R'n'B band are going to blow your mind at Bluefest

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Claire Anne Taylor

If thunder was a woman she would be Claire Anne Taylor. An ancient, supernatural goddess, with a soul that bellows and a heart that howls. Untamed, unhinged and unafraid.

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Claude Hay

"The unfamiliar might approach this all with skepticism, but danged if they won't come away impressed and probably a fan. For sure, you've never heard anything like it." - Vintage Guitar Magazine

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Coronet Blue

Coronet Blue, who will be bringing their newly released third album, Better Day make their much anticipated Bluesfest debut. Singer song writer John Rooney always has a knack of putting together a stellar super group which will excite every music fan

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C.W. Stoneking

As musical enigmas go, C.W. Stoneking is up there with the best. It's as if he has walked right out of the American deep south at the dawn of the 20th century

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Dave Matthews Band

Bluesfest is incredibly excited to have the industry powerhouse play 2 shows at our 25th Anniversary

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Daniel Champagne

“Watching Daniel Champagnes performance is a once in a lifetime experience. He is a true prodigy that plays like no one else could possibly play unless they spent at least 2 lifetimes studying the art”- BW Review, New Zealand

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Devendra Banhart

Making his Bluesfest début is the Caracas,Venezuela born and very avant-garde folk singer-songwriter & renowned visual artiste

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Devon Allman

Remember the great rockin’ blues/jam band Royal Southern Brotherhood from last year’s Bluesfest? Well .... Bluesfest is knocked out to welcome back their lead guitarist DEVON ALLMAN, this time fronting his own band

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Doobie Brothers

The legendary Doobie Brothers on the legendary Bluesfest stage? Could we ask for anything more?

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Dr John & The Nite Trippers

Dr John is back in town and he is armed with his incredible new album Locked Down.

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Dubmarine

If you’re up for a high octane, energy filled rave then get yourselves down to see Dubmarine

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Feel good folk has never been more fun to dance to than with the truly unique Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

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Dyson, Stringer & Cloher

Three of Australia’s most lauded singer-songwriters Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher will be sharing the Bluesfest stage for a not to be missed performance.

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters

A perfect fit for our 25th Bluesfest birthday, ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS return to rock Bluesfest - and we couldn't be happier to welcome them back.

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Eric Bibb

He has criss-crossed the world for four decades paying his dues as a true story-teller, where Blues, Folk and World music intersect at a musical crossroads.

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Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu isn’t easily forgotten. Whether for her attire, her music or her personality, once you encounter Erykah, she stays with you.

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Playing for Change

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music.

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Phil Manning

One of Australia's best known guitarists, Phil has a single handedly turned more Australians onto the Blues than any other performer. From his earliest days backing pop artists and throughout his long career, his musical integrity has always set him apart

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Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges

What makes Eugene unique, apart from his soul drenched vocals and blazing guitar work, is that he is the real deal

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Garland Jeffreys

He’s been called an edgy urban poet, the sound of New York, a confessional singer-songwriter, and an explorer of the links between rock, race and rebellion whose work should be taught in schools.

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Foy Vance

"The opening growl of his voice serves notice that he’s not a man you are going to ignore” - Folk Radio UK

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Gary Clark Jr

“the next Hendrix ... churning his distorted strings into a euphoric moment of psychedelia” - NY Times

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Genevieve Chadwick

Imagine if Janis Joplin and John Lee Hooker had a baby together; musically, this girl would be the offspring of that union.

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Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow

He played the first two Sunbury festivals and has toured with Spike Milligan and opened for Harry Chapin, Frank Zappa, Sherbet, Cheech & Chong and Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

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Gov't Mule

A definite must see! Warren Haynes returns with a new album and at least three of his star guests are also at Bluesfest ..... jam...anyone ??

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Kim Churchill

Churchill is acknowledged for his guitar talents with a unique technique and explosive style shaped by intricate fingerpicking, percussive beats on the body of the guitar, and two-handed tapping intertwined with a 24 inch Kick drum, cascading harmonica melodies, and soulful voice.

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Grace Potter and The Nocturnals

After captivating the crowd at her Bluesfest debut in 2013, we had to have Grace Potter & The Nocturnals are back

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GrandMothers of Invention

“Rare are the musicians who can even play Zappa’s music, let alone make it live and breathe. Thank the Lord for the GrandMothers of Invention...”

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Saskwatch

Saskwatch epitomize everything that we love at Bluesfest, they seem to have endless energy onstage, a timeless magnetism; songs that hook you from the first listen and are undeniably danceable.

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Gregg Allman

Founding member of the one and only Allman Brothers Band, the greatest Southern Rock Band EVER

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Hat Fitz & Cara

Hat Fitz & Cara’s performance of live music is seeped in authentic realism. This dynamic duo is a unique combination that have skillfully combined their music of hill style country blues with old time folk.

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India.Arie

It has been 8 years since Denver born India.Arie last graced the Bluesfest stage, this time she returns with a new album ‘SongVersation’

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Iron & Wine

“Pop music hadn’t seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens,” —Rolling Stone

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Jack Johnson

One of the icons of Bluesfest - JACK JOHNSON - first introduced to Australia via Bluesfest in 2002, is returning for our 25th Anniversary and will be performing exclusively at Bluesfest on Good Friday 18th April.

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Jake Bugg

With a million selling self-titled 2012 debut album, a fusion of “retro folk with blistering contemporary rock riffs” – Clash Magazine and a Mercury Prize nomination already under his belt, at the age of 19 Nottingham-born JAKE BUGG has been fast-tracked to stardom.

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The James Cotton Blues Band

Grammy Award Winner, JAMES COTTON is bringing his pure, raw soul-wrenching blues harp to Bluesfest for the very first time.

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Jannawi Dancers

A Sydney based Dance Theatre Company who encompass contemporary and traditional styles from the rich storytelling traditions of NSW to the northern Homelands of the Yolngu.

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Jason Isbell

The ex- drive-By Truckers man is a wordsmith of the highest order - his beautifully crafted songs are special and timeless

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Jeff Beck

Who is the guitar player’s guitar player, the man that has inspired so many greats, the man regarded by many as the world’s finest guitar player?

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Jimmie Vaughan

Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music

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Joanne Shaw Taylor

After blowing us all away in 2012 and 2010, we couldn’t wait to invite her back to Bluesfest for the 3rd time. Over the years Joanne Shaw Taylor has gone from a promising young blues talent to a bona fide force on the international music scene.

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John Butler Trio

JOHN BUTLER has become a name synonymous with BLUESFEST, starting off on our smaller stages, his career and fame growing in tandem with that of the Festival

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John Mayer

Bluesfest is extremely proud to announce the return of songwriter and musician JOHN MAYER to its main stage after seven years.

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John Williamson

Having released over 40 albums, selling over 4,000,000 copies in Australia alone, it’s easy to see why John Williamson is a national icon, treasure and institution.

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Joss Stone

It’s gonna be a mighty, mighty roar that will greet the barefoot Ms Stone on her return next Easter to help with the Bluesfest Birthday celebrations.

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Kasey Chambers

Bluesfest is rapt to welcome back its own adopted daughter, Kasey Chambers, the undisputed Queen of Australian Country Music.

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Kate Miller-Heidke

Since her debut album ‘Little Eve’ went gold and received 4 ARIA nominations, Kate has become one of the most talked about performers in Australian music.

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KC & The Sunshine Band

KC & The Sunshine Band. You can't help but want to Shake Your Booty at Bluesfest 2014, and That's the Way (we) Like It.

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KT Tunstall

It’s a long-awaited warm welcome back to BLUESFEST for KT TUNSTALL

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Larry Graham & Graham Central Station

BLUESFEST – Get Ready – THE FUNKMEISTER is in da house !!

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Matthew Curry

Take just one listen and you actually won’t believe your ears, watch just one clip and the truly authentic gravelly blues voice and seminal Blues & Blues Rock Guitar will leave you speechless.

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Lime Cordiale

“…undeniably sexy... best enjoyed with friends, beer and sunshine.” - Adam not Eve

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The Magic Band

Sharing the vision of celebrating the music of the late Capatin Beetheart, original members of The Magic Band re-visit the classic Beefheart tunes with special fervor.

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Marshall OKell & the Pride

Marshall Okell’s music is the sound for Surf Roots and Australian Mojo Rock. It’s stomping in high energy, yet jaw dropping and full of raw emotion

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Matt Corby

“...I’ve seen Matt Corby perform live, and every time has been a different, almost spiritual experience. The man has the ability to transport the audience to another atmosphere” - The AU Review.

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Michael Franti & Spearhead

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, philanthropist and Bluesfest favourite, Michael Franti and his band Spearhead are back

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The Mojo Webb Band

Mojo Webb is a versatile world-class electric and acoustic guitarist, and has a truly amazing voice. Also a multi-instrumentalist, he played every instrument on his all-original debut album...

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Morcheeba

British pioneering trip-hop trio Morcheeba are back with their original lineup, so get ready to hear the dreamy, soulful, down tempo sounds that we have loved since the 90’s.

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The Music Maker Foundation

FEAT. IRONING BOARD SAM, MAJOR HANDY, PAT WILDER & DR. BURT. Bluesfest is honoured to bring this integral blues institution back to Australia and proud to be taking these musicians on the road for the first time.

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Nahko & Medicine For The People

Nahko leads Medicine For The People by example - on a musical mission to ‘create healing and activate people to change things’.

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Nikki Hill

She has been hailed “The Southern Fireball”, “the new soul sensation” and even “the new Queen of Rock and Roll”.

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North Mississippi Allstars

It has been over a few years now since the NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS graced our Bluesfest stage, and we are just thrilled to be welcoming them back!

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Ozomatli

We don’t think there is a better way to celebrate turning 25 than with the ultimate party band – aka Ozomatli - playing this Easter.

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The Paladins

We promised to bring some of the greats over the history of Bluesfest back for our 25th Anniversary, so we welcome back The Paladins

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Passenger

Mike Rosenberg aka Passenger's first ever Bluesfest performance is going to make our 25th Anniversary even more special!

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Pubic Opinion Afro Orchestra

Inspired by the infectious Afro-Beat music of Nigeria and its neighbours,this band delivers contemporary African Funk to Australian dancefloors.

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Ray Beadle

Ray Beadle ripped it up at Bluesfest in 2010, 2011 & 2012 and we are welcoming him back with open arms for our 25th!

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Robben Ford

Robben Ford’s performance at our 25th Anniversary will mark 15 years since he originally took the stage at Bluesfest in 1999.

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Rockwiz Live

A Bluesfest favourite and back by popular demand - RocKwiz Live returns to the Jambalaya Stage for three exciting shows in 2014.

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Round Mountain Girls

“A night out with Round Mountain Girls is like a good night in with your partner. They'll leave you hot and sweaty, exhausted but exhilarated, sonically bruised, maybe even a little tender... and yet you'll still end up begging for more”.

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Saidah Baba Talibah

We welcome soul-rock diva Saidah Baba Talibah for her Bluesfest debut this Easter. Toronto-bred vocalist Saidah, daughter of Tony and Grammy Award-nominated icon Salome Bey, is “Canada’s First Lady of Blues”.

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Seth Lakeman

In two tours he has endeared himself to a growing army of fans...bringing his unique Indie-Folk to a whole new audience.

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Shaun Kirk

Born and bred in Melbourne, Australia, Blues & Soul troubadour Shaun Kirk’s rapid growth as an artist is the result of a determined spirit and pure hard work.

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

We welcome Seun Kuti, the youngest son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti who along with his father’s 16-piece funk fuelled orchestra, Egypt 80.

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Sly & Robbie and The TAXI Gang feat. Bitty Mclean

‘The Riddim Twins’ bring the sweet vocals of Bitty McLean to help Bluesfest celebrate 25 years of Roots, Rock and Reggae!!

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The Soul Rebels

Making their debut appearance at Bluesfest’s 25th Birthday Party, we are excited to welcome the blistering brass-funk of THE SOUL REBELS to our stages.

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SKUNKHOUR

Fusing Soul, Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz with not just Rock but an unashamed love of Oz Rock,SKUNKHOUR are set to hit Bluesfest with their high energy performance.

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Steve Earle & The Dukes

Singer-songwriter, actor, author, political activist, producer – Steve Earle is one of America's greatest living storytellers.

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Suzanne Vega

Bluesfest is proud to present SUZANNE VEGA in her first ever Bluesfest appearance

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The Mastersons

It’s all about a USA born and based husband and wife, singing and playing together.

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Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience

For nearly 30 years, GRAMMY award winning artist Terrance Simien, 8th generation Louisiana Creole has been shattering the myths about what his Indigenous Zydeco Roots music is and is not.

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Tijuana Cartel

From the Australian East Coast, to the venues of London, the metros of Paris and the clubs of Mumbai, India, Tijuana Cartel have been on a journey through musical styles, studying and absorbing the origins of music in a wide range of cultures.

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Tim Rogers

“This man need not prove his worth in Australia as he clearly sets the bench mark for aspiring song writers and clearly his songs mean a lot to a lot of people…..” – Brag

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Trixie Whitley

It’s that voice: “an emotional, blues-drenched instrument that ranges from a lilting slap to a knock-you-backwards uppercut”:

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Troy Cassar-Daley

Troy Cassar-Daley is at the top of the Australian Country Music scene. He has a reputation amongst his peers in the Australian music industry for being the most loved and respected singer/songwriters in country music.

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Valerie June

Catchy, big melodies that just make you want to dance. This is everything you need to know about VALERIE JUNE

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The Wailers

The Wailers are on a mission .... and it is to keep Bob Marley’s music alive !!

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Walter Trout

It is with sadness that Bluesfest announce Walter Trout is not able to perform at Bluesfest in 2014 or his Sydney and Melbourne shows with Robben Ford due to health reasons.

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WAR

WAR is not a band. WAR is a Movement! The movement started out in 1969 and Bluesfest 2014 will mark 45 years since it began.

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Watussi

whether you’re in the mood for something light or something filling; something sweet or something salty, Watussi will be sure to satisfy your cravings.

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Young Sounds of Byron

Showcasing local school talent on the Cavanbah stage. Students from Byron Bay High, Kadina High, Brunswick Public School & the Steiner Schools are giving us a taste of their incredible musical talents!

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Zane Carney

Zane Carney is the lead guitarist of the Rock Quartet Carney and rhythm guitarist in John Mayer's band

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