2020 Lineup

*Playing days are subject to change. Set times are released two weeks prior to the festival. Artists displayed A-Z.

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Alanis Morissette

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Alanis Morissette

Since 1995, Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise and seven Grammy awards. Morissette’s 1995 debut, “JAGGED LITTLE PILL,” was followed by nine more eclectic and acclaimed albums. She has contributed musically to theatrical releases and has acted on the big and small screen. Outside of entertainment, she is an avid supporter of female empowerment, as well as spiritual, psychological and physical wellness. We cannot wait to see her perform 'JAGGED LITTLE PILL' this Easter!

Allen Stone

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Allen Stone

The evolution of an artist is a powerful process to observe. Allen Stone’s journey and evolution have been part pain and part beauty. From the basements and small clubs of Seattle to sold-out shows across the world, including Australia and New Zealand, Allen has taken the long tireless road to building an audience and dedicated fanbase that is there for every word. On his new album ‘Building Balance’, Allen’s live show is combined with the art of songcraft, and the results are a thing of beauty. Allen’s recent performance at Bluesfest earlier this year still has fans talking, so his return armed with a new album to share is highly anticipated. Allen Stone loves playing Australia and we are excited to welcome him back with open arms.   Allen is also touring this April. 

Amadou & Mariam

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Amadou & Mariam

Having influenced the likes of Four Tet and Jamie xx, get your dancing shoes ready for some bangin’ Afro-pop beats with Amadou & MariamFor the past forty-odd years, Amadou & Mariam have managed to joyfully combine their love story with a musical career while becoming, discreetly but surely, the most famous ambassadors for Malian music, and African music, all around the world; a golden status that they carry with brio and playfully challenge with each new album. Having worked with artists including Damon Albarn, Manu Chao, Santigold, Miike Snow, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and many more the duo has brought African music to the charts and the dance floor with their new pigments of Afro-pop. If in the 80s certain crazy minds had fantasies of a Sono Mondiale, Amadou & Mariam are the ones who have made it a reality.  Amadou & Mariam are also Touring this April. 

Ani DiFranco

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Ani DiFranco

Having grown up with a strong independent streakAni DiFranco has always been determined to create her path. At just 20 years old, she refused to sign a label deal and created her independent label which still operates to this day. DiFranco has always been an emblem of progress. She came out as bisexual in her early 20s and her songs documented relationships with both sexes along with portraying her beliefs against war and environmental disaster. She began genre-hopping before it became fashionable to do so. Her music explores folk, jazz, roots and rock while absorbing influences from some of her favourite aspirational artists. We can’t wait to hear her dulcet tones and gentle lilt this Easter.  

Ash Grunwald

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Ash Grunwald

Acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest storytellers and live performers Ash Grunwald is set to ignite the Bluesfest stages with his unique storytelling capabilities and an avalanche of rhythmic fury on guitar. Backed by his impeccable band, Ash Grunwald’s signature soul-drenched vocals have the power to move mountains and create positive change.
Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile

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Brandi Carlile

Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and producer Brandi Carlile is currently in the midst of a landmark year following the release of her Grammy Award-winning album, ‘By The Way I Forgive You’. Produced by Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, the album includes 10 new songs written by Carlile and longtime collaborators and bandmates Tim and Phil Hanseroth, including “The Joke.” Of her breakthrough performance of the song on the 2019 live GRAMMY broadcast, The New York Times proclaimed, “Carlile’s vocals were robust, ragged, full of sneer and hope. On a night curiously light on impressive singing, it was an uncomplicated, genuine, cleansing thrill,” while the Los Angeles Times called it, “triumphant” and Rolling Stone described it as, “breathtaking.”  
Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie

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Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte-Marie is the world’s foremost First Nations Artist. This Academy Award-winning songwriter and performer is touring constantly but is also renowned as a trail-blazer, an educator, an innovative artist, a pacifist, a tireless activist focussing on the Indigenous peoples of the Americas and disruptor of the status quo. Her timeless and award-winning anthems include million sellers ‘Universal Soldier’, ‘Up Where We Belong’, ‘Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee’ and ‘Until It’s Time For You To Go’  Buffy Sainte-Marie shows no sign of slowing down and on her latest album ‘Medicine Songs’  - fires up both new songs and old that she puts to work dealing with war, oppression, inequity, violence, bullying, racketeering and systemic greed, and balanced by some that come from the other side of that: positivity, common sense, romance, equity and enthusiasm for life. Don't miss your chance to see this legend live!

Chain

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Chain

The Godfathers of Australian Blues, Chain featuring Matt Taylor and one of Australia’s finest axeman Phil Manning, have reached another milestone as they enter their 52nd year since forming in 1968. As the only blues band to have a number one on Australian charts (Black ‘n’ Blue) as well as a number two (Judgement) they also have the distinction of having possibly the longest permanently released album in Australian rock history. Chain’s new material retains the earthiness of the 70’s while including the insights and musicality expected from a lifetime of experience in the blues genre. With four decades of albums and live performances under their belts, it doesn’t get any more quintessentially Oz Blues than this!
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

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Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

With both eyes on the future and the Blues in his blood, 20-year-old guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone “Kingfish” Ingram is set to take the music world by storm.  His debut album, ‘Kingfish’, showcases Ingram’s blistering, raw and inspired guitar playing, soulful, deep vocals and songwriting. He tells stories with his solos, channelling the spirits of all the past masters while the music he makes is his own. Bluesfest is lucky to lock in this amazing new talent whose re-telling of the Blues, whilst still proudly holding the torch of his predecessors, is shaking the genre to its core.  

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

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Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles

Cory Henry and his merry band of Funk Apostles will bring their unique soul-jazz and gospel music for their debut Bluesfest performance at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm this Easter. Cory Henry is an award-winning organ virtuoso, producer and singer. Best known to Bluesfest fans for his role in Snarky Puppy, the instrumental jazz-pop orchestra who have frequented our stages. On the Brooklyn native’s new album with The Funk Apostles, ‘Art of Love’ – his first release as a frontman – he discovers his voice. While Cory Henry may be renowned for his gifts as an improviser, the album serves as a showcase for his skills as a remarkable singer-songwriter. You can catch these guys on the road this April too - check bluesfesttouring.com.au

Crowded House

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Crowded House

Crowded House return to headline Bluesfest with an exclusive Australian performance.  The multi APRA and ARIA award-winners, BRIT award winners and MTV Video Music Award winners musical work have been a cornerstone of most of our collections. Their anthems such as “Don’t Dream It’s Over’, ‘Weather With You’ and ‘Better Be Home Soon’ resonate with a global audience of all ages. Crowded House is a long standing and much-loved vehicle for the songwriting talents of Neil Finn. Formed in Melbourne Australia in 1985 out of the ashes of New Zealand’s Split Enz by Neil, Paul Hester and Nick Seymour, and now, over 30 years later, Neil and Nick have been energised and inspired to begin a new chapter in the Crowded House story. The new chapter begins with this exclusive headline appearance at Bluesfest next Easter and there’s only one place to be – front, left and centre! 
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Dami Im

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Dami Im

She’s been ‘dancing with the stars’ and this Easter Dami Im will be dancing with Bluesfest. One of the most revered artists of the new millennium, Dami Im is a virtuoso on piano. The Australian singer-songwriter first came to prominence when she won The X Factor. Her self-titled debut album and single ‘Alive’ both debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts. Since then she has released three more acclaimed studio albums and performed all over the world. In 2016 Dami became Eurovision Royalty when she earned the highest score ever achieved by an Australian entry, and her single ‘Sound of Silence’ charted globally. New single “Marching Out” released earlier this month is sure to be a ‘live’ showstopper.
Dave Matthews Band

Dave Matthews Band

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Dave Matthews Band

There is only one type of Dave Matthews Band (DMB) fan and that is a hardcore one! 
Bluesfest is incredibly excited to have the industry powerhouse play at the 2020 Bluesfest and we know the masses of fans who have been requesting the jam-loving rockers presence at the festival year on year will be too. This will be Dave Matthews Band’s third visit to Bluesfest and if the two earlier visits are anything to go by, it’s going to look something like -  a tent full of happy, dancing Bluesfesters! As Peter Noble, Bluesfest Festival Director puts it: “Dave Matthews Band are one of the top-grossing, most in-demand bands in the world - and finally they are coming back to Bluesfest. This is going to be magical and unmissable.” 
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Dirty Honey

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Dirty Honey

The sound of Los Angeles-based Dirty Honey’s straight-up-no-apologies-no-explanations-needed music has been called "new-fashioned Rock ’n Roll.” As vocalist Marc LaBelle puts it, “We don’t want to bring anything back, we just want to make music that’s sexy, hard and rocking all at the same time.” Winning praise of artists like The Who, Guns N’ Roses, and Slash - all of whom they’ve supported on tour.  Touring nearly non-stop, mining its reputation as a cranking live act in clubs, theatres, arenas, and major outdoor festivals from Welcome to Rockville, Sonic Temple and Rocklahoma to Heavy Montreal, and Epicenter. So, what makes this young, still unsigned band such a force? Meaty melodies, explosive dynamics, tight grooves, vocals that bellow across the ice and snow of Valhalla, and guitar riffs that come at you like a heavyweight haymaker. Spend 20 minutes with Dirty Honey, and you'll find yourself asking, sincerely, "Please sir, may I have another..."

Dweezil Zappa

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Dweezil Zappa

Bluesfest 2020 truly is the year of the guitar! As a son of Frank Zappa, it was inevitable from the moment he was born that Dweezil Zappa was going to be a musician. He has long undertaken a mission to celebrate the sounds of his infamous father in a fresh context whilst keeping true to Zappa Senior’s unique and impeccable sonic heritage. Now, in celebration of 50 years since the album’s release (the year he was born), Dweezil is bringing his iconic ‘Hot Rats’ Live’ tour to Australia this April. Featuring his father’s 1969 album in its entirety as well as more of Frank Zappa’s choice cuts, the show will be a real treat for all Zappa fans.
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Emily Wurramara

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Emily Wurramara

When NT singer-songwriter Emily Wurramara released her debut EP Black Smoke, containing stories from her heart and childhood sung in both English and her traditional language Anindilyakwa, the EP stunned listeners across the country and saw Emily tour nationally and internationally. Black Smoke amassed over 1 million Spotify streams, rotation on JJJ and ABC Local, spent 10 weeks in the AMRAP charts, a Queensland Music Award, a publishing contract with Mushroom and live showcase slots everywhere from BIGSOUND as a Triple J Unearthed feature artist to Folk Alliance International in the USA and Canada.  Now with a child of her own her vibe is steeped in the sand, salt and concrete of her family and culture, and all of the souls that played a part in her journey so far. Emily Wurramara’s live show leaves you feeling connected to land and nature.

Eagles of Death Metal

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Eagles of Death Metal

American Rock band from Palm Desert, California, Eagles of Death Metal are coming to the land down under to perform at Bluesfest Byron Bay this Easter. Formed in 1998 by best friends Jesse Hughes and Josh Homme, the pair came upon the band’s name in a pondering effort as to what a cross between The Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. With that, the band was born! With a sound that’s a combination of bluegrass slide guitar mixed with firing drumbeats and tantalizing vocals from a frontman known for his over-the-top stage histrionics and interaction with his fans, the Eagles of Death Metal’s performance at Bluesfest 2020 is set to be one to remember. EODM are also touring this April! 

Erja Lyytinen

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Erja Lyytinen

Finnish vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Erja Lyytinen is going to be one of the discovery highlights at Bluesfest 2020. Just a couple of years ago, she took home the much-coveted European Guitarist of the Year Award. As an artist, Erja Lyytinen’s musical growth pushes boundaries without fear of exploring new sounds and musical ground. Recently ranked #14 on Guitar World's '30 Best Blues Guitarists in the World' alongside Eric Clapton and Derek Trucks, this bonafide star in her homeland, Lynntinen will soon become a household name to all Bluesfesters.
Frank Turner

Frank Turner

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Frank Turner

“Frank Turner writes folk songs that harness the fury of Punk and the majesty of Springsteenian Rock 'n' Roll. But more than anything else, his music is playful.” -  NPR Last seen at Bluesfest back in 2014, punk-folk poet Frank Turner brings songs from his latest album ‘No Man’s Land’ and the bawdy rowdiness of songs such as “Recovery”, “If Ever I Stray”, “I Still Believe” and the incisive ‘The Way I Tend To Be’ back to Bluesfest next Easter.  Don’t miss Frank Turner performance this Easter, you will regret it!
George Benson

George Benson

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George Benson

We are so excited to welcome the legend that is George Benson to Bluesfest. Since 1977, George Benson, is recognised as one of the world’s greatest guitarists, has won 10 Grammy Awards – and has been nominated for an additional 15. His wins include Record of the Year for "This Masquerade" (1977), Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Breezin'" (1977) and "Mornin'" (2007), Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "On Broadway" (1979) and "Give Me the Night" (1981), and Best R&B Instrumental Performance for "Theme From Good King Bad" (1977) and "Off Broadway" (1981).  Following the success of his Quincy Jones-produced pop album Give Me the Night in 1980, George Benson's string of pop hits includes "Love All the Hurt Away," "Turn Your Love Around," "Inside Love," "Lady Love Me (One More Time)," and "20/20."  In 1990, George Benson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Berklee College of Music. And in 2009 the National Endowment of the Arts recognised him as a ‘Jazz Master’, the nation's highest honour in jazz. 
Greensky Bluegrass

Greensky Bluegrass

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Greensky Bluegrass

We are delighted to announce that Greensky Bluegrass will be coming down under to party with us in 2020! After an unexpected cancellation for 2019, we’re thrilled, as we’re sure many fans are, that they can join us. With a name like Greensky Bluegrass, it’s clear what kind of music this five-piece jam band plays. Their versatility is clearly portrayed in their electrifying live shows which are known for their ample solos showing off each member’s technical excellence. After over 18 years together, it’s nice to hear Greensky Bluegrass still working to keep things interesting for themselves and the fans. Putting real, extended improvisations on a studio album is a choice that pays off for them, but we still think the best material here is probably among their shorter songs. 

Guy Sebastian

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Guy Sebastian

Singer, songwriter and producer Guy Sebastian is arguably Australia’s most successful male solo artist. Guy is the only Australian male artist to have ever achieved six number one singles and two number one albums in ARIA chart history. Guy has achieved over 30 x Platinum singles sales in Australia and well over 7,000,000 combined units sold worldwide. It continues to dominate Australian Radio Airplay with heavy rotation across the nation and was the number one song played on the radio for six consecutive weeks. Guys soulful brand new single, ‘Let Me Drink’ ft. The Hamiltones & Wale was just released in November. It is an instant classic that's impossible to ignore.  We cannot wait to welcome him to the Bluesfest stage this April!
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Harts plays Hendrix

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Harts plays Hendrix

When he first blew the Bluesfest crowd sky-high with a life-changing ripping guitar-hero set in 2016 Harts was a name placed on the musical map forevermore.  Now in 2020, he returns with Harts plays Hendrix.  Harts is the nom de plume of Indian-born, Australian-based musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and music producer whose singular blend of funk, blues, psychedelic rock, jazz and indie electronic has drawn comparisons to Prince, Jimi Hendrix, and Lenny Kravitz among many others. Harts recently announced his latest project ‘Harts Plays Hendrix’ – an Australian theatre show paying tribute to the 50-year legacy of Jimi Hendrix which we simply cannot wait to welcome to Bluesfest this Easter!
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Here Come The Mummies

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Here Come The Mummies

Eight-piece funk-rock band of 5,000 year-old Egyptian Mummies, Here Come the Mummies will be bringing their ‘terrifying funk from beyond the grave’ to Bluesfest this Easter! Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated, Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, Here Come the Mummies mysterious personas, cunning song-craft and the unrelenting live show will bend your brain and melt your face. Get ready for what could be one of the most interesting performances at Bluesfest 2020!
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Hussy Hicks

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Hussy Hicks

Known for their emotive lyricism critically acclaimed Australian act, Hussy Hicks are a tour de force featuring Leesa Gentz’ powerhouse soul vocals and Julz Parker’s revered guitar skills. Prolific and accomplished musicians, Hussy Hicks have honed their sonic dexterity over the past 12 years with six studio albums, multiple industry awards and more than 1,000 live shows under their belts, from Australia’s biggest blues, roots and folk festivals to 15+  international tours, which now sell out across Europe. Hussy Hicks are excited to be moving into their next phase, welcoming new drummer, Ali Foster, making the band an all-female force with long-time bassist, Tracy Bassy thrown into the mix.

Kool & the Gang

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Kool & the Gang

Get ready to get your hips shaking to some funky classic 80s and 90s hits such as ‘Hollywood Swinging’, ‘Ladies Night’, ‘Get Down On It’, ‘Cherish’ with Kool & the Gang and their horn-driven jazz, soul, R&B, funk and disco this Easter! Since forming as a jazz ensemble in the mid-60s, Kool & the Gang have done it all. Their grooves have endured like few others, sampled by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Nas and Janet Jackson among countless others while ‘Jungle Boogie’, ‘Celebration’ amongst countless others are peerless as party mix staples. Get those dancing shoes on Bluesfestersthere’s a party goin’ on right here…

Jimmie Vaughan

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Jimmie Vaughan

Four-time GRAMMY® Award winner and legendary performer, Jimmie Vaughan is returning to Bluesfest to perform this Easter. Starting his musical career at the young age of 14 when he ran away from home to play guitar in a band, Vaughan has since gone on to tour and perform with a string of iconic artists including Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton. Together with his younger brother Stevie Ray Vaughan (since deceased), Jimmie founded and performed in the band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds before releasing his first solo album followed by 1994.  

Joachim Cooder

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Joachim Cooder

Best known as a world-class percussionist, Joachim Cooder’s music is steeped in the roots of American and world music. Most famously known for performing with the Buena Vista Social Club, alongside his father Ry Cooder, Joachim transforms Appalachian music and blues with a powerful aesthetic that draws the listener deep into the music. Making his Bluesfest debut with the same trance-inducing and transfixing experience which inform his original compositions, we’re on the edge of our seats for his performance already!   Playing days TBC
John Butler

John Butler

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John Butler

John Butler, singer-songwriter, producer and activist has been a member of the Bluesfest family for nearly 20 years. His songs speak of love, activism, wellness and inspiration and through them he sends a message to us all of a more beautiful world. This time around, John Butler will be performing solo and will be featuring his 2018 album, ‘Home’ as well as classic songs from his timeless repertoire. 
John Mayall

John Mayall

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John Mayall

John Mayall first came to Bluesfest in 1991 for the second Bluesfest. The man whose name is synonymous with the Blues, and especially the UK Blues Scene, is finally returning after an absence of five years. Credited with some of the greatest Blues line-ups his band The Bluesbreakers included the likes of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, John McVie, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor,  Jon Hiseman, and Keef Hartley. Now, a staggering 62 albums down and in his 80’s, this self-professed ‘road dog’, who hates a day off and carries his own gear at gigs, is working harder than ever and touring at a level someone half his age would find daunting. We are stoked he could find time to once again hit the Bluesfest stage and deliver his own Blues Masterclass. You can also catch John on the road across Australia this April
John Prine

John Prine

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John Prine

After nearly 50 years on the road, we're stoked to welcome a stop at Bluesfest Byron Bay for John Prine. The singer-songwriter’s first record is famously known to be full of protest songs, written during the Vietnam War when there was heightened political unrest in the White House. The animating spirit of that early music is threaded throughout John Prine’s new work too. Since day one, John Prine has been a storyteller, not just between songs in a concert but within the songs themselves, and that’s what gives them such power. His primary mode of persuasion is the story, just as the primary mode of persuasion for the biblical Jesus is the parable. 
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LamBros.

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LamBros.

Hailing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Connor and Harry Lambrou a.k.a. LamBros. have rocketed onto the national scene with their highly distinct blend of blues, soul, rock and Indigenous sounds – their music captures the everyday experiences and emotions of life. With their recently released self-titled album, LamBros. have been entertaining audiences with their toe-tapping vibe and infectious passion at venues across Australia. Featuring Connor on vocals and guitar, and Harry on drums, percussion, didgeridoo, and backing vocals, they quickly earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most explosive and entertaining emerging live acts with a promise to deliver a highly memorable experience!
Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe

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Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe left Bluesfesters breathless after each dark, dynamic performance so it’s no wonder we are rapt to have the dynamic sister duo of Rebecca and Megan Lovell return in 2020. Larkin Poe has opened the door to a dark, portentous Blues that has an enjoyable yet sinister and threatening tone, not unlike their ancestor, Edgar Allan Poe. Often referred to as ‘The Little Sisters of The Allman Brothers’ make no mistake - these girls can shred! Don’t miss Larkin Poe and their beguiling mix of Gothic soul and outlaw country. 

Lenny Kravitz

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Lenny Kravitz

Vibration underscores music, motion, and movement. Lenny Kravitz translates this natural force into art and ultimately a call-to-action. American singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Lenny Kravitz is bringing his epic live performance to Bluesfest this Easter long weekend! The four-time GRAMMY® Award-winner elevates the union of rock ‘n’ roll, funk, blues, and soul he patented in 1989 once again on his eleventh full-length album, ‘Raise Vibration’. Receptive to youthful inspiration, but enlightened by three decades of wisdom, it represents a powerful creative rebirth and a bold, bright, and brilliant body of work befitting of his legacy and boundless spirit. Kravitz is a true original. All eyes are set on what is going to be an epic performance at Bluesfest.

LP

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LP

LP is making her way to Bluesfest Byron Bay on her Australian debut for Easter 2020. The world could use more straight shooters. You won’t ever have to wonder about what LP is thinking - she’ll gladly tell you and we’re extremely glad she has been added to the Bluesfest 2020 lineup. Having built a worldwide following, the multi-faceted artist has created a truly global momentum, with over 100 sold-out shows in 2019 throughout Europe, North America, South America, Russia and beyond, racking up over two million streams a day! Her catalogue is set to surpass two billion streams in early 2020! Get ready to be won over this Easter Bluesfesters!
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Micki Free

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Micki Free

Chances are you've heard multi-talented Micki Free play guitar before and remembered it, even if you didn't know it was him! It might have been on Shalamar's Top 20 smash “Dancing in the Sheets” from the Footloose soundtrack, or its Grammy Award-winning “Don't Get Stopped in Beverly Hills” from Beverly Hills Cop. Or maybe it was with Crown of Thorns, the hard-hitting band he and the Plasmatics' Jean Beauvoir fronted during the early '90s. Who knows? The list goes on. Suffice to say the guy has had a pretty colourful career. And now, after five years of making award-winning spiritually enriching Native American flute music, Free is back and rockin' it with Bluesfest 2020!
Morcheeba

Morcheeba

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Morcheeba

Such was the joy and bliss of Morcheeba’s visit to Bluesfest in 2018 that we wanted to bring them back as soon as possible. With a music career spanning 22 years and millions of albums sold worldwide, Morcheeba is a pioneer of British trip-hop and soul. Morcheeba defines the ‘chill-out’ genre and is the perfect antidote to a big night, songs like “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day”, “The Sea”,  “Even Though” and “Otherwise” have been played in café’s, lounge rooms and at Sunday sessions around the world.  It’s always special when Morcheeba takes to the Bluesfest stage. (You can also catch this blissful duo in Melbourne & Sydney this April)
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Morgane Ji

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Morgane Ji

Morgane Ji is the perfect example of the successful blending of multiple ancestries, as befits her native Réunion.  A volcanic temperament, with mysterious, African, Indian and Asian roots. As for her style and aesthetic approach, no-one has managed to put her into any pigeonhole. She strives to create the unexpected, that’s her strong point. An uncategorizable rock-pop musician and practitioner of world electronic music, though immediately recognisable thanks to her unique voice – protean, raspy, soft, animal-like. Her wide vocal range, melodic lines and shamanic cries offer spectators entertainment and excitement.
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MY BABY

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MY BABY

For those of you not yet familiar with the Dutch-New Zealand trio My Baby, they spin roots driven hypnotic dance. A sound informed by gospel and blues singing fused with ancient folk melodies. Added to that is the rawness of 70s funk, African desert blues, Moroccan Gnawa, Indian Raga and a touch of EDM all played on guitars and drums without using computers or samples. They have been spreading their psychedelic blues-trance rave to the approval of audiences worldwide since 2012. MY BABY is a title that refers to an allegorical figure, a central character in the band’s musical story. She’s often described as, “a girl in the 70’s fantasizing about being a flapper girl and dancer in the 20’s.”
Patti Smith & Her Band

Patti Smith and Her Band

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Patti Smith and Her Band

Just when we thought it was all over, the legend that is Patti Smith calls and says: “I’d like to do it all over again. I’m ready if you are!” Patti Smith and her Band conquered Bluesfest in 2017. They then went on to win a Helpmann Award that year for Best International Contemporary Concert!  Best-selling author, performance poet and visual artist, Patti Smith’s list of artistic accomplishments don’t end there. She is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of the Polar Music Prize, a human rights activist and also holds the honour of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres  from the French Ministry of Culture.  How could we refuse? So, with open arms, we welcome back the Godmother of Punk, Patti Smith and her Band, to Bluesfest 2020.  
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Roshani

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Roshani

From dirt poor beginnings in Sri Lanka to explosive multi-instrumental one-woman prodigy, the music of Roshani is as captivating and uplifting as her life story. Her father the village drummer, her mother the singer, impoverished and with no hope, had to give Roshani up for adoption. At 6 weeks old fate led her to the other side of the world, to a musical family living in music capital Tamworth. Roshani’s music defies pigeonhole, timelessly crossing genre. Using loop pedals to lay down guitar, harmonica, keys, percussion and a voice that gives you goose bumps, Roshani developed her one-woman show while living in her van, busking on the streets and travelling wherever the wind took her.

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls

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Steve ‘n’ Seagulls

Hailing from the North PoleSteve ‘N’ Seagulls is a bluegrass(ish) band performing versions of classic rock tracks with an astonishing arsenal of acoustic instruments ranging almost the whole alphabet starting from accordion, banjo, Cajon, double bass and so on! Dressed in overalls, beaver hats and other clodhopper paraphernalia, Steve ‘n’ Seagulls look like preposterous stereotypes of your average moonshining, tobacco-chewing American corn-fed rednecks of bygone days.  

Tal Wilkenfeld

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Tal Wilkenfeld

Having spent the bulk of her career playing with veteran rock musicians like Jeff Beck, Prince, Herbie Hancock and Eric Clapton, Tal Wilkenfeld, a bass virtuoso, is no stranger to the limelight. Earlier this year, Tal released her vocal debut album ‘Love Remains’ which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseeker charts on the first week of its release. With highly praised reviews from Rolling Stone, Billboard and Forbes, don’t miss out on your chance to hear these dense, riff-heavy tracks with introspective lyrics proving her incredible songwriting abilities.   Tal is also performing in Melbourne & Sydney this April!

The Allman Betts Band

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The Allman Betts Band

Joining the Bluesfest bill are the sons of Gregg Allman (Devon Allman) and Dickey Betts (Duane Betts), The Allman Betts Band. Amid their current tour in honour of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band, the band will be performing a repertoire gleaned mostly from their respective solo careers as well as a handful of Brothers gems. Motivated by classic recording techniques and vintage gear in the historic Alabama studio, they cut the album live. No computers. No digital editing. Setting-up as one in the studio, they tracked nine songs on two-inch analogue tape, resulting in their debut album ‘Down to the River’ released in June 2019. 
The Cat Empire

The Cat Empire

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The Cat Empire

Formed in Melbourne, Australia and an absolute favourite at Bluesfest, The Cat Empire make a welcome return to Bluesfest.  Bound together by a love of music since their teens, The Cat Empire have made their name crafting infectious, genre-embracing anthems, releasing them on chart-topping, multi-platinum selling, and playing hundreds of world-class, awe-inspiring shows a year.  It seems The Cat Empire's brand of feel-good, high-energy, smile-inducing, euphoric root- pop has a global address when it comes to the winning of hearts. 2020 sees them back with a swag of favourites and some new tracks. Get ready to dance yourself crazy!

The Gipsy Kings

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The Gipsy Kings

The Gipsy Kings (the real ones!) featuring co-founders Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo are sure to get Bluesfesters hips shaking this Easter. The band who captured the world’s imagination 25 years ago with their self-titled album became a genuine phenomenon around the globe. The salsa lovers introduced listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms. Since then, the band have gone on to perform live in almost every corner of the globe and we’re thrilled to be welcoming them back to Byron Bay celebrating their remarkable two-and-a-half decades at the top in a category that’s all their own.
Marcus King Band

The Marcus King Band

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The Marcus King Band

Who wouldn’t welcome back the incredible The Marcus King Band after a sell-out Australian tour and packed out performances at Bluesfest’s 30th Anniversary? This young musical phenomenon delivers soulful Americana inspired by Rock'n’Roll and, together with his band, creates a blistering unit that has honed their synergy through endless touring. 
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The Regime

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The Regime

Inner west Sydney based deeuuzy vibe collective The Regime is swiftly and surely becoming the name that’ll have young Sydney Folk throwing their itchy daytime suits and ties into a giant bonfire (Corroboree style), out the front of Town Hall, in the liberation of their forcedly monotonous existence… Dancing naked around the corporate inferno, the young captives will proclaim their emancipation in joyous cries of funky-buoyant exuberance and fun-loving elation… ‘The Regime’ – once falsely disseminated and cunningly propagated by the devious, cold-blooded lizard humans, is redefined… Finally giving sovereignty to the power of LOVE.

The Waifs

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The Waifs

Aussie trio, The Waifs will be hitting the road again to make their way to Byron Bay this Easter. The bands country roots have shone through over the years as they journeyed across the country in their well-travelled transit van winning them loyal fans along every step of the way over a quarter of a century later. Get ready for some more classic sing-along hits including ‘London Still’, ‘Lighthouse’ and many others.

The Wailers

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The Wailers

The Wailers are true living legends. To see them, to be there in the room with them, is to take a real slice of music history and heritage. For a limited time, The Wailers will be performing classic cuts and huge hits from Bob Marley’s incredible back catalogue. When Bob Marley, the man himself, instructs you to ‘keep The Wailers together’, musicians and music fans alike take note. A stunning line-up, featuring genuine reggae royalty and heir to the throne, Aston Barrett Jr (son of the legendary ‘Familyman’), keyboardist Tyrone Downie, and Saxophonist Glen DaCosta, will conjure the spirit of reggae in the way that only they can in a show that is absolutely not to be missed. Josh David Barrett achieves the seemingly impossible by confidently stepping into Bob Marley’s shoes to provide a truly fantastic lead vocal. The essence of 70s rebellion, the true spirit of reggae performed by the people who helped forge the era-defining sound and by those raised under their tutelage. Living Legends, Reggae Royalty carrying the flame - now you can be a part of the legacy. When The Wailers come calling, you listen. 
The War & Treaty

The War and Treaty

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The War and Treaty

The War and Treaty were absolutely one of the discovery artists of last year’s Bluesfest. So it was a ‘no-brainer’ to ask lovebirds, Michael and Tanya Trotter, to return next Easter. The War and Treaty deliver live shows and records that make the hairs on the back of necks stand up. Their music and stories bring tears and goosebumps, but ultimately, more is at work. Facades melt away. Walls are torn down. The War and Treaty are a must-see! 

The Waterboys

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The Waterboys

British-Irish folk-rock bandThe Waterboys will be given a warm welcome to Bluesfest shores next year. The Waterboy’s 'Modern Blues' album released in 2015 is bursting with great tunes, sharp and witty lyrics and endearingly adoring regard for women – which became the Waterboy-in-chief, Mike Scott’s most successful album since the early 1990s. The genre-hopping crew have recently begun to follow a more genre-fluid muse on stage. Their 13th album, ‘Where the Action Is’ spans everything from punk paean London Mick to Dusty Springfield soul-pop pastiche. Their breathless live show will cause prickle hairs to stand on the back of your neck as you hear songs never far from a hits radio playlist like ‘The Whole of the Moon’ live this Easter.  

Tori Kelly

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Tori Kelly

GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocal powerhouse Tori Kelly honours her deepest musical passion and delivers an R&B-infused, infectiously melodic take on classic gospel with her Kirk Franklin-produced album, Hiding Place, which was released in September 2018. Whether you’re a die-hard fan since day one or a recent listener, there’s no doubt Tori Kelly makes an impression on everyone for the passionate and authentic way she instantly commands any stage she steps into. Get ready Australia!

Troy Cassar-Daley

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Troy Cassar-Daley

Troy Cassar-Daley’s passion to pen stories about this land and what lies at the heart of it has been a driving force in his career which has encompassed 10 studio albums. Troy’s natural authenticity is in the bloodline of his music that endears him to his ever-growing number of fans from every walk of life. Having bagged numerous accolades over the years including 37 Golden Guitars, four ARIAs, two APRA Country Song of the Year Awards among many others, it is with open arms that we welcome Troy to the Bluesfest 2020 lineup.
Walter Trout

Walter Trout

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Walter Trout

Having been described as a ‘stellar performer’ by numerous media publications after his 2018 performance, American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, Walter Trout is making a welcome return to Bluesfest Byron Bay. For over five decades, Walter Trout has performed to adoring fans around the globe and is now often called the beating heart of the modern blues-rock scene. The list of icons that have inspired Walter’s work includes BB King, John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Chuck Berry and countless others. Renowned as an icon in Blues music circles, Walter Trout is not to be missed.  You can also catch him performing across Australia this April. 
Xavier Rudd

Xavier Rudd

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Xavier Rudd

Having captivated audiences for two decades, nothing compares to experiencing Xavier Rudd in concert. Every show is a unique and exciting experience. His socially conscious indie-folk has been a vessel for his spirit, narrating the journey of a composer with a gift for channelling life into song. Over the course of nine studio albums and eight live records, his beloved songs of spirituality, humanity, environmentalism and human rights have resonated with the Bluesfest audience and he’ll for sure get a warm, loving reception when he takes the stage next Easter.  

Yola

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Yola

Bluesfest newcomerYola is making her Bluesfest debut this Easter with her contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars. Her debut album ‘Walk Through Fire’ is a career-defining and genre-bending release from one of the most exciting emerging British artists today. Some reviews even said that it established her as ‘the Queen of Country Soul from the first note’She has the ‘next best thing’ written all over her and was an absolute hit at the 2019 Americana Awards in Nashville. She is one to watch at this years Bluesfest. Yola is also supporting Brandi Carlile on her Australian tour this April. 

Zucchero

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Zucchero

Hailing from Roncocesi in Italy, Zucchero was given his nickname by one of his school teachersMost famously known for as part of ‘Zucchero & The Randy Jackson Band’, Zucchero has collaborated with artists including Eric Clapton, Bono, Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and many other household superstar names. From touring in stadiums across Europe, performing for Nelson Mandela’s 92st birthday and being invited to play with Sting and Andrea Bocelli together, there is no doubt that Zucchero is going to entertain Bluesfesters this Easter!   Playing days TBC