2021 Lineup

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All Our Exes Live In Texas

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All Our Exes Live In Texas

ARIA Award-winning indie-folk band, All Our Exes Live in Texas, is a fantasy draft of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters. On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar, the Exes are a powerhouse of musical prowess, known as much for their side-splitting banter and feminist politics as their devastatingly beautiful harmonies. With a top 10 debut album and a reputation as festival favourites, they’ve had multiple sellout tours around Australia and are carving up the USA and UK. Their captivating live show has earned them support slots for The Backstreet Boys, Passenger, Nathaniel Rateliff and Midnight Oil and more.

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.

Backsliders

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Backsliders

Over a century ago, north of the steamy Mississippi Delta, up in the hill country surrounding it, a certain strain of the blues manifested, a sound now regarded as part of the blueprint for modern music. It’s from this almost primeval sound that Backsliders take their sonic cues. That driving, repetitious groove, its minimal chord changes giving it a distinct feeling and focus, something Backsliders have proven adept at mastering, all whilst adding their own, unique Australian way to it.  Slide Guitarist, multi-stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist, Dom Turner, is the founding member of the group. Dom’s influences are many and varied – a blend of delta blues, piedmont blues, rock, dub and sounds of Asia. He is a highly regarded speaker on blues and roots music and has guested on Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) radio programs and presented music workshops at festivals and in universities both nationally and internationally.

Blue King Brown

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Blue King Brown

Hailed by Santana as “The voice of the street and the band of the future!” Blue King Brown, is Australia’s premier live urban roots & reggae powerhouse act. Their cross generational groove and socially conscious sound is led by the multi-talented, relentless energy of Nattali Rize. Powerful vocal & lyrical delivery’s meet a roots, rock & afro groove mash-up built on an irrepressible percussive foundation, cementing their highly regarded live reputation.  

Bluesfest Busking Competition & Winners

Bluesfest Busking Competition & Winners

Every year the cream of Australia’s street-corner talent rolls into Byron Bay to compete in the Bluesfest Busking Competition. Said to be the No. 1 busking competition in the country - winners get a prize spot on the Bluesfest stage (and so much more). Much is at stake for these aspiring stars and the quality is always platinum. Winners like Kim Churchill, Hussy Hicks, Minnie Marks and Marshall O’Kell have gone on to carve out successful careers in the music industry. Check out tomorrow’s stars – today.

Briggs

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Briggs

From mattress-proofed recording studios in Melbourne, to LA’s most esteemed comedy writing rooms, Briggs has affirmed himself as one of the country’s most talented all-rounders in both music, TV and now publishing. From his break-out rap album ‘Homemade Bombs’ in 2009, Briggs almost instantly joined the vast number of his Yorta Yorta countrymen and women to have infiltrated the mainstream Australian psyche - as sports superstars, writers, activists, politicians, pastors, business identities and musicians.  Briggs’s forthcoming EP ‘Always Was’ includes the first single off the rank ‘Extra Extra’ and the most recent single ‘Go To War’ features the smooth voice of friend and collaborator Thelma Plum as they explore the idea of what it means to write from a place of having no recourse.

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!

Dami Im

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Dami Im

Dami Im is one of the most revered artists of the new millennium. A virtuoso on piano, she also has a Master of Music Studies in Contemporary Voice. The Australian singer-songwriter first came to national prominence when she won The X Factor. Her self-titled debut album & single 'Alive' both debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts. Since then she has released three more acclaimed studio albums & 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.

Daniel Champagne

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Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. "Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical" (themusic.com.au). Daniel began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school and began traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course homeland Australia. 

Emily Wurramara

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Emily Wurramara

Emily Wurramara’s childhood was one of water and music. Growing up on Groote Eylandt, days were filled with travel, fishing and extended family, a mother telling stories of dreams and dolphins that would one day become the seeds of Emily’s music. In almost the blink of an eye the young fresh faced artist who debuted her breakout EP 'Black Smoke' in 2016, has matured into a now seasoned award winning Indigenous performer and a proud new mum with her own stories to pass down to her daughter, K’iigari.

Garrett Kato

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Garrett Kato

Originally from Canada, Byron Bay local singer-songwriter & producer Garrett Kato went from busking and living out of a backpack to tallying over 45 million worldwide streams and performing sold-out shows alongside Damien Rice and Ziggy Alberts. He landed a sync in Hollywood blockbuster 'Bad Moms' and his single single ‘Take It Slowly' has surpassed 13 million Spotify streams. His 2019 EP, ‘Distant Land’, earned the endorsement of Triple J and 'Beatroute Magazine' as the title track eclipsed 2.7 million Spotify streams. At the same time, he cemented himself as an in-demand, platinum-award winning producer. He worked with Ziggy Alberts on his 2016 EP‘ Four Feet in the Forest’ (certified Platinum) and his 2018 album ‘Laps Around the Sun' (certified Platinum) and has also worked with Pete Murray, Kyle Lionheart, Riley Pearce, Pierce Brothers, Jack Botts and more.

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 2021, 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!

Henry Wagons

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Henry Wagons

Henry Wagons is the mad professor of song. His fierce intellect was, once upon a time, hurtling toward a career as a philosopher, then derailed by a record deal, a thirst for whisky and insatiable passion for making music. With a career in music that has spanned nearly 20 years, he has made six albums as benevolent dictator of the band Wagons and also two solo albums, as well as taking part in a slew of diverse side projects which includes hosting acclaimed weekly radio program "Tower of Song" on national broadcaster Double J. Henry is a creative force that is now truly reaching the full extent of his powers.

Hiatus Kaiyote

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Hiatus Kaiyote

Self-termed future soul band Hiatus Kaiyote -- akin to a progressive neo-soul group with a little left-of-center hip-hop production -- formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2011. Fronted by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Nai Palm, the band also features bassist Paul Bender, drummer Perrin Moss, and keyboardist Simon Mavin (also of the Bamboos). They self-released their short debut album, Tawk Tomahawk, in 2012, and gradually won support from a wide swathe of taste-making DJs (such as Gilles Peterson) and fellow artists (beginning with Taylor McFerrin and later including Questlove and Erykah Badu). One of the most-exciting and dynamic live bands, their music has been sampled by Beyonce & Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak and Drake and has earned them a Grammy-award nomination. 

Hussy Hicks

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Hussy Hicks

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 plus international tours, which now sell out across Europe.  Known for their emotive lyricism, energetic live shows and fiery, frenetic instrumentation, it’s no surprise Hussy Hicks have staying power. From Gold Coast Artist of the Year and Album of the Year wins to Queensland Music Award and Golden Guitar nominations, their critical accolades extend even further, with guitarist Parker being touted by Australian legend, Phil Emmanuel as "Australia’s top female guitar player" and voted fifth in Bluesfest’s Guitar Hero fan poll, among Santana and BB King.

Ian Moss

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Ian Moss

Respected as one of Australia’s iconic musicians, Ian Moss delivers an unforgettable sound – not only as a telling soloist on guitar but especially with his silken voice, ringing with clarity and resonating with pure soul. While primarily recognised as an axeman of tenacity and sweet melodic sensibility, Ian’s distinctive vocal is the essential signature of his soulful, bluesy muse – as it has been since his first tentative foray into music during the early 1970s. 
Born and raised in Alice Springs, Ian started playing guitar in local teenage bands but moved to Adelaide after failing one of his high school years, planning to repeat in the big city. Fate intervened when he answered an advertisement for a guitarist in a shop window in 1973, joining the band that was to become a legend in Australia and that made such an undeniable impact that they are now etched in the Australian music psyche forever. That band was Cold Chisel. 

Jeff Lang

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Jeff Lang

Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalogue of over 30 albums. As many journalists have written over the years, Jeff is not one to be easily pegged, though in a general sense it’s fair to say he largely trades in roots-oriented rock; wider reaching in collaborations with the likes of roving guitar anthropologist Bob Brozman, American blues-rocker Chris Whitley, India’s desert-dwellers Maru Tarang and world music virtuosos Bobby Singh and Mamadou Diabate. Jeff’s work with the latter won the 2010 ARIA for Best World Music Album, while he and Brozman took one home for Best Blues and Roots Music Album in 2002. Jeff received that same award on his own in 2012 for the album ‘Carried In Mind’.

Jimmy Barnes

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Jimmy Barnes

James Dixon Barnes of Glasgow via Adelaide was just 16 when he joined the band Cold Chisel in 1973. Raised on tough soul music and gutsy rock, Jimmy bought his monumental passion and a versatile vocal style to this five-piece band who would eventually become the most powerful live act in the heyday of Australian pub rock.   When Jimmy went solo in 1984 his debut 'Bodyswerve' topped the charts, as did his 1986 album, 'For the Working Class Man'which gave him a signature tune and cementehis place at the centre of a generationHe spoke directly to and for them. Few Australian lives have been bigger than Jimmy Barnes. His story filled two books. His music has been our national soundtrack for forty years and his iconic status in the history of Australian rock’n’roll is reflected in the fact that he’s beeinducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame ... twice.  
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 – a message to us all of the more beautiful world that is possible. 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 Williamson

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John Williamson

Australian icon, John Williamson, will celebrate his 51st anniversary in the music industry in 2021. Like a dust-covered road train traversing this country, his songs capture the beauty of the landscape and its people and, sometimes, the heartbreak of life Down Under, deftly moving between larrikin humour and touching pathos. Don’t miss the opportunity to see him live at Bluesfest! 

Jon Stevens

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Jon Stevens

Jon Stevens is Rock Royalty! From his time fronting Noiseworks in the 80's; his musical theatre starring role of Judas in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'; his time fronting INXS (following the death of Michael Hutchence) and then The Dead Daisies, and his enduring solo career of a dozen albums, Jon Stevens is recognised as one of the most talented rock musicians to emerge from Australia in recent memory. Now he brings to Bluesfest the best of all his creative worlds with the 'Jon Stevens | The Noiseworks and INXS Collection Tour'The Tour brings hits 'Take Me Back', 'New Sensation', 'Touch', 'Don't Change', 'Hot Chilli Woman', 'Never Tear Us Apart', 'No Lies' and more. This show is an assault of the senses, with nothing but relentless hits! Miss it and you’re MAD!! 

Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald

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Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald

Two local powerhouses Josh Teskey (lead singer, The Teskey Brothers) and Ash Grunwald have teamed up and created an album born out of mutual love for the Blues and genuine appreciation for each other's talents. Known as two of Australia’s most captivating vocalists, Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald come together to cast of the weight of expectation and revel in music’s most simple pleasures. Both artists have had an extremely busy 12 months. Renowned as one of Australia’s finest live performances, Ash Grunwald released his critically acclaimed new album 'MOJO' along with his first book, “Surf By Day, Jam By Night” whilst The Teskey Brothers followed up their ARIA Award-winning and Grammy nominated second album 'Run Home Slow' with the 2020 release of 'Live At Forum', earning them their first ARIA chart No.1!

Kara Grainger

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Kara Grainger

Some people just have music running through their veins. Kara's music journey has taken her all around the globe. From her inner city beginnings in the town of Balmain, Sydney Australia, she’s since performed and toured in Japan, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Germany, the UK, and the US. Her soulful vocals and unique style of slide guitar has caught the attention of many well renowned artists; she’s opened the show for Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Johnny Lang, Taj Mahal, Marc Cohen and Eric Johnson to name a few.

Kasey Chambers

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Kasey Chambers

Music seems to be a part of Kasey Chambers DNA, with 12 award winning albums under her belt since the release of 'The Captain' in 1999, Kasey’s brilliant songwriting and world-class performance have earned her a rightful position on the global country artist stage. Often described as a genre-defying singer and songwriter, she wears the honesty of country music on her sleeve, and has become one of the most popular and acclaimed artists of her generation in Australia while winning a devoted cult following in the rest of the world. In 2018 Kasey’s exceptional career was honoured by being the youngest female ever to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. Kasey and her band will play all of her much-loved songs from ‘The Captain’ and ‘Barricades & Brickwalls’ all the way through her career to now, in a very special festival performance not to be missed.

Kate Miller-Heidke

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Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke is an award-winning singer-songwriter who traverses the worlds of contemporary pop, folk, and opera. Trained as a classical singer at the Queensland Conservatorium, her work has been nominated for ARIAs in categories as diverse as Best Pop Release, Best Adult Contemporary Album, Best Classical Album, Best Cast Recording, Best Comedy Release and Best Australian Live Act. She won the 2016 Helpmann for Best Australian Contemporary Concert.  She was Australia’s representative at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, where she gave a heartfelt performance with out-of-this world staging of her original song ‘Zero Gravity’. 

Kev Carmody

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Kev Carmody

Kev Carmody is a National Treasure. He is one of Australia’s pre-eminent singer-songwriters, a wordsmith whose often politically charged and socially aware lyrics early in his career found him described as “Australia’s black Bob Dylan”. Of Indigenous Australian and Irish heritage, both cultures famous for oral histories in song, Kev was born to be a story-teller. His best-known composition (with Paul Kelly) is ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’, based on the story of The Gurindji Strike and Vincent Lingiari as part of the struggle for indigenous land rights and reconciliation. Kev began writing songs in the mid 1960’s but did not record his first album until 1987. This week Kev releases ‘Cannot Buy My Soul’ – the original 2007 seminal album, coupled with new songs featuring brand new collaborations with some of this country’s best artists; Kasey Chambers & Jimmy Barnes - who are both also performing at this Bluesfest, as well as Courtney Barnett, Mo’Ju & Birdz, Kate Miller-Heidke, Alice Skye and Electric Fields.

Kim Churchill

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Kim Churchill

Kim Churchill is set to release part two of a collection of recordings created in four very different corners of the globe! From the graffiti splashed streets of Berlin, Kim moves to the dense green rainforests of British Columbia on Canada's west coast. 'Forgetting’ is the second EP from his new project where each song taps into the people and environments of some of his favourite parts of the world. He has spent a significant amount of time travelling around Canada - it has become his second home. The vast juxtapositions of landscape were what drew Kim to record in Canada, specifically on Vancouver Island. Kim is a Bluesfest favourite and former winner of the Bluesfest Busking Competition. 

Little Georgia

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Little Georgia

No strangers to the road, Australian folk-rock duo Little Georgia have spent the last 3 years touring relentlessly and sharing their music all around the globe. Known for their powerful live performances collaborators Justin Carter and Ashleigh Mannix deliver beautiful harmonies and compelling lyrics amongst a sea of acoustic folk songs and crazed out electric jams. 

Mama Kin Spender

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Mama Kin Spender

 Mama Kin Spender is a lightning bolt moment between two long-time friends, co-writers and mischief-makers: Mama Kin and Tommy Spender.  Both artists in their own right, this dynamic collaboration delivers something greater than the sum of their parts. Their song writing prowess sits front and centre, while Spender’s brilliant production sensibilities bring an effortless sophistication to their tracks. It’s a stripped back duo of brooding guitars, primal drums and howling harmonies, illuminated by a chorus of singers arranged by Virginia Bott (Brighter Later, First Chorus Band of Singers). They will be joined for one of their performances at Bluesfest by Mullumbimby's own 'Midnight Choir'. 

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the stage. Audiences will be blown away by up to 25 musicians performing at a time, and the joyous, energetic vibe of a Melbourne Ska Orchestra gig is one that must be seen to be believed. Multi-instrumentalist and band leader Nicky Bomba enthuses, “With so many band members, we’re a bit like a soccer team! Our live shows are a community experience. It's imperative for us to make a solid unifying connection with our audience. We hold the live performance in high esteem, as it’s an ancient ritual where humans come together celebrating life through the wonder of music. It’s a bit of a spectacle to behold.”

Mia Dyson

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Mia Dyson

The announcement that acclaimed singer/songwriter Mia Dyson is returning to Bluesfest will make her many fans very happy yet again! Mia Dyson is an award-winning guitarist and singer/songwriter who has toured with the likes of Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Chris Isaak and many more. A multiple ARIA & APRA award-winner, Mia Dyson has also been named one of Australia’s top 25 guitarists of all time. Since self-releasing her debut album at age 22, the Australian singer/songwriter has instilled her music with raw passion and timeless vitality, along with the sharp musicianship she’s shown in opening for the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and Eric Clapton. 

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission

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Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission

On the back of a successful autobiographical book ('These Are the Days') and an expansive highlights album ('These Are the Songs') in 2018 Mick and the full Roving Commission band travelled to Memphis Tennessee to produce the album 'Coldwater DFU' – rated by many as a career defining piece of work. Not content with the critical acclaim received for that release Mick is forging ahead with a graphic novel to accompany the record ('Coldwater Chronicles'), an animated film clip for the track "Anything You Recognise" and a delightful covers record 'Bipolar Request' – the by-product of a crowd funding campaign where people could pay for song requests.

Nathan Cavaleri

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Nathan Cavaleri

Many were oblivious to the career Nathan Cavaleri lead beyond prime time Australia. By age 12, he found himself the centre of a bidding war between the labels of Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna. By age 16, he’d toured with B.B. King and played at the Kennedy Centre in front of The Clintons with Etta James and Bonnie Raitt. All after winning his battle with leukemia! Whether it was signing a CD for Jimmy Page, or being called “The Bomb” by Dr Dre, Nathan viewed the world just as any kid would, with childish naivety. It’s only now that he has experienced the depths of adulthood adversities, is he reflecting on his past accomplishments in awe as if it was lived by another.

Ocean Alley

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Ocean Alley

Northern Beaches natives Ocean Alley released their critically acclaimed third LP 'Lonely Diamond' in June. It debuted at No.3 on the ARIA Album Chart and garnered four star reviews from the likes of NME Australia and Rolling Stone Australia who praised it "a rich, expansive universe brimming with a kind of electricity that'll make for huge on-stage moments"and "they’ve managed to set a new standard for what their music can be" respectively.  It follows the success of their second full-length Chiaroscuro (2018) whichpropelled the band into national prominence and saw them sell 25,000 tickets over 15 sold out shows that year in Australia alone – culminating with their ARIA nominated, double platinum-selling single ‘Confidence’ taking out #1 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018. The band has amassed more than 315 million cumulative streams to date. 

Pacey, King & Doley

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Pacey, King & Doley

Three Legends come together! Pacey, King and Doley.  The Sydney Blues Society 2019 Best Male Vocalist and Best Song Writer Shane Pacey has had a stellar 4-decade career fronting The Bondi Cigars, Foreday Riders and Shane Pacey Trio. He is loved by audiences all over this land.  Sally King is blessed with an irresistibly authentic voice and vibrant stage presence. Whether singing her own songs or putting a unique stamp on classics, audiences warm instantly to Sally’s passion.  2019 Sydney Blues Keyboard Player of the Year Clayton Doley is a killer boogie woogie player and a super funky Hammond player who has played with some of the biggest names in the business including Steve Cropper, Joe Bonamassa and Harry Manx.  Backed by stellar rhythm section David Green on Bass and Davo Fester on Drums.  

Pierce Brothers

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Pierce Brothers

Pierce Brothers have taken their unique brand of folk music from busking on the streets of Melbourne to touring the world. Comprising of twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce, the multi instrumentalists have been shaking dance floors and selling out rooms across UK, Europe, Canada, USA and their native Australia. Their irremissible energy and world class live show has generated a word of mouth buzz not seen for some time.  Having established themselves as a figurehead of the folk, blues & roots community here in Australia and abroad, the band have toured relentlessly – honing their craft and gaining fans across the globe as they go. The band’s music has grown with them over the years and has seen them release two Top 10 ARIA EPs 'The Records Were Ours' and 'Into The Dirt', receive over 7 million global streams (1.7 million in Australia since Jan 2015), as well as over half a million YouTube views. The Pierce Brothers released their full-length debut album 'Atlas Shoulders' last year to rave reviews. The album came in at number #13 on the ARIA charts and was produced by GarreKato.

Ray Beadle

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Ray Beadle

Ray Beadle is the genuine article, his music comes deep from the heart and soul, stirring emotions in people with his guitar genius. Ray’s music is rich with a deep history of the blues; Rich from 20 years of experiences garnered from performing nationally and internationally; Ray has a deep understanding of his instrument and how to make it stir something within the listener. He knows that’s what the blues is about. Recently returning from Memphis where he competed in the International Blues Challenge as a solo act, making it to the finals where 8 out of 90 acts were able to perform at the Orpheum Theatre.

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 goosebumps, Roshani developed her one-woman show while living in her van, busking on the streets and travelling wherever the wind took her.

Ross Wilson and The Peaceniks

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Ross Wilson and The Peaceniks

Now Listen! Ross Wilson & The Peaceniks deliver a blistering set of hits from 5 decades of his spectacular career as singer, songwriter and producer. Two time ARIA Hall of Fame inductee Ross Mr Eagle Rock” Wilson continues to have a 'Hell Of A Time' while 'Living In The Land Of Oz'. Always believing 'Ego Is Not A Dirty Word', the Skyhooks and Jo Jo Zep producer hasn't stayed 'Living In the 70's', but continued moving like 'The Fugitive Kind' through the 'Summer of 81' into the 21st Century. When the 'Chemistry' is right to 'Come Back Again'he'll get up off his 'Bed Of Nails', bring 'A Touch of Paradise' to your 'Cool World' and sooth your 'State of the Heart' by practicing 'Primitive Love Rites' in your 'Primal Park'Wilson's song 'I Come In Peace' becamJoe Cocker’s last hit single. So, with 'No Time' to lose, 'Come Said The Boy' to a Ross Wilson show.  

Russell Morris

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Russell Morris

With a staggering 50 year career and counting, Russell Morris returns with his brand new album, Black And Blue Heart. Russell Morris is one of Australia's most enduring singers. A major pop star in the late '60s, he went on to become one of the country's first singer/songwriters. Morris' career started in September 1966 with the formation of the Melbourne group Somebody's Image, which rose to prominence with a local hit version of the Joe South song "Hush”. Russell’s successful Blues trilogy spans the years 2012 – 2018 and spectacularly re-launched his career. The trilogy features the Platinum selling ‘Sharkmouth’, the ARIA nominated ‘Van Diemen’s Land’ and the ARIA Award winning ‘Red Dirt – Red Heart’. His 2019 current release ‘Black and Blue Heart’ was produced by Nick DiDia and Bernard Fanning and features a co-write with Eddie Rayner [Split Enz].

Tash Sultana

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Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana is an explosive global producer and artist who has commanded attention worldwide since homemade videos went viral on YouTube. ‘Tash’ was soon selling out major arenas, a string of sold out world tours and headlining the world’s biggest festivals – no mean feat for an emerging artist who went from recording songs on a go pro in a bedroom in 2016. Since Tash’s grandfather gifted a guitar at the age of three, the artist developed a love for self teaching an array of different instruments around the guitar knowledge which they had been taught as a young kid during primary school. Quickly developing a unique style that has seen Tash breaking record attendances around the world. Tash plays over 12 instruments (guitar, bass, drums/percussion, piano/keyboard/synth/oud, trumpet, saxophone, flutes, pan pipes, sitar, harmonica, beat production) with guitar as their main love, a self trained vocal that reaches over a 7-key range and a live show that needs to be seen to be believed.

Tex Perkins The Man In Black

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Tex Perkins The Man In Black

Tex Perkins needs no introduction to Australian audiences; he is a legend within the Aussie music industry and is revered as one of the country’s Rock n’ Roll outlaws. It is said his affinity with Johnny Cash started in his earliest band and is an enthusiasm he hasn’t relinquished. After fronting The Cruel Sea, Beasts of Bourbon and touring with Tex, Don and Charlie and The Dark Horses, Tex Perkins has had an incredible and varied music career. Now Perkins returns to his love of singing the songs of Johnny Cash with a special Bluesfest only performance.

The Angels

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The Angels

Delivering raucous hard rock in the tradition of contemporaries like AC/DC and Rose Tattoo, the Angels are among the longest-lasting and most beloved bands ever to emerge from the Australian pub circuit. Their roots date back to 1973, when singer Doc Neeson and guitarist Rick Brewster first teamed up, but it was really in 1976 when they really started making their mark. Discovered by  AC/DC's Angus Young and Bon Scott, and signed to their label, Albert Productions, their first single, 'Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again' was an instant hit – and set The Angels on their loud and proud rock journey. Albums 'The Angels,' No Exit', 'Face To Face', 'Night Attack', 'Beyond Salvation' and more followed and the Angels rock juggernaut rolled on through the decades. They lost two original members, Chris Bailey and Doc Neeson, but have never wavered in their musical mission.

The Bamboos

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The Bamboos

Bandleader Lance Ferguson and his nine piece Melbourne funk/soul outfit The Bamboos have come a long way since forming in 2001. Initially inspired by the instrumental raw funk of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, they made waves internationally and were quickly labelled as one of the greatest funk and soul bands of our time. But while many would be happy to simply soak up the praise and keep on keeping on, The Bamboos have proven that they are more than meets the eye; over five acclaimed albums, their evolution in sound and style has consistently confounded and exceeded expectations, pulling the rug from under the feet of those who like to pigeonhole.  Across their five studio albums to date - ‘Step It Up’ (2006), ‘Rawville’ (2007), ‘Side-Stepper’ (2008), ‘4’ (2010) and 'Medicine Man' (2012) – the metamorphosis of The Bamboos has been full of twists and turns, and it continues apace.

The Black Sorrows

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The Black Sorrows

Fronted by long standing Australian musician Joe Camilleri, The Black Sorrows began playing semi-acoustic sets around Melbourne and released several laid-back albums which consisted of Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, and Ray Peterson covers, as well as originals. The album 'Dear Children' marked a change in fortune for the Black Sorrows. After being issued independently, it was picked up by CBS and peaked at number 18 on the Australian national charts. Legends!
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 albums, 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. 2021 sees them back with a swag of favourites and some new tracks.  Get ready to dance yourself crazy!

The Church

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The Church

Australian psych-rock guitar masters The Church enter their fifth decade of making music with all the fierce creative energy of their early years. With new members introduced, the band are deep into recording the band’s 25th studio album, 40 years after their formation. On the new lineup, founding member Kilbey says: "A band is like a family and over 40 years it is only natural that families will change. Peter (Koppes) made a huge contribution to The Church's sound and will be missed, but we carry on. It's too big a body of work not to keep exploring it.  In 2010 The Church were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame and reaffirmed their status as one of the world's great live bands with their show covering their large discography including hits like “Under The Milky Way”, 'The Unguarded Moment' & “Reptile”.

The Living End 

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The Living End 

The Living End are Australian rock royalty. Formed in Melbourne in 1994, the band catapulted into fame in 1997 when they released a double A-side single featuring ‘Prisoner of Society’ and ‘Second Solution’; songs that would become festival anthems around the world. The band’s debut album would enter the ARIA chart at #1 in Australia.. The Living End have released eight studio albums with two debuting at #1 on the ARIA chart. The band have won five ARIAs and been nominated 27 times. The band's blistering live performances have ensured they remain one of Australia’s premiere live outfits and atop of festival bills for nearly two decades. They have consistently delivered hit after hit which has allowed the band to grow a loyal and rabid fanbase around the country. In 2018 the band ventured to Germany to record their eighth studio album, the critically acclaimed ‘Wunderbar’. Bluesfest debutantes, The Living End are sure to bring some surprises to the Bluesfest stage. 

The Teskey Brothers

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The Teskey Brothers

It’s fair to say The Teskey Brothers have come a long way since shows in small Melbourne bars just a few years ago. The four friends from Warrandyte have seen a meteoric rise in popularity, amassing a legion of fans all around the world with their timeless recordings and stunning live shows. Onstage The Teskey's pull out all stops, conjuring a rare soulful energy and raw emotion that has fans queuing for tickets across USA, Canada, UK and Europe. Josh Teskey’s once-in-a-generation voice defying belief as the band ignites around him. In 2019, The Teskey Brothers played four nights at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre and recorded the shows to analogue tape. The resulting live album debuted at number 1 on the ARIA Album chart this year and has been described by American Songwriter magazine as “a near perfect live recording”.

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.

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 2021 lineup.

Vika & Linda

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Vika & Linda

They’re Australia’s most revered singing sisters, known for their rich vocal harmonies and stylistic breadth. After three classic albums with The Black Sorrows, Vika & Linda have released six studio albums, two live albums and a chart-topping anthology. They have also sung on number one albums by Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers and John Farnham, done gigs for the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and the King of Tonga, were regulars on every series of 'RocKwiz', and have been nominated for four ARIA Awards. 

Weddings Parties Anything

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Weddings Parties Anything

The last time they pulled on the boots was 2012 when they were inducted into The Age EG Hall of Fame in their home town Melbourne. In spite of this absence the demand for them to reunite has remained strong and so, for the people in the band it’s simply a matter of the time feeling right. In the wake of a catastrophic year such as 2020 the chance to be part of something as classic, iconic and enduring as Weddings, Parties, Anything was just too tempting. It will be the classic final line-up of the band that has played more shows and lasted longer than any other of the permutations that constituted "the Weds". From their iconic 'Scorn of the Women' to their fully crafted and realised swan song 'Riveresquethe band’s set promises to be a whirlwind ride through a back catalogue as familiar and evocative as it is inspired and relevant to turbulent times. 
Xavier Rudd

Xavier Rudd

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Xavier Rudd

Xavier Rudd has 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 in 2021.

Ziggy Alberts

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Ziggy Alberts

Ziggy Alberts is an Australian singer-songwriter, whose genuine grassroots story and captivating live performances have built his career as one of Australia’s leading independent artists. Musically, Ziggy’s sound has raised comparisons to the likes of early Ben Howard or Jack Johnson. His honest and personal songwriting explores relationships of love, friendship, and connection with the natural environment. Having released seven records, founded his independent label Commonfolk Records and played soldout tours across the globe, Ziggy’s music has amassed millions of fans worldwide. His music has received attention from Billboard magazine, triple j and Clash UK. Ziggy has been awarded with ARIA Platinum certification for his tracks 'Gone', 'Runaway', 'Heaven', 'Love Me Now', 'Laps Around The Sun', 'Stronger' and 'Four Feet in the Forest' (EP) plus, Gold certifications for three singles in his catalogue.