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SIX60

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SIX60

SIX60 are a multi-award-winning, platinum-selling, five-piece band from Dunedin, New Zealand. They formed in 2008, naming the band after the address of the flat they lived in: number 660. They have released four number one albums, and a string of top ten singles including their huge fan favourite ‘Don’t Forget Your Roots’ (Kia Mau Ki Tō Ūkaipō), which SIX60 generally perform at the end of their shows. Since their show-stopping debut at Bluesfest in 2019 Six60’s fame has skyrocketed globally.  In April this year, the band became the first musical act in history to perform at the National Stadium of New Zealand, Eden Park, performing to 50,000 people. This was at the time the largest concert with a live audience anywhere on the planet. They were described by ITV’s Good Morning Britain as “the hottest band in the world right now” by Piers Morgan, with Jools Holland adding: “I think they’re a great band”. Currently touring the USA, the band are looking forward to returning to the Bluesfest stages next Easter.  
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Hoodoo Gurus

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Hoodoo Gurus

The legendary Hoodoo Gurus will make their Bluesfest debut next Easter.  By any measure, they are one of Australia’s greatest, best-loved, most enduring rock bands of all time. 'What’s My Scene', 'I Want You Back', 'Miss Freelove ‘69', 'Like Wow – Wipeout!', '1,000 Miles Away', 'Bittersweet', 'My Girl', 'Come Anytime', "I’m Crackin’ Up  – tracks that represent the unmistakable sound of the irrepressible Hoodoo Gurus; but those are just a sample from their canon of instantly identifiable songs and top-selling albums that have helped provide a soundtrack to Australian and international fans right through the 80’s to today.  Through the span of their international triumphs with sold-out tours, 9 gold and platinum records and multi-awards, including being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, the Gurus have remained one of the most popular and successful musical acts Australia has ever produced.  
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Baker Boy

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Baker Boy

Born in Darwin and raised in the remote Northern Territory communities of Milingimbi and ManingridaDanzal Baker aka Baker Boy is the freshest new hip-hop talent to emerge from Australia. Young, strong and proud Baker Boy raps in English and Yolngu Matha language representing his Arnhem Land family. 
Baker Boy is a multidisciplinary talent working across rap, dance and acting. He hopes to inspire younger generations to embrace their culture and become leaders in their communities. He has achieved so many accolades in his short career, including six career ARIA nominations; an ARIA Gold certification for “Cool As Hell”; six wins at the National Indigenous Music Awards; an Order of Australia medal; the 2019 Young Australian of the Year award; and multiple placements in Triple J’s Hottest 100.  
Earlier this year, he released  'Ride",  giving us a taste of his new album, which should drop before the end of the year, and will no doubt be a feature of his Bluesfest performance. 
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Renee Geyer

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Renee Geyer

Renée Geyer’s career has spanned four decades and is still going strong with her 25th album of 2013 “Swing”. A precocious jazz, blues and soul singer in her late teens; Countdown royalty in her 20s; a string of pop, soul and reggae hits spanning the 70s and 80s; her LA years in the studio with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Joe Cocker and Chaka Kahn; her 90s renaissance with Paul Kelly. She is a singer, a songwriter, producer, and author.  In 2005 Renée was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, and in 2013 into The Age Music Victoria Hall of Fame, both proud occasions in which she joined the ranks of Australia’s most respected and accomplished musicians. Renée Geyer started life as a sassy blues belter. Now she is the consummate entertainer with a proud body of work still transfixing audiences with the power of her music and voice. 
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Sam Teskey

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Sam Teskey

Sam Teskey, lead guitarist of the Grammy nominated and ARIA winning group The Teskey Brothers band unveils his debut solo album Cycles and full six piece live band. What Teskey presents across the seven tracks of Cycles is nothing short of a cosmic journey, one that traverses a lot of musical territory. From sprawling, orchestral balladry to dissonant, ambient soundscapes, from folk to heavy psych-rock freak outs, it’s a surprising, thrilling and immersive listen.  Sam Teskey will be taking centre stage for the first time so don’t miss out on the first opportunity to experience the live performances of this amazing debut album from one of Australia’s most promising songwriters and performers.  
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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 Balmain, Sydney, 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. Kara Grainger first came to Bluesfest as a member of the superb and fondly remembered Papa Lips in the 1990’s and her Bluesfest performance next Easter will be one of her all-too-rare homecoming shows. Combining tasteful blues and slide guitar, soulful vocals and a heartfelt approach to song-writing,  Kara's  truly unique sound will leave you  uplifted, inspired and always wanting more.  Do Not Miss.
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Jeff Martin
plays the songs of Led Zeppelin

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Jeff Martin
plays the songs of Led Zeppelin

Jeff Martin, lead singer of the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tea Party, has been labelled everything from “child prodigy”, “virtuoso guitarist”, and a “singer with perfect pitch”. He is an artist that transcends typical musical genres, and has become somewhat of a musical healer for fans across the globe.  With a career spanning over 30 years and 8 major-label releases, The Tea Party have successfully gained the attention of fans on a worldwide level with their phenomenal stage presence, their sound drawing heavily on the rock and blues of the 1970s, as well as displaying some psychedelic influences with elements of Middle Eastern, Celtic and Mediterranean music.  As a result, The Tea Party are often compared to Led Zeppelin and Martin's appearance, voice and singing style has drawn comparisons to that of Jim Morrison. In addition, Jeff Martin has carved out a distinctive and successful career for himself as a solo artist, various other side projects, and as an acclaimed and highly sought-after producer.  Now living in Australia, Jeff is putting together a very unique show for Bluesfest. A long-time Led Zeppelin fan, Jeff will be diving deep into the Led Zeppelin songbook and bringing the songs of Led Zeppelin to life at Bluesfest.

Midnight Oil

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Midnight Oil

Midnight Oil are more than just a rock ‘n’ roll band. From the northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they have stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans and constantly broken new ground. Songs like “Don’t Wanna Be The One”, “Power & The Passion”, “The Dead Heart”, “Blue Sky Mine”, “Truganini” and “Redneck Wonderland” have earned the band a place in the ARIA Hall Of Fame and helped define Australia to the world. Their classic, “Beds Are Burning”, is one of the “500 Songs That Shaped Rock’n’Roll” according to the U.S. Rock’n’roll Hall Of Fame. Last year’s indigenous themed mini-album “The Makarrata Project” was a #1 hit and included the APRA Song Of The Year “Gadigal Land”.  The band will launch their first new full length album in nearly 20 years alongside their appearance at Bluesfest 2021. Seeing Midnight Oil in full flight is to experience the transcendent, kinetic power of live rock ‘n’ roll.  They leave you inspired to live life more passionately and to Get Involved.

Paul Kelly

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Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly is one of Australia’s finest performers and songwriters, with a place in the ARIA Hall of Fame, 25 studio albums, multiple film soundtracks, and two live albums to his name.  Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1997, Paul Kelly is distinguished as one of Australia’s greatest performers and songwriters, with a prolific 25 studio albums, multiple film soundtracks, and two live albums to his name. 2017’s ‘Life Is Fine’ saw Kelly finally achieve his first ARIA #1 album, also earning him ARIA Awards for Best Male, Best Adult Contemporary Album, Best Cover Art and Engineer Of The Year.  In the height of the 2020 lockdown, the renowned performer got to work performing on Channel Nine’s ‘Music From The Home Front’, ABC’s ‘The Sound’ TV series and the Victorian Government’s ‘The State of Music’ livestream as part of the Victoria Together Initiative.  Last year also saw the release of Kelly’s album ‘Forty Days’. Performed, recorded and posted via his socials from home in lockdown, this 15-track album comprises of songs and poems, some of which were written by other artists and explore themes related to lockdown like cooking, dry pubs, hope, insomnia and separation, whilst other songs commemorate singers and poets like Bill Withers, John Prine and Bruce Dawe who have left us recently. Never stopping, in 2020 Paul Kelly also released the album ‘Please Leave Your Light On’ with Australian pianist and composer Paul Grabowsky. The studio album features twelve adaptions of Kelly’s originals, with Grabowsky describing the collaboration as primarily driven by a mutual and ongoing “fascination with music in its many forms”.  Having toured Australia countless times, both as headliner - notably on his ‘Making Gravy’ tours - and as the special guest of greats like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, in 2017, Kelly was awarded the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the performing arts and the promotion of the national identity through his contributions as a singer, songwriter and musician. Paul Kelly – National Treasure – returns to Bluesfest to co-headline for the 8th time. 

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.  

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 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 Teskeys pull out all stops, conjuring rare soulful energy and raw emotion that has fans queuing for tickets across the USA, Canada, UK and EuropeJosh Teskey’s onceinageneration voice defying belief as the band ignites around him. Their albums have been loved by millions around the world, earning The Teskey Brothers three ARIA Awards, four Music Victoria Awards, a Grammy Nomination, and an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. Their live album, ‘Live at The Forum’ released in 2020 reached the number one album position on the Australian charts and won for them their fourth ARIA Award for Best Blues & Roots Album. The Teskey Brothers’ Bluesfest appearance in 2018 was one of their most memorable live performances to date and they are thrilled to be making a return in 2022.

L.A.B

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L.A.B

Formed by drummer and producer Brad Kora following his split from much-loved New Zealand dub/electronic stalwarts Kora, L.A.B also comprises brother Stu (also of Kora), Joel Shadbolt (Batucada Sound Machine), former Katchafire bassist Ara Adams-Tamatea and keyboardist Miharo Gregory. Their groove blends an eclectic mix of reggae, electronic, blues, funk and rock - all combining to create a sound entirely their own. L.A.B made their name on the live stages of New Zealand and won Radio New Zealand’s publicly-voted Best Live Act of 2019; this reputation saw them play to over 200,000 people that year. Their giant hit ‘In The Air’ went to #1 in 2020 and has stayed in the charts ever since. L.A.B’s success story continues - selling out arenas and stadiums, dominating the charts and being named People's Choice and Best Roots Artist at the Aotearoa Music Awards. L.A.B are definitely one band you must not miss at Bluesfest next Easter. 

Fat Freddy’s Drop

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Fat Freddy’s Drop

Fat Freddy’s Drop is internationally regarded as one of the world’s finest live draws. The seven piece band has navigated its way from the incubator of sunshine reggae through a colour-saturated field of soul psychedelia before swerving onto a desolate Detroit superhighway at night. It is a sound that demands to be heard live, a potent mixture of jazz virtuosity and diaphragm-wrecking digital sonics. For Fat Freddy's Drop it’s about the long game, a path that has come about by careful stylistic evolution, ever increasing production values and a heavyweight live reputation. They may have been around since the early Noughties, but they are truly the most modern of institutions.
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.
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.

Missy Higgins

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Missy Higgins

Missy Higgins is one of our most beloved singer/songwriters and her acclaimed studio albums, The Sound of White’, ‘On a Clear Night’, ‘The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle’, ‘Oz’ and ‘Solastalgia have sold more than two million copies. Classic songs like ‘Scar’, ‘The Special Two’, ‘Steer’, ‘Everyone’s Waiting’ and ‘Futon Couch’, plus her unforgettable live shows, have made Missy an authentic household name.  She has won nine ARIA awards and multiple APRA Awards. Missy received a Screen Music Award for Best Original Song composed for the Screen for Australian Film ‘Don’t Tell’ and contributed songs for powerful ABCTV drama ‘Total Control’. She began 2020 by releasing single ‘Carry You’ written by Tim Minchin for his TV show ‘Upright’, and capped off the year with the release of ‘When The Machine Starts’ a song focussing on positives that might be drawn from the year’s lockdown experiences. The stories Missy shares through song-writing come to life on stage as enjoyed by thousands of fans at her summer shows. 

Pete Murray

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Pete Murray

One of a few Australian artists with over 1 million album sales under his belt, Pete Murray is one of Australia’s most loved singer-songwriters thanks to albums including Feeler (6x platinum), See The Sun, Summer at Eureka, Blue Sky Blue and Camacho. He has just released the single 'If We Never Dance Again,' co-written with Nashville's Morgan Dorr, ahead of his March 5 release of the EP, 'The Night'. Recorded in his hometown of Byron Bay, 'The Night' EP, is inspired by his family and the life experiences that have gotten him to where he is today. It’s a poignant, introspective EP that highlights Pete’s iconic vocals with a rich acoustic sound and propels Pete further into the iconic easy listening sphere that he’s well-loved for.

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. 

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. 

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.

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!! 

Kate Ceberano

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Kate Ceberano

Fronting pop-funk band I’M TALKING, Kate notched up 5 consecutive hit singles and a Platinum debut album ‘Bear Witness’ (The 100 Best Australian Albums). The year was 1986 and Kate won Most Popular Female Artist at the Countdown Awards. Barely drawing breath since Kate’s racked up 28 albums over 35 years whilst effortlessly moving around genres. 13 X Platinum status, 8 X Gold, 3 x ARIA awards and 7 nominations for Best Female Artist, Kate is Australian entertainment royalty.  She performed across the country in the legendary Australian Made tour with INXS, Barnesy & Divinyls, starred in Jesus Christ Superstar with John Farnham, had her own hit tonight show ‘Kate Ceberano & Friends’ on ABC TV, first Australian woman inducted into the Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Hall of Fame in 2014, just to name a few of her milestones. Kate Ceberano is a most diverse and creative tour-de-force, possessing one of the great voices of her generation. Kate’s latest album SWEET INSPIRATION (ARIA Top 5), places Kate in the pantheon of acts who have achieved Top 10 ARIA albums over 5 decades; 80s, 90s, 00s, 10s and now 2020s; joining AC/DC, Kylie Minogue, Midnight Oil and Queen.

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.

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.  

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.

Rockwiz Live!

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Rockwiz Live!

ROCKWIZ LIVE! The fabulous live show born of the cult TV hit show RocKwiz returns to the mighty Jambalaya stage. Julia, Brian, Dugald and the sublime RocKwiz Orkestra will bring all the madness and mayhem of the RocKwiz world to the Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2022. Featuring all the crowd favourites and a collection of very special guests. Get your Bluesfest day off to a great start with ROCKWIZ LIVE!  

Tex Perkins The Man In Black

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Tex Perkins The Man In Black

There are few artists within Australia who can translate the work of ‘The Man in Black’ and bring it to modern-day like Tex Perkins. His reverence for Johnny Cash’s career is evident in the way he approaches every song. Johnny Cash made an indelible impact on the international music scene. From his rise to fame in 1954, he had a string of Top 10 hits, including 'Ring of Fire', 'Folsom Prison Blues' and 'Don’t Take Your Guns To Town', to name a few. His #1 Billboard smash hit 'I Walk The Line' made him a household name – and sat on the charts for 43 weeks! He has been inducted into the country music Hall of Fame and the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, demonstrating the impact his music has had across multiple genres. He passed away in 2003 but is still considered one of the most influential musicians of all time, as his sales of over 50 million records will attest. 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 Fat Rubber Band, Tex Perkins has had an incredible and varied music career.

John Williamson

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John Williamson

Australian icon, John Williamson, will celebrates his 51st anniversary in the music industry this year. 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.  With his honours including the ARIA Hall of Fame, an Order of Australia, 28 Golden Guitar Awards, Australian Roll of Renown induction, not to mention over 5 million albums sold and thousands of shows performed, John Williamson will be scaling back his live performances at the end of his "Winding Back Tour". Perhaps John’s greatest legacy is making Australians proud of their country and of who they are. So, don’t miss himTrue Blue himself, at Bluesfest next Easter.

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”.

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. 

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. 

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!

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’. 

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. 

Mark Seymour & The Undertow

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Mark Seymour & The Undertow

Mark Seymour formed Hunters and Collectors in 1980. The band became famous for its rhythmic power and very quickly became touted as the next big thing”. Hunters and Collectors went on to record some of this countrys most successful rock albums, including multi-platinum releases Ghost Nation and Cut,  and by 1998,  Mark felt that he had done all that he could as the frontman of Hunters and Collectors. After eighteen years of touring with one of Australias most successful and deeply loved rock bands, he found himself alone on stage with just an acoustic guitar. As a solo artist, Mark continues to search for the emotional truth in a song.  Mark Seymours strength as a performer remains undiminished despite the ever-present shadow of the band he used to be in.   As well as 13 Hunters & Collectors albums, Mark has released seven solo albums and four with his current band, The Undertow.  Throughout it all, he has shown he is one of our finest songwriters, capturing our stories of love, loss, human courage and achievement.

Diesel

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Diesel

Born in Fall River Massachusetts, the youngest of seven from a sax playing electronics technician father and a mother in nursing, Mark Lizotte aka DIESEL grew up in Australia and in the U.S. He formed the band ‘Johnny Diesel & The Injectors’ in 1986 from remnants of a previous band before embarking on a solo career in 1991. In 2017 Diesel celebrated 30 years “off the bus” landing in Sydney in 1987 after a 3- day bus journey across Australia, launching into 9 shows per week – the rest is history. With over thirty seven singles, seventeen albums, 6 ARIA awards and record sales edging 1 million, DIESEL is a journeyman of music. With blues music in his DNA, an influence largely from his Father’s record collection, DIESEL has blended styles to come up with a truly unique sound, punctuated with his distinct guitar playing and vocals 

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].

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

C.W. Stoneking

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C.W. Stoneking

C.W. Stoneking is an artist for whom ‘unexpected’ is probably the default setting. How else to describe such a fine purveyor of American roots music who also happens to be a towering, youthful-faced white Australian man? He surprises first-time listeners, throws curveballs at long-time fans, and everything he does contains at least some background level of bafflement for all involved. It’s probably easiest to describe him as a ‘blues artist,’ but the term disguises what makes his music special. There’s so much in there. A 1920s pre-war blues sound is key, but there’s almost equal helpings of New Orleans jazz, jug band music, hokum, country and calypso, and he’s lately brought in elements of jump jive, early rock’n’roll and gospel. His gift is that he brings them all together without anything sounding out of place. He finds the strands that connect all of these different styles and gently braids them together. C.W. has been nominated twice for the prestigious Australian Music Prize, scored a couple of ARIA and AIR awards, voiced a cartoon character and was most recently heard on Jack White's album 'Boarding House Reach' - what's next ? Who really knows - All that can really be certain is that it won’t be what you’re expecting.

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.

Backsliders

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Backsliders

Backsliders are Bluesfest regulars and have toured the Australian festival circuit for the past 35 years. Dom Turner (guitar and lead vocals), Rob Hirst (drums and vocals) along with Joe Glover (harmonica and vocals) are known for captivating live shows—an eclectic mix of blues styles moving from original 21st Century blues with Australian themes, driving hill country and delta blues with jungle-like rhythms, to Piedmont blues-influenced all-acoustic unplugged treatments of 1920’s songs by heroes such as Mississippi Fred McDowell and Robert Johnson. Backsliders will be performing tracks from their latest release ‘Bonecrunch’ as well as from their extensive back-catalogue of albums.

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.”

19-Twenty

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19-Twenty

“One of the most exciting riff and groove based blues and roots acts emerging from the east coast of OZ!” – Tone Deaf  19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. An infectious riff and groove-based blue-billy-grass-rockin’-roots band. The 19-Twenty lads have been performing their high-energy sonic-party nationally, headlining sell-out shows and festivals in all states and territories. Constantly on the road or in the sky, they have toured seven times around Oz and performed gigs throughout Europe including Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany. Performing anywhere and everywhere, this straight-up 100% independent act have been blazing throughout Europe and Australia and gaining new music fans/fiends from their live shows.

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.

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.

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. "Some Memories Never Die" is his first book. 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’. In 2020 Jeff published his first book – “Some Memories Never Die” – a memoir of three decades on the road; Memories of gigs where the pay was akin to blood money, reflections on how the road’s twists and turns can be lightened by the presence of fellow travellers and occasionally darkened by them too. 

Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers

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Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers

Fiona Boyes is an internationally recognised blues guitarist, vocalist, bandleader and songwriter.  A distinctive fingerpicking and slide guitarist. Fiona's soulful, authoritative style has earned her 8 nominations in the USA Blues Music Awards, Memphis.  She is the only Australian musician ever to be nominated in these prestigious awards, which are considered to be the Grammies of the Blues.  Her most original repertoire showcases a myriad of traditional regional bluesfolk and roots influences, and spans a dozen album releases.  Fiona’s recent award-winning albums feature acoustic finger-picking, swampy electric guitar, unique hand-made cigar box instruments and a rare National Reso-Lectric baritone with grooves that range from Delta slide guitar, gritty Mississippi Hills riffsintricate acoustic country blues, classic Chicago and New Orleans feels to heartfelt ballads.  International reviewers have likened her albums to taking a ‘virtual roots music road trip through the  American Deep South’. 

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.

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.  

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.

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. 

FOOLS

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FOOLS

FOOLS are one of Australia’s most audacious proponents of the rock and roll genre – healthily under the influence of soul, blues and Americana, and brimming with originality and rareness. Luke O’Connor’s voice and storytelling stands in the centre of a musical hurricane, with the energy of dual drums, guitars, hammond, backing vocals and a full horn section lending heart and detail to rare gems of songs. FOOLS perform live with command of both wildness and intimacy, and always an agreement with their audience to put on a damn good show. 

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'. 

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.

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.

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.

The Buckleys

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The Buckleys

Signing with CM Murphy’s Petrol Records in 2019, The Buckleys earned the prestige of being the only other band on the label with INXS. Under CM’s wise tutelage, the band released four consecutive top five singles which are included on their debut album, DAYDREAM. The first, "Daydream,” catapulted the trio into the limelight, scoring a #1 single at Australian country radio, followed by the second single, “I’m Comin’ For Ya (Love),” which reached #3. “Money” which was the band’s third single (and first worldwide release) reached #2. The Buckleys’ fourth single, “Breathe,” reached #3. Daydream is being relaunched as a Deluxe Edition in 2021. The Deluxe album will feature “Money” re- mixed by Charlie Holmes, who works with ‘Spike’ Stent at his UK Studio and who currently has the #1 record at US Alt Radio with Peach Tree Rascals.  

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.

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. 

JK-47

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JK-47

Whether you know him as the 2020 Triple J Unearthed Artist of the Year, or from his jaw-dropping Like A Version where he put a fantastic twist on 'Changes' by 2Pac, you would already know that JK-47, uber-talented Indigenous artist, is a force to be reckoned with. It's no surprise to see acts like IllyChillinITBriggsNerve and many more showing him love. At the age of fourteen, JK-47 began penning rhymes & rapping. Over the years his name has become all too familiar, not just on home turf in the shire of Tweed, but also right across the Australian hip-hop landscape. His ability to put pen to pad & produce timeless lyrics, painting pictures with his music, is second to none. Having already scored a triple j feature album on his debut, nominations for Best New Act at the 2021 Rolling Stone Awards and Acclaim Magazine Rookie of the Year, and being booked for festivals like Yours & Owls, Fresh Produce and Adelaide Festival, you can’t deny JK-47 is well on the right path for a bright future.

The Regime

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The Regime

Exploding out of Sydney’s inner-west, THE REGIME is a 12-piece funk collective, that’s tipping the scales firmly back into the favour of fun. Dripping with a raw sexual energy that’s one part James Brown and two parts Jamiroquai lavishly spiced with George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, this live funk party machine is an orgiastic carnival of the senses that has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed! A lively, music experiment that generously borrows from funk, soul, electro and twists it into a sumptuous undulation, and fun-loving elation their debut EP 'If it is, it is! Isn’t it?' is seducing audiences all over the country with its infectious grooves. THE REGIME is adept at serving up a triple helping of thumping bass lines, hearty brass tones and fat lyrics to voracious crowds. THE REGIME has firmly consolidated a reputation as one of the most exciting new artists climbing their way to the top of the live music scene.

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.

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.

ROSHANI

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ROSHANI

ROSHANI’s music is as captivating and uplifting as her life story. Born into a musical family in Sri Lanka, at six weeks of age she was given up for adoption and fate led her to the other side of the world where she had the opportunity to nurture her musical gift. ROSHANI developed her one-woman show while living in her van, busking on the streets and traveling wherever the wind took her.

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. 

Round Mountain Girls

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Round Mountain Girls

If Mumford and Sons, The Pogues and Metallica had a three-way lovechild it would be a Round Mountain Girl. Coined in the press as the ‘finest purveyors of 'Celtabillypunkfolkrootsgrass' in the southern hemisphere’, they are capable of taking you to places you didn’t know existed. Fast and furious, tender and humourous, great playing, great songs. You’ll forget you’ve got a mortgage, forget your dog just died and ignore, for a moment that the ice caps are melting.  For a band that got together with absolutely zero expectations other than a weekly jam, they have punched way above their collective weight, but when you see them play live and witness the raw energy and joy they bring to an audience, it’s all too easy to understand why. 

ELECTRIK LEMONADE

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ELECTRIK LEMONADE

They are the 2019 Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Competition winners! Electrik Lemonade is a merry band of funklords that play a repertoire of funk, hip hop, blues, soul and dance music that could only be fathered by the likes of Captain Planet. Each member brings their own slice of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Lovin’ in the live show, culminating in a whirlwind of explosive energy that comes with a tidal warning Since their debut in December 2010, Electrik Lemonade's live performances have rapidly grown. After releasing their debut album 'Squeezed Fresh', Electrik Lemonade have continued their incredible run of good times around Australia, performing at Byron Bay Bluesfest, and sharing stages alongside John Butler Trio, Sticky Fingers, John Paul Young, Mental As Anything & Ian Moss.

LamBros.

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LamBros.

Hailing from Sydney's Northern Beaches, brothers Connor & Harry Lambrou have been entertaining audiences with their unique brand of music, and infectious passion at venues all across Australia. Their recent successes have been underpinned by performances alongside multi-platinum artists Tones and I, Thirsty Merc, Mental as Anything, and appearances at numerous festivals across the nation, and their single “Do Something” reached #1 on the national AMRAP charts.   
With music encompassing blues, rock, soul, funk, folk and singer-songwriter; Lambros. seamlessly blend genres through their unique use of sounds such as the didgeridoo, distorted acoustic guitar, raw vocals, and a thumping homemade hybrid drum-kit. Hand-picked by Peter Noble to feature at this year's event, these musical brothers promise to deliver a highly memorable experience. 

PALM VALLEY

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PALM VALLEY

Palm Valley is the indie-rock duo of Ryan Smart & Arden Booker, aged 18 and 16 respectively. In 2019 they won the Grommet Division of the Bluesfest Busking Competition – and it's easy to see why. Their combination of heavy riffs, relatable lyrics and infectious energy informs a unique songwriting style to give them a raw and energetic sound. 

Bluesfest Busking Competition & Winners

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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.

Welcome To Country

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Welcome To Country

One of the highlights of every Bluesfest is the Opening Ceremony. With the 'Welcome To Country' featuring song and dance from the traditional custodians of our beautiful Bluesfest location – the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung Nation. "Always respect country. Look after country. Don’t harm this country." This message is important and we invite you all to join with us to acknowledge the Bundjalung people, country and culture at this year's 'Welcome To Country' on Thursday, 1st of April starting at 2:45 PM at our main stage, Crossroads. This ceremony is always a rich and enlightening start to your Bluesfest experience. This year will be especially powerful as the first artist on stage following the ceremony will be rising star and uber-talented Bundjalung indigenous hip hop artist JK-47 - a last-minute and very very welcome addition to the Bluesfest 2021 lineup.