Byron Bay Bluesfest

Leon Bridges + MORE artists announced

15 February 2018

More Artists Added to the Bluesfest 2018 Lineup!
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In honouring our 29 year long commitment to curating the best local and international talent for our beloved music loving patrons (that's you ), we're proud to announce even more world-class artists for our upcoming festival, including Leon Bridges

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Check out the latest additions to the Bluesfest line up below

leon bridgesThe 2018 Bluesfest line up has been rounded out with the last-minute addition of celebrated Soul singer Leon Bridges. Since arriving on the scene with his Grammy nominated album ‘Coming Home’ in 2015, Bridges has become one of the most beloved and critically acclaimed singers of his generation. 

The 28-year old, two-time Grammy nominee has performed for President Barack Obama at the White House in 2016, collaborated with Odesza on their single ‘Across The Room’, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on the stirring track ‘Kevin’, and has played at some of the world’s most iconic venues; including London’s Brixton Academy and New York’s Apollo Theatre. 

Leon Bridges plays Bluesfest on Thus 29 & Sat 31 March

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ryan mcmullanRyan McMullan is the real deal. Having been blessed with a voice that can shift effortlessly between the angelic and the guttural he has also honed a song writing craft which exploits the incredible versatility and power of his god given instrument. 

Growing up in picturesque Portaferry, Northern Ireland on the shores of Strangford lough and in sight of the Mourne Mountains, Ryan was formed by the traditional music and pub sing-alongs with which rural villages in Ireland are indelibly linked. However this gives only a portion of the story, as a member of an unashamedly post-MTV generation he was always on the hunt for more diverse influences from bubblegum pop, to hip hop, to hard rock and blues. 

Ryan McMullan plays Bluesfest on Thurs 29, Sat 31 March & Sun 1, Mon 2 April

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Clarence Bekker Playing For Change lead vocalist goes Solo!

Clarence Bekker is a singer and songwriter of dance music, soul and reggae; vocalist of Playing for Change band. From 2009, he had toured the world with a message of peace through music in more than 300 concerts. Lead singer of the legendary Dutch band Swinging Soul Machine at the age of 18, he topped the European charts as CB Milton during his solo career with Eurodance hits as "Send Me an Angel” and “It's a Loving Thing". After collaborating with the world music collective 08001 and DJ Taito Tikaro in Barcelona, he comes full circle in 2012 with his solo album Old Soul, returning to the soul-root sound of his debut. His particular voice, dark, deep and vibrant channels a universe of emotion and make of him, on the stage, an authentic orchestrator of happiness.

Clarence Bekker plays Bluesfest on Sun 1 & Mon 2 April

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Tay OskeeTay Oskee (2017 Byron Bay Bluesfest Busking Comp Winner), from Mission Beach QLD is a multi-instrumentalist playing a variety of guitars, banjo, harmonica and percussion.  With a musical style that is wide and varied Tay can take you on a journey from chilled beach tunes to punchy riff driven roots music with distinctive multicultural influences.

Tay Oskee plays Bluesfest on Fri 30 March

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molly millingtonMolly Millington is a prolific singer songwriter fusing country and folk with a little quirky pop to create dark but playful tunes. Molly’s debut EP, Cool Like You, was recorded in 2016 by Shane Nicholson & produced by Trent Crawford. Molly’s new EP, Daddy’s Gotta Gun, was recorded in late 2017 by Nick DiDia and is due for release in 2018. Molly is available for local events on the Central Coast and surrounds.

Molly Millington plays Bluesfest on Fri 30 March

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Don't miss these future stars from the Byron Shire
A word from the Festival Director
Here goes...

Today is a special day – we are having another Bluesfest announcement. 

This has become such a special year... full of amazing artists, Grammy Winners past and present... plenty of great female artists, like
Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, First Aid Kit AND Australia’s wunderkind Tash Sultana... just to name a few.

We have got it covered from the Legends to the latest contemporary artists...
Lionel Richie and Robert Plant... to the John Butler Trio and Ms. Lauryn Hill... from Boomerang, our indigenous festival within a festival, to just about the best artist bill we have had so far. It’s not hard to see why – we have been nominated Best International Music Festival by the American Pollstar Awards – SIX TIMES IN A ROW.

And here we go with more great artists. Grammy nominated
Leon Bridges represents the future of Soul & Gospel music, and we are proud to announce he will be doing two shows at Bluesfest 2018, next Easter... his career is heading for the stratosphere. 

You may not know Belfast’s
Ryan McMullan – BUT, Ed Sheeran sure does. He added him to his recent European tour as opener, and has in many ways been the catalyst for the new interest in Ryan. We are hearing Ryan may be on a few of the upcoming Aussie dates with Ed. Simply, he sings like an angel – and writes songs that the world needs to hear… Snow Patrol’s singer Gary Lightbody says... ”One of the most exciting artists to come out of Northern Ireland”. Not too bad to have in your resume. 

Our Bluesfest Busking competition has produced so many amazing artists who have gone on to bigger and better things – Kim Churchill, Minnie Marks & Lucy Gallant to name a few. The 2017 winner Tay Oskee is set to continue in that company – he’s a don’t miss – check him out at Bluesfest. 

Tickets are selling fast – we are expecting one of our best Bluesfest’s at our 29th edition. 

See you there.

Peter Noble
Festival Director
You know things are getting real when you can download the Bluesfest 2018 App. This year it’s Powered by Optus and will be bigger and better than ever.

Please note: the artist's playing schedule (set times) will be available soon. Your app will automagically update with this delicious info when it's time.
Use the links below to download the app now! Make the most of your Bluesfest experience and take advantage of these great features:

?? Full artist list & set times
?? Artist signings
?? Venue map
?? Tracks to stream
?? Stalls info
?? Photo wall
?? Personal program creator
with reminders

(so you won’t miss your favourite artists)
?? Special offers
?? Bluesfest Touring info


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