Byron Bay Bluesfest

Take a deep breath – this is IT folks! FINAL artist announcement for Bluesfest 2011’s outstanding lineup of star performers

16 March 2011

Dear ##firstname##,

Here it is folks, the final artist announcement for Bluesfest 2011. As you can see, we've definitely saved some of the best till last with these stellar talented musicians, so if you weren't excited before, you will be now! Tickets for Thursday 21 April and Tuesday 26 April are still available - dont miss out, the clock is ticking and it's only a a few weeks until Bluesfest finally kicks off!

The whole lineup has become picture perfectly clear with the COMPLETE official downloadable Bluesfest Playing Schedule is now online. That means you can now make all those big decisions and plan your final Bluesfest itinerary.

Check it out for all artist times and stages - download it, print it out, circle your options - get set to make sure your Bluesfest 2011 experience is all set to go in glorious fashion! Please note that on Tuesday April 26 Bluesfest will open its doors at 11am, music starts at 2pm and finishes at 10pm, allowing everyone to get home in plenty of time for work the next day.

Festival director Peter Noble said, "What a year we're having so far - the biggest in our event's history - so a big thank you goes out to all our loyal Bluesfest fans, what a bunch of great people you are! Four days/nights are now sold out, a fifth is on the verge of a sell-out, and our 6th day (added for the first time in Bluesfest history) is also on the way to a full house. Grab your tickets now for Thursday 21 and Tuesday April 26.

"True to form, our final announcement is the icing on the cake - those finishing touches that continue to display a depth of artistry from the biggest names to the most up and coming, emerging artists. This year, perhaps more than ever, you'll really need to plan your Bluesfest experience carefully - there's just so much now in the spicy gumbo mix to fill you with joy, love, peace and good times. So get stuck in!"

The FINAL Bluesfest announcement for 2011 includes:

Warren Haynes, Clare Bowditch, Dale Watson & His Lonestars, Frank Yamma, Neil Murray, Shane Nicholson, Buddy Knox, Lisa Miller,
Louis King and the Liars Klub, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson,Grace Barbe Afro Kreol, Ajak Kwai, The Blackwater Fever, Bobby Long, Secret Sisters, Nga Tae, Collard Greens and Gravy, Old Spice Boys, Victor Valdes & the Marin Brothers, Raghu Dixit, Jackson Firebird,Hank Green's Blues, Joewah, A French Butler Called Smith, U Blues Band, Microwave Jenny, Kingfisha, Mojo Bluesmen, Bob Abbot & the Fabulous Green Machine, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate PLUS The Incredible Sky Pilots Plasticiens Volants

Tickets are running out fast as you know - so be quick to secure yours!

Here's a few highlights on some of the NEW artists announced today - for full bios of all NEW artists announced, please visit the Bluesfest web site!

Warren Haynes - celebrated American guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Warren Haynes is lead guitarist for The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers (and of course Gov't Mule) and also named as the 23rd best guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone! At Bluesfest, Warren will play with a new ALL-STAR BAND featuring Ron Holloway, Ruthie Foster, Terence Higgins, Ron Johnson and Danny Louis - see the Bluesfest website for their full credentials - their collective musical resume is dizzying! The music on display will include some of Warren's new soul-oriented material in anticipation of his first solo album for 19 years, tentatively titled "Man in Motion."

Clare Bowditch - delightful, soulful Melbourne singer-songwriter Clare Bowditch will return to Bluesfest in 2011 with her fourth and latest album, Modern Day Addiction. Clare's music these days features a heavenly mix of vocals, Casiotone keyboards and drum beats. The new album is a handcrafted, heartcrafted masterpiece and on it Clare manages to sex up, rock out and wrap up in warmth and a human heartbeat and a cheeky, very grown up, irreverence. Don't miss this ARIA award winning artist who is also currently Yen Magazine's "Young Woman of the Year" (Music).

Dale Watson & His Lonestars - Hold the phone! This is big news for genuine, gritty, real-country or alt-country music fans. Check out this acclaim: "The kind of stuff country music legends are made of." - Austin Chronicle.  "Dale Watson writes songs that wouldn't sound out of place on one of Johnny Cash's best albums." - The Washington Post. "Believe me: when he sings something, it stays sung... it's kinda difficult to argue with a man who sounds like God." - No Depression. A staunch adherent of old-style honky tonk and Bakersfield country, Dale Watson has positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider only interested in recording authentic country music. As a result, he has never sold that many records, but his music has been championed like crazy by numerous critics and alternative country fans. And of course he's been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame. In short, a must-see!

Shane Nicholson - one of the leading lights of the Australian country music scene, singer songwriter Shane Nicholson will bring his great new solo album Bad Machines to Bluesfest 2011. Shane first came to prominence as the lead-singer and guitarist for the rock band Pretty Violet Stain, after which came a highly regarded solo career. Then after marrying the charming country star Kasey Chambers, the pair joined forces for the critically acclaimed Rattlin' Bones roots/country album which eventually won an ARIA Award for Best Country release in Australia 2008, and also picked up five Golden Guitar Awards in 2009.

Bobby Long - here is a classic, emerging star of the future that Bluesfest is very proud to present in 2011! At just 24, Bobby is an accomplished guitarist, having mastered an uncommon finger-picking guitar style through non-stop performing in seven countries. The young British singer-songwriter creates memorable songs inhabited by hauntingly poetic lyrics. The Boston Herald praised his "likeable, rough-hewn voice" and "catchy way with a chorus," while Pollstar reported that he "continues to amaze audiences with a bare-bones sound reminiscent of early Bob Dylan. "...a spirited, thoroughly enjoyable folk-blues collection featuring his gritty singing and well-crafted songs..."

"...a sound that's redolent of many classic folk recordings as well as contemporaries like Damien Rice and Mumford & Sons."

He is a formidable presence even before he begins to sing. And when he does sing, it's with a heart-wrenching soulfulness that crushes any chance for apathy. Make sure you catch this fascinating and authentic artist on the rise...

Tickets for Thursday 21 and Tuesday 26 April
are still available!!

If you have not purchased your tickets yet and are planning on coming Thursday 21 and Tuesday 26 April, take a look at the first class artists performing on those days. How can you miss out???

Check out the complete playing schedule on line.

Thursday 21st April 2011

  • Ben Harper and Relentless7
  • ZZ Top
  • Michael Franti & Spearhead
  • Toots and the Maytals
  • Ernest Ranglin
  • Los Lobos
  • Xavier Rudd
  • Funky Meters
  • Luciano
  • Ruthie Foster ... and many more!

Tuesday 26th April 2011

  • Bob Dylan
  • Elvis Costello
  • Grace Jones
  • George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic
  • Gurrumul
  • Paul Kelly
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Leon Russell
  • Tim Finn ... and many more!

Remember, our previous Bluesfest
announcements for 2011 included

Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Ben Harper and Relentless7,
Elvis Costello & the Imposters
, Michael Franti & Spearhead,
Rodrigo y Gabriela
, The Cat Empire,
Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band,
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
, Fistful of Mercy, Mavis Staples, Xavier Rudd, Trinity Roots, Little Bushman, Tony Joe White,
Indigo Girls
, Kate Miller-Heidke, Eric Bibb, Washington,
Ash Grunwald
, Ruthie Foster, C.W. Stoneking,
Jeff Lang, Saltwater Band, and RocKwiz Live.


Grace Jones, Jethro Tull, ZZ Top, John Legend,
(Bluesfest exclusive), Toots & the Maytals,
Pete Murray, Wolfmother, Funky Meters, Irma Thomas, Los Lobos,
Kasey Chambers
, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band,
Tim Robbins & the Rogues Gallery Band, The Dingoes, Diesel,
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
, B.B. & the Blues Shack,
Joe Louis Walker
, Phil Jones & the Unknown Blues,
The Snowdroppers, Ray Beadle, Nat Col & the Kings,
and Barrence Whitfield.

Paul Kelly; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Tim Finn; Eli Paperboy Reed;
and The Mad Bastards.

Leon Russell; George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic;
Luciano and the Jah Messenjah Band; Imogen Heap;
Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ernest Ranglin, Raul Malo, Michelle Shocked,
Peter Rowan & The Blue Grass Band; Public Opinion Afro Orchestra,
Eli Paperboy Reed
, The Bamboos, The Mad Bastards, Warrior King,
The Hands, Bobby Alu; and Hussy Hicks

Little Feat, Fishbone, Cecilia Noël, Osibisa, Leah Flanagan,
Kim Churchill, Grace Woodroofe, The Red Eyes, Lowrider,
Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Jack Thompson & The Original Sinners,
Bayjah, The Aggrolites, Wagons, Resin Dogs
and Yodelice.

About Bluesfest

Bluesfest has grown to be one of Australia's premier music festival events. Held annually for the last 21 years over the Easter long weekend, the 5 day musical extravaganza attracts people from around the World and across Australia to the North Coast of New South Wales, Byron Bay.
From humble beginnings in 1990 attracting a modest audience size of 6,000 music lovers from around the country, Bluesfest has steadily developed its reputation of excellence amongst musicians and concert goers nationally and internationally throughout its 21 year history.

Tickets can be purchased by: Phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6685 8310
or visiting the website at