The Bluesfest 2015 program has just been released and how fantastic is this?!
For the first time ever you are able to download the program and get nice and prepared for all your good times ahead!
We love the look and content of it. The Directors speech is a beauty, the artist bios are short & sweet and the essential information is straight forward. It’s all you need. The Festival program will be made available free of charge at the Festival, our amazing team will be handing out the daily pocket playing schedule, plus the Bluesfest app will be ready for download soon (Stay tuned for more info)!
It’s all happening dear friends – we are now only 28 days away!
Important: To enlarge Program, double click into the image and you will be able to zoom in and turn pages via tool bar on top of page!
VIEW FESTIVAL PROGRAM
We have experienced a massive surge in overall ticket sales over the past few days and Bluesfest is now 90% sold out!
All 5 day & 3 Day camping, as well as Single day Friday & Saturday Camping is now sold out!
Single day camping is still available for Thursday 2nd, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th of April.
Good news is that camp grounds & motels are still available in the nearby area. There are many campgrounds and motels who will welcome you with open arms and are not far away from Bluesfest at all. Plenty of shuttle buses will be going to and from the nearby towns.
EXPLORE CAMPING OPTIONS
To all you beautiful people out there, who have not bought their tickets yet, please don’t wait any longer.
It's a fact that Bluesfest Festival Tickets continue to sell faster each day leading into the Festival.
Please check out all the Tickets that are still available through the below link.
For over twenty-five years Bluesfest has proudly flown the flag for local and international blues and celebrated the diversity of the great genre.
From legendary pioneers like John Mayall, Mavis Staples & George Clinton, to contemporary powerhouses like Gary Clark Jr, Alabama Shakes & Trombone Shorty, the blues has been the foundation of hundreds of years of musical evolution throughout the world, and the backbone for innumerable genres including Country, Rock’n’Roll, Funk, R’n’B, Soul, Hip-Hop & Folk to name merely a handful.
The unwavering vision of Bluesfest Director, Peter Noble, and his team has been to showcase and acknowledge the immensity of the blues in how far it reaches geographically, and how deep it affects the individual emotionally. The blues heals, rattles, and revives; one only needs to observe the most diverse festival audience in the world to bear witness to its ability to unite a great many people. The Blues is behind most of the great music in the world, and continues to inspire the future generations of music stars to create the music you will love tomorrow.
We equally revel in the legends and the young artists who continue to keep the Blues flame burning for us all to enjoy.
Today, we celebrate the BLUES in Bluesfest. Read up on these legendary artists, and further down take a look at ALL the Blues & Roots artists performing at Bluesfest:
Australian music legend, Diesel has blended styles to come up with a unique sound, punctuated with his distinct guitar playing and soulful vocals. With blues music in his DNA, his versatility spans contemporary ballads to Mississippi blues to country-folk to thumping pub-rock. Diesel is set to put on two killer sets on Sunday & Monday at DELTA!
Ohio-born Bluesfest favourite James T. has played with greats like John Lee Hooker, and after ten long years he’s heading back to Bluesfest. This is a rare opportunity for dedicated blues fans to see one of the greats with a truly inspiring story and a legendary blues catalogue. Catch him on Sunday and Monday at the JUKE JOINT stage.
ARIA award winner Jeff Lang has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuosic guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly live performer with his blend of rock, roots, folk and blues. Bluesfest favourite John Butler named him “one of this generation’s finest”. Catch him at the JUKE JOINT on Friday and DELTA stage on Saturday.
*Touring for Bluesfest Touring*
JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions, & an enviable fearlessness. With his latest album Ol’ Glory released in February, this is a rare treat for the Bluesfest audience. Catch him Friday at JAMBALAYA and Sunday at the MOJO stage.
JJ GREY HAS JUST RELEASED A NEW ALBUM! Check it out here.
*Touring for Bluesfest Touring*
Three-time Grammy winner, visionary Roots-music storyteller Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American Roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances. Keb’ developed his own sound, blending the acoustic framework of Blues with Pop, R&B, Rock, Jazz and Soul. Keb’ will blow you away at DELTA on Thursday & CROSSROADS on Friday.
Kristy Lee is an Alabama based singer-songwriter that has been burning it up on the underground scene for years. Known for her powerhouse vocals, Lee delivers pure, raw emotion and gutsy guitar chops that leave audiences in awe. Kristy is sure to win the hearts and ears of many-a-Bluesfest goers at DELTA on Thursday, Friday & Saturday.
The Music Maker Blues Revue is bringing one of the most exciting line ups to ever perform at Bluesfest, featuring Cool John Ferguson, George Stancell, Super Chikan, Vasti Jackson, Albert White, Nashid Abdul and Ardie Dean. Enjoy an extended set daily at the JUKE JOINT stage watching some of the greatest blues and roots artists from the USA.
Vasti Jackson was recently featured in an amazing feature/cover article of ‘Living Blues’ in the USA: Read the article here:
Often dubbed as “the new queen of soul”, North Carolina blues shouter Nikki Hill and her band have created a wild underground buzz all around the world. Heavily influenced by Little Richard, the “Southern Fireball” will mark her return to Bluesfest 2015 on opening night.
Crowned as ‘…Australia’s top blues act’ (Rhythms Magazine), Phil Wiggins returns to Bluesfest for a special performance with Backsliders Dom Turner. Their combined achievements include iTunes Australian Blues and Roots album of the year and Australian Blues Awards Songwriter of the Year. Catch their charismatic live set at the DELTA stage Sunday and JUKE JOINT Monday.
Grammy award nominee Ruthie Foster brings her soul-filled performance to the JAMBALAYA stage on Friday & Sunday. With 9 albums under her belt, a string of Music Awards and collaborations with some of the world’s finest artists including The Blind Boys of Alabama and the Allman Brothers Band, it’s easy to understand her success and respect amongst peers.
Tony Joe White has been gracing our ears for nearly five decades with his laid back, signature country blues and collaborations with some of the world’s greats including Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton and JJ Cale. For authentic blues and roots, head to the DELTA stage Monday to catch this legend in action.
The Blues & Roots 'only' artist list!
We would like to share a list of all the Blues & Roots based artists performing at Bluesfest! There are so many...and this list is not including all the amazing artists and their genres ranging from Funk, World, Spanish, Salsa, Reggae, Rock and so much more. You will find it all at Bluesfest.
1. Chris Robinson Brotherhood * Also Touring for Bluesfest Touring*
2. G Love & Special Sauce *Also Touring for Bluesfest Touring*
3. Shaun Kirk
4. The Bella Reunion
5. The Black Keys
6. Beth Hart *Also Touring for Bluesfest Touring & new album out*
7. Delta Rae
8. JJ Grey & Mofro *Also touring for Bluesfest Touring & new album out*
9. Keziah Jones
10. Jeff Lang
11. John Mayall *Also Touring for Bluesfest Touring*
12. Dom Turner & Phil Wiggins
13. Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
15. Matt Andersen
16. Genevieve Chadwick
17. Hozier *Also touring for Bluesfest Touring*
18. Melbourne Ska Orchestra
19. The Waterboys *new album out*
20. Steve Smyth
21. Jon Cleary
23. SOJA *Also touring for Bluesfest Touring*
24. The Beat *Also touring for Bluesfest Touring*
25. Marlon Williams
26. Karl S Williams
27. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin *Also touring for Bluesfest Touring & new album out*
28. Pokey LaFarge
30. Ben Howard
31. The Beautiful Girls
32. Ash Grunwald
33. Charles Bradley *Also touring for Bluesfest Touring*
34. Mavis Staples *Also touring for Bluesfest Touring*
35. James T.
36. Eddie Boys & The Phatapillars
37. Kristy Lee
Where else, but at Bluesfest, can you experience so much all-round incredible music, whilst having the time of your life?
FULL ARTIST PLAYING SCHEDULE
LENNY KRAVTIZ CANCELLATION: UPDATE
Last Friday we expressed our disappointment in having to announce that Lenny Kravtiz has cancelled his entire 2015 Australasian tour, including his Bluesfest performance. Whilst it is a shame for us and his fans, it does not impact the impeccable calibre of this year's Bluesfest line-up, and the electrifying opening night Thursday will be.
We are currently working very hard to find yet another amazing artist to join the already strong bill, at short notice. At this stage we can confirm that Thursday's set WILL change.
Please stay tuned - we will share the news with you as soon as we are able.
In the meantime, for more information on the Lenny Kravtiz cancellation and to answer some of your questions regarding your tickets, please click here.
We look forward to celebrating this very special Bluesfest with you!
Your friendly Bluesfest Team, who are always happy to take your call on:
(02) 6639 9800