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More fantastic Bluesfest news keeps pouring in.
And all of you amazing fans of Soul superstar D’Angelo will be delighted to hear that today we are announcing a second performance for the two time Grammy Award winner and 2016 Grammy Award nominee!
Plus we have added number of additional shows to the ever-growing playing schedule including performances by The Word, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, St. Paul and The Broken Bones and Janiva Magness.
Some words from your Festival Director Peter Noble, who was just awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on Australia Day.
“With three 2016 Grammy nominations, fans of D’Angelo will be over the moon to hear he is playing an additional show at Bluesfest on Saturday 26th March. D’Angelo is one of the great live performers, comparisons have been made to James Brown and Prince. On top of this Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, The Word and Janiva Magness have all announced additional performances.
We are overflowing with talent at Bluesfest this year, and with only eight weeks to go before the festival begins, we are pleased to say that in a year where festivals have experienced much lower than expected sales, and in some cases cancellations, that we are right on track to deliver one of, if not the best, attended festivals so far.”
In addition to D'Angelo’s previously announced Bluesfest performance on Thursday 24th March, he will be joining a huge and varied line-up on Saturday 26th March, including The Decemberists, Joe Bonamassa (performing exclusively at Bluesfest), Kamasi Washington, Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Elle King, who’s hit Single “Ex’s & Oh’s” is up for two Grammy Awards and came in at #5 in ARIA Single Chart this week, just to name a few.
D'Angelo’s star has been rising since he dropped his debut, platinum selling album, Brown Sugar in 1995. From winning two Grammys in 2001 (for Best R&B Album & Best R&B Vocal Performance for his second album, Voodoo) and three Soul Train Music Awards in 1996 to his latest and universally acclaimed and 2016 Grammy nominated album, Black Messiah which marked his triumphant return to music after over a decade, debuting at number five in its first week of release on the Billboard 200 music chart.
This multi-faceted, multi-talented, genre bending artist fuses the best of R&B, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Jazz-fusion and Psychedelic Rock. D'Angelo has been described by Australian media as “one of the most incredible soul artists in history…” by Double J and a “master of soul” by Music Feeds.
Improvisational gospel-jazz supergroup The Word, featuring pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph, keyboardist John Medeski and all three North Mississippi Allstar's; guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson, have added new shows at Bluesfest on Friday 25th March and Monday 28th March in addition to their previously announced shows on Thursday and Saturday.
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real have also added two new shows and will now be performing every day of the festival, giving you five chances to see this incredible band! Lukas Nelson, who alongside the band and his brother, Micah Nelson, have recently recorded with Neil Young on his thirty-sixth studio album, The Monsanto Years (June 2015), and continue to perform with Neil Young as his touring band.
Alabama Soul sextet St Paul and The Broken Bones have also added an additional performance at Bluesfest on Friday 25th March. Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble recently described leading man Paul Janeway as "The best white Soul singer since Van Morrison”. The band recently opened for The Rolling Stones and their high energy performances have amassed a huge following world-wide.
At Bluesfest you will now have four chances to see powerhouse performer Janiva Magness, who has announced two new performances on Thursday 24th March and Saturday 26th March in addition to her Easter Sunday and Monday plays. Janiva Magness has had 25 Blues Music Award nominations and seven wins including winning the 2015 Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year for the fifth time. She also won the coveted Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer of The Year (she is only the second woman to ever win this Award, Koko Taylor being the first).
Check out our updated playing schedule!
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We will be announcing the full playing schedule with stages & times (and more artists) very soon. Hold tight!
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11 EXCLUSIVE Reasons Bluesfest is your Ultimate Musical Adventure
The list of Australian performance exclusives just got massive!!!
Not only are some of the biggest names in music today leading the long list of Australian exclusives with their Bluesfest performances, we now have even more to boast! Yes, you can only see the following artists at Bluesfest 2016!!!
Joining global heavyweights The National, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, Joe Bonamassa, Graham Nash, and The Original Blues Brothers Band is the hottest list of discovery artists you could hope for at a world-class music festival, including Janiva Magness, Con Brio, Kaleo, The Word, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, and Fantastic Negrito!
Bluesfest is renowned for not only delivering the greatest musicians and entertainers from around the world, but also the discovery musical gems people stumble upon throughout the festival, and these guys are guaranteed to blow you away with their incredible performances – giving you the opportunity to potentially see your next favourite artist, you’d otherwise not have the chance to see live!
Update on Tickets
As Peter Noble, your Festival Director says: "We are overflowing with talent at Bluesfest this year, and with only eight weeks to go before the festival begins, we are pleased to say that in a year where festivals have experienced much lower than expected sales, and in some cases cancellations, that we are right on track to deliver one of, if not the best, attended festivals so far.”
Peter's words are reflected in our ticket sales, which have stepped up several gears!
Tickets are selling extremely fast, with a lot of packages now sold out and the 5 and 3 day tickets being the absolute favourites. Get in now to secure your Festival experience of a lifetime! Check out all our ticket options and prices by clicking on the link below.
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