We are beyond excited, over the moon and can't believe that Bluesfest is happening next week.
The site is truly coming to life as you can see by the picture and that is just the beginning. There is so much to read about in this e-card, we could go on forever talking about the magnificence happening at Bluesfest and the weeks before.
This is it everyone – we are so close now, some of our international artists have already touched down. For example Tom Jones is giving his first performance of his Australian tour in Adelaide tonight!
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Every day at Bluesfest!
As our artists are arriving left, right and centre into Australia & New Zealand, we had so much fun breaking down each day of the festival for you and making it even tastier than it already is. There is so much great music and variety each day of the festival with something for everyone!
Thursday 24th March
Thursday is the only day you get to see festival headliner Kendrick Lamar, who won five 2016 Grammy Awards and just released a surprise compilation album Untitled Unmastered on the 4th of March. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, No. 1 on the ARIA Digital Chart and No. 1 on the ARIA Urban Chart and features an impressive collection of eight tracks that were unfinished demos from his Grammy winning album To Pimp a Butterfly.
Also don't miss one of the worlds best blues bands, the Tedeschi Trucks Band who released a new album Let Me Get By this year and will be bringing all 11 members to Bluesfest.
For those who like their contemporary music, five -piece Indie Rock group the Cold War Kids will be making their Bluesfest debut on Easter Thursday.
Friday 25th March
Exclusive performances from The National and Graham Nash, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band performing early Fleetwood Mac classics as well as the Blues, and star on the rise Elle King - day two of the festival is looking mighty fine!
A not-to-be-missed discovery artist on Friday is Iceland's Kaleo, who have had five number one singles in Iceland and blend Folk, Blues, Country, Roots and Rock to create their own dreamy sound that has seen them be compared to the likes of Bon Iver and Iron & Wine.
Saturday 26th March
Fans of D'Angelo, who won two 2016 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album for Black Messiah and Best R&B Song for 'Really Love', are over the moon that he is performing a solid TWO HOUR SET on Saturday!
Not-to-be-missed discovery artist on Easter Saturday - Con Brio, fronted by Ziek McCarter, a charismatic, undeniably gifted showman whose stage presence calls to mind the charisma of a young Michael Jackson or James Brown!
Also don't miss Vintage Trouble who toured with AC/DC in 2015 and will be bringing their old- school Rhythm and Blues and impressive stage presence to Bluesfest for the very first time!
Sunday 27th March
Red Red Wine! Oh yes, today is the day you will get to see UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue in a Bluesfest exclusive! We can already picture the Bluesfest crowd bopping away to their infectious feel-good, Jamaican-inspired grooves!
Crowd favourites The Cat Empire will be getting you onto your feet with their energetic, rhythmic sounds! Their new album Rising With The Sun came in at No. 1 on the ARIA Main Album Chart making it their second- ever top charting album, following on from Two Shoes which hit No. 1 in 2005. If you like to dance around and have fun then this is one set not to be missed!
And make sure you also don't miss the legendary Jackson Browne on Easter Sunday in his first return to Bluesfest in 10 years!
Monday 28th March
Although you may not have heard of all of the artists on the Bluesfest bill, it is all about discovering new artists and sharing first-hand experiences with your loved ones!
So even though Monday is jam packed with legends like Tom Jones and Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, make sure you don't miss the up and comers with some serious talent! Our tips for Monday include:
Irish Mythen - hand picked by Melissa Etheridge as a special guest on her Sydney and Melbourne Bluesfest sideshows, and not to mention one of the festival favourites from this year's Woodford Folk Festival!
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Soul sensations that in a matter of time will be a household name!
St. Paul & The Broken Bones - This Alabama Soul sextet are coming to Australia for the first time to blow you away with their impressive live show - blue eyed Soul at its best!
Blackberry Smoke - Zac Brown said "There hasn't been a more important band in Country Music.. in the last 20 years than.. Blackberry Smoke" Say no more!
Fantastic Negrito - A self-taught multi-instrumentalist from the age of 20, Xavier Dphrepaulezz (Fantastic Negrito) got caught up in the streets and the dark side of the music industry. Affected by early failings to reach stardom, and three near-death experiences, this talented musician is going to move and rock the Bluesfest crowd and no doubt win over many new fans!
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Another artist added to the Bluesfest schedule!!
Tenzin Choegyal, who has been announced to perform at the Boomerang Festival, will now also be performing on the Bluesfest Stage! In 1997, Tenzin Choegyal came to Australia with little more than a bag, his Dranyen, and a voice full of passion for Tibet. His raw talent soon caught the attention of people around the Country and around the world. From classical, contemporary to ancient traditional, Tenzin embraces opportunities to take his music to uncharted territory both in the studio and on stage.
Tenzin Choegyal performs at Bluesfest on the Jambalaya Stage at 12pm on Monday 28th March.
You can also catch Tenzin Choegyal at the Boomerang precinct on Friday 25th March, Saturday 26th March and Sunday 27th March.
Are you local to the Byron area and don't have any plans for this Friday?
This Friday 18th March at Coorabell Hall, in the magnificent Byron hinterland, together, 'THE THREE BLUE DUCKS, & HARVEST CAFÉ teams will present JA NGHARI (Bundjalung for 'Food Gathering') - A celebration of food, Country and culture - with a special focus on Indigenous culture and hosted by leading food and lifestyle journalist Magdalena Roze (Channel Ten, Delicious Magazine)
This special night will include canapes on arrival, and a three course menu inspired by local native ingredients personally foraged by the chefs themselves. The night will also feature an In Conversation session with Boomerang Festival Director Rhoda Roberts, Tweed Shire Council Aboriginal, Community and Natural Resources Manager, Rob Appo, Darren Robertson & Bret Cameron, followed by a feature musical performance from East Journey (Arnhem Land).
Not only is this unique night bound to be an unforgettable experience, all profits go to Boomerang Festival!
For more information and to book your tickets, click the button below.
Show reviews from Bluesfest artists already in Australia! It's time to get excited!!!
Malian band Songhoy Blues just landed in the country last week and feedback from their first ever Australian show in Perth was “…put some extra pegs in the tent, these guys are going to blow the roof off Bluesfest” and “Can't tell you what an uplifting experience that was.”
From Perth the band then traveled east for the Port Fairy Folk Festival attended by Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble who said of their performance:
"Songhoy Blues performed two rousing sets at the Port Fairy Folk Festival this weekend bringing the audience out of their chairs and onto their feet dancing to their infectious rhythms on both occasions. The band is loving their tour of Australia and can't wait to get to Bluesfest where they are saying they really want to give their new album to their favourite artist Kendrick Lamar. They so want to meet him. They also said their favourite guitarist is playing Bluesfest, Joe Bonamassa, and that they are disappointed that by the time he plays they will already be on their way to the US for shows there and they will miss out on hearing him. They are super nice people and will be one of the many artists touring Australia and playing Bluesfest for the first time who are sure to impress massively"
The Music also gave them an equally impressive review from their Golden Plains performance:
"There is always that band that no one knows too much about but blows the crowd away. This year that honour goes to Songhoy Blues. Hailing from Mali, Africa, the band have the crowd eating out of their hands with their blend of '70s rock, blues and reggae."
Make sure you don't miss the hottest world music band that EVERYONE is talking about!
READ THEIR INTERVIEW WITH FAIRFAX HERE.
READ THEIR INTERVIEW WITH XPRESS MAGAZINE/THE MUSIC HERE.
SONGHOY BLUES PERFORM AT BLUESFEST ON THURSDAY 24th MARCH AND FRIDAY 25th MARCH!
Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble also got to catch Steve Earle and The Dukes at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, check out the review here:
"The band comes on and plays real Texas country blues a la Lightnin' Hopkins. His most recent album Terraplane is Steve's highest charting album in the US since Copperhead Road. It went to No. 1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. When the band went electric half way through the set, they got a big response. They certainly packed out the main stage area. As always Steve is creating and leaving no one dissatisfied for the whole show."
CHECK OUT THE MUSIC'S REVIEW FROM STEVE EARLE'S FIRST SHOW IN PERTH HERE
STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES PERFORM AT BLUESFEST ON FRIDAY 25th MARCH and SATURDAY 26th MARCH
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Check this clip out by Nathaniel (to the very end please). He truly is ONE OF A KIND!
MR SIMPLE - Bluesfest Giveaway!
Mr Simple & Bluesfest are running a giveaway competition. Simply "Like" and "Follow" @bluesfestbyronbay @mrsimplegoods on Instagram for your chance to win. Winners will be announced within 48hrs of posting.
Spell & The Gypsy Collective
At Bluesfest for the first time is Spell & The Gypsy Collective! The Byron-born brand started at the markets years back by sisters Isabella and Elizabeth. It is a fashion and lifestyle label that tries to capture the essence of it’s hometown of Byron Bay. From markets to a flagship store in Byron Bay and stockists around the world, they are excited to go back to their roots at Bluesfest with their beautiful shipping container store! Please stop by for a visit and see their Festival 16 collection, which is out just a couple of days before Bluesfest begins, and special deals exclusively for Bluesfest attendees!