Yes, it is true and we are delighted to announce that on Friday 14th of April 2017 Neil Young + Promise of the Real will play a three hour set at Bluesfest Byron Bay.
5 October 2016
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Neil Young + Promise of the Real


Yes, it is true and we are delighted to announce that on Friday 14th of April 2017 Neil Young + Promise of the Real will play a three hour set at Bluesfest Byron Bay.

They join the illustrious names already on the bill including Santana, Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, Mary J. Blige, Buddy Guy (exclusive), The Doobie Brothers and many more.

This announcement proves that we are bringing together a line-up of artists that is on par with major festivals anywhere in the world & it’s all happening right here, in Australia in the beautiful shire of Byron Bay.

For this guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged concert, Young is joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals) and their band. They have performed with their father, Willie Nelson and Young on previous occasions and wowed Bluesfest with their exceptional sets this year.



Another Artist Announcement!

Wow, this is now our 4th Bluesfest announcement and yes, there are still more to come and don’t forget this Sunday 9th of October – another much loved musician will join the line-up at 9am AEDT!

Ticket Alert!

It is becoming very obvious, that Bluesfest is set to sell out!

Ticket prices have been rising, as the Bluesfest 2017 line-up grows rapidly and becomes stronger with each announcement. RIGHT NOW, you can still grab your tickets at the current rate, but they will need to up again by tomorrow Thursday 6th of October by 5pm at the latest!

You can pay off your tickets on a 'Lay by' plan over 3 months. Check out our 'Lay by / Time to pay' plan here. Get in now, if you have not already!


Peter Noble, our Festival Director, comments on the Neil Young + Promise of the Real joining the Bluesfest 2017 line up:


“Bluesfest is proud to announce our headliner for 2017.

Neil Young + his incredible new band Promise of the Real, are coming to Bluesfest to perform their full 3 hour set on Friday April 14 on our Crossroads stage. Neil’s recent sets have included such classics as ‘Heart of Gold’, ‘Out on the Weekend’, ‘Harvest Moon’, ‘Powderfinger’, ‘Cowgirl in the Sand’, ‘Everybody Knows This is Nowhere’, ‘Cortez the Killer’ and ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ – WOW. I can’t wait!

This is the third Bluesfest announcement in three weeks; with Santana being the headliner of last week’s, and Mary J. Blige the week before, and with the Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, The Lumineers, Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy (festival exclusive performance) in previous announcements.

You can only guess who will be in the announcement this Sunday?

We ask fans yearly in questionnaires who is the most requested artist to play a future Bluesfest, hands down Neil comes in first on every poll we do. Well, we have fulfilled the wish of many Bluesfesters. Promise of the Real featuring Lukas Nelson, (Willie’s son), blitzed at Bluesfest 2016. Again I can’t wait to hear them play with Neil. Bluesfest 2017 is shaping to be one of our best yet. Ticket sales are as good as our best ever, so if you are intending to come, make sure you don’t wait too long to buy your tickets while you still can”.

Peter Noble OA
Byron Bay Bluesfest



“Now in his sixth decade of refusing to fade away, Young can still mow down a mob of adoring fans with tender melodies, ragged rock ‘n’ roll and brutal guitar feedback. Young and Crazy Horse may have played their best show ever.” – Boston Herald

Neil Young makes his long awaited Bluesfest debut in 2017. Described by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as “one of Rock and Roll’s greatest songwriters and performers”, Young has the rare ability to change minds and break hearts with his profound lyrics, and to thrill audiences with his charismatic live performances.

A truly prolific artist, Young has released 37 albums since 1969 including the much loved and revered Harvest in 1972. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Young 34th in its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time and in 2003, included five of his albums in its list of 500 greatest albums of all time.

“Young isn’t getting old. He’s being attacked by the future. And Friday night, Young played with an intensity that made it seem like the past is worth protecting and that rock improvisation is still worth getting lost in.” – The Washington Post

Since 2015 Young + Promise of The Real have released two albums. The first, The Monsanto Years is ecologically / environmentally-focused album that The Guardian gave five out of five stars.

The next is Earth, an album that features performances of songs from a range of Young's albums, including Ragged Glory and After the Gold Rush. It is a new take on some of Young's most beloved songs and features live recordings, along with added musical overdubs, as well as sounds of the earth, such as city sounds like car horns, sounds of insects, and animal sounds from bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, cows - creating a very strange, yet beautiful atmosphere.

In addition to recording and playing with Young, Promise of the Real have also performed with the likes of John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King, and Bob Dylan. Promise of the Real are led by Lukas Nelson who first picked up the guitar at age 11 to honour a promise he made to his father, legendary Country musician Willie Nelson and was able to teach himself the craft by playing along to classic Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix songs.

Together, Neil Young + Promise of the Real bring their guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged rock albums to life, to the delight of their many Australian fans.


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(02) 6639 9800

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