Byron Bay Bluesfest

Sturgill Simpson- AUS and NZ Tour Cancelled



“Due to circumstances beyond his control, Sturgill Simpson must regrettably cancel his upcoming dates in Australia and New Zealand, including his performances at Australia’s Bluesfest as well as New Zealand’s inaugural Auckland City Limits. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate everyone’s understanding.

For the two headline performances in Sydney @ the Metro Theatre on March 22 and Melbourne @ 170 Russell on March 23, full and complete refunds will be made at point of purchase. 

Sturgill looks forward to visiting and performing in Australia and New Zealand in the near future. Thank you again for your kind understanding."

 “Simpson has perfected the trick of distilling classic country from many eras and moving away from it at the same time.”  NPR MUSIC

“ music with a sweet psychedelic twist...will blow your mind and get your toes tapping.” ROLLING STONE

Bluesfest is honoured to present one of the biggest names in Country music right now: Sturgill Simpson.

From winning Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards to conquering the same awards ceremony this year, winning Song of the Year for ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ and Artist of the Year, Sturgill Simpson is fast becoming the most exciting, talked about artist in Country music in years.
From working in the armed forces to the railroads, to the South Carolina shrimp boats to now performing every major event from Bonnaroo to Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic, international TV appearances&sold out headlining performances, Simpson’s music career is exploding. His current tour of the US has been so popular he was compelled to increase the original schedule by double to meet the demand from fervent audiences all over the country.
Not to mention a list of accolades that never seem to end – His highly acclaimed second album Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (2014) was nominated for a Grammy in 2015 for Americana Album of the year. Topping just about every major music outlet’s hit list of 2014, the ground-breaking album came #18 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 50 Best Albums of 2014, #1 in American Songwriters Top 50 Albums of 2014, # 2 in Best Country Albums of 2014 & ‘Turtles All the Way Down’ #4 in the Best Country Songs of 2014. He also claimed #1 Album, #1 Male Vocalist, #1 Songwriter, #2 Artist & #6 single in the 2014 Nashville Scene Country Music Critics Poll.
Hailing from Eastern Kentucky, Sturgill is consistently referred to as the 'real deal' - the second coming of the true outlaws of Country music Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings. His music pushes the boundaries of classic Country to various genres, containing elements of Roots, Psychedelia and Soul and has even been described as “Country music for people who don’t like Country”.
His ability to sound concurrently both nostalgic and contemporary Country, largely owing to his song writing brilliance, has earned him respect from heavyweights of Country including legend Merle Haggard, who was quoted saying Simpson is “the only player in modern Country music who makes the cut”.

Lovers of music rejoice!  Making his Bluesfest debut in 2016, Sturgill Simpson’s star is on the rise and fast becoming renowned as one of the most important Country musicians today – make sure you get in and be one to say ‘I saw him when’!



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