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Byron Bay Bluesfest

Patti Smith and her Band perform Horses

“It’s a performance destined for the festival’s All-Time Greatest list” Glastonbury Mojo
“I’m not wearing these shades to look cool. It’s just, you know… the sun,” Patti Smith says to her audience. “You’re the f**king coolest!” someone screams in response. - THE INDEPENDENT (Field Day)
“With her ever-commanding presence and intensity, Smith has always mesmerized” - Paste (Live at Beacon Theatre)


It is a dream come true for Bluesfest to announce Patti Smith and her band for their first ever Bluesfest performance. It has been eight years since Patti Smith last came to Australia, and nearly 41 years since the release of her first and most celebrated recording Horses. A perfect time for her to return.

Author, artist, performer, Patti Smith’s list of artistic accomplishments doesn’t end there. She is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of the Polar Music Prize, a human rights activist and also holds the honour of “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres”  from the French Ministry of Culture. We are truly excited that she and her band, co-founder Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty, Tony Shanahan and Andy York will perform Horses in its entirety at Bluesfest, as well as several time-honoured favourites.
In November of 1975, Patti Smith and her band recorded her debut album Horses at the famous Electric Lady Studios in New York City. An album that has come to be regarded as a seminal and landmark recording, that continues to have resonance and relevance for succeeding generations of musicians and artists. Smith will honour the longevity and lasting influence of Horses with a special Bluesfest show centered around the album.
Patti Smith is no doubt an iconic influence, an ever commanding presence in our creative world. It will be a privilege and a pleasure to have her perform at the 2017 Bluesfest.
“It will be a true, proud celebration.”  Patti Smith


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