Press Release: Today Bluesfest Byron Bay, Australia’s multi award winning 5 Day Festival, held at its permanent home, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay, reveals its 3rd round of artists to perform at its 25th Anniversary, over the Easter long weekend 17 – 21 April, 2014. The latest announcement welcomes Bluesfest icon headliner Jack Johnson back to its main stage. Jack’s fan base reaches from young to old and he truly represents what Bluesfest is all about. He is not just an all-time favourite, who makes the Top 3 List of ‘Most sought-after Bluesfest artist’ each year; Jack Johnson is also synonymous with Bluesfest, as well as a very gifted performer and a great person.
Jack Johnson’s new album ‘From Here To Now To You’ is receiving worldwide accolades. It is his third number 1 album in a row in the Billboard charts in the US.
Also on the forefront of this announcement is the legendary Elvis Costello who made his Bluesfest debut with two roof-raising performances with The Imposters in 2011. Elvis Costello will be bringing The Imposters once again to for our 25th Bluesfest Anniversary celebrations.
First ever Bluesfest performances, which have been anticipated by many, include renowned British folk rock solo artist Passenger. His song ‘Let Her Go’ is approaching 7 x platinum status in Australia and is a #1 chart-topper in 16 countries including Australia not to mention the 110 million+ views of the clip on YouTube. His album ‘All The Little Lights’ is nearing double platinum status in our shores, as well as in Canada and the UK. Passenger has parked himself at the top of the charts all year, as well as reaching that status all over the world.
Jack Johnson and Passenger will be both performing exclusively at Bluesfest 25 off the back of Jack Johnson adding shows to his almost sold out Australian tour set for December this year and Passenger selling out his theatre run also in December this year.
RocKwiz Live, the hugely popular TV Series is coming back for some juicy Bluesfest entertainment. After the incredible success of their 2013 debut season opener, RocKwiz Live will be shooting their 2014 season opening program at Bluesfest. Here’s another fantastic opportunity for all Bluesfest fans to see themselves as well as their favourite artists on television. Enjoy the sassy & seductive Julia Zemiro at her comedic best. Bluesfest Director Peter Noble may well take part in another serious outrageous interchange on stage again. He asked her out on a date this past Bluesfest…what a dirty old man.
Also announced, is the return of the big hit of Bluesfest 2013 – American Rock Band Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, who will have the audience eating out of the palm of their hands once gain and how could we not bring her back? After her blistering debut Grace blew everyone away with her fine musicianship, incredible voice, great band and gritty rocking blues songs. Plus she is not hard on the eyes – what a winning package.
It does not stop here: Australia’s much loved and award winning Queen of Country singer Kasey Chambers, whose career spans over many Bluesfest years, is also returning to the Bluesfest stage and is welcomed with open arms. In 1999 Kasey first performed solo on the small stage at Bluesfest and only one year later she was headlining the Bluesfest main stage with her incredible No. 1 Album The Captain, propelling her to the forefront of Australia’s most popular musicians. Kasey playing at Bluesfest 25 will mark her 9th performance over all. That’s an extra reason to celebrate!
Also added to the growing Bluesfest line-up is Belgian American multi-instrumentalist Trixie Whitley, the incredibly charismatic The Soul Rebels who will be bringing their blistering brass-funk all the way from New Orleans and the 9 piece soul band from Melbourne, Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes.
The first two announcements included musical giants John Mayer, The Dave Matthews Band, The Doobie Brothers, Aaron Neville, Erykah Badu, Gregg Allman, Boz Scaggs and many more
Bluesfest has established a reputation of increasing the strength of its line-up with each announcement, by releasing more and more headliners each time and creating an ongoing momentum.
The 25th Anniversary is shaping up to be an exceptional occasion with more headline announcements scheduled in the next few weeks.
THIRD ANNOUNCEMENT includes:
Elvis Costello & The Imposters • Passenger
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals • Kasey Chambers
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes
Trixie Whitley • The Soul Rebels
with many more to come
Peter Noble, Festival Director says:
We have put out the call and the response has been most gratifying. Many of the greatest of the fraternity of musicians around the world are coming to Bluesfest for our greatest one yet – our 25th. Included in that, are many members of the Bluesfest family both old and new. We welcome back home some of our favourites in this, our third Announcement: Kasey Chambers, Jack Johnson, The cast of RocKwiz. Along with Bluesfest family members from our previous announcements Michael Franti & Spearhead, John Butler and all the others, who are becoming family, or are about to find out that at Bluesfest – they have a creative home – one where their art is respected on a profound basis. We give them the space to create the beauty that artists put on the planet – to make all our lives enriched with their vision. We truly are putting together something exceptional this coming Bluesfest for our other family our loyal fans – welcome – it is going to be very special.
ARTISTS ALREADY ANNOUNCED
John Mayer – Dave Matthews Band (Two Incredible Performances)
Iron & Wine • Aaron Neville
Erykah Badu • John Butler Trio
Gregg Allman • Boz Scaggs • Doobie Brothers
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros • India.Arie
Dr John & The Nite Trippers • Morcheeba• Steve Earle & The Dukes
Devendra Banhart • Michael Franti & Spearhead • The Wailers
Jimmie Vaughan • Gary Clark Jr • Suzanne Vega •
Ozomatli • CW Stoneking • Allen Stone
Larry Graham & Graham Central Station
KT Tunstall • Robben Ford • Grandmothers of Invention
The Magic Band • Valerie June • Nikki Hill• The Paladins
Music Maker Foundation Feat. Pat Wilder, Cool John Ferguson, and Little Freddie King
FOR ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES VISIT WWW.BLUESFEST.COM.AU
Bluesfest playing schedule is available on www.bluesfest.com.au
All Festival and Camping tickets are on sale through www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the office on 02 6685 8310
Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster on www.ticketmaster.com.au