As if Bluesfest 2013 couldn’t get any bigger, today, Australia’s Number 1 Blues & Roots Music Festival (Easter Weekend March 28 to April 1) brings to all Australian Fans an announcement very much close to their heart!
This latest Bluesfest release focuses on the emarkable Australian, as well as New Zealand Artists, and brings a perfect selection of well known and up and coming home grown talent to the Bluesfest stages.
This Aussie Announcement will have every Australian feeling proud to be one.
The 2013 Bluesfest Artist Program is already being hailed as one of the best line-ups in Australian Festival History but by the sounds of it, Bluesfest is not done yet. There are more announcements scheduled for the upcoming weeks.
Already headlining the Bluesfest 2013 super bill are Paul Simon, Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters, Santana, Ben Harper, Iggy & The Stooges, Jimmy Cliff, Wilco, Rodriguez, Steve Miller Band, Chris Isaak, Madness, Roger Hodgson from Supertramp, and many more.
Today Bluesfest is unveiling some of the crème de la crème of Australian music PLUS a couple of very special bands from across the Tasman, the dub Reggae break-through NZ band Fat Freddy’s Drop, and the next big Kiwi thing – the band King Cannons. The King Cannons are not to be avoided at ANY cost – get the vibe and make your way to the front of the stage – just do it, get it…don’t miss them as this band is serious business and you can say you saw them when!
Then there is “The Cat Empire”. We have watched them grow from a small band performing on the smaller Bluesfest stages to closing the entire Festival and gaining world recognition over the years. All along the guys have stayed grounded and great to work with. It will be their 7th performance at Bluesfest.
Wow, that number is getting close to breaking records but the highest score in overall Bluesfest performances is held by Hat Fitz from the beautiful Queensland town of Eumundi. Bluesfest 2013 marks 20 years straight of Fitzy’s playing Bluesfest – maybe we should give him a gold watch.
Festival favourites Fat Freddy’s Drop, Xavier Rudd and RockWiz Live (with 4 shows), will be doing ‘Welcome Back’ performances, alongside newcomers Karise Eden – truly THE VOICE, The Beards, Saskwatch and Grey Ghost, who I believe is going to blow everyone away. I have presented some amazing Aussie Artists in their early years who became huge, so watch out for this performer Grey Ghost – he HAS got it in spades.
Then there is the Haight Ashbury Stage Show which features a cast of incredible Hippies and great musicians, such as former Canned Heat lead vocalist James T. This show will enthral you over four nights with their authentic ‘journey back in time’ to those days of peace love and bean sprouts – don’t miss this one – it’s a play, it’s a concert, it’s psychedelic, it’s a light show, it’s authentic and it’s a knockout – Direct from Nimbin.
And they’re not calling it quits yet. There are around 4 more announcements yet to come, and we will be rolling some of them out just before Christmas, so yeah, the majority of Bluesfest will be announced by then! It’s never been this early and I love it!
Australian Artists At Bluesfest 2013
THE CAT EMPIRE
FAT FREDDY’S DROP
THE BREAK (FEAT. MEMBERS OF MIDNIGHT OIL VIOLENT FEMMES, HUNTERS & COLLECTORS)
BEASTS OF BOURBON
MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
THE WILSON PICKERS
ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS
HAT FITZ & CARA
MASON RACK BAND
THE SONGS OF THE HAIGHT ASHBURY STAGE SHOW
LIL FI & THE DIRTY RASCALS
Previously Announced Artists At Bluesfest 2013
PRESENTS SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
IGGY & THE STOOGES
STEVE MILLER BAND
ROGER HODGSON THE LEGENDARY VOICE OF SUPERTRAMP
JON ANDERSON THE LEGENDARY VOICE OF YES
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND
GLEN HANSARD WITH THE FRAMES
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS
FRED WESLEY AND THE NEW JB’S
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK
PLAYING FOR CHANGE
TONY JOE WHITE
THE DUKE ROBILLARD BAND
WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE
Bluesfest 2013 Tickets & Dates
Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay
Thursday March 28th – Monday April 1st, 2013
ph: 02 6685 8310