Less than 3 weeks until Bluesfest, Byron Bay 2017

Calendar Date: April 13- 17 (Easter long weekend).  

Less than 3 weeks until Bluesfest, Byron Bay 2017 

Jump on the groove train this Easter long weekend for Bluesfest, one of Australia’s most iconic music festivals. Featuring a vibrant mix of blues, roots, folk, soul and world artists, Bluesfest is set to be an electrifying treat for all senses. For the second year running, Bluesfest will also be home to Boomerang - a new world Indigenous festival for all Australians featuring an array of music, dance, workshops and healing programs, along with cultural knowledge exchanges and thought provoking conversations. You can find out more about Boomerang, via their website

The 120-hectare Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, located just 11km north of Byron Bay, will be transformed into a live site encompassing seven performance stages with over 200 performances in 5, 12 hour days and five licensed bars in addition to more than 100 tantalising food and market stalls including food courts, beer gardens and children’s entertainment. 

On the forefront, one of America's top Hip Hop artists, Nas, is teaming up with New Orleans' renowned Brass band, The Soul Rebels, for an exclusive Australian performance. You can only catch Nas and guests, The Soul Rebels at Bluesfest and nowhere else in Australia on Bluesfest's opening night, Thursday April 13. This performance will make history, as it will be only the second time this momentous collaboration has ever occurred, and the first time outside of the USA. 

Peter Noble OAM and Festival Director says that the countdown is truly on. 

"[Bluesfest is featuring] two Australian artists who have both had No 1 albums on the Australian Aria Charts in the past month, Busby Marou and one of our very favourite artists, who did her first ever solo show at Bluesfest, the incomparable Kasey Chambers. Add Nas doing an exclusive performance in Australia - with special guests, The Soul Rebels from New Orleans, who will only play a handful of shows anywhere, including headlining The Hip Hop Festival, Brooklyn New York, as well as Jazzfest in New Orleans, and you have a very, very strong [lineup]. There are wonderful returning artists who were revelations last year. Rhiannon Giddens, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Vintage Trouble, and there will be a whole new group of artists playing for the first time this year who will become your new favourites. 

"Put the headliners on top, both legends, such as our headliner Patti Smith playing her final ever festival performances in Australia, and contemporary artists, including The Lumineers, who Billboard magazine hailed as the top grossing band in the USA in February, plus returning favourites, and you have what I believe is a very, very special Bluesfest coming. There's a real vibe on our 2017 edition," said Noble.

These artists are just a taste of what is set to be an extraordinary music festival for blues, roots and jazz fans (and just music fans in general), as Santana, Zac Brown Band, The Doobie Brothers, Playing for Change and Jimmy Buffett are also in the mix. If you are yet to get your ticket, it's time for you to make a decision as Bluesfest is 90% sold out, for your last chance, check out what's still available here

To make your decision easier, here is the full playing schedule (as of March 27), as well as the most recent lineup:  

NAS

WITH GUESTS THE SOUL REBELS

(A ONE OFF EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE)

KASEY CHAMBERS

BUSBY MAROU

WOUTER KELLERMAN

LITTLE GEORGIA

JOINING THE 2017 ARTISTS ALREADY ANNOUNCED:

SANTANA

JIMMY BUFFETT EXCLUSIVE

ZAC BROWN BAND

PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND PERFORM HORSES

PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND ACOUSTIC

NEILL FINN

MARY J. BLIGE

THE LUMINEERS

BUDDY GUY EXCLUSIVE

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS

MADNESS

BONNIE RAITT

MAVIS STAPLES EXCLUSIVE

BILLY BRAGG

COURTNEY BARNETT

BILLY BRAGG AND JOE HENRY

SIR ROSEVELT

JETHRO TULL

MILES ELECTRIC BAND

TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE

RICKIE LEE JONES

GREGORY PORTER

SNARKY PUPPY

SLIGHTLY STOOPID

ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

CORINNE BAILEY RAE

BETH HART EXCLUSIVE

LAURA MVULA

MICHAEL KIWANUKA

ANDREW BIRD

RHIANNON GIDDENS

BOOKER T. PRESENTS THE STAX RECORDS REVIEW

EXPERIENCE JIMI HENDRIX

GALLANT

ROY AYERS

ERIC GALES

MUD MORGANFIELD

DEVON ALLMAN

MAX JURY

NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE

NIC CESTER

TURIN BRAKES

BLIND BOY PAXTON

TREVOR HALL

JAKE SHIMABUKURO

DUMPSTAPHUNK

PLAYING FOR CHANGE

ELLIS HALL

VASTI JACKSON

THE RECORD COMPANY

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS

TONY JOE WHITE

THE SUFFERS EXCLUSIVE

NIKKI HILL

REMI

THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS

JEFF LANG

RAY BEADLE AND THE SILVER DOLLARS

LLOYD SPIEGEL

JOAN OSBORNE

GLENN CARDIER AND THE SIDESHOW

DAVY KNOWLES

MELODY ANGEL

IRISH MYTHEN

THE STRUMBELLAS

THE WILSON PICKERS

ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS

AUSTRALIAN UKULELE SHOW

IVY

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