A heap of amazing local talent was just added to Bluesfest
Bluesfest has again secured a heavy influx of local talent for its event in 2018 and today’s latest announcement bolsters that contingent significantly.
The ever-powerful Dan Sultan adds Bluesfest to his formidable list of dates for the first half of 2018, as he continues to ride high on the back of his excellent Killer album of last year.
Former Double J Australian Artist of the Year Mia Dyson makes a welcome return to the festival, which she has been playing for well over a decade now. This appearance will coincide with a new record album If I Said Only So Far I Take It Back, which will be out in March.
Recent ARIA award winners All Our Exes Live in Texas bring their beautiful harmonies and oft heart-wrenching tales to the Bluesfest stage, where they will undoubtedly win over a whole new set of fans.
Brilliant, gravelly-voiced Sydneysider Steve Smyth has been MIA of late after moving over to live in Barcelona. But he’s back in Australia for Easter and we can’t wait to hear what he has for us when he brings that immense talent to the Bluesfest stage.
Caiti Baker released one of the most interesting soul records of 2017 in Zinc and we can promise you she brings some extra special when she’s performing live. This is a show for people who like their soul music facing the future, but with respect to the past.
Chain are bona fide rock royalty. They’re been belting out high calibre blues for over 50 years now and seeing them is a rite of passage every Australian rock fan should experience. The equally legendary Peter O’Doherty and Reg Mombassa (Mental As Anything) bring their Dog Trumpet outfit to Bluesfest for a different but no less inspiring lesson in quality Australian music.
It’s not all local, with San Franciscan soulful rockers Con Brio also back on the Bluesfest bill for 2018, after four stunning shows at the event in 2016.
Here’s the latest announcement:
Dan Sultan, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Chain, Con Brio, Mia Dyson, Shaun Kirk, Caiti Baker, Steve Smyth, Dog Trumpet, Hanlon Brothers
They join a bill that looks like this:
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, Lionel Richie, Ms. Lauryn Hill, The John Butler Trio, Youssou N'Dour, Seal, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tash Sultana, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, The New Power Generation, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers, Jackson Browne, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Gomez, Rag 'N' Bone Man, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Jimmy Cliff, First Aid Kit, Jose Gonzalez, The Wailers, Benjamin Booker, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Morcheeba, Gov't Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Canned Heat, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Ásgeir, Newton Faulkner, Afro Celt Sound System, Walter Trout, André Cymone, Harry Manx, Harts, Holy Holy, William Crighton, Elephant Sessions, The Teskey Brothers, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Bluesfest happens at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April. Tickets are on sale now.