Bluesfest lock in more great acts for their 2018 Boomerang announcement
One of the most exciting but also important parts of any Bluesfest line up is the inclusion of artists and activities that serve as part of the Boomerang Festival.
Basically, it serves as a festival within a festival. Directors Peter Noble OAM and Rhoda Roberts AO join forces to program the best in up-and-coming Indigenous music, as well as quality Indigenous cultural exchanges, dance and workshops in a special standalone component that is an absolute must-visit if you’re at the festival.
Here’s what they’ve locked in for 2018:
The Strides, Yirrmal, Sorong Samarai, Benny Walker, Naras, Move It Mob Style, Eric Avery, Te Kopere Maori Healers, Jannawi Dance Clan, Muggera Dancers, Bundjalung Local Artisans and Weavers
If you’re a Double J listener then you have no doubt heard plenty of Yirrmal and Benny Walker over the past couple of years, they’re two of the most important voices from Indigenous Australia going around right now and without doubt two of the best entertainers in the country.
The Strides will bring a truly global sound, with their Barbadian, Fijian and Sierra Leonean heritage all coming together in a fiery amalgam of roots reggae and hip hop.
Some of the brightest stars from PNG and Indonesia’s underground scenes come together to form Sorong Samarai, while the Solomon Islands’ Narasirato will show why they have become so revered by critics around the world in recent years.
The full Bluesfest line up 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, Dan Sultan, Mia Dyson, 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, All Our Exes Live In Texas, Chain, Con Brio, William Crighton, Elephant Sessions, The Teskey Brothers, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Shaun Kirk, Caiti Baker, Steve Smyth, Dog Trumpet, Hanlon Brothers
Bluesfest happens at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm from Thursday 29 March to Monday 2 April. Tickets are on sale now.