Bluesfest lock in more great acts for their 2018 Boomerang announcement

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A mind-expanding array of acts make up this festival within a festival.

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 ShiftersLionel RichieMs. Lauryn HillThe John Butler TrioYoussou N'DourSealMichael Franti & SpearheadTash SultanaKeshaSheryl CrowMelissa Etheridge, The New Power GenerationChic Featuring Nile RodgersJackson BrowneJason Isbell and the 400 UnitGomezRag 'N' Bone ManThe Original Blues Brothers BandJimmy CliffFirst Aid KitJose GonzalezThe WailersBenjamin BookerHurray For The Riff RaffMorcheeba, Dan Sultan, Mia Dyson, Gov't MuleLukas Nelson & Promise Of The RealCanned HeatJuanesSeu JorgeZiggy AlbertsÁsgeirNewton FaulknerAfro Celt Sound SystemWalter TroutAndré CymoneHarry ManxHartsHoly HolyAll Our Exes Live In Texas, Chain, Con Brio, William CrightonElephant SessionsThe Teskey BrothersThe California HoneydropsEric GalesBobby RushDumpstaphunkJoe Louis WalkerRick 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.

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