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Bluesfest 2014

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According to festival director Peter Noble, ‘For all you festival-goers who love to shake, shimmy, bop and groove, this one is for you! This is Bluesfest’s biggest dance announcement EVER. These guys just want to get down and make you dance. With such songs as That’s The Way (I Like It), Get Down Tonight, Boogie Shoes and (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty, I’m Your Boogie Man, Please Don’t Do, Keep It Comin’ Love and so many more. KC & The Sunshine Band, who played a bedrock part in the disco craze of the 70s, are still doing it today!

‘Just added to this phenomenal announcement is Nigerian musician Seun Kuti, son of the pioneer of afrobeat music, the one and only Fela Kuti. Seun Kuti and his late father’s 16-piece band Egypt 80, who will be joining him at Bluesfest, are the best live band EVER.’

For Peter, having War come to Bluesfest is a personal dream come true.

‘They are the most important latino funk group, standing just in the shadow of Santana and they blend soul, latin, jazz, blues, and reggae into a natural funky fusion that has inspired thousands of bands that followed them.

‘Originally led by Eric Burdon, War has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide. Their hits The World Is A Ghetto, Lowrider, Why Can’t We Be Friends, All Day Music, Slippin’ Into Darkness, Summer are songs everyone loves and which continue to inspire generation after generation of fans.

‘The greatest rhythm section in music, Jamaica’s reggae legends Sly & Robbie and The TAXI Gang, are coming to Bluesfest and will have you dancing and partying to their signature reggae sound. For all our hip-hop fans, rapper Chali 2na will be keeping you on your toes.

‘Straight out of the ghetto, LA’s favourite hip-hop artist has his lyrics locked down big time. I know there are thousands of fans out there who will be excited to see the MAN return to Bluesfest – Jeff Beck.

‘Just imagine the possibilities of jams on stage – with Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, John Mayer, Beth Hart, Gary Clark Jr, Larry Graham, John Butler, Gregg Allman, Allen Stone and so many others – ALL performing at the same event!

‘Not to mention the blues jams likely with Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Beth Hart – plus a whole bunch more performing.’

Tickets are available on www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the friendly Bluesfest team on 6685 8310.


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