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Bluesfest Byron Bay has unveiled the sixth round of artists to perform at its 25th Anniversary, over the Easter long weekend April  17 – 21, and news from the Bluesfest office is, that this is not the final one!

True to Bluesfest form, there will be more announcements before the Easter extravaganza begins in just three months time!

This latest announcement focuses on our homegrown Australian stars with a perfect mix of excellent international artists, while the 2014 line-up just keeps on growing, bringing out all the magnificent wonders of Bluesfest.

Announcement number six takes a journey across the globe welcoming brilliant and very gifted artists from three continents (USA, UK and South East Asia) to Byron Bay, as well as bringing some true Aussie talent to the Bluesfest stages!

Bluesfest has established itself as an iconic event and is equally loved for the music and also for its unspoiled atmosphere. It’s an inspirational festival loved by all ages and 2014 marks its 25th anniversary.


Joss Stone
Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience
Dyson, Stringer & Cloher • The Beards
Glenn Cardier and the Sideshow
Nahko & Medicine For The People
Public Opinion Afro Orchestra • Cambodian Space Project
Matthew Curry

Putting together the talent to play Bluesfest for our 25th Anniversary Festival has not only been about who to put on this year – it has also been about who to leave out!’ says Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble.

‘So many artists want to play, and we just can’t fit everyone in, and of course the unavailability of a few artists is always sad but you get that every year!

‘As the guy who gets to go through the thousands of bands from local artists through to a large number of the world’s biggest who want to play our big birthday this year – the task is enormous – it’s a huge challenge and very rewarding.

‘I feel that I am delivering artists this year who have been important – even pivotal in our quarter century of existence. We are presenting those who do great shows – which is what the Festival is renowned for – plus we continue to introduce artists for the first time, who we believe will be future major performers in years to come, alongside the legends and breakthrough artists for who we have become renowned in choosing to perform on their climb to the top.

‘It’s our birthday year – and we have pulled out all the stops to present our best ever Bluesfest – if ticket sales are the indicator of a great event – we must be right on target – as we are tracking toward a sellout, so don’t miss out.

‘I just caught Nahko at Michael Franti’s Soulshine Festival in Bali, and booked him immediately to come and play Bluesfest this year – WOW – what a talent. If you love Michael get ready, as Nahko has that same incredible vibe. He is going to be HUGE.

‘Joss Stone was only a teenager when she last played Bluesfest, she has since been chosen by Mick Jagger to be co-lead singer with his band Superheavy, and released some of the most sizzling soul albums of the century. Her performances are show stoppers. She is just one of ‘those’ artists who will forge one of the great long term careers in music – in fact she is already doing just that.

‘Louisiana Zydeco master Terrance Simien, who first played Bluesfest in 1994 is back after too many years not being on our stages. To me he is unmissable – an absolute brilliant performer, songwriter – and oh that voice, only Aaron Neville can compete from that part of the world.

‘We have the long awaited return of two of Australia’s great bands in Chain and The Black Sorrows, they each in their own way define Australian Roots and Blues music, are bona fide legends, and are still performing at the top of their game. Bluesfest 25 would not be complete without them.

‘Matthew Curry from Bloomington Illinois in the US is only 17 years old and is an amazing Blues guitarist and singer – don’t miss him – you won’t believe your ears. He has just been chosen by Steve Miller to tour with as special guest, and is being hailed already at his young age as potentially the next big thing in the Blues.

‘There is simply no excuse why I have not booked Glenn Cardier before on Bluesfest, he is one of Australia’s finest artists, and someone who should not be missed.

‘Rounding out this announcement is the Cambodian Space Project and the Public Opinion Afro Orchestra – both great combinations of Aussie musicians with those from Cambodia and Africa respectively.

‘One of the hits of Bluesfest 24, The Beards are coming back and we are very pleased to be announcing Mia Dyson, Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher who will be combining their simply marvelous talents.

‘It’s all coming together – our doors will open in three months to what we intend to be our best Bluesfest ever… roll up – roll up – it’s the event of the year.’



Jack Johnson • John Mayer • Dave Matthews Band

Jeff Beck • Elvis Costello & The Imposters

 Buddy Guy • Erykah Badu • Doobie Brothers

John Butler Trio • India.Arie • Michael Franti & Spearhead

Aaron Neville • Passenger • Iron & Wine

Gregg Allman • Boz Scaggs • Dr John & The Nite Trippers

Gov’t Mule • Morcheeba • Gary Clark Jr

 Steve Earle & The Dukes • Kasey Chambers • Jason Isbell

Jake Bugg • Devendra Banhart • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The Wailers • WAR • Sly & Robbie and The Taxi Gang

KC & The Sunshine Band • Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

The James Cotton Blues Band • Booker T. Jones • Robben Ford

Jimmie Vaughan • Beth Hart • The Charlie Musselwhite Band

Suzanne Vega • Kate Miller-Heidke • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Ozomatli • Chali 2Na • CW Stoneking • Allen Stone

Larry Graham & Graham Central Station • Eric Bibb • KT Tunstall

The Magic Band • Grandmothers of Invention

 Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes • North Mississippi Allstars • Walter Trout

 Trixie Whitley • The Soul Rebels • Valerie June • Devon Allman

Seth Lakeman • Nikki Hill • The Paladins

Candye Kane Band • Saidah Baba Talibah

Music Maker Foundation feat. Pat Wilder, Cool John Ferguson, and Little Freddie King

RocKwiz Live

Tickets to the event continue to sell fast, with record breaking 5 day Season Ticket sales reported, followed by Friday and Saturday single day tickets.

Bluesfest playing schedule is available on www.bluesfest.com.au

All Festival and Camping tickets are on sale through www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the office on 02 6685 8310.


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