Bluesfest has released its first artist announcement for next year.
Headlining are rock band The National, blues rock/new folk band City and Colour, reggae legends UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, blues rock maestro Joe Bonamassa and Grammy-award-winning blues and roots rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band, plus many more.
‘There are 15 hugely talented artists and musicians gracing this first Bluesfest announcement, covering a multitude of genres but with a huge focus on the blues and contemporary!’ say organisers.
Bluesfest director Peter Noble says, ‘Lovers of contemporary music will be falling over themselves to see The National play exclusively at Bluesfest on their only Aussie show this tour.
‘They are so big in the world right now and their performances are real, raw as well as uniting. People say it’s the best concert they have ever been to.
‘City and Colour remain one of Australia’s favourite bands – performing for the first time at Bluesfest. Frontman Dallas Green with his band will blow you away.
‘Joe Bonamassa is the go-to guitar slinger in the blues world right now.
‘He is playing two exclusive shows at Bluesfest, the only ones in Australia on this tour. He will show you how a guitar can and should be played.
‘UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue are the world’s biggest reggae band and this will be their first and only performance in Australia since their sell-out tour of 2014.
‘We also welcome back one of our favourite bands, The Cat Empire.’
For a full rundown of the artists, visit www.bluesfest.com.au.