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With Patti Smith, Billy Bragg, Zac Brown Band – and that’s just for starters…

While Bluesfest’s first artist announcement for 2017 sees a lot of popular favourites coming back for more, Bluesfest virgins Patti Smith and Billy Bragg have signed up for the first time.

Also on the (surprisingly long) first list are exclusive appearances from Buddy Guy, Mavis Staples and Beth Hart, encore performances by Zac Brown Band, The Lumineers, Bonnie Raitt, Jethro Tull and Trombone Shorty plus return appearances by this year’s smash hits St Paul & The Broken Bones and Irish Mythen.

Bluesfest director Peter Noble said it had been hard work to tie down some of the acts. ‘It has taken more than three years to get the very in-demand Patti Smith confirmed, a similar time also for Billy Bragg. Patti will perform her acclaimed album Horses in its entirety,’ he said.

Patti Smith – Photo Credit Edward Mapplethorpe
Patti Smith – Photo Credit Edward Mapplethorpe

He added the festival would ‘pay homage to the current King of the Blues Buddy Guy who, at 80 years old, is still delivering incredible live performances’.

His two exclusive plays at Bluesfest will be the only opportunity to see him in Australia. Peter said the same went for Mavis Staples, ‘whom we are paying our huge respect to, over four exclusive performances. We love Mavis and so does her adoring audience.

‘To have the Zac Brown Band, The Lumineers, Laura Mvula, Andrew Bird, Turin Brakes, St Paul & The Broken Bones and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue within one announcement would be enough for many contemporary music festivals and would comprise their entire event.

‘For us, we are only getting started,’ he said.

The full first announcement list is a thriller…

For more info about the festival visit: www.bluesfest.com.au.

Billy Bragg – Photo Credit Andy Whale
Billy Bragg – Photo Credit Andy Whale

BLUESFEST 2017 LINEUP

Patti Smith (and her band perform Horses), Zac Brown Band, The Lumineers, Buddy Guy (exclusive), Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples (exclusive), Billy Bragg, Jethro Tull, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, St Paul & The Broken Bones, Beth Hart (exclusive), Laura Mvula, Roy Ayers, Booker T Presents The Stax Records Revue, Andrew Bird, Rickie Lee Jones, Joan Osborne, Turin Brakes, The Strumbellas, Jake Shimabukuro, Dumpstaphunk, Nikki Hill and Irish Mythen (who it has to be said was freakin’ awesome last year and it’s great she’s coming back!).


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