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Neil Young playing with The Promise of the Real. Photo supplied
Neil Young playing with The Promise of the Real. Photo supplied

The headlining artist for the 2017 Bluesfest was a ’70s icon but, unlike many of his generation, has continued to blaze a musical trail down the decades.

Neil Young, who released his era-defining album Harvest in 1972, has since gone on to release more than 60 records.

For his guitar-centric, full steam-ahead and highly-charged concert, Young will be joined by Promise of the Real, an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals).

They have performed with their father, Willie Nelson and Young on previous occasions and wowed Bluesfest with their exceptional sets this year.

Since 2015 Young + Promise of The Real have released two albums. The first, The Monsanto Years is an ecologically/environmentally-focused album that The Guardian gave five out of five stars.

Bluesfest director Peter Noble said, ‘Neil Young and his incredible new band Promise of the Real, are coming to Bluesfest to perform their full three-hour set on Good Friday, April 14, on our Crossroads stage.

Neil’s recent sets have included such classics as ‘Heart of Gold’, ‘Out on the Weekend’, ‘Harvest Moon’, ‘Powderfinger’, ‘Cowgirl in the Sand’, ‘Everybody Knows This is Nowhere’, ‘Cortez the Killer’ and ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ – WOW. I can’t wait!’

The 70-year-old rock legend joins an already star studded lineup including musical greats Carlos Santana, Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, Mary J. Blige, Buddy Guy (exclusive), The Doobie Brothers and many more.

All 5, 3 & 1 day festival and camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6685 8310.


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