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The Saboteurs play Bluesfest 18–22 April 2019

Bluesfest announces The Saboteurs!

Bluesfest | Monday April 22, 2019

The Saboteurs – Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler – are back with the release of their first new music in more than 10 years. And it has been announced that they will be playing their first-ever Australian concert – at Bluesfest! 

Comprising four friends who got together in Detroit back in 2005, the band released two albums: Broken Boy Soldiers in 2006 and Grammy Award-winning Consolers of the Lonely in 2008. The Saboteurs have two new songs released by Third Man Records, Now That You’re Gone featuring Brendan Benson on lead vocals and Sunday Driver with Jack White singing lead, which are available digitally worldwide. This release coincides with the delivery of the only physical version of the tracks available on 7” vinyl as part of Third Man’s Vault Package #38 celebrating the 10th anniversary of the band’s acclaimed second album Consolers of the Lonely. This is a special announcement for Bluesfest festival director, Peter Noble OAM, who says:

‘It’s not every day you get to have a simultaneous worldwide announcement of one of the world’s great bands, The Raconteurs, known in Australia as The Saboteurs. The members include Jack White, who is someone I have wanted to present at Bluesfest for a very long time. In fact, this began as a Jack White headline performance, but literally morphed into The Saboteurs when the guys decided to get back together again after 10 years, and Bluesfest currently has the ONLY announced show in the world. 

‘There is a lot to be said about this; however, I’m sure the media will be on fire about this announcement, so please let me say this: Bluesfest has had many great artistic bills over the years. I now believe we are up there for our 30th anniversary festival in 2019 with our best festival bill… it is a testament to the tireless work of our team and the belief of artists and their representatives all over the world that allow us to do this, and our Bluesfesters, who support us in coming to revel in our spectacle. 

‘To all of you I wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

‘By the way: our next artist announcement is in January… and it’s a beauty!’

Bluesfest takes place from 18 to 22 April 2019. More info via: bluesfest.com.au.


Spend your New Years with The Drunk Mums and friends

New Years Eve Party featuring Drunk Mums

Hotel Great Northern | NYE | 8pm–3am |$25 

This year why not leave your actual drunk mum at home and nip down to the Hotel Great Northern and see the Drunk Mums live? Heading up a 6-band bill plus DJs, The Drunk Mums deliver well-written raw music free of pretension. In essence what they do is straight up Aussie rock’n’roll reminiscent of The Saints with a contemporary garage slant and an enthusiasm to match in the live setting. They do what they do and they don’t seem to care what anyone else thinks.

Playing alongside Drunk Mums are Dumb Punts, Good Doogs, Perve Endings, Mohndoo, Russell Smith plus DJs. Tix via oztix.com.au for one helluva party.


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