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Stan Walker’s mum is his ‘plus 1’ for April 15.

Bluesfest is excited to announce that, as NSW opens, they are adding more great artists to their lineup. 

They have already announced 82 artists who, between them, will perform over 130 shows across the days. 

The new list includes Amy Shark, Casey Barnes, Stan Walker, Kevin Borich Express, Lachy Doley & The Horns of Conviction, Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul. Geoff Achison and the Souldiggers and Hat Fitz and Cara.

Amy Shark.

Bluesfest reps say that Amy Shark is a super talent who is exploding across the world. She’s a multi-award winner (8 ARIAs from 22 nominations, 4 APRA Awards from 10 nominations and the AWMA Breakthrough Artist Award) and a formidable songwriter. 

Casey Barnes.

Australia’s newest country-rock superstar, Casey Barnes also makes his Bluesfest debut next Easter. His undeniable talent, paired with iconic foot-stomping performances, and his happy-go-lucky attitude have all attributed to his ongoing success in Australia and abroad. 

15 years ago, a young Stan Walker played Bluesfest as part of the High School Showcase. Now the Trans-Tasman pop R&B star returns for the first time in his own right. ‘I grew up in Byron, a wonderful heaven on earth,’ says Walker. ‘Every year mum and dad would go to Bluesfest. We love soul and blues. The first year I went I was gob-smacked; this was musical heaven on earth. Mum poked me and said, “Son, forget Billboard, forget Grammies. I will know you have made it as an artist when you are on the Bluesfest stage. Dream big right!” I knew that as a boy from the wrong end of town that was unlikely. Well Mum you are my plus one for April 15th’. 

Stan’s a multi-award winner (7 wins from 25 nominations) and this week added 2 more Waiata Māori Music Awards!

Bluesfest lineup keeps building and building

Peter Noble – ‘How good is this announcement? How great are these artists? Photo Tree Faerie.

Festival Director Peter Noble says the This Bluesfest lineup keeps building and building. ‘How good is this announcement? How great are these artists? The quality and talent next Easter Long Weekend is amazing and unparalleled!

This is the best Aussie & Kiwi lineup – ever, and guess what? We still have one or two surprises left up our sleeves!

‘We have always believed the day would come when we will be coming together to attend music festivals again. We have never given up on that and, although it’s been quite a difficult time, we feel that, for our beloved music industry, the musicians, the crews, everyone who works in it and especially the fans, it is our responsibility to be there to present the music we love, just as soon as we can.

‘Thank you for sticking with us in what has been an epic journey – it’s not too long now.’

For more information about the line-up and tickets, visit: www.bluesfest.com.au.


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