Today the crew at Bluesfest Byron Bay added 14 more artists to their already stellar 2018 line-up Including, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Ásgeir, Newton Faulkner, Afro Celt Sound System, Harry Manx, Harts, Holy Holy, William Crighton and Elephant Sessions
With their third artist announcement featuring a litany of strong female artists, including one of 2017’s most talked about artists, Kesha ….
….with the release of her album Rainbow, she has evolved from pop star to critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated artist. Rainbow boasts an incredible range of collaborators including Ben Folds, Eagles of Death Metal and Dolly Parton. Billboard describes the lead single “Praying” as a “ballad that tears at your soul”.
The legendary Sheryl Crow, known for her country roots and the catchy hooks of smash hits like “All I Wanna Do”, “Strong Enough”, “If It Makes You Happy” and “Everyday Is A Winding Road”, Sheryl Crow has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and won 9 Grammys. Her set is sure to put smiles on a lot of faces next Easter long weekend.
Melissa Etheridge returns to the festival in 2018. an Academy Award and two time Grammy winning artist, Etheridge, will take the stage to perform her greatest hits ‘Come to My Window’, ‘I’m The Only One’, ‘Bring Me Some Water’, ‘Like the Way I Do’, ‘I Want To Come Over’ and many more. Known for her iconic raspy, smoky vocals, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs.
other artists announced today include, Colombian superstar Juanes brings the Latin American groove to Bluesfest in 2018. Whereas many of his contemporaries have embarked on English language crossover campaigns during their careers, Juanes has won a global appeal, singing exclusively in his native Spanish tongue. He has become perhaps the biggest and most important Latin pop music artist of the 21st century, selling over 15 million albums and winning 23 Latin Grammys (this most by an artist EVER!). He’s even played on stage with The Rolling Stones, performing Beast of Burdon when they rocked Bogota in 2016. If you haven’t heard him before, think Jack Johnson with a silky Spanish twist. His addition to the line up will make his many Australian fans very excited.
In commemoration of David Bowie’s passing, Brazilian musician Seu Jorge will perform a special tribute to the late genius at Bluesfest 2018, while also recreating his role in Wes Anderson’s film A Life Aquatic. Bowie said of the artist: “Had Seu Jorge not recorded my songs in Portuguese, I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with”. Wearing his iconic red beanie and seafoam suit, Jorge will perform acoustic renditions of David Bowie hits including ‘Rebel Rebel’, ‘Life On Mars’ and ‘Changes’. His unique versions have become a point of celebration and reflection upon the passing of a creative icon.
Local Byron Bay success story, Ziggy Alberts singing heartfelt stories of his personal endeavours and experiences, ocean-side upbringing, environmental issues and life on the road, he has sold out venues across the country on his 2017 tour. You’re going to be hearing a lot more about Ziggy, his sets will be some of the most talked about at Bluesfest 2018.
With the addition of the hugely popular Icelandic singer Ásgeir, this announcement truly is one of Bluesfest’s most interesting! His beautiful single King and Cross came in at number 10 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2014, and he’s since become a crowd favourite here in Australia. Renowned for his ability to make even the largest of spaces feel intimate, Ásgeir comes armed with material from his highly acclaimed second album ‘Afterglow’.
Newton Faulkner back to Bluesfest for the first time since 2013! Newton is known for his distinctive percussive guitar playing style; a tap-pick-and-strum technique that allows him to use his instrument as guitar, bass and drums all at once. His debut album Handbuilt By Robots secured platinum status in Australia and his home, the UK and he’s toured the world relentlessly ever since. His love of performing has never dulled and only gets brighter.
It’s a mash up of world music that needs to be heard to be believed… take Celtic music combined with West African sounds and you get the inimitable sounds of the Afro Celt Sound System. Boasting sales topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a stunning new album, ‘The Source’, which has been described as a “colossus of an album” by fRoots and “daring and triumphant” by The Guardian. Their sets will be a joyous fusion of cultures, don’t miss them.
Harry Manx, Harry has spent years fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, and banjo and the decidedly different Mohan veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by Manx’ Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Manx is often referred to as the “Mysticssippi” Blues Man, owing to his expertise in melding both Eastern and Western music together, “creating musical short stories that wed the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas”.
Bluesfest welcomes Australian band Holy Holy to Bluesfest, hot on the heels of the release ‘Paint’; referred to as “one of the standout albums to be released this year… almost perfect” by The Daily Telegraph. Most of all, ‘Paint’ smashes any preconception listeners may have had about Holy Holy and forces an instant reassessment. It’s not one of those second albums that lazily recycles the debut. Bluesfest is excited to welcome these Aussie envelope pushers in 2018.
William Crighton is a sublimely talented Australian folk-rock artist. A son of the Riverina in South Western NSW, he is a riveting storyteller with a sound that is bold, visceral and singular. Bluesfest is proud to welcome him to play at the festival for the first time in 2018.
Wielding a psychedelic-painted Fender Squier and blessed with a falsetto that could shake Stonehenge, Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Harts electrifies pop with both musicianship and showmanship. His 2016 Bluesfest sets are the stuff of legend so Bluesfest is thrilled to have him back in 2018!
Bluesfest, get ready to witness the Scottish musical powerhouse that is Elephant Sessions. They come welding weapons-grade grooves and guitar attack with quicksilver fiddle/mandolin melodies. Their album All We Have Is Now just won album of the year at the BBC Scots Trad Music Awards! The group fuses rich folk and trad influences with funk, rock and electronica in an instantly captivating, progressive, visceral blend. During their recent European tour, audiences crowd surfed their way through the summer and marquee floors broke under the weight of bouncing fans. It’s lucky the dancefloor at Bluesfest is a field of grass because there is no doubt this incredible act will have audiences dancing their hearts out!
Easter at Bluesfest will make a fine Christmas present for the music lover in your family. These artists join those already announced for Bluesfest 2018, and there’s more to come early next year.
LIONEL RICHIE – ROBERT PLANT
AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
JOHN BUTLER TRIO | TASH SULTANA
SEAL | JACKSON BROWNE
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT
GOMEZ | RAG’N’BONE MAN
JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ | FIRST AID KIT
MORCHEEBA | GOV’T MULE
THE NEW POWER GENERATION
THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND
CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS
JIMMY CLIFF | THE WAILERS
CANNED HEAT | WALTER TROUT
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
JOE LOUIS WALKER | BOBBY RUSH
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF | BENJAMIN BOOKER
DUMPSTAPHUNK | ANDRÉ CYMONE
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS
THE TESKEY BROTHERS
THE 2018 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON BLUESFEST.COM.AU
Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800