Bluesfest, Byron Bay kicks off its first round of 2019 artists with a massive 27 acts crossing an eclectic range of genres that has something for all live music lovers, with plenty more to be announced for Bluesfest‘s 30th Anniversary Celebrations, 2019 is set to be one of this iconic festivals biggest yet.
Heading up Bluesfest’s first announcement is an Exclusive Bluesfest Only show by Hawaiian singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, Bluesfest’s prodigal son. Jack Johnson is making a long-awaited return to Bluesfest; having first played in 2001 – and most recently at our 25th birthday bash back in 2014. There’ll also be Exclusive Bluesfest-only shows from Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and St. Paul & The Broken Bones.
Ray Lamontagne, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Greensky Bluegrass and the folk supergroup I’m With Her are Bluesfest newbies – while Bluesfest favourite Kasey Chambers will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of her ground-breaking album ‘The Captain’, with a very special first-time performance of her debut album, track by track, alongside a celebration of songs from the Kasey Chambers greatest hits songbook.
Kasey heads up a strong Australian contingent in this announcement including Bluesfest faves Colin Hay, Tommy Emmanuel, Russell Morris, Richard Clapton, Tex Perkins and The Black Sorrows all returning to help with the celebrations.
Other returnees and total crowd pleasers and favourites, Keb’ Mo’, Vintage Trouble, Snarky Puppy, Elephant Sessions, Irish Mythen and The California Honeydrops will all be back and so will the powerful and conscious Nahko and Medicine For The People and Trevor Hall.
A note of poignancy this year. George Clinton will retire from live performance in May 2019 so this is the VERY LAST TIME the “awe-funk-some” groove of GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC will play Bluesfest.
And, finally, Bluesfest welcomes back… ROCKWIZ LIVE. It’s been 5 years, but the rock n roll quiz is as hilarious as ever and Brian Nankervis, Julia Zemiro, and the Rockwiz Orchestra will bring their mayhem of mirth to the Jambalaya stage on Easter Saturday and Sunday. Who knows who they will bring and who they will entice on to their stage this year. The only way to find out is, of course, to be front and centre!!!
Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 18th April to Monday 22nd of April 2019) for the 30th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on-site camping in a range of accommodation options.
Tickets for the 30th Anniversary Bluesfest were selling fast prior to this artist announcement and with the first artist announcement now released and lots more too come, there is sure to be sold out days if not the whole festival, so jump on board for Bluesfest‘s 30th birthday, don’t miss out!!!
JACK JOHNSON *Exclusive* – BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS *Exclusive* – RAY LAMONTAGNE – GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC *FINAL SHOWS* – SNARKY PUPPY – KASEY CHAMBERS – ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES- *Exclusive* – NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE – TOMMY EMMANUEL – COLIN HAY – ARLO GUTHRIE – KEB’ MO’ – TEX PERKINS – ALLEN STONE – RICHARD CLAPTON – RUSSELL MORRIS – KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS – VINTAGE TROUBLE – THE BLACK SORROWS – THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS – TREVOR HALL – I’M WITH HER – LARKIN POE – IRISH MYTHEN – ELEPHANT SESSIONS – GREENSKY BLUEGRASS – ROCKWIZ LIVE – WITH LOTS MORE TO COME!