It’s a big day today for Bluesfest fans as Bluesfest announces its full line up and playing schedule for 2020. It’s time to sharpen your pencils and prepare to make some tough decisions this Easter at Bluesfest Byron Bay where 69 top-notch artists from across the world will play over five stages in five days around the 12-hour musical clock on the lush green fields of the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm – the home of Bluesfest.
Commenting on the release and complete line-up for Bluesfest 2020, Festival Director Peter Noble OAM said “The thrill is coming! Every year with the release of the full lineup and its accompanying playing schedule you can really feel it. It’s palpable here at the Bluesfest office as the festival approaches it’s 31st line up. The feedback is we have delivered one of our best artists bills. There will be thousands of ticket buyers attempting to fit in all the artists they want to see at Bluesfest this year. It will be a 12-hour daily marathon from noon until midnight over five stages of both headliners and the best emerging artists. I’m delighted to see so many female headliners in the top half of the bill. I’m especially excited to be presenting in association with the Americana Music Association – The Australian Americana Music Honours on Easter Saturday featuring the cream of Australian artists who are taking on the world under the Americana banner, as well as many of our international guests. It’s going to have some special performances, as well as surprises. Don’t miss it. It takes a long time to confirm Bluesfest artists, and this year has been no exception. I have lost count of how many meetings I have had with managers and agents of artists all over the world; From London to Bangkok, Melbourne to New York, Memphis and back to London to book this years lineup. I’m looking forward to seeing you all here in Byron Bay to celebrate with some of our favourite artists in the world. I’m really proud of this lineup we’ve gathered some of the best names from all over the world, from all over Australia and given our true blues fans something to sing about. This is a very fulfilling line-up and I am thrilled. Let the countdown begin.”
The Bluesfest full lineup includes international headliners Alanis Morissette, Patti Smith, Lenny Kravitz, Dave Matthews Band and George Benson. It features Crowded House’s only Australian performance announced this year. John Butler, Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire and Harts are some of the names repping Australia whilst Emily Wurramara, Troy Cassar-Daley, Buffy Sainte Marie and an exclusive show by Micki Free rep for First Nations talent.
Feel the femme force on Friday with Alanis Morissette, Brandi Carlile, Yola, The Waifs,
The War and Treaty, Morcheeba, Roshani and that gender-neutral rapidly rising superstar LP all appear on Friday night.
Saturday night is party night with Kool and the Gang, The Gipsy Kings, Dirty Honey, Morcheeba and Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles providing plenty of punch for a fun night. Earlier in the day at The Crossroads stage, the Australian American Music Honours hosted by Henry Wagons will make its Bluesfest debut. Hosted by Henry Wagons and featuring Kasey Chambers, John Butler, The War & Treaty, Hussy Hicks, Ash Grunwald, Troy Cassar-Daley and more special guests…this new addition to Bluesfest is sure to become an annual institution.
Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday; Four chances to catch the one-off performance created especially for Bluesfest by the legendary RnB outfit Sensations. Titled Ellis Hall the Clarence Bekker Band and Friends presents Sensational! – The Ultimate Musical Journey is one musical experience you will not want to miss.
Belting out the Blues will be legends John Mayall, Walter Trout, along with Australians
Ray Beadle and Pacey, King & Doley while newcomers Marcus King Band and those rockin’ blues babes Larkin Poe will be what true blues fans will lap up.
Bluesfest 2020 is overflowing with talent it’s time to open up your calendars, mark up your diaries and make a plan for one amazing Easter long weekend full of great music, good food and lots of beautiful Byron Bay vibes.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – CROWDED HOUSE – ALANIS MORISSETTE
LENNY KRAVITZ – PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND
GEORGE BENSON -KOOL & THE GANG – THE GIPSY KINGS
GUY SEBASTIAN – BRANDI CARLILE – JOHN BUTLER
XAIVER RUDD – THE CAT EMPIRE – ALLEN STONE
THE WAILERS PERFORM SONGS FROM ‘LEGEND’
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
MORCHEEBA – DWEEZIL ZAPPA – TORI KELLY
ANI DIFRANCO – BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE
TROY CASSAR-DALEY – THE WAIFS – YOLA – LP
THE WATERBOYS – EAGLES OF DEATH METAL – ZUCCHERO
JIMMIE VAUGHAN – JOHN MAYALL – CHAIN
LARKIN POE – THE MARCUS KING BAND – CHRISTONE ‘KINGFISH’ INGRAM
HARTS PLAYS HENDRIX – MICKI FREE
FRANK TURNER – CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES
ASH GRUNWALD – THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND – WALTER TROUT
HERE COME THE MUMMIES – THE WAR & TREATY – AMADOU & MARIAM
DAMI IM – MORGANE JI – EMILY WURRAMARA
ERJA LYYTINEN – TAL WILKENFELD – THE BAMBOOS
THE SENSATIONS – GREENSKY BLUEGRASS – JOACHIM COODER
STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS – DIRTY HONEY – ROSHANI – MY BABY
RAY BEADLE [acoustic] – HENRY WAGONS – HUSSY HICKS –
PACEY, KING & DOLEY – DANIEL CHAMPAGNE – NATHAN CAVALERI
LAMBROS – LITTLE GEORGIA – ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS – THE REGIME
ELECTRIK LEMONADE – PALM VALLEY – LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLS SHOWCASE
THE AUSTRALIAN AMERICANA MUSIC HONOURS
on The Crossroads stage
John Butler – Troy Cassar-Daley – Kasey Chambers – Ash Grunwald – Hussy Hicks
The Waifs – The War and Treaty
Plus special guests
HOSTED: Henry Wagons