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The National & City and Colour lead the 2016 Bluesfest announcement!

How's this for a Friday festival announcement? The crew behind Bluesfest have come out with their first artist reveal this morning, naming The National and City and Colour at the top of the list for the 2016 event taking place just outside of Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend.

Festival Review: Byron Bay Bluesfest (Day One) - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (17.04.14)

The Byron Bay Bluesfest has many things to be celebrating in 2014. Not only has it brought thousands once again to the gorgeous surrounds of the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm for a long weekend of stellar Australian and international music, but it’s also celebrating its 25th anniversary. This evening’s opening bill of bands provided the perfect ‘welcome back’ soundtrack to those who make the pilgrimage to Bluesfest annually, but also a perfect introduction to the festival for those visiting for the first time.

The Byron Bay Bluesfest kicks off 25th anniversary celebrations with performances by John Mayer, Buddy Guy and more!

People left the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm as happy as they arrived tonight, as the Byron Bay Bluesfest wound up its first night of 25th birthday celebrations! With international heavyweights Buddy Guy and John Mayer dominating much of the headline slot time, audiences were in for a smorgasbord of music from around the globe once the gates were officially opened for a 4pm start.

Photo Gallery: Allen Stone + Genevieve Chadwick - Metro Theatre (13.04.14)

Allen Stone brought Soul to the Metro Theatre last night. Supported by Genevieve Chadwick. Photos by Johnny Au.

the AU interview at SXSW: Allen Stone (Washington) looks forward to returning to Australia for Bluesfest!

Returning to Australia for the second consecutive year to play Bluesfest in Byron Bay, we had the chance to catch up with Allen Stone while at SXSW to talk about his experiences at Bluesfest in 2013 - including standing in the urinals next to Paul Simon (as you do) - we look forward to his return to the country and we detail his SXSW adventures...

Bluesfest Byron Bay Discovery: Listen, Watch and Win!


the AU review is proud to present the 25th annual Bluesfest in Byron Bay next Easter weekend. One aspect of the festival we love every year is the discovery of young and emerging artists - alongside, of course, the more established on the lineup, and the countless "legends" along the way. As we look towards the 2014 event, we're proud to launch the new Bluesfest Discovery Page on the AU - a section that highlights artists we think you should discover yourselves, while also giving you the chance to win tickets to the festival!

Bluesfest announces first round of official sideshows!

The first announcement of Bluesfest sideshows have been announced! Punters who are unable to make the trip up to Byron Bay next year for the festival will be pleased to see that the following acts have announced some surefire memorable headline shows! Check out the details below and mark your diaries!

the AU interview: Allen Stone (Washington)

Is it possible to fall in love over the phone? I'm not sure, but by the time I was finished speaking with American soul musician Allen Stone, there were definitely butterflies aflutter. Coming back to Byron Bay for Bluesfest next year, the 26 year old will return to an undoubtedly larger crowd, having wowed Australians on his first journey over here for the festival this year. Very humbly, Stone talks about his new touring life, writing for album number two (his self-titled debut was released in 2012) and how comparisons to Stevie Wonder and Prince freak him out.

John Mayer and the Dave Matthews Band lead first Bluesfest announcement!

It's that time of year again! The first artist announcement for the annual Bluesfest has been announced, with John Mayer,the Dave Matthews Band and more to head to Byron next year. Held over the Easter long weekend at the sublime venue that is the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, Bluesfest celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014 and, by the looks of this line up, we're in for a mighty celebration indeed.

Photo Gallery: Byron Bay Bluesfest Day 5 Part 1 - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (01.04.13)

The final day of Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 starts with Kim Churchill, Newton Faulkner, Current Swell, Allen Stone, Kitty Daisy & Lewis (pictured above) and Zac Brown Band. Photos by Johnny Au

Tour Updates: Northlane, The Gaslight Anthem, Vydamo, Allen Stone and more.

In This Issue: Northlane announce album signings and their Tasmanian tour dates, The Gaslight Anthem 2nd show on sale now, Vydamo announces tour support acts, Allen Stone announces support acts, Yacht Club DJs add new shows to Mayhem Tour, The Darkness & Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Australian tour cancelled, Funeral for a Friend announce support act, Seth Lakeman joining Joan Armatrading Australian Tour, Drapht adds new shows to The Uni-Verse Tour.

Gig Announcements: Tom Stephens, Dialectrix, Project 62, Bing Au Go Go, Allen Stone and Avenue!

tom stephens

In this issue: Tom Stephen's debut EP show, Dialectrix at the Espy, Project 62, Allen Stone's first visit to Australia, Avenue and get your Bingo on!

Tom Stephens will be debuting his new EP at the Newsagency in Marrackville, Sydney on Thursday 7 February. The solo artist is starting to some radio airplay and will no doubt be will be attracting more and more attention in 2013.

Gig Announcements: The Rolling Stones Kooyong Anniversary Show, Christian Vance Live, Norma Jean and more!

In this issue:The Rolling Stones Kooyong Anniversary Show, Christian Vance Live and L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok, St Kilda Festival at the Espy, Norma Jean at the Corner Hotel, Phronesis Sydney show, Garry David venue and lineup update, Allen Stone debut Australian tour, extra show added for Peanut Butter Wolf, Jordan Millar sophomore album launch, 'Bowled Over' triple j hottest 100, The Livingstone Daisies, The Music Maker Blues Revue and Foals vs Baio.