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Album News Weekly: 8th July 2015

In This Issue: We have some big names coming up this month! The Chemical Brothers, MS MR and RATATAT just to start the ball rolling with more to come. It's time to party this winter away.

Festival Review: Byron Bluesfest (Day Five) - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (21.04.14)

The final day of the Byron Bluesfest was mainly about revisiting some favourites from the weekend, for me. I suppose you could question whether five days for a festival may be too long, when by the end of it, the line up consists of acts that have already played, but with the amount of new talent on offer in amongst the big names, I suppose this model ensures everyone gets a fair shot of gaining and growing a crowd.

Byron Bay Bluesfest Photo Gallery: Joss Stone - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (21.04.14)

One of the artists who shined brightly on the final day at Bluesfest in Byron Bay was Joss Stone. Johnny Au brings us this special photo gallery from her performance at the event.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters, the Dave Matthews Band and Gary Clark Jr help draw Bluesfest to a close!

Tonight, the 2014 Byron Bluesfest drew to a close, bringing five days and nights of world class music to an end with the final headline duties falling on the capable shoulders of the Dave Matthews Band, Gary Clark Jr and Elvis Costello and the Imposters on the main stages, while Watussi, Ray Beadle and Playing For Change ensured the party continued on the smaller stages too.

Byron Bluesfest brings the big guns in Jeff Beck and the Dave Matthews Band for third day of music!

The surprises kept on coming for the 25th anniversary of the annual Byron Bluesfest tonight, with guest appearances, surprise busking sets and more carrying on throughout the day.

Festival Review: Byron Bluesfest (Day Two) - Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (18.04.14)

When faced with a festival that spans five days, it can be slightly daunting when it comes to planning your timetable for each day. Day two of Bluesfest coincides with Good Friday and arriving on site for my second round, there’s definitely a festive vibe in the air, albeit less chocolate.

The Doobie Brothers and Jack Johnson help close out Good Friday at the Byron Bluesfest!

The second day and night of the Byron Bay Bluesfest enjoyed stellar weather and more outstanding performances from artists who were making their 2014 debut or following on from great sets on Thursday.

Troy Cassar-Daley, John Williamson and more added to Byron Bay Bluesfest lineup; festival in just four weeks!

Byron Bay’s Bluesfest has expanded its lineup just four weeks out from the event. Joining the 25th year celebrations will be US supergroup Coronet Blues, husband and wife duo The Mastersons, guitarist Zane Carney and an array of Australian talent including Troy Cassar-Daley, Round Mountain Girls, Phil Manning and iconic country singer John Williamson.

Bluesfest demonstrating girl power in 2014, showcasing some of the top leading ladies in music!

There are definitely going to be some powerhouse female performers touring around Australia as part of Bluesfest this year! Some of the most successful and hardworking ladies in the genre are going to be showcasing their high calibre talent, from the well-established to the new upstarts, these sideshows are definitely ones you won't want to be missing out on.

Big names continue to roll in as Bluesfest announces its 6th round of artists!

More artists have been added to the 25th anniversary edition of the Byron Bay Bluesfest! Peter Noble, festival Director, acknowledges the challenge of putting together such an event, but is confident (as are we) that this year's Bluesfest lineup is representative of the festival's shining and extensive history.

India.Arie and Joss Stone for headline Australian dates in April.

The Bluesfest announcements just keep rolling out - this time, India.Arie and Joss Stone announcing a run of special headline dates to accompany their appearance at Bluesfest 2014. Both artists are renowned in their own right for stunning musicianship and vocal abilities; both India and Joss' incredible grasp on soul and funk music really has to be seen to fully appreciate! The tour will see the ladies take in venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this April, so be sure to get your tickets when they go on sale soon!

The State of Affairs - Latest Music Industry News: August 11th 2012

In this weeks edition: Plenty of opportunities - get on commercial radio, be involved with remixing Bon Iver or grab a grant to tour and network. New signings for The Snowdroppers, Mark 'Chopper' Read and The Rubens plus yet another street press magazine closes.

Joss Stone announces her next album LP1, set to be released in July

As a world-renowned soul singer who Smokey Robinson calls “Aretha Joplin,” Joss Stone has sold over 11 million records globally. Having just turned 24, Joss has already amassed a career's worth of successes. She is also a Grammy winner, five-time Grammy nominee, and the recipient of two Brit Awards.