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BLUESFEST

The Decemberists, Tom Jones and Jackson Browne Join 2nd Artist Announcement for Bluesfest 2016

Bluesfest has just announced the second installment of artists to perform at the 5 Day Festival, held each year over Easter, just north of Byron Bay. Set to join the 2016 line-up is Tom Jones, The Decemberists, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Jackson Browne and more. Click through for the full announcement and more info...

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.

Under 18? Here are our five favourite festivals that cater to teens around Australia!


Photo Credit: John Goodridge, Falls Music & Arts Festival 2014

Who says over 18s should have all the music festival fun? Certainly not us. Which is why we’ve put together our top 5 underage festivals around Australia for you to add to your list of must-experience music events. From the Big Top at Luna Park, Sydney and the award-winning Bluesfest in Byron Bay to The Falls at Marion Bay in Tasmania – we’ve got everything (and everywhere) covered.

the AU interview: Frank Turner (UK) talks Bluesfest, SXSW, Publishing a Best Selling Book and his sixth album

The AU review's Johnny Au chats to folk rocker Frank Turner about Bluesfest, SXSW, authoring a bestselling book and his sixth album. Despite having suffered from severe jetlag throughout, Frank said of Bluesfest, "Bluesfest was a blast... It's a fantastic festival to be a part of," but for his experience of SXSW he said: "I love Austin, Texas - it's one of my favourite towns in the world... But at the risk of sounding like a total hipster, I prefer Austin when it's not SXSW because I love Texas and during SX it's full of people who aren't from Texas..."

Photo Gallery: Angelique Kidjo + Mavis Staples - Sydney Opera House (12.04.15)

Legendary R&B & Gospel singer Mavis Staples joined forces with Benin's Angelique Kidjo (pictured above) at the Sydney Opera House for an evening of stunning music. Part of the Bluesfest sideshow. Photos by Johnny Au.

Live Review: Gary Clark Jr - Metro Theatre, Sydney (10.04.15)

At this point, I feel I've said everything there is to say about the great Gary Clark Jr, yet once again I find myself at one of his concerts in absolute awe of his talent. The way he makes everything look so effortless, the way he moves along that guitar and makes us move in return - and don't get me started on his backing band, who are equally brilliant and occasionally are given their chance to shine (but we know whose show this is!)

Live Review: Mavis Staples - Sydney Opera House (12.04.15)

A powerful figure in music since the 1950s, Mavis Staples is nothing short of awe inspiring. Delivering a number of upbeat, joyful numbers with her booming gospel vocals, Mavis put on a brilliant show on Sunday night at the Sydney Opera House. Exhibiting a strong pride in the contribution that her family has made to music and civil rights across the set, Mavis really is a musician worth experiencing.

Photo Gallery: Jimmy Cliff + Rebelution - Metro Theatre, Sydney (09.04.15)

Reggae legend, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and two time Grammy winner Jimmy Cliff performed his Bluesfest sideshow at the Metro Theatre in Sydney last night, supported by Rebelution. Photos by Johnny Au.

the AU interview: Delta Rae (North Carolina) on their latest album, the tensions of touring, and their new live show

the AU review recently invited American Folk-Rock band, Delta Rae for an interview, which, with six members in the group, was never at a want for varying opinions. The band discussed the difficulties of choosing the right songs for their freshly released album, After It All, “There were some [songs] where I was like, ‘That’s really not going to make it?!’” and described the latest progression of their live show: “We’ve brought on a string player and a lighting director so that’s really enhanced the whole show for us. It has lent a level of excitement and newness to our own experience on stage... there’s some stuff that feels really well worn and some that’s risky and kind of new.”

the AU interview: Delta Rae (North Carolina) talk new album "After It All", Byron Bay Bluesfest and loyal fans

Americana band Delta Rae from North Carolina stopped by the AU review head office for a chat about their expectations for Byron Bay Bluesfest, their new album After It All and their loyal fans. When asked about their first impressions of Sydney, the group replied: "We don't want to leave... that's going to be tough. So far so great. It's a beautiful city, it's huge and everyone here has been so nice to us. We're feeling very welcomed."

Photo Gallery: Michael Franti's Soulshine Festival - Enmore Theatre (05.04.15)

Michael Franti introduced his very own yoga and music festival called Soulshine to the Enmore Theatre last night. Combining a yoga session before the concert with acoustic grooves provided by Michael Franti himself, the music portion included artists such as Anabelle Kay, SOJA and of course Michael Franti & Spearhead. All is part of this year's Bluesfest sideshow. Photos by Johnny Au.

the AU interview at SXSW: Steve Smyth (Sydney) talks SXSW, partying, touring, Byron Bay Bluesfest and what's next

the AU review's Larry Heath caught up with Aussie musician Steve Smyth at SXSW. In this interview, Steve tells us about his SXSW experience, "I've come for the party, and to enjoy and catch up with great bands all in the one place..." Bar-hopping was also definitely on the agenda, "the drinks just keep flowing (they're very generous with their pours)... It's such a circus, it's wild."

the AU interview: Pokey LaFarge (USA) talks about new album, touring Australia and what defines "good music"

Ahead of his Australian tour playing Bluesfest Byron Bay alongside shows along the East Coast, Lucy Inglis caught up with USA roots artist Pokey LaFarge to talk about his new album Something in the Water (out today!), the forthcoming Australian tour, what defines "good music" and much more...

the AU interview at SXSW: Chadwick Stokes of Dispatch (Boston) talks about his solo record and upcoming Australian tour!

the AU review sat down in the AU's pop up venue at SXSW with Dispatch's Chadwick Stokes, about to head to Australia to play shows in Australia for the first time with his band - as well as appearing at Bluesfest in Byron Bay and playing solo shows of his own. Chadwick's solo record The Horse Comanche, is out in Australia on Friday 3 April.

Lenny Kravitz cancels Australian tour, including Bluesfest appearance, due to scheduling issues.

One of the feature artists for this year's Bluesfest in Lenny Kravitz, has just announced that his whole tour of Australia has been cancelled. Citing scheduling issues, Kravitz's run of Australian dates haven't been rescheduled at this stage, it's been made clear that the circumstances leading to the tour's cancellation were definitely unforseen. Kravitz was due to perform in Sydney and Melbourne as well as the Byron Bay festival, not to mention dates in South East Asia and Japan as well this April.