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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.

The 2016 event will run from March 24th - March 28th up at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just north of Byron Bay central. Bluesfest organiser Peter Noble says of the 2016 festival bill,

"I am negotiating currently with many of the world's greatest artists to come and perform for you. There will be many more to be announced, both Classic and Contemporary, and if this first announcement does not ring your bell - and I would be surprised if it doesn't, at the very least, give you a little tingle - then I'm totally convinced there will be something for you in the coming ones. I can feel it in my bones - this is going to be one of our greatest years."

Check out the first run of names below!

THE NATIONAL
CITY AND COLOUR
UB40 ft. ALI CAMPBELL, ASTRO & MICKEY VIRTUE
JOE BONNAMASSA
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND
THE CAT EMPIRE
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
THE WORD
RHIANNON GEDDENS
JANIVA MAGNESS
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
ALLEN STONE
THE SELECTER
SHAKEY GRAVES
SONGHOY BLUES

The National, UB40 and Joe Bonnamassa will be performing at Bluesfest 2016 as 'exclusives', though with more festival names and details still to come, we can guarantee there's more surprises in store. With Promise of the Real playing, featuring two of Willy Nelson's sons, there's a good chance Neil Young may headline for 2015. The band are currently his backing band and they just released an album together!

All five and three day festival tickets are on sale NOW through www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the office on 02 6685 8310. Tickets will be available soon through www.moshtix.com.au and www.ticketmaster.com.au as well. Stay tuned!