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!
We’re now proud to bring you the final five artists for the competition stage of the Bluesfest Discovery Page. We invite all readers to learn more about, and listen to, these fine musicians, and vote for your favourite!
Every vote serves as as entry for a MASSIVE giveaway. The grand prize winner will receive two five day tickets to the 2014 Bluesfest, with camping*! One lucky runner up will win two three day passes^ and third prize is a mystery prize involving some of the discovery artists! We will reveal more on that one as the competition progresses… Winners for the major prize will be drawn Monday, January 6th and contacted later that day.
So, without further delay, here are the final five Discovery artists… if you entered during the first or second rounds, you can now triple your chances and enter again!
Read our exclusive interview at Bluesfest 2012 with Seth Lakeman HERE.
Check out a photo gallery from Seth Lakeman’s gig in Melbourne in April 2012 HERE.
A look back at Seth performing at Glastonbury in 2010 HERE.
Virtuoso fiddler & multi-instrumentalist, Seth Lakeman will be returning to our shores in 2014. His undeniably compelling and energetic performances have captured audiences around Australia on his return visits in the last two years, debuting at Bluesfest in 2012.
Credited with bringing his own brand of indie-folk to a whole new audience, Seth Lakeman’s talent is undeniable. His charisma and energy will captivate all lovers of heartfelt music at Bluesfest in 2014.
SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80
Check out a live review of Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 in Sydney in November 2012 HERE.
Seun Anikulapo Kuti (born in 1982) is the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, and he’ll be a much anticipated performer at Bluesfest 2014, playing both the music of his father and his own material.
His band, Egypt 80, is the former group of his fathers, with Seun’s Wikipedia page claiming: “About three quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement.”
With an ensemble like that, and the son of the great man himself at the front of it all, you’ve got a group with Afrobeat in their blood and an experience that will no doubt be a highlight of the 2014 Bluesfest.
Grammy Award Winner, JAMES COTTON is bringing his pure, raw soul-wrenching blues harp to Bluesfest for the very first time. And be sure of this …. you haven’t heard harp-playing until you have heard JAMES ‘SUPERHARP’ COTTON play.
CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGING RACKETTES
Watch our exclusive interview with Clairy at SXSW earlier this year HERE.
Check out a photo gallery from Clairy performing in Melbourne earlier this year HERE.
Listen to the track “Walk of Shame” HERE.
CLAIRY BROWNE &THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES are a nine-piece R’n’B band from Melbourne and they are going to blow your mind at Bluesfest. Live CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES are a choreographed machine driven by the engines of drums, brass, smoky, Soulful vocals, shimmering harmonies and handclaps not to mention big-hair and incredible costumes, the band will take you back to the 60’s in no time at all.
MUSIC MAKER FOUNDATION’S COOL JOHN FERGUSON
Cool John Ferguson of Beaufort, South Carolina has been performing blues with his unique left-handed guitar style for over fifty years. His influences include the Gospel music of his youth and the electric blues he encountered as a young musician. A strong collaborator, Cool John has put his guitar behind artists that include BB King, Taj Mahal, Kenny Wayne, Beverly Guitar Watkins and the Stylistics, and he was twice honored as Most Outstanding Guitarist of the year by Living Blues Magazine.
ENTER THE COMPETITION!
Who’s your favourite Discovery artist? Let us know! Send us an e-mail at [email protected] with the subject line “BLUESFEST DISCOVERY THREE”. Include your full name, a contact number, a mailing address and make sure you contact us from the e-mail address you use most often. And then let us know the artist you want to see live at Bluesfest the most (from the five listed above) and in 25 words or less, let us know why.
Strict limit of ONE entry per discovery group! This means you’ll be able to enter up to THREE times! Good luck! The competition closes at 12noon on Monday, January 6th.
*Transport not included. Winners must be able to get themselves to Byron Bay for the Easter weekend event, April 2014. All the details at http://www.bluesfest.com.au/.
^No camping included in the runner up prize. You must be able to get yourself to Byron Bay. The winner of this pass, however, may choose which three consecutive days they’d like to attend (Friday/Sat/Sun, Sat/Sun/Mon etc.).