The 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay lines up The “Original” Blues Brothers Band, Don McLean and more in latest announcement

The 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay has gotten bigger… again! Held over Easter (Thursday 24th March – Monday 28th March 2016), the festival has released another lineup chock full of artists that give precedence to its name: they are here to help represent the Blues!

Added to the line-up is The “Original” Blues Brothers Band, Don McLean, Russell Morris, The Blind Boys of Alabama and more. The addition of these artists to the Bluesfest line up brings the total number of acts up to 62, with the festival saying that they still have more artist surprises up their sleeves.

A new addition to the lineup, The “Original” Blues Brothers Band are getting the band back together to play exclusively at Bluesfest and will close Bluesfest 2016, on Monday 28th March. Joining them on the lineup: Don “American Pie” McLean will be returning to Australia for the first time in three years, New York based duo The Mastersons are set to impress festival goers once again and The Blind Boys of Alabama will returning to Bluesfest for their seventh time.

On the local front, one of the country’s first singer songwriters Russell Morris, will be part of the lineup alongside the voice for indigenous justice Archie Roach, Canadian born but Australia based Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Byron Bay local Tex Perkins And The Ape, , multi-award NIMA winners East Journey and Hussy Hicks, the Bluesfest Busking winners of 2010.

These artists are sharing the line up with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Harts and The National.

LATEST BLUESFEST 2016 ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT INCLUDES:

THE “ORIGINAL” BLUES BROTHERS BAND
DON MCLEAN
RUSSELL MORRIS
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
JEFF MARTIN (THE TEA PARTY)
ARCHIE ROACH
TEX PERKINS AND THE APE
THE MASTERSONS
HUSSY HICKS
EAST JOURNEY

2016 BLUESFEST ARTISTS ALREADY ANNOUNCED:

KENDRICK LAMAR
THE NATIONAL
D’ANGELO
NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
CITY AND COLOUR
THE DECEMBERISTS
THE CAT EMPIRE
COLD WAR KIDS
HIATUS KAIYOTE
ALLEN STONE
NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
VINTAGE TROUBLE
BLACKBERRY SMOKE
HARTS
BRIAN WILSON performs ‘PET SOUNDS’ final performances in its entirety and his greatest hits
TOM JONES
UB40 feat. ALI CAMPBELL, ASTRO & MICKEY VIRTUE
JACKSON BROWNE
MELISSA ETHERIDGE
TAJ MAHAL (SOLO)
STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES
THE WAILERS
THE RESIDENTS
JOE BONAMASSA
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND
JASON ISBELL
RHIANNON GIDDENS
STURGILL SIMPSON
THE WORD
GRACE POTTER
THE SELECTER
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS
SHAKEY GRAVES
ST PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES
LUCKY PETERSON
TWEEDY
JANIVA MAGNESS
SONGHOY BLUES
HOUNDMOUTH
FANTASTIC NEGRITO
CON BRIO
LORD HURON
KALEO
MIKE LOVE
LUKAS NELSON AND PROMISE OF THE REAL
THE BROS. LANDRETH
KIM CHURCHILL
SHOOGLENIFTY
MOJO JUJU
PIERCE BROTHERS
STEVE SMYTH
EMDEE

Bluesfest is taking place over Easter 2016, you can purchase your tickets from their official website.

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