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
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
JEFF MARTIN (THE TEA PARTY)
TEX PERKINS AND THE APE
2016 BLUESFEST ARTISTS ALREADY ANNOUNCED:
NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
CITY AND COLOUR
THE CAT EMPIRE
COLD WAR KIDS
NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
BRIAN WILSON performs ‘PET SOUNDS’ final performances in its entirety and his greatest hits
UB40 feat. ALI CAMPBELL, ASTRO & MICKEY VIRTUE
TAJ MAHAL (SOLO)
STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES
TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS
ST PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES
LUKAS NELSON AND PROMISE OF THE REAL
THE BROS. LANDRETH
Bluesfest is taking place over Easter 2016, you can purchase your tickets from their official website.