Bluesfest

Dave Matthews Band: Why every Australian needs to see these Bluesfest headliners live

February 6, 2020

Whenever a Dave Matthews Band tour is announced in Australia – which has only been four times now in the band’s illustrious 29 year career – it’s often met with moments of confusion. A “Wait… Who?” response is vocalised, especially when the tour coincides with a headline spot on a festival like Bluesfest (which they’ll […]

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Interview: Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra on her acting debut in Blaze and Bluesfest in Australia

March 24, 2018

Last week at SXSW we caught up with Hurray for the Riff Raff‘s Alynda Segarra to talk about her acting debut in Ethan Hawke‘s new film Blaze, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year. The film documents the life of songwriter Blaze Foley. While on the red carpet to promote the film, we also chatted about […]

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Tash Sultana joins Bluesfest’s Thursday night programming this Easter

March 9, 2018

Tash Sultana has been here, there, everywhere over the last year in particular and going by this news, the Melbourne muso isn’t slowing down. Sultana can now add Bluesfest headliner to her belt, today being added to the festival’s Main Stage to close it on Thursday, March 29th. She joins a special line up of […]

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Leon Bridges plots Australian return with March dates

February 14, 2018

Today added to the 2018 Bluesfest line up, one of our favourite artists – Leon Bridges – has also announced two select sideshows for this next trip to Australia. We first met Bridges out at the Falls Festival back in 2016, before the Texan Grammy nominee returned for Splendour in the Grass that year, bringing his acclaimed […]

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Bluesfest Byron Bay celebrates 28 years in style at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over Easter Weekend

April 21, 2017

Bluesfest Byron Bay had such a variety of performances in five tents over five days that it can be difficult to catch it all. With five stages running between 11am and midnight so there is a lot going on. John Goodridge lists a few highlights from his visit. Patti Smith and her band perform Horses Patti Smith […]

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Devon Allman (St. Louis) chats about latest album, Ride or Die, and Bluesfest

April 20, 2017

Devon Allman is in Australia playing for Bluesfest with a couple of sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. John Goodridge caught up with him backstage to chat about music making and recording his latest album Ride or Die”. How have you been enjoying Bluesfest? I say it on the mic and I really do mean it, […]

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Festival Photos: Bluesfest Day Five ft. Neil Finn, Beth Hart & Kasey Chambers – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay (17.04.17)

April 18, 2017

As the sun set on the final day of the 28th Byron Bay Bluesfest, the audience were treated to performances by Neil Finn, Beth Hart and Kasey Chambers, with a surprise visit from Bernard Fanning. During the day Vasti Jackson performed with Playing for Change and Billy Bragg and Joe Henry performed songs from the […]

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Festival Photos: Bluesfest Day Four ft. Madness, Santana & Remi – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay (16.04.17)

April 17, 2017

Easter Sunday at Bluesfest brought to the stage a wide variety of players; from Santana to Madness, through to Remi and Nikki Hill, there was so much great music to soak up and remind punters of the world class nature of the stomper event itself. While the final day of Bluesfest is underway in Byron today, check out John’s photos from […]

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Festival Photos: Bluesfest Day Three ft. The Doobie Brothers, Buddy Guy & Beth Hart – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay (15.04.17)

April 16, 2017

The third day of the Bluesfest Festival in Byron Bay showcases music from The Doobie Brothers, Corinne Bailey Ray, Buddy Guy, Beth Hart, Billy Bragg and Rickie Lee Jones. John Goodridge has captured these photos from the day. [print_gllr id=37492] Bluesfest continues in Byron Bay through Monday. ———- This content has recently been ported from […]

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Festival Photos: Bluesfest Day Two ft. The Lumineers, Bonnie Raitt & Mary J Blige – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay (14.04.17)

April 15, 2017

The second day of Bluesfest in Byron Bay brought with it some incredible performances from the likes of The Lumineers, Mary J Blige, Gregory Porter, Jimmy Buffett, Bonnie Raitt and more. Our very own John Goodridge is on ground at the Festival and brings us back these photos: [print_gllr id=37472] ———- This content has recently […]

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Andrew Bird (US) on Are You Serious and returning to Australia for Bluesfest

April 11, 2017

After chatting with Andrew Bird about his latest release, Are You Serious, I was more than a little confused. His lyrics have always told stories across breathtaking folk-coloured soundscapes, and his wit and fresh take on life, music and writing precedes him. Before taking to Australian shores for appearances in Sydney, Melbourne and Bluesfest, Andrew […]

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Remi talks creative development and making music primed for an artistic revolution

March 18, 2017

The next few months are going to prove exciting and fruitful for Remi and Sensible J. The duo are heading to Adelaide for a show – literally – on the river for the Adelaide Festival, before continuing preparations for Bluesfest and then on from that, their UK return for the Brighton Festival with Kate Tempest. A new musical chapter also beckons, with […]

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Interview: Inside the mind of Bluesfest director Peter Noble

March 13, 2017

Bluesfest has been a staple on the Australian music scene for well over twenty years and director Peter Noble has been involved for most of that time. We had a chat with Peter on what motivates him and some of the reasons behind the success of the event. Let me start by asking how does your […]

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NAS added to Bluesfest line up alongside Busby Marou and more

March 8, 2017

A hip hop pioneer, an Australian country music legend and more have been added to the 2017 Bluesfest line up, while the full playing schedule has now also been made available! Joining on for the Easter Weekend festival is Nas, who will be joining up with New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels for an exclusive Australian […]

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Neil Finn added to Bluesfest line up alongside Remi, Playing for Change and more

February 22, 2017

As the countdown for Bluesfest continues to to wind down, the festival organisers have added a new round of names to the Easter Weekend event. In the wake of the various cancellations Bluesfest have suffered this year, headliner-wise, they’ve been making it up to punters with the addition of the likes of Neil Finn, Remi and more […]

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Barry Gibb cancels 2017 Australian tour dates, including Bluesfest headline spot

December 20, 2016

Bluesfest takes another hit with Barry Gibb becoming the latest artist to cancel his trip to Australia for the festival. Following on after Neil Young‘s cancellation, the iconic Bee Gee has today announced that due to ‘international commitments’, he has had to cancel his entire Australian and New Zealand tour. Rescheduling of the tour isn’t possible at the moment, so […]

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Santana and The Doobie Brothers join the 2017 Bluesfest line up!

September 29, 2016

Bluesfest Byron Bay has dropped another lil artist announcement on us this morning, with the confirmation that the legendary Santana (with full band) and The Doobie Brothers will both be on the festival line up over Easter weekend 2017. More announcements are still to come, but as Bluesfest continues to roll on towards its next, this one is a […]

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State of Affairs: National Live Music Awards, Face the Music, Proudly Pokies Free & more

September 23, 2016

This week in the music industry: the official 2016 board members and venues for the National Live Music Awards were announced,  Face the Music released their second round of speakers and announced their official venue for 2016. The National Live Music Awards This week, the National Live Music Awards announced their official board members for 2016, and confirmed seven venues […]

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Festival Review: The 27th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (24-28.03.16)

April 1, 2016

Five full days of music will wear even the most vehement live music fanatic thin. Byron Bay Bluesfest is always a big ask for those who are up to the task, but the ones who stick it out for the entire Easter Weekend are rewarded with some of the best, most profoundly satisfying live music […]

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Tom Jones and Brian Wilson headline as Bluesfest comes to a close for 2016

March 29, 2016

The fifth and final day of Bluesfest 2016 played heavy on nostalgia, with a double-bill headliner in Brian Wilson and Tom Jones, while some of the festival’s favourite returning acts kept the quality consistent throughout the day in the lead-up to a site-closing blues extravaganza by supergroup The Original Blues Brothers Band, who brought an […]

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Easter Sunday at Bluesfest 2016 sees highlights from Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Noel Gallagher, and more

March 27, 2016

The weather had been bright and sunny until it poured on the third night of Bluesfest 2016, meaning that the fourth day – Easter Sunday – brought the familiar look of mud and gumboots to this full day of live music. Despite that, Tyagarah Tea Farm once again reminds us of the solid choice in […]

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Soul reigns supreme on the third day of Bluesfest 2016 with sets from D’Angelo, Allen Stone, and more

March 26, 2016

“[D’Angelo’s debut album] Brown Sugar changed my life in ways I never thought possible”, said Dallas Green as City and Colour took the Mojo stage through a fan-pleasing set on Good Friday, hyping up the Saturday headline slot from the neo-soul pioneer even more. This resulted in D’Angelo’s scheduled two-hour performance being delivered to a […]

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Day Two of Bluesfest 2016 was all about powerful songwriting with City and Colour, The National, and more

March 25, 2016

The energy was different in the air for Day Two of the 27th annual Bluesfest; compared to the festival’s first night, the crowd was much more relaxed, more in-line with a traditional Bluesfest audience, arguably because those who were only there to see Kendrick Lamar on the Thursday hadn’t returned for more. That or everyone […]

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Kamasi Washington, D’Angelo, and Kendrick Lamar help open Bluesfest for 2016

March 24, 2016

The epic five-day music adventure that is Bluesfest began in a big way this year, welcoming punters both new and old onto the spacious Tyagarah Tea Farm for the festival’s 27th year, boasting one of it’s most diverse programs to date. Compton emcee Kendrick Lamar was the Thursday headliner and all eyes were on him […]

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Live Review: D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Sydney Opera House (21.03.16)

March 22, 2016

My ideal D’Angelo concert would be about four or five hours long; he would perform every single song he has ever recorded, all full versions, he would bring out Erykah Badu for their stunning cover of “Your Precious Love”, The Roots for the OG “Break You Off”, “The ‘Notic” and “Geto Heaven” with Common on […]

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Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids (USA) talks songwriting and preparing for festival sets

February 26, 2016

Since speaking to Cold War Kids before their Falls Festival set in late 2014, they’ve copped their first number one single in “First”, dropped EP Five Quick Cuts and heavily toured the international festival circuit. Now with their return to Australia for Bluesfest and accompanying sideshows nigh, we spoke to lead man Nathan Willett about […]

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Win a double pass to the biggest Australian festival of the year: Bluesfest Byron Bay!

February 16, 2016

Every year, Easter in Australia means one thing for music fans: Bluesfest. The annual Byron Bay festival bringing some of the finest acts from around Australia and the world to the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside of Byron – and this year the lineup is without question their finest in years. From the contemporary […]

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

December 3, 2015

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 […]

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D’Angelo & The Vanguard, Cold War Kids, and more added to the 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay

November 25, 2015

As if the line-up for the 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay wasn’t big enough, today the promoters have announced that joining headliners Kendrick Lamar, Brian Wilson, and Tom Jones will be none other than neo-soul icon D’Angelo, who will be in full-band mode with supergroup The Vanguard. Oh, and he’s playing on the same night as […]

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Kendrick Lamar announced for Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016; Sideshows In Sydney And Melbourne

October 12, 2015

The last time Australia saw Kendrick Lamar, the irrepressible Compton emcee was playing stadiums across the country in support of Eminem at Rapture Festival. This time, the To Pimp a Butterfly genius will be headlining arenas on a two-show (so far) tour in addition to a headline slot at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2016. Little needs […]

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