Following yesterday’s massive announcement of the first group of talented artists and cultural leaders in the Boomerang program that will feature at Bluesfest next year, today, the 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay, held over Easter (Thu 24 March – Mon 28 March 2016), at its exclusive event site (the lush 300 acre Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside of Byron Bay), releases yet another star studded artist announcement.
The “Original” Blues Brothers Band will close Bluesfest 2016, Easter Monday, on one of the main stages, in an absolute Blues Bonanza, where you can dance away your Blues in an exclusive performance, before the long wait until Bluesfest 2017.
Further additions to the Bluesfest line-up include the legendary Don McLean, Gospel royalty The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) and New York based duo The Mastersons.
Russell Morris is a pure genius and one of Australia’s most enduring singers. His career began in the late 60’s as a major Pop star and he went on to become one of Australia’s first singer songwriters. Russell Morris is an ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, number one selling artist (The Real Thing in 1969) and an Australian Icon!
Archie Roach is a national treasure, the voice for Indigenous justice! Bluesfest audiences will be captured by his powerful, inspiring and generous voice, which defines Alternative Rock and World music. Archie Roach will also be appearing at Bluesfest as part of the Boomerang Festival line-up announced yesterday, in conversation on 25 Years of Charcoal Lane.
Bluesfest is excited about the return of an Australian Rock legend and another ‘Byron Bay local’, The Cruel Sea’s Tex Perkins – perhaps a little different to when our audiences saw him last. This time around Tex will be coming with The Ape, an Australian supergroup like none other; lead by Tex, and featuring Raul Sanchez (Magic Dirt) on guitar; Gus Agars (The Dark Horses/The Gin Club) on drums and vocals; style king Pat Bourke (Dallas Crane) on bass and piano.
Hussy Hicks, the Bluesfest Busking winners of 2010 are bringing their unique musical skills of Blues, Country, Gipsy and Roots back to Bluesfest after successfully touring internationally.
North Eastern Arnhem Land Rock sensation and multi-award NIMA winners East Journey will play a full electric set. The Bluesfest audience will experience an original, authentic, nonstop, and energetic show, with East Journey also appearing in the Dancestry Grounds as part of the Boomerang Festival line-up at Bluesfest.
- 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