Kesha, Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge lead the third lineup announcement for Bluesfest, announced today.
Kesha is one of 2017’s most talked-about artists. With release of album ‘Rainbow’ she evolved from pop star to critically-acclaimed Grammy nominated artist. Sheryl Crow has sold more than 50 million albums across the glob and has won nine Grammys. And Melissa Etheridge – an Academy Award and two-time Grammy winning artist returns to the festival with her raspy vocals, profound lyrics and stories of her remarkable journey through life.
They sit alongside Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Asgeir and more in a move that galvanises Bluesiest’s reputation as one of Australia’s most surprising festivals.
Festival Director Peter Noble raves about Colombian superstar Juanes “who has received the second most Latin Grammys in history (23 in total- the most by an artist in history!), who has 8 million fans on Facebook, ALMOST ONE MILLION OF THEM IN AUSTRALIA.”
Whereas many of his contemporaries have embarked on English language crossover campaigns during their careers, Juanes has won global appeal, singing exclusively in his native Spanish tongue.
In commemoration of David Bowie’s passing, Brazilian musician Seu Jorge will perform a special tribute to the late genius at Bluesfest 2018, while also recreating his role in Wes Anderson’s film A Life Aquatic.
Byron Bay success story, Ziggy Alberts will singheartfelt stories of personal endeavours and experiences, ocean-side upbringing, environmental issues and life on the road and hugely popular Icelandic singer Ásgeir, already a crowd favourite here in Australia, comes armed with material from his highly acclaimed second album ‘Afterglow’.
Newton Faulkner, Afro Celt Sound System, Harry Manx, Harts, Holy Holy, William Crighton and Elephant Sessions were also included in today’s lineup announcement.
Bluesfest takes place from 29 March – 2 April.
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Full Bluesfest 2018 lineup to date:
SHERYL CROW | MELISSA ETHERIDGE
JUANES | SEU JORGE
ZIGGY ALBERTS| ÁSGEIR
AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM
HARRY MANX | HARTS
HOLY HOLY | WILLIAM CRIGHTON
LIONEL RICHIE – ROBERT PLANT
AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS
JOHN BUTLER TRIO | TASH SULTANA
SEAL | JACKSON BROWNE
MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD
JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT
GOMEZ | RAG’N’BONE MAN
JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ | FIRST AID KIT
MORCHEEBA | GOV’T MULE
THE NEW POWER GENERATION
THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND
CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS
JIMMY CLIFF | THE WAILERS
CANNED HEAT | WALTER TROUT
LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL
JOE LOUIS WALKER | BOBBY RUSH
HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF | BENJAMIN BOOKER
DUMPSTAPHUNK | ANDRÉ CYMONE
THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS
THE TESKEY BROTHERS
Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6639 9800