Bluesfest first lineup announce for 2020 includes Dave Matthews Band, Crowded House, Patti Smith and more.
The 31st annual Byron Bay Bluesfest is taking place from 9 – 13 April 2020 and is set to be the best festival yet. This first of many line up announcements also includes the legend George Benson and Brandi Carlile, both making their Bluesfest debuts, alongside veterans John Butler, Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire, Morcheeba and John Prine.
“I was so pleased to hear all the positive feedback from our 30th Anniversary in 2019 and hope to take that to the next level in 2020,” said Festival Director Peter Noble.
This will be Dave Matthews Band’s third visit to Bluesfest and if the two earlier visits are anything to go by, it’s going to be more of the same ie. A tent full of happy, dancing Bluesfesters.
“Dave Matthews Band are one of the top grossing, most in demand bands in the world – and finally they are coming back to Bluesfest. This is going to be magical and unmissable,” Peter continued.
Crowded House return to headline Bluesfest with an exclusive Australian performance. Formed in Melbourne Australia in 1985 out the ashes of New Zealand’s Split Enz by Neil Finn, Paul Hester and Nick Seymour, 30 + years later, Neil and Nick have been energised and inspired to begin a new chapter in the Crowded House story.
Patti Smith and her Band conquered Bluesfest in 2017, and went on to win the Helpmann Award that year for Best International Contemporary Concert, so when she called to say she was keen to go again, it was open arms all around.
And that’s before we even get to George Benson, one of the world’s greatest guitarists, three time Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile, Bluesfest family member John Butler, the captivating Xavier Rudd and the blissful sounds of Morcheeba! Phew! Check out the full first lineup announcement below.
Bluesfest 2020 is being held from 9 – 13 April 2020. Tickets are on sale now via Moshtix.
The Bluesfest 2020 First Artist Lineup:
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND – CROWDED HOUSE – PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND – GEORGE BENSON – BRANDI CARLILE – JOHN BUTLER – XAVIER RUDD – THE CAT EMPIRE – MORCHEEBA – JOHN PRINE – JENNY LEWIS – FRANK TURNER – JOHN MAYALL – BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE – THE MARCUS KING BAND – WALTER TROUT – CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM – GREENSKY BLUEGRASS – LARKIN POE – THE WAR & TREATY