The worst thing about Bluesfest is that the lineup announcements come so thick and fast yet the event seems so far away. And the latest lineup additions don’t really help. Bluesfest last week announced that Neil Finn was being added to the Monday lineup for the festival with a heap of Australian talent also added to the bill.
Neil Finn and his band will close the festival with a set expected to leave hearts full and faces smiling.
Also on this 11th announcement (yes, eleven), is Vintage Trouble who blew audiences away at the festival in 2016, as well as Nic Cester – better known as the frontman of massive noughties band Jet. He has a solo album due this year while he’ll be debuting at the festival and will be backed by a collection of Italian session players, strings and horns.
Playing for Change are also back (for their fifth festival) and soul man Ellis Soul, fiery guitar maestro Vasti Jackson, triple j favourite REMI and three-time ARIA Award nominees The Wilson Pickers are on the bill as well. Local favourites Round Mountain Girls and Bluesfest Busking winners IVY round out the announcement.
All these incredible artists join other notable musicians including Santana, Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, Mary J. Blige, Buddy Guy, Madness, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Billy Bragg, Courtney Barnett, Slightly Stoopid, Beth Hart and The Lumineers on what is one of Australia’s most eclectic festival line ups. Bluesfest attendees will enjoy five days of music at the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree farm, just outside Byron Bay over Easter from 13 – 17 April.