Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020 just got even bigger with the addition of angsty nineties troubadour Alanis Morissette, alongside Grammy award-winning powerhouse Tori Kelly.
Iconic musician and inspiration for a generation of disenfranchised youth Alanis Morissette is the latest addition to an already strong line-up and will perform her seminal album ‘Jagged Little Pill’ in its entirety.
Since 1995, Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise and seven Grammy awards, with her debut Jagged Little Pill becoming the voice and soul of many throughout the 90s. Aside from her musical pursuits, Morissette has contributed musically to theatrical releases as well as acting on the big and small screen.
Outside of entertainment, she is an avid supporter of female empowerment, as well as spiritual, psychological and physical wellness. She is currently working on a studio album of new music scheduled for Spring 2020.
Another recent announcement is Tori Kelly. This Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocal powerhouse will be honouring her deepest musical passion, delivering an R&B-infused, infectiously melodic take on classic gospel with her Kirk Franklin-produced album, Hiding Place, which was released in September 2018. Whether you’re a die-hard fan since day one or a recent listener, there’s no doubt Tori Kelly makes an impression on everyone for the passionate and authentic way she instantly commands any stage she steps onto.
Commenting on the announcement, Festival Director Peter Noble OAM said “At a time when we’ve seen fire and now we are seeing rain in regional Australia, we at Bluesfest are thrilled to announce our next amazing artists in what is fast becoming a classic bill for us. We will be donating a part of our profits for this year’s event this Easter to the Australian Red Cross. They have so much work to do in the recovery of Country Australia, of whom we are a part, and as having won Best Regional Event 2019 at the Australian Event Awards, we will do our part.
“We are thankful our site has been spared from the fires, and our ongoing work in Koala Management, as well as land care continues. Whilst the drought killed several koala food tree plantings, we continue to have many grow and reach maturity. As the only Australian festival to be nominated nine times by the global music industry as Best International Music Festival via the Pollstar Awards, we cannot wait to welcome you to Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm this Easter among like-minded music lovers of all ages, passionate performers, creators, artists, musicians and that unforgettable Byron Bay vibe.”
These two artists join a line-up already overflowing with talent alongside other bands already announced for Bluesfest 2020:
Dave Matthews Band, Crowded House, Patti Smith and her Band, Lenny Kravitz, George Benson, Kool & the Gang, The Gipsy Kings, Guy Sebastian, Brandi Carlile, John Butler, Xavier Rudd, The Cat Empire, Allen Stone, Morcheeba, Dweezil Zappa, Ani Difranco, John Prine, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jenny Lewis, Troy Cassar-Daley, The Waifs, Yola, LP, The Waterboys, Eagles of Death Metal, Zucchero, Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayall, Chain, Larkin Poe, The Marcus King Band, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, Frank Turner, Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles, Ash Grunwald, The Allman Betts Band, Walter Trout, The War and Treaty, Amadou & Mariam, Erja Lyytinen, Tal Wilkenfield, Greensky Bluegrass, Joachim Cooder and Steve ‘n’ Seagulls.
Bluesfest takes over Byron over the April Easter weekend. For tickets or more information please go to bluesfest.com.au