One of the drop-dead biggest artist announcements of Bluesfest 2020 (or any years Bluesfest, for that matter), was that of much-loved icons, Crowded House. It’s been three years since the Aria Hall of Famers last graced Australian stages, performing a rapturously received quartet of shows at the Sydney Opera House, so the news that they were reuniting for a special one-off performance at Bluesfest has certainly got plenty of pulses racing.
Having formed in Melbourne back in 1985, the band quickly rose to prominence off the back of former Split Enz member Neil Finn’s timeless and classy song writing, with their self-titled debut spawning the massive world-wide hit ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’. The band released three subsequent albums to much acclaim and achieved ever-growing success prior to their initial disbandment in 1996, with their final performance at the Sydney Opera House drawing a crowd of 100 000.
The band have also endured in the face of tragedy, with founding member Paul Hester sadly passing away in 2005. Having reconvened with a new line-up in 2006, they continued until 2016 and since that time they’ve remained inactive… until now.
With band driving force Neil Finn having just completed duties as part of Fleetwood Mac’s recent Australian tour (he became a fully-fledged member of the legendary classic rockers in 2018), this version of Crowded House also features original bass player Nick Seymour and second incarnation drummer Matt Sherrod, as well as a guest appearance by the band’s producer and respected keyboardist Mitchell Froom.
In addition to this big news, Bluesfest 2020 will also be playing host to acts of the calibre of The Dave Mathews Band, Morcheeba, George Benson, Brandi Carlile, John Prine, Jenny Lewis and John Mayall, as well as erstwhile faves John Butler and Xavier Rudd. It also marks the return (following on from her jaw droppingly reverential performance at Bluesfest 2017) of the original high priestess of literate punk (no that’s not an oxymoron), the incomparable Patti Smith. And there’s plenty more big announcements yet to come!
Bluesfest 2020 is once again happening across the Easter long weekend, from 9 – 13 April in Byron Bay. If you’ve yet to snaffle yourself tickets, you’d best hop to it.