With Christmas around the corner, it’s a fine time to add more musical bows to the tree that is the Bluesfest 2020 lineup, which is already bustling with gifts for all this Easter.
Joining the big names such as Crowded House, Dave Matthews Band, Patti Smith and her Band and Lenny Kravitz this Easter will be the iconic Kool & the Gang. Get ready to get your hips shaking to some funky classic 80s and 90s hits such as ‘Hollywood Swinging’, ‘Ladies Night’, ‘Get Down On It’, ‘Cherish’ with Kool & the Gang and their horn-driven jazz, soul, R&B, funk and disco. Since forming as a jazz ensemble in the mid-60s, Kool & the Gang have done it all. Their grooves have endured like few others, sampled by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Nas and Janet Jackson among countless others while ‘Jungle Boogie’, ‘Celebration’ amongst countless others are peerless as party mix staples.
The Gipsy Kings (the real ones) featuring co-founders Nicolas Reyes (original lead singer-songwriter) and Tonino Baliardo (original lead guitarist and songwriter) who wrote, recorded and performed lead vocals and lead guitar on all their hits are coming to Australia. The band who captured the world’s imagination 25 years ago with their self-titled album became a genuine phenomenon around the globe. The salsa lovers introduced listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms.
Singer, songwriter and producer Guy Sebastian is arguably Australia’s most successful male solo artist. Guy is the only Australian male artist to have ever achieved six number one singles and two number one albums in ARIA chart history. He has achieved over 30 x Platinum singles sales in Australia and well over 7,000,000 combined units sold worldwide. Since 2003, Guy has been nominated for 29 ARIA awards, awarded five, and in November Guy successfully hosted the 2019 ARIA awards to much acclaim, where he took away the two coveted and prestigious awards, Video Of The Year & Song Of The Year for Choir. Guy’s smash hit single, ‘Choir,’ was released in May and instantly captivated the country with its message of resounding hope through love and loss.
The evolution of an artist is a powerful process to observe. Allen Stone’s journey and evolution has been equal parts pain and beauty. From the basements and small clubs of Seattle to sold-out shows across the world, including Australia and New Zealand, Allen has taken the long tireless road to building an audience and dedicated fanbase that is there for every word. On his new album ‘Building Balance’, Allen’s live show is combined with the art of songcraft, and the results are a thing of beauty. Allen’s recent performance at Bluesfest earlier this year still has fans talking, so his return armed with a new album to share is highly anticipated.
Bluesfest 2020 truly is the year of the guitar. As a son of Frank Zappa, it was inevitable from the moment he was born that Dweezil Zappa was going to be a musician. He has long undertaken a mission to celebrate the sounds of his infamous father in a fresh context whilst keeping true to Zappa Senior’s unique and impeccable sonic heritage. Now, in celebration of 50 years since the album’s release (the year he was born), Dweezil is bringing his iconic ‘Hot Rats’ Live’ tour to Australia this April. Featuring his father’s 1969 album in its entirety as well as more of Frank Zappa’s choice cuts, the show will be a real treat for all Zappa fans.
Having built a worldwide following, LP is making her long awaited Australian debut this Easter. The multi-faceted artist has created a truly global momentum, with over 100 sold out shows in 2019 throughout Europe, North America, South America, Russia and beyond, over 2 million streams a day, 2.3 million YouTube subscribers, 1.3 million Spotify followers and over 4 million Spotify monthly Listeners. Her catalogue is set to surpass two billion streams in early 2020. We’re sure that LP will be winning over the hearts of Bluesfesters this Easter long weekend.
Troy Cassar-Daley’s passion to pen stories about this land and what lies at the heart of it has been a driving force in his career which has encompassed 10 studio albums. Troy’s natural authenticity is in the bloodline of his music that endears him to his ever-growing number of fans from every walk of life.
Aussie trio, The Waifs will be hitting the road again to make their way to Byron Bay this Easter. The bands country roots have shone through over the years as they journeyed across the country in their well-travelled combi van winning them loyal fans along every step of the way over a quarter of a century later. Get ready for some more classic sing-along hits including ‘London Still’, ‘Lighthouse’ and many others.
Finnish vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Erja Lyytinen is going to be one of the discovery highlights at Bluesfest 2020. Just a couple of years ago, she took home the much-coveted European Guitarist of the Year Award. As an artist, Erja Lyytinen’s musical growth pushes boundaries without fear of exploring new sounds and musical ground. A bonafide star in her homeland, Lyytinen will soon become a household name to all Bluesfesters. Having recently supported Sir Tom Jones on tour after a run of shows in Canada and the UK, we’re thrilled to say Erja is bringing her incredible live performance to Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm this Easter.
The Godfathers of Australian Blues, Chain featuring Matt Taylor and one of Australia’s finest axeman Phil Manning, have reached another milestone as they enter their 52nd year since forming in 1968. As the only blues band to have a number one on Australian charts (Black ‘n’ Blue) as well as a number two (Judgement) they also have the distinction of having possibly the longest permanently released album in Australian rock history. Chain’s new material retains the earthiness of the 70’s while including the insights and musicality expected from a lifetime of experience in the blues genre. With four decades of albums and live performances under their belts, it doesn’t get any more quintessentially Oz Blues than this.
Acclaimed as one of Australia’s finest storytellers and live performers Ash Grunwald is set to ignite the Bluesfest stages with his unique storytelling capabilities and an avalanche of rhythmic fury on guitar. Backed by his impeccable band, Ash Grunwald’s signature soul-drenched vocals have the power to move mountains and create positive change.
Stay tuned for more details and announcements over the course of the next few months as we prepare to make Bluesfest 2020 ‘a celebration to last throughout the years’!