Patti Smith and her band have announced that Bluesfest 2017 will be their last Australian festival performances. The announcement comes just days after Bluesfest Tourin added a final concert to Patti Smith’s Australian tour with her special guest will be Courtney Barnett.
And the news doesn’t stop there. Festival organisers has also announced that Courtney Barnett will play Bluesfest too.
No stranger to Blank Gold Coast readers, Barnett is a Melbourne-based singer, guitarist and songwriter who has built a growing legion of devotees through a series of DIY releases on her own label Milk! Records. She sold out her most recent tours to rapturous audiences in the UK and USA and her special guest spot on Patti Smith’s tour and her Bluesfest set are Barnett’s only scheduled shows for 2017.
Courtney joins a commanding list of female performers at the festival this year including Patti Smith and Her Band’s final Australian shows, Mary J. Blige, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Rickie Lee Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, Beth Hart, Laura Mvula, Rhiannon Giddens, Nikki Hill, Joan Osborne, Melody Angel and Irish Mythen.
The five day Easter extravaganza that is Bluesfest will be held once again at its lush 120 hectare home, just outside Byron Bay and there are still more artist announcements to come.
Peter Noble OAM, Bluesfest Festival Director said that Patti personally requested Courtney Barnett to be her special guest in her final ever show in Australia at Melbourne’s Festival Hall.
“Courtney, who has said that Patti Smith is amongst her greatest influences, kindly agreed to Patti Smith’s request, and oh boy, are we excited to be bringing you this announcement,” Peter said.
“Bluesfest is a handmade event, crafted slowly and lovingly. We take our time and take great pride in what we bring to our stages.”
“We are not finished yet…. and you will be hearing more from us soon,” he said. “It will ALWAYS be about the music. ALWAYS.”
Bluesfest takes place 13 – 17 April near Byron Bay and as well as the incredible lineup of ladies listed above includes Santana, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers, Zac Brown Band, Mary J. Blige, The Lumineers, Buddy Guy, The Doobie Brothers, Madness, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Sir Rosevelt, Jethro Tull and Miles Electric Band.