Bluesfest 2012 organisers have announced today that Cold Chisel will headline the first day of next year’s festival at Tyagarah Tea Tree farm in Byron Bay. The legendary Australian band will close out the main stage on Thursday 5th of April.
It will be the first time that an Australian artist has ever headlined the festival, and is testament to the special place Cold Chisel’s music has come to occupy in Australian hearts and minds.
The band’s massive 26+ show Light The Nitro tour is winding up with a final gig scheduled for Brisbane next Tuesday night and has been their biggest tour to date. The band will also release their new album in 2012, after it all went “up in the air” when drummer Steven Prestwich died in January of a brain tumour.
Bluesfest already features great acts such as Roger Daltrey (performing Tommy), Crosby Stills & Nash, The Specials, Earth Wind & Fire, YES, The Pogues and Australia’s own John Butler Trio.
The event is one of Australia’s most awarded and internationally renowned festivals and began a new era (and with any luck another excellent 22 years) with the purchase and move to its permanent new home from the 2010 event onwards – the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm just off the Pacific Highway, 10 minutes north of Byron Bay.
Next year’s event will take place on Wednesday 4th April until Monday 9th April.