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Bluesfest Adds Final Acts To 2018 Lineup

Written by Emmy Mack on February 15, 2018

UPDATE: Kesha Cancels Bluesfest Appearance, Postpones 2018 Australian Tour

ORIGINAL STORY: The multi-course feast that is the Bluesfest 2018 lineup has just been rounded out with one final dish.

Fans will now be able to sink their ears into the musical stylings of soul legend Leon Bridges, rocker Ryan McMullan, soul/reggae champ and Playing for Change vocalist Clarence Bekker, multi-instrumental busking dynamo Tay Oskee and quirky folk-popster Molly Millington, who cap off the last bunch of lineup additions for this year’s festivities.

They join previously announced acts like Lauren Hill, Kesha,  Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge, Robert Plant, Lionel Ritchie and Seal, alongside local favourites like Holy Holy, Dan Sultan and guitar master Harts at the Byron Bay blowout.

“This has become such a special year… ” says festival boss Peter Noble. “Full of amazing artists, Grammy Winners past and present… plenty of great female artists, like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, First Aid Kit AND Australia’s wunderkind Tash Sultana… just to name a few.

“We have got it covered from the Legends to the latest contemporary artists… Lionel Richie and Robert Plant… to the John Butler Trio and Ms. Lauryn Hill… from Boomerang, our indigenous festival within a festival, to just about the best artist bill we have had so far. It’s not hard to see why – we have been nominated Best International Music Festival by the American Pollstar Awards – SIX TIMES IN A ROW.

“And here we go with more great artists,” he continues. “Grammy nominated Leon Bridges represents the future of Soul & Gospel music, and we are proud to announce he will be doing two shows at Bluesfest 2018, next Easter… his career is heading for the stratosphere.

Bluesfest 2018 will take place at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside of Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend, with multiple stages, food and market stalls, on-site camping and 12 hours of music each day.

Peep the full lineup below or catch the full list of sideshows here.

Bluesfest 2018 Lineup

LEON BRIDGES

RYAN MCMULLAN

PLAYING FOR CHANGE PRESENTS THE CLARENCE BEKKER BAND

TAY OSKEE

MOLLY MILLINGTON

Joining…

Boomerang Festival Additions

THE STRIDES

YIRRMAL

SORONG SAMARAI

BENNY WALKER

NARAS

MOVE IT MOB STYLE

ERIC AVERY

TE KOPERE MAORI HEALERS

JANNAWI DANCE CLAN

MUGGERA DANCERS

BUNDJALUNG LOCAL ARTISANS AND WEAVERS

Joining…

DAN SULTAN

ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS

CHAIN

CON BRIO

MIA DYSON

SHAUN KIRK

CAITI BAKER

STEVE SMYTH

DOG TRUMPET

HANLON BROTHERS

Joining…

LAURYN HILL

Joining… (Third Announcement)

KESHA

SHERYL CROW

MELISSA ETHERIDGE

JUANES

SEU JORGE

ZIGGY ALBERTS

ÁSGEIR

NEWTON FAULKNER

AFRO CELT SOUND SYSTEM

HARRY MANX

HARTS

HOLY HOLY

WILLIAM CRIGHTON

ELEPHANT SESSIONS

Joining… (Second Announcement)

YOUSSOU N’DOUR

SEAL

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD

JACKSON BROWNE

JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT

GOMEZ

RAG ’N’ BONE MAN

THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND

JIMMY CLIFF

THE WAILERS

BENJAMIN BOOKER

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF

CANNED HEAT

WALTER TROUT

ANDRE CYMONE

THE TESKEY BROTHERS

Joining… (First Announcement)

ROBERT PLANT AND THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS

LIONEL RICHIE

THE JOHN BUTLER TRIO

TASH SULTANA

THE NEW POWER GENERATION

CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS

FIRST AID KIT

JOSE GONZALEZ

MORCHEEBA

GOV’T MULE

LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL

THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS

ERIC GALES

BOBBY RUSH

DUMPSTAPHUNK

JOE LOUIS WALKER

RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS

Bluesfest 2018

Thursday, 29th March — Monday, 2nd April

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay

Tickets: Official Website

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