UPDATE 5/10/2016: Neil Young has announced a 2017 Australian headline tour.
ORIGINAL STORY: Bluesfest 2017 just got even bigger, with the addition of a legendary act as the Byron Bay festival’s headline. Neil Young and his band Promise Of The Real will head to Australia next year to play the event, and it’s not just any festival set — they will play a mammoth three-hour show.
This will be the first time Young has played in Australia since he toured here with Crazy Horse back in 2013. This time around he’s bringing along Promise Of The Real, which is fronted by Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson. Young recorded his latest album Earth with the band, and they will no doubt knock out a few tunes from that record at Bluesfest 2017.
Young is the latest act to be added to next year’s huge Bluesfest lineup, which already included the likes of Santana, Zac Brown Band, Mary J. Blige and The Doobie Brothers. Organisers are also teasing the addition of another big-name act on Sunday, 9th October.
It’s pretty hard to get any bigger than Young though. According to organisers, every year they ask festival attendees who they want to play Bluesfest and every year Young tops the poll.
Check out the full Bluesfest 2017 lineup as it stands, below.
Watch: Neil Young + Promise Of The Real – ‘Wolf Moon’
Bluesfest 2017 Lineup
Neil Young & Promise Of The Real
The Doobie Brothers
Mary J. Blige
Corinne Bailey Rae
Nahko And Medicine For The People
Zac Brown Band
Patti Smith And Her Band Perform Horses
Buddy Guy (Exclusive)
Mavis Staples (Exclusive)
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Beth Hart (Exclusive)
Booker T Presents The Stax Records Revue
Rickie Lee Jones
+ More to be announced
Tickets on sale now
Thursday, 13th – Monday, 17th April
Tyagarah Tree Farm, Byron Bay