While other festivals strain to pack their bills with edgy young artists, Bluesfest has again done what it does best: mined some of the most influential acts of the past 50 years to steadily assemble a line-up that seems to guarantee another memorable event.Bluesfest promoter Peter Noble has confirmed veteran Welsh pop emperor Tom Jones, American country rock legend Jackson Browne and one of the contenders for his crown Jason Isbell, peerless English songwriter Noel Gallgher (and his High Flying Birds), Bob Marley’s band the Wailers (with Dwayne Anglin singing) and country-blues champion Steve Earle would join those previously announced.
Other names added overnight to the event, which will be held at Byron Bay from March 24 to 28, include American folk-rockers The Decemberists, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy (appearing with his son Spencer) and emerging blues-rock Queen Grace Potter.
Last month Noble’s first announcement included: indie-rock greats the National, Dallas Green’s City and Colour, UB40 (the version with original lead singer Ali Campbell), blues rock hero Joe Bonamassa and blues-rock supergroup the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The two announcements so far give the 27th Bluesfest its strongest country-rock flavour yet, although Noble also announced the indigenous arts and culture festival Boomerang would be part of the five-day event.
Bluesfest tickets range in price from $159 for a Thursday-only pass to $525 for all five days. They can be purchased here.