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.
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.