Eight months before Bluesfest, located just outside Byron Bay, the First Artist Announcement has dropped.
In what is a coup for the festival, Patti Smith, who fell in love with Australia when she toured in 2017, will return to the festival. Smith’s last appearance here also won the 2017 Helpmann Award winner for Best Contemporary Concert, beating Bruce Springsteen AND Adele.
Also appearing next year will be John Prine who toured Australia to huge acclaim earlier this year after a gap of more than 25 years!
The lineup also includes the Dave Matthews Band – with more than $1 Billion US Dollars at the box office, over 50 million records sold and the only band in the world to have seven consecutive No 1 albums on the Billboard 200.
Joining them as headliners are Crowded House, on an exclusive Bluesfest appearance as Neil Finn takes a short break from his touring with Fleetwood Mac.
Also on the bill is 10-time Grammy winner – George Benson, the three-time 2019 Grammy winner Brandi Carlile plus firm festival Bluesfest favourites John Butler, The Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd, Morcheeba and more including legends John Mayall and Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Back by popular demand will be Walter Trout, The Marcus King Band, Larkin Poe, Frank Turner and The War and Treaty joined in this announcement by first-timers Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Jenny Lewis and Greensky Bluegrass.
More announcements are on the way!
Tickets are available at: https://www.bluesfest.com.au/ticket-prices/