Bluesfest has added Madness along with Billy Bragg and Joe Henry as part of the sixth line-up announcement for 2017.
In a statement, Bluesfest boss Peter Noble said:
After a few headliner single artist announcements, I am so pleased to say there are now going to be a few weeks of multiple artist releases, and in typical Bluesfest style, they will be beauties.
Headlining today’s announce is the much loved Ska 2 Tone British band from Camden (London), Madness, and they are going to tear the house down. From playing on the roof top recently at Buckingham Palace to producing such wonderful Number One singles as Our House, and House of Fun, they truly are one of the great 80s UK bands, and they continue to be huge.
But, that’s not all.
I am stoked to be presenting the Miles Electric Band, performing the music of Miles Davis, when he went electric and created fusion music. This amazing event, which is produced by the Miles Davis Estate will feature Miles Davis alumni including Daryl Jones, currently playing Bass with the Rolling Stones and guitarist Blackbird McKnight (from Headhunters/Parliament-Funkadelic, and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers). They will electrify the stage performing the amazing creations of Miles with tracks from the ground-breaking albums Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson and more. There will be numerous Miles Davis alumni as well as musicians influenced by Miles (aren’t we all?). Grammy winner Christian Scott will take the hot seat on trumpet in this 9 piece band. Along with multimedia, this is the real deal. A coup for Bluesfest and there have only been a handful of performances round the world to date, and something I am very proud of to present to you.
We are also announcing a very special Patti Smith afternoon acoustic performance with her band on Good Friday, as well as a collaboration between Billy Bragg and American singer-songwriter, guitarist, Joe Henry. We also have the swamp fox Tony Joe White returning and the incredible new artist Max Jury, who many compare to Gram Parsons.
We have GREAT Roots artists in the Mountain Goats, The Record Company, The California Honeydrops, and to cap it off the return, by popular demand, last year’s favourite artist for many Rhiannon Giddens, as well as Trevor Hall finally coming to Bluesfest!
I feel this is one of our best announcements for music lovers. There is a Blues announcement coming to you next week! Thank you for supporting us. It truly is going to be one of our best years
Peter Noble OAM
Byron Bay Bluesfest
Miles Electric Band
Patti Smith And Her Band Acoustic Set
Billy Bragg And Joe Henry
Tony Joe White
The Record Company
The Mountain Goats
The California Honeydrops