Bluesfest had one of its biggest years ever with 82 band featuring 633 artists performing for over 100,000 music fans at Byron Bay on the Easter long weekend.
Organiser Peter Noble said, “The Bluesfest audience discovered what we truly felt, going into the festival, would be the best selection of young and emerging artists we have ever presented. Artists like Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Kaleo, Con Brio, Vintage Trouble , Rhiannon Giddens, Shakey Graves, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Fantastic Negrito, The Bros. Landreth, Blackberry Smoke, Irish Mythen, Elle King and Allen Stone all displayed their brilliance and everybody who came can now say they saw them when, as all of these artists are on their way to truly big things.
Noble said it went so well this year that he wouldn’t mind just repeating the entire line-up for 2017. “If I could book the same festival all over again in 2017 and not change one artist I would be sorely tempted to. From Kendrick Lamar on Thursday opening to The Original Blues Brothers Band closing it has been one of our greatest festivals”.
This year Tom Jones was joined by surprise guests The Blind Boys of Alabama. Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds and his greatest hits, Graham Nash, Jackson Browne, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue and The Wailers had the crowd singing along to a different classic Bob Marley and The Wailers album each night they performed.
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