Bluesfest was already filled to the brim with unstoppable talents like legendary Neil Young or the eccentric Jethro Tull, but the iconic Australian festival has just updated their lineup for the sixth time, bringing 12 more acts to the enormous list. With 12 hours of music each day, delicious food stalls, exciting market stands, camping on the scenic plains of Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay, and these new lineup additions, 2017’s edition of Bluesfest is not one to miss.
Madness are one of the first bands to come with this announcement, an act renowned for their punchy ska, pop and soul blend. With their status as British ska revival phenomenon of the ’70s and ’80s recently reclaimed, Madness are ready to bring their rowdy pop back to Australian shores.
Following Madness is the Miles Electric Band, the nine-member group created in association with the Miles Davis Estate and featuring the likes of Grammy-winning Robert Irving III and Parliament-Funkadelic guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight. They’re bound to bring Davis’ music to new generations with an engrossing concert experience.
Famous punk-poet Patti Smith and her band are also set to grace the stage at Bluesfest in an Australian exclusive. The stripped back performance will give Patti Smith fans the intimate set needed to connect with her hallowed lyricism.
Not only that, political songwriter Billy Bragg will be teaming up with Americana favourite Joe Henry, with musical melting pot Slightly Stoopid also delivering their hybrid funk and punk extravaganza to Byron Bay audiences for the third time. Country musician Rhiannon Giddens will return to Bluesfest in 2017, and will be followed up by Deep South Blues crooner Tony Joe White, soul-filled, small town up-and-comer Max Jury, raw blues rockdogs The Record Company, and the moving indie-folk stylings of The Mountain Goats. R&B balls of energy The California Honeydrops and spiritual acoustic rocker Trevor Hall will cap off the massive 2017 lineup update.
The diversity of this announcement will make sure there’s something to see for everyone, with a bunch more updates in store for festival-goers. Head to www.bluesfest.com.au for tickets and more information on the 28th annual 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
Neil Young + Promise of the Reel
Zac Brown Band
Patti Smith and her band perform Horses
Mary J. Blige
Buddy Guy (Exclusive)
The Doobie Brothers
Mavis Staples (Exclusive)
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
Rickie Lee Jones
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
Corinne Bailey Rae
Nahko and Medicene for the People
Beth Hart (Exclusive)
Booker T. Presents the Stax Records Review