The ever prolific Byron Bay Bluesfest has announced its first batch of sideshows to branch off the major festival next easter.

Among the initial announcement of shows, Bluesfest 2014 standout Beth Hart, psychedelic rock act The Chris Robinson Brotherhood,  laid-back bluesy hip hop outfit G.Love & Special Sauce, funk fuelled icons George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and the New Orleans bred Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (TS&OA).

Beth Hart Tour Dates:

The Metro, Sydney – TUE 31 MARCH 2015 ticketek.com.au 132 849
ANNOUNCE: 9/10/14 9am ONSALE: 13/10/14 9am
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne – THU 2 APRIL 2015 melbournerecital.com.au  03 9699 3333

ANNOUNCE:9/10/14 9am ONSALE: 13/10/14 9am
*Also appearing at Bluesfest 2015*

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood Tour Dates:
The Corner, Melbourne –SAT 4 APRIL 2015 bluesfesttouring.com.au 02 6685 8310 *TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE*
ANNOUNCE: 9/10/14 9am ONSALE: 13/10/14 9am
Metro Theatre, Sydney –MON 6 APRIL 2015 ticketek.com.au 132 849
ANNOUNCE: 9/10/14 9am ONSALE: 13/10/14 9am
*Also appearing at Bluesfest 2015*

G.Love & Special Sauce Tour Dates:
Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne
 – SAT 4 APRIL 2015 bluesfesttouring.com.au  *TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE*
ANNOUNCE: 9/10/14 9am ONSALE: 15/10/14 9am
The Basement, Sydney 
– SUN 5 APRIL 2015 bluesfesttouring.com.au02 6685 8310 *TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE*

ANNOUNCE: 9/10/14 9am ONSALE: 13/10/14 9am
*Also appearing at Bluesfest 2015*

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic Tour Dates:
The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – WED 1 APRIL 2015 ticketek.com.au132 849
ANNOUNCE: 9/10/14 9am ONSALE: 13/10/14 9am
170 Russell, Melbourne –FRI 3 APRIL 2015 bluesfesttouring.com.au02 6685 8310 *TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE*
ANNOUNCE: 9/10/14 9am ONSALE: 13/10/14 9am
*Also appearing at Bluesfest 2015*

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Tour Dates:
Factory Theatre, Sydney – WED 1 APRIL 2015 bluesfesttouring.com.au02 6685 8310 *TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE*
ANNOUNCE: 9/10/14 9am ONSALE: 13/10/14 9am
The Corner, MelbourneMON 6 APRIL 2015 bluesfesttouring.com.au02 6685 8310 *TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE*
ANNOUNCE: 9/10/14 9am ONSALE: 13/10/14 9am
*Also appearing at Bluesfest 2015*

The Byron Bay Bluesfest will run between April 2nd and April 6th. Tickets and the playing schedule so far can be found here. Below is the first full lineup announcement:

THE BLACK KEYS

ZAC BROWN BAND

ALABAMA SHAKES

MICHAEL FRANTI & SPEARHEAD

GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC

PAUL KELLY

PRESENTS THE MERRI SOUL SESSIONS FEAT. DAN SULTAN, KIRA PURU, & VIKA AND LINDA BULL

XAVIER RUDD AND THE UNITED NATIONS

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE

REBELUTION

SOJA

THE CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD

BETH HART

FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS

MARIACHI EL BRONX

G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE

POKEY LAFARGE

BAND OF SKULLS

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