The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Eagles of Death Metal, Playing For Change Band and more Added To The Bluesfest 2016 Lineup
Today Bluesfest, one of the most exceptional and highly awarded music festivals in Australia, is giving the nation a brand new artist announcement, including renowned artists from overseas and our home shores. Bluesfest are opening their gates in seven weeks for its Easter long weekend celebration (Thu 24th to Mon 28th of March) and acknowledges one of the key ingredients to a successful festival: an eclectic and diverse line-up which speaks to people of all ages and musical tastes.
Topping the bill is THE MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND Featuring Rick Vito. Mick, drummer and co-founder of the iconic Rock band Fleetwood Mac, with former Fleetwood Mac member Rick Vito, as vocalist and lead guitarist, along with Lenny Castellanos on bass and Mark Johnston on keyboard, will be delivering a world class blend of Blues and Rock to the Bluesfest audience.
Californian band Eagles of Death Metal will be making their Bluesfest debut in 2016. The band was formed by singer Jesse Hughes and drummer/guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age) in 1998, after Homme wondered what a cross between the Eagles and a death metal band would sound like. The Eagles of Death Metal recently released their first new studio album in seven years, Zipper Down and coming to Bluesfest is front man and guitarist Jesse Hughes along with touring band, Eden Galindo, Dave Catching (Queens of The Stone Age) on guitars, Matt McJunkins on bass and Julian Dorio on drums.
The Playing for Change Band is returning to Bluesfest for the fourth time in a row. Playing for Change stand for so much more than just music. It is a movement created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. Playing for Change supports music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community and then purposefully connect those communities around the world.
Another of Australia’s best Blues outfits, the Backsliders are also putting the Blues in Bluesfest this year. Coming to Bluesfest is slide guitarist, multi‐stringed instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist, Dom Turner, (also the the founding member of the group). Dom will be joined by drum and percussion virtuoso and songwriter Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), an acclaimed name synonymous with the best of Australian music, who has been with Backsliders for 16 years.
Sahara Beck is an Australian singer songwriter, who at 19 years of age is capturing audiences all over Australia with her stunning voice and performance. Sahara is an independent artist in the truest sense of the word – an artist finding her own sound and in the process emerging as not just another remarkable voice. Sahara has a new album, Panacea, recorded in Byron Bay and set for release in May 2016.
THE LATEST BLUESFEST 2016 ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT INCLUDES:
THE MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND featuring RICK VITO
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL
PLAYING FOR CHANGE BAND
EUGENE HIDEAWAY BRIDGES
EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS
2016 BLUESFEST ARTISTS ALREADY ANNOUNCED
THE NATIONAL • D'ANGELO
NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS • CITY AND COLOUR
THE DECEMBERISTS • THE CAT EMPIRE
COLD WAR KIDS • HIATUS KAIYOTE • ALLEN STONE
MODEST MOUSE • ELLE KING
GRACE POTTER • JEFF MARTIN (THE TEA PARTY)
NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE
VINTAGE TROUBLE • BLACKBERRY SMOKE • HOUNDMOUTH
LUKAS NELSON AND PROMISE OF THE REAL
LORD HURON • KALEO • DUSTIN THOMAS • HARTS
BRIAN WILSON performs 'PET SOUNDS' • TOM JONES
UB40 feat. ALI CAMPBELL, ASTRO & MICKEY VIRTUE
DON MCLEAN • JACKSON BROWNE • MELISSA ETHERIDGE
GRAHAM NASH • TAJ MAHAL • STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES
RICHARD CLAPTON • RUSSELL MORRIS
THE WAILERS • THE RESIDENTS
THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA • ARCHIE ROACH
BLUES and ROOTS
JOE BONAMASSA • TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND
THE ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS BAND
JASON ISBELL • RHIANNON GIDDENS
THE WORD • THE SELECTER
NATHANIEL RATELIFF & the NIGHT SWEATS
ST PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES • SHAKEY GRAVES
KAMASI WASHINGTON • LUCKY PETERSON • TWEEDY
TEX PERKINS & THE APE • JANIVA MAGNESS • SONGHOY BLUES
FANTASTIC NEGRITO • ASH GRUNWALD • BLIND BOY PAXTON
CON BRIO • MIKE LOVE • THE BROS. LANDRETH
KIM CHURCHILL • SHOOGLENIFTY • MOJO JUJU
RAW EARTH • PIERCE BROTHERS • THE MASTERSONS
WARDS XPRESS • HUSSY HICKS • STEVE SMYTH
EAST JOURNEY • EMDEE
DANCE - MUSIC - HEALING
TALK & IDEAS