The National, City and Colour: First Bluesfest lineup drops

THE first 2016 Bluesfest artist announcement reveals artists like City and Colour, and The National will play at the Byron Bay music festival.

 In the announcement this morning, the earliest Bluesfest announcement ever made, the headliners are revealed as rock band The National, Blues Rock/New Folk Band City and Colour, Reggae legends UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, the incredible Blues Rock maestro Joe Bonamassa and Grammy award winning Blues and Roots Rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band plus so many more. 

This is just the first round of announced artists to perform at the five day festival, held annually over Easter, at Tyagarah.

Dallas Green of City and Colour performing at Splendour in the Grass. Supplied by Splendour in the Grass media. Please credit photo to Stephen Booth.
Dallas Green of City and Colour. They will perform at Bluesfest 2015. Photo by Stephen Booth. Stephen Booth

Bluesfest's Round 1 brings a perfectly crafted blend of the Contemporary and the Classic, tailored to satisfy an eclectic mix of musical palates.

There are 15 hugely talented artists & musicians gracing this first mighty 2016 Bluesfest announcement, covering a multitude of genres but with a huge focus on the Blues and Contemporary.

True to Bluesfest fashion, there will be many more amazing artists joining this first incredible line up in the upcoming weeks. 

The first 2016 Bluesfest artist announcement includes:

  • The National - exclusive
  • City and Colour
  • UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue - exclusive
  • Joe Bonamassa - exclusive
  • Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • The Cat Empire
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real
  • The Word
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Janiva Magness
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones
  • Allen Stone 
  • The Selecter
  • Shakey Graves
  • Songhoy Blues

Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble, shared his excitement about the first announcement:

"Well THIS is a surprise - We have hardly packed up from Bluesfest 2015 - and here we go into 2016 with our first announcement already," Mr Noble said.

"And yes, this first announcement has something for EVERYONE - there is not one dud in it.

"As for Bluesfest 2016 overall - we do get to around eight artist announcements leading into the Festival and rest assured, they will ALL include more wonderful artists.

"I am not going to let the cat out of the bag just yet; however, I WILL say that this is shaping up to be an extraordinary year for us here at Bluesfest.

"I am negotiating currently with many of the world's greatest artists to come and perform for you.

"There will be many more to be announced, both Classic and Contemporary, and if this first announcement does not ring your bell - and I would be surprised if it doesn't, at the very least, give you a little tingle - then I'm totally convinced there will be something for you in the coming ones.

"I can feel it in my bones - this is going to be one of our greatest years."