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All-star line-up for Bluesfest

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The East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival has once again rallied a fine array of artists for its April 2009 edition.

Sitting pretty at the top of the line-up are four acts making exclusive East Coast appearances at Bluesfest. Honorary Aussie Ben Harper will play two sets across the five days, accompanied by his sparkling new band Relentless Seven. Festival director Peter Noble calls Harper “arguably the most important artist to ever play Bluesfest”, so it’s only fitting these are the man’s only shows in the country. Also returning to the hallowed ground of Belongil Fields for one-off performances are Michael Franti & Spearhead, John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins.

Bluesfest is one bill that always offers up excellence right down to the fine print. Veteran bluesman Seasick Steve is on board for the Thursday, the incredible Blind Boys Of Alabama will continue a legacy forged in 1939 and the masterly Augie March join a stellar Monday line-up. And that’s just scratching the surface – check the day-by-day breakdown below for all talent.

The 20th Annual Bluesfest

Easter Weekend 2009 – April 9-13

Belongil Fields, Byron Bay, NSW

Thursday

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Watermelon Slim & The Workers

Angelique Kidjo

Sonny Landreth

Seasick Steve

Tony Joe

White Morning of the Earth – Cult Surf Movie Featuring Brian Cadd, Lior, Mike Rudd, Old Man River, Tim Gaze.

Friday

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Zappa Plays Zappa

Blind Boys Of Alabama

Tinariwen

Alabama 3

Blue King Brown

Saturday

BEN HARPER and RELENTLESS7

Lucinda Williams

Toni Childs

Luka Bloom

Eric Bibb

Benny Gallagher

Eugene Hideaway Bridges

*Sunday

John Butler Trio

Ruthie Foster

Saltwater Band (more to come)

Monday

BEN HARPER and RELENTLESS7

Missy Higgins

Alpha Blondy

Augie March

Special Beat

The Easy All Stars