Bluesfest 2011 lineup

In a massive coup Bluesfest has lured an incredible lineup to Byron, including three legendary headline acts. As an analogy Bluesfest director Peter Noble explains that “if Jesus Christ, Mohammed AND Buddha ALL want to pray in our church or temple at the same time – we are gonna find a way to fit them in”. And if you’re not bowing down to worship this lineup there’s something seriously wrong with you.

After years of persistence trying to overcome a refusal to play in a town he’d never heard of Bob Dylan has finally agreed to headline the festival in 2011. He’ll be joined at the top of the bill by Blues legend BB. King, making his first visit to Australia since 1996, and the great Elvis Costello, playing with The Imposters.

In an interview about the festival and it’s staggering 2011 lineup, Noble proudly told FasterLouder : “I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of people who will come and say ‘Wow, you know one upon a time I went to a festival and Bob Dylan and BB King were both on!’ That will be remembered. People will pass that down to their kids. No bullshit!”

This is just the first announcement, with the full bill said to include 120 plus artists, and Peter Noble assures us that “the second announcement so far is just as good as the first”!

FasterLouder presents the first Bluesfest announcement for 2011:

Bob Dylan

B.B. King

Ben Harper & Relentless 7

Elvis Costello & the Imposters

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Rodrigo y Gabriela

The Cat Empire

Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville

Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

Fistful of Mercy

Mavis Staples

Xavier Rudd

Trinity Roots

Little Bushmen

Tony Joe White

Indigo Girls

Kate Miller-Heidke

Eric Bibb


Ash Grunwald

Ruthie Foster

C.W. Stoneking

Jeff Lang

Saltwater Band

RocKwiz Live

Bluesfest 2011

Thursday 21st April through to Monday 25th April

Tickets are on sale now

Read FasterLouder’s chat with Bluesfest director Peter Noble about booking Dylan, the festival and 2011’s amazing lineup