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:
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
Tony Joe White
Thursday 21st April through to Monday 25th April
Tickets are on sale now