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Bluesfest promise “the greatest announcement” in its history

Bluesfest promoter Peter Noble has declared that the next announcement for the 2013 lineup is “possibly the greatest announcement in the history of Bluesfest”.

In an email sent to subscribers overnight, Noble has promised that this huge announcement will be revealed “very soon” and that he is confident that the festival will sell out quickly after it’s made. The lineup for Bluesfest 2013 already includes Iggy and The Stooges, Wilco, Ben Harper, Santana, Steve Miller Band, and Jimmy Cliff.

Considering that recent Bluesfest lineups have boasted the likes of Bob Dylan, BB King, Grace Jones, George Clinton and Elvis Costello (2011), and The Pogues, Buddy Guy, John Fogerty, The Specials and My Morning Jacket (2012) the “greatest announcement in the history of Bluesfest” promises to be something very special indeed. Is this just festival hype or are we set to see a visit from Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Robert Plant or Tom Waits in 2013?

Although it would be a massive stretch to call the announcement of British heritage acts like Supertramp singer Roger Hodgson or Status Quo “the greatest announcement” in the event’s history expect to see both bands when the third instalment is announced. Bluesfest has already announced sideshows for Roger Hodgson and local Byron Bay newspaper The Northern Star has revealed that Status Quo are down, down, down for the festival as well.

Bluesfest sideshows have also been announced for Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Newton Faulkner. Glen Hansard and The Frames and William Elliott Whitmore sideshows were announced earlier this month.

Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples sideshows

Tuesday, March 26 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Wednesday, March 27- State Theatre, Melbourne

Wednesday, April 3- Enmore Theatre, Sydney

The Blind Boys of Alabama sideshows

Thursday, March 28 – Tivoli, Brisbane (with Mavis Staples)

Monday, April 1 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (with Sweet Honey in the Rock)

Wednesday, April 3 – Hamer Hall, Melbourne (with Sweet Honey in the Rock)

Roger Hodgson sideshows

Thursday, March 28 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Saturday, March 30 – Tivoli, Brisbane

Wednesday, April 3 – State Theatre, Sydney

Friday, April 5 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

Sunday, April 7 – Riverside Theatre, Perth

Newton Faulkner sideshows

Monday, March 25- Fowler’s Live, Adelaide

Wednesday, March 27 – Uni Bar, Wollongong

Thursday, March 28 – The Abbey, Canberra

Tuesday, April 2 – The Tivoli, Brisbane

Friday, April 5- Lizottes, Kincumber

Sunday, April 7- Lizottes, Newcastle

Tuesday, April 9 – The Metro, Sydney

Thursday, April 11- The Prince, Melbourne

Sunday, April 14 – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne

Bluesfest 2013 playing schedule

Thursday, March 28

Ben Harper

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls

Chris Isaak

Rodriguez

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Joan Armatrading

Fred Wesley and The New JB’s

The Duke Robillard Band

Grace Potter

Shawn Colvin

William Elliot

Whitmore

Seth Lakeman

Friday, March 29

Santana

Steve Miller Band

Jimmy Cliff

Blind Boys of

Alabama

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Joan Armatrading

Rodriguez

Robert Cray

Fred Wesley and The New JB’s

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Glen Hansard with

The Frames

Playing for Change

Michael Kiwanuka

Ruthie Foster

William Elliot Whitmore

Shawn Colvin

Saturday, March 30

Iggy and The Stooges

Wilco

Grace Potter

Dropkick Murphys

Allen Toussaint

Bettye LaVette

Playing for Change

Ruthie Foster

Michael Kiwanuka

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Seth Lakeman

Ben Caplan

Sunday, March 31

Mavis Staples

Blind Boys of

Alabama

Wanda Jackson

Bettye LaVette

Allen Toussaint

Tony Joe White

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Luka Bloom

Ben Caplan

Monday, April 1

Wilco

Bonnie Raitt

Mavis Staples

Newton Faulkner

Tony Joe White

Ben Caplan