More international acts added to Bluesfest 2013

The latest round of additions to the Bluefest lineup includes Counting Crows; hillbilly siblings Kitty Daisy and Lewis; 2009 inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame Taj Mahal; cult hero Shuggie Otis; recent Splendour in the Grass visitor Ben Howard; and the “supergroup” featuring Cyril Neville from The Meters and Neville Brothers and Gregg Allman’s son Devon – Royal Southern Brotherhood.

Ukulele shredder Jake Shimabukuro and Americana troupe The Lumineers – who had both already announced Bluesfest sideshows – have also been officially added to the lineup. Previously announced headliner Ben Harper is now also scheduled to perform a solo show on Good Friday in addition to a full band set on Thursday night.

The new acts join the massive festival lineup that already includes Robert Plant, Paul Simon, Iggy and The Stooges, Wilco, Rodriguez, Madness, Rufus Wainwright, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Wanda Jackson, Fred Wesley, Michael Kiwanuka, Bettye Lavette and Dropkick Murphys.

Last week the festival also announced a batch of local additions to the lineup. Touted as “the crí¨me de la crí¨me of Australian music” by festival boss Peter Noble, the local additions to the lineup were headed by The Cat Empire, who return for their seventh Bluesfest performance. Fat Freddys Drop, Xavier Rudd, The Bamboos, King Cannons, Saskwatch, Beasts Of Bourbon, and The Break (featuring members of Midnight Oil, Violent Femmes, and Hunters and Collectors ) also joined the lineup.

And just because this all isn’t quite enough for Bluesfest there’ll be another lineup announcement before Christmas.

Latest Bluesfest 2013 lineup additions:

Counting Crows

Ben Harper (Solo)

The Lumineers

Taj Mahal

Shuggie Otis

Kitty Daisy & Lewis

Ben Howard

Tav Falco & The Panther Burns

JD McPherson

Royal Southern Brotherhood


Jake Shimabukuro

Damien Dempsey

Check out the full list of previously announced acts here

New Bluesfest sideshows:

While Bluesfest has announced that headliners Paul Simon and Robert Plant won’t play any sideshows in Queensland there will be a Brisbane gig for Santana, and Steve Miller Band. Bluesfest sideshows have also been announced for in Sydney and Melbourne for Kitty Daisy and Lewis, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, and Shuggie Otis.

Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, Shuggie Otis sideshow:

Saturday, March 23 – Enmore, Sydney

Sunday, March 24 – Hamer Hall, Melbourne

Tuesday, March 26 – Tivoli, Brisbane

Royal Southern Brotherhood sideshows:

Thursday, March 28 – The Basement, Sydney

Saturday, March 30 – The Corner, Melbourne

Kitty Daisy and Lewis sideshows:

Wednesday, March 27 – Billboard, Melbourne

Saturday, March 30 – Metro Theatre, Sydney

Tickets on sale Thursday, December 6

Santana, Steve Miller Band sideshows:

Thursday 21st March – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Friday 22nd March – Entertainment Centre, Adelaide

Wednesday 27th March – Entertainment Centre, Sydney

Thursday 28th March – Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

Tickets on sale Friday, December 7

JD McPherson sideshow:

Wednesday, April 3 – The Basement, Sydney