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Bluesfest 2014 first lineupannounced

“It’s our 25th Birthday! We are going to be celebrating this one as never before and will deliver you one hell of a line up and mark my words: This is only the beginning.” These are the words of promoter Peter Noble who has tonight revealed the first round of acts set to play Bluesfest 2014.

Lead by John Mayer and the Dave Matthews Band – billed as “two major headliners” – the lineup includes John Butler Trio in their 10th Bluesfest appearance, Erykah Badu in her first and the heavily rumoured Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

Iron and Wine (aka folk singer Sam Beam) will return for the festival in his first Australian appearance since being awarded the boot at Golden Plains five years ago and since releasing new album Ghost on Ghost. He will be joined by Devendra Banhart, Bluesfest regulars Michael Franti & Spearhead, British triphop trio Morcheeba and Gary Clark Junior.

Bluesfest have described their 2014 lineup as “enormous, vibrant, unique and as always, a perfect blend of legendary, modern, up and coming and straight down famous artists”. Given that 2013’s second and third announcements included Robert Plant, Paul Simon, Rufus Wainwright, Rodriguez, Jimmy Cliff, Counting Crows and Mavis Staples it’s probably safe to expect even more big names added to the 25th anniversary bill.

Bluesfest Byron Bay is held over the Easter long weekend April 17-21 at its dedicated site, the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, north of Byron Bay. Single day tickets are on sale now.

Bluesfest 2014 first lineup

John Mayer
Dave Matthews Band
Erykah Badu
John Butler Trio
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Iron & Wine
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Devendra Banhart
Gary Clark Jr
KT Tunstall
Allen Stone
Valerie June
Nikki Hill

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Quicky said on the 26th Aug, 2013

So far so good for me. Wanted to see John Mayer live for ages plus can see Edward Sharpe live again as well as Iron and Wine and Gary Clark Jr. live for the first time :)


VegetableLasagne said on the 26th Aug, 2013

mmk. pretty underwhelmed so far but i still have faith..


humanracin said on the 26th Aug, 2013

Headliners are very underwhelming...

But finally Morcheeba!
And Iron & Wine!

Should be a few good side shows as per usual.


mattchew said on the 26th Aug, 2013

Devendra sideshows please


Nosyt said on the 26th Aug, 2013

Great news, it means no Dave Matthews Band for the second announcement of Harvest.


bboy said on the 26th Aug, 2013

morcheeba aren't dead?


kaydee said on the 26th Aug, 2013

This is almost enough to get me there. Will need a couple of big ones in the second announcement.

Morcheeba have a new album coming out in October so that is nice timing.


grattan said on the 27th Aug, 2013

Niche: Erykah Badu has just been announced on the 2014 Byron Bay Blues Fest and we'll have the side show dates for you shortly.


humanracin said on the 27th Aug, 2013

Morcheeba ditched Skye for a couple of mediocre albums back in the early naughties but she is back on board for the new album in October.
Actually she was back on board with the last album Blood Like Lemonade which came out a year or so ago and it has the classic sound of their first 2 albums: Who Can You Trust? and Big Calm.

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Jose Cuervo said on the 27th Aug, 2013

Please add madness this year to make up for last year kthnx


Jimmyopendoors said on the 27th Aug, 2013

I have a sneaky feeling Jurassic 5 will be on the bill. And if that's the case I will be there.


GleEso said on the 28th Aug, 2013

considering the size of last years major headliners, I'd say there are still a few big bands to be announced. I'd say of who has been announced, only John Mayer would be seen as headline-material. Thoughts on who could still be announced and is worthy of a headline spot?


grattan said on the 4th Sep, 2013

Looks like you can lock in Steve Earle & The Dukes they've announced shows in NZ straight after Bluesfest:
Sat 26 April – The Powerstation, Auckland
Sun 27 April – St James Theatre, Wellington


grattan said on the 12th Sep, 2013

Bluesfest website: In terms of ticket sales, this has been our second biggest announcement after Bob Dylan and BB King in 2011. There are still amazing artists to be announced, and I'm sure you will agree, once they are all rolled out, that Bluesfest 25 is going to be a year to remember.We are working hard on our next announcement, which is only a matter of weeks away. Stay tuned - and get ready for our breathtaking birthday celebration.