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All-star line-up for Bluesfest

CHECK OUT ALL THE PHOTOS FROM THE 2008 BLUESFEST HERE.

The East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival has once again rallied a fine array of artists for its April 2009 edition.

Sitting pretty at the top of the line-up are four acts making exclusive East Coast appearances at Bluesfest. Honorary Aussie Ben Harper will play two sets across the five days, accompanied by his sparkling new band Relentless Seven. Festival director Peter Noble calls Harper “arguably the most important artist to ever play Bluesfest”, so it’s only fitting these are the man’s only shows in the country. Also returning to the hallowed ground of Belongil Fields for one-off performances are Michael Franti & Spearhead, John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins.

Bluesfest is one bill that always offers up excellence right down to the fine print. Veteran bluesman Seasick Steve is on board for the Thursday, the incredible Blind Boys Of Alabama will continue a legacy forged in 1939 and the masterly Augie March join a stellar Monday line-up. And that’s just scratching the surface – check the day-by-day breakdown below for all talent.

The 20th Annual Bluesfest
Easter Weekend 2009 – April 9-13
Belongil Fields, Byron Bay, NSW

Thursday
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Watermelon Slim & The Workers
Angelique Kidjo
Sonny Landreth
Seasick Steve
Tony Joe
White Morning of the Earth – Cult Surf Movie Featuring Brian Cadd, Lior, Mike Rudd, Old Man River, Tim Gaze.

Friday
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Zappa Plays Zappa
Blind Boys Of Alabama
Tinariwen
Alabama 3
Blue King Brown

Saturday
BEN HARPER and RELENTLESS7
Lucinda Williams
Toni Childs
Luka Bloom
Eric Bibb
Benny Gallagher
Eugene Hideaway Bridges

Sunday
John Butler Trio
Ruthie Foster
Saltwater Band (more to come)

Monday
BEN HARPER and RELENTLESS7
Missy Higgins
Alpha Blondy
Augie March
Special Beat
The Easy All Stars

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chestycheetah

chestycheetah said on the 14th Nov, 2008

dont wanna rain on the blues and roots parade but this seems like its been very done before, ben harper and franti........

nicowen

nicowen said on the 14th Nov, 2008

The Easy Star All Stars and Ben Harper? :O

Considering the West Coast Blues and Roots festival sharsies a lot of these acts, I must say I'm pretty excited :D

Damn Terran

Damn Terran said on the 14th Nov, 2008

I wonder if Zappa will be doing sideshows. Anyone know??

demonofthefall

demonofthefall said on the 14th Nov, 2008

Wow, what a lineup. chestycheetah, you make a good point, but for me and my mate this will be our first Bluesfest (if we make it) and with that in mind, it's a damn fine lineup.

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 14th Nov, 2008

Are you sure thats just not last years lineup?!

I wouldn't mind seeing the Zappa show again though, it was good last year.

Damn Terran

Damn Terran said on the 14th Nov, 2008

Hopefully they bring Bozzio out this time!

JackT

JackT said on the 14th Nov, 2008

"I've got MANNNNNY rivers to CROOOSSSSS"

asb123

asb123 said on the 14th Nov, 2008

ben harper returns to him roots HA! puns ahoy

izabelle

izabelle said on the 14th Nov, 2008

few repeats from 07
not saying they're bad though

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 14th Nov, 2008

Why does this festival have the same line-up every year?

de-tec-tive

de-tec-tive said on the 14th Nov, 2008

Special Beat? that seems a bit random. i'd like to see them though =)

nicowen

nicowen said on the 14th Nov, 2008

lol if it aint broke don't fix it :P

dankobiaka

dankobiaka said on the 15th Nov, 2008

Blues Fest seems to be the Groundhog Day of festivals.

Great festival though...cool, laidback vibe. Awesome.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 15th Nov, 2008

My aunt goes every year, damn her.
I'd love to go some day.

Dexter Ramone

Dexter Ramone said on the 15th Nov, 2008



SO fun live. I hope they do another Gaelic

sarahanne

sarahanne said on the 17th Nov, 2008

My aunt goes every year, damn her.
I'd love to go some day.

this hurt my heart

JackT

JackT said on the 17th Nov, 2008

It's Sarah's expression for finding something unbearably touching. She's unbearably touched. Believe it.

sarahanne

sarahanne said on the 17th Nov, 2008

haha I am indeed touched.

MegX

MegX said on the 19th Nov, 2008

Cool. Look forward to going :D

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 19th Nov, 2008

You of all people should know.

mooney88

mooney88 said on the 19th Nov, 2008

http://b1.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/00379/19/43/379603491_l.jpg

dkos

dkos said on the 19th Nov, 2008

Is Little Red playing?

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 19th Nov, 2008

Jealous, aren't you, Mooney?

mooney88

mooney88 said on the 19th Nov, 2008

no. autographs are fucking gay.