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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:
Bob Dylan
B.B. King
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
Mavis Staples
Xavier Rudd
Trinity Roots
Little Bushmen
Tony Joe White
Indigo Girls
Kate Miller-Heidke
Eric Bibb
Washington
Ash Grunwald
Ruthie Foster
C.W. Stoneking
Jeff Lang
Saltwater Band
RocKwiz Live
Bluesfest 2011

Thursday 21st April through to Monday 25th April

Tickets are on sale now

Read FasterLouder’s chat with Bluesfest director Peter Noble about booking Dylan, the festival and 2011’s amazing lineup

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humanracin

humanracin said on the 2nd Nov, 2010

Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, CW Stoneking...

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/entertainment/music/dylan-to-headline-byron-bay-festival-20101102-17c9z.html

humanracin

humanracin said on the 2nd Nov, 2010

Ooh and Horace Andy for Womad

http://womad.org/artists/horace-andy

Spicy McHaggis

Spicy McHaggis said on the 2nd Nov, 2010

That is a bloody impressive lineup. How does Washington seem to be getting on every festival bill Australia has to offer? They'll be dedicating a stage to her at Soundwave next.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 2nd Nov, 2010

Prepares for $200 sideshow.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 2nd Nov, 2010

Might be the first Bluesfest I attend.

brownie-ll

brownie-ll said on the 2nd Nov, 2010



So he's going to play Shimmer & Shine then leave the stage?

More importantly, Washington! Great to see her on a festival lineup.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 2nd Nov, 2010



Short of signing the Rolling Stones, I'm not sure how theyre going to get a second lineup that equals Dylan + Costello...

daverh

daverh said on the 2nd Nov, 2010

Washington is the indie Art vs Science you guys.

daverh

daverh said on the 2nd Nov, 2010

Jibes aside, that's a great lineup.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

better get his new generation indie version aka conor he is damn due for a bright eyes tour, especially when he didn't come good on the monsters of folk promise.

grattan

grattan said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

So he's going to play Shimmer & Shine then leave the stage?


No. He's going to play his old hits with his new band.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

i like that sarcasm about washington , she is overrated to the max, more blasko less washington.

LocalBoy

LocalBoy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

2nd lineup is rumoured to include robert plant.

FeedbackPhoto

FeedbackPhoto said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Robert Plant was also self confirmed I believe, must be second lineup.

humanracin

humanracin said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Not a bad lineup at all there, but I would prefer to attend the full Dylan sideshow instead.
I have to see this guy live at least once, regret not going last time.
Hope Brisbane gets some sideshow love...

JeremySC

JeremySC said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Holy shit that is a brilliant lineup!!!

sarahanne

sarahanne said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Im totes going this year!

samthewoman

samthewoman said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

bob fucking dylan is not as good as you may think. chances are you didnt see him last time he was here? i want my $180 back.

craig123

craig123 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

sam you were probably expecting something that he wasn't prepared to do - he's moved on with music - can you ?

lukey26

lukey26 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

This is incredible... I've been kicking myself for missing Dylan in 2007, now I can finally see him. I'd pay a small fortune for a sideshow.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



Not to agree with Samthewoman but the time I saw Dylan he was pretty bad.

But then again it's hard not to suck in the Burswood Dome.

lukey26

lukey26 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Not to agree with Samthewoman but the time I saw Dylan he was pretty bad.

But then again it's hard not to suck in the Burswood Dome.


But it's Bob Dylan. He could be onstage taking a piss, and I'd still be in awe of the fact that it's Bob Dylan.

libby

libby said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

can't make it to Byron but I'd love to take my mum to a Dylan gig in Sydney. sideshow info asap please!

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



Surely you can't believe that?

It comes to a point where you can't let people coast on past accomplishments.

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

bob dylan=the poor man's elliott smith ;)

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

elliot smith=the poor man's nick drake ;)

grattan

grattan said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

lineofbestfit = poor mans troll

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

troll=the poor man's goblin

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

stefan aren't you from perth shouldn't you be raping people ;)

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

HOLY FUCKING SHIT I'M There

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



Burns on my hometown don't really work since I don't care about the place bro.

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

someone explain the perth equals rapist connection?

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

You'll have to wait for "The Gareth Guide To Australia".
In it he makes bizarre aspersions about every part of Australia.

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Ooh and Horace Andy for Womad

http://womad.org/artists/horace-andy

Fuck yeaaaaaaah

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Please don't let this thread devolve into another lineofbestfit V. Rest of the World episode.

redeyesandtears

redeyesandtears said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

there is really only one word: omg

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

only thing i know about perth is some loser from break even killed himself before going on tour because he couldn't handle life.

MilkySheep

MilkySheep said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

any word on which of these artists are playing West Coast Blues and Roots?

samthewoman

samthewoman said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

sam you were probably expecting something that he wasn't prepared to do - he's moved on with music - can you ?

christ you fucking fucksnout, obviously he had to change up what he was doing. it was just shit. he did not interact with the audience, you could not understand his mumbles, his song arrangements were so different you couldnt identify what they were and that wasnt fun. it was cool because it was dylan, but shit in every other way. twat.

craig123

craig123 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

sam you were probably expecting something that he wasn't prepared to do - he's moved on with music - can you ?

christ you fucking fucksnout, obviously he had to change up what he was doing. it was just shit. he did not interact with the audience, you could not understand his mumbles, his song arrangements were so different you couldnt identify what they were and that wasnt fun. it was cool because it was dylan, but shit in every other way. twat.
:D

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Fucksnout is the word of the day.

HalfCentaur

HalfCentaur said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Tuesday: Yoswer
Wednesday: Fucksnout
Thursday up for grabs

on the whole dylan being shit thing...

Its like that with every 'legendary band' that comes out..i.e pixies at splendour..substandard show..but its the pixies...you go to say hey Ive seen the pixies..

Bob Dylan is a huge name, up there with stones, beatles etc..you'd be insane to pass up the oppurtunity to see him live, even if he is a cracked old wizard who sings substandard tunes..fuck it

samthewoman

samthewoman said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

i think the difference is the price tag. im glad i saw him last time, coz now ive seen dylan. but it was not worth $180. the stones still put on a good show. and with the pixies - i could still tell what song they were playing.

lukey26

lukey26 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Tuesday: Yoswer
Wednesday: Fucksnout
Thursday up for grabs

on the whole dylan being shit thing...

Its like that with every 'legendary band' that comes out..i.e pixies at splendour..substandard show..but its the pixies...you go to say hey Ive seen the pixies..

Bob Dylan is a huge name, up there with stones, beatles etc..you'd be insane to pass up the oppurtunity to see him live, even if he is a cracked old wizard who sings substandard tunes..fuck it

I was hesitant about paying close to $300 for Neil Young (BDO and Sideshow)

Will never, ever regret it.

InTransit

InTransit said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

i just peed myself a little reading this lineup.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



When they first came out for VFest, I saw them and found them really flat and dull.

But then when they came out here on the Dolittle tour, I found them far more entertaining and exceptional.

Missed them at Splendour...

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010


on the whole dylan being shit thing...

Its like that with every 'legendary band' that comes out..i.e pixies at splendour..substandard show..but its the pixies...you go to say hey Ive seen the pixies..

Bob Dylan is a huge name, up there with stones, beatles etc..you'd be insane to pass up the oppurtunity to see him live, even if he is a cracked old wizard who sings substandard tunes..fuck it

I was hesitant about paying close to $300 for Neil Young (BDO and Sideshow)

Will never, ever regret it.

I didn't see Pixies at Splendour but their Doolittle tour was excellent (I saw them at The Hordern in Sydney).

Neil Young was excellent at BDO and is renowned as an excellent performer.

I don't think Dylan deserves a free ride to put on substandard shows because he is a legend. There are plenty of legends who put in the effort to put on great shows and they should be commended for it.

Leonard Cohen is always superb live as well as many other examples I could list.

If you think that what they do in their gig is irrelevant and you're just happy to see them, then surely you're paying for the celebrity and not the musician.

Anyone I know who has seen Bob Dylan in the last decade or so have been very underwhelmed and many long term fans are certainly never going to bother seeing him live again.

Hinee

Hinee said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Wait... I need a second to pick my jaw up off the floor.



oh and RE: Pixies, I'm not a fan of theirs but my girlfriend loves them so went along to the doolittle tour and loved it, then saw them again and splendour and literally was dozing off.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Pixies were great at Splendour, I'm not sure what HalfCentaur is talking about.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Neil Young is a prime example of a muso who keeps moving forward and plays a stellar live show.

squagz

squagz said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

envision many disgruntled hippies will be pissed off their festival is going to be inundated with blues and roots bandwagon jumpers this year.

"You're not a true blues and roots fan," they'll say as they scoff at your ray ban wayfarers, sockless boat shoes and tight shorts cut just above the knee.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

I thought Bluesfest was already viewed as a fairly mainstream festival that is way too popular and over-priced. Hippies still preaching it as theirs are probably just behind the times. :p

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Yeah, surely all the blues and roots bandwagon jumpers... aka Ben Harper fans, have been to Bluesfest already. It's not like he doesn't play at least every second year.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



i wouldnt say he was moving forward. I saw him last year, and even though it was better than I expected it to be (thought it would be good, it was great) I don't imagine it was very different from the show he was playing 30 years ago, except now he's probably doing a lot less jumping around.

its not like his music is changing, or developing...

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

the year that REM, Gomez and Cake all played on the same day, I was totally a bandwagon jumper. Then I jumped off it again.

huck

huck said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

For those who are excited about this announcement I recommend you lower your expectations dramatically. Bob Dylan was without a doubt the most disappointing gig I have ever attended.

jackorybelle

jackorybelle said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

squagz

squagz said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

was talking more about bob dylan and elvis costello drawing a more 'inner city' crowd than usual.. def not Ben Harper too many tradies dig him. Don't even think dylan and costello would be enough on second thoughts but any excuse to start a hippy vs city war.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

i wouldnt say he was moving forward. I saw him last year, and even though it was better than I expected it to be (thought it would be good, it was great) I don't imagine it was very different from the show he was playing 30 years ago, except now he's probably doing a lot less jumping around.

its not like his music is changing, or developing...

He's done a fair bit of experimentation is his career, the whole arc/weld saga, film soundtracks, albums with Pearl Jam.

I'm not saying he's totally breaching a new spectrum of music, but he's not exactly AC/DC pumping out the same song everyday.

huck

huck said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

BTW, I'm not saying that to be rude, I was juts flat-out gobsmacked at how bad his show was. I saw him in the 90s and he was lazy, monotonal and disinterested. And people I've talked to who've also seen him agree with me mostly. So buyer beware.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

I'm more interested in Costello, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Michael Franti.

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Yeah hoping RyR play a show in sydney again

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Massive line-up, very very well done!

el_boxer181

el_boxer181 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010




That was over 20 years ago....in the 90's he split with his partner at the time and had a young child, no wonder he looked disinterested to you !

I'm happy they've got B.B.King on the bill, he's the ultimate "blues" headliner...i'm saving up to go to this one :D

Piko

Piko said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Pixies were darn fine at Splendour. Great set list also. Sure i was gettin down hillbilly style on the path around the ampitheatre and not in the pit, but was awesome fun. Though maybe more for the fans than the general crowd.

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

i chose richard ashcroft over the pixies. i can honestly say i bailed from the pixies as soon as i got there. but im not into them, so eh. wasnt the best way to cap off my splendour experience.

rodrigo y gabrielle at the palais would be nice.

Piko

Piko said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

yes dylan, not dylanerescapeplan

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



http://goodbadandunread.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/haha.jpg

oldgregg

oldgregg said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



http://www.videovat.com/images/1/080614-235332-peter_gets_bullied.jpg

Shieldsy23

Shieldsy23 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Ahhhh fucking HSC. BB King and/or Rodrigo Y Gabriela would make a dam good sideshow, time to get the wallet out.

Mugga

Mugga said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

its alright but not as good as 2010's

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/famecrawler/2008/04/16-22/jack-johnson-if-i-had-eyes-surf-earth-day-three-r-sustainable.jpg

>

http://chapbooks.webdelsol.com/worldvoices/lippman/dylan.jpg


LOLJK?

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

id rather watch bob dylan drawl than see xavier rudd or ben harper...

grattan

grattan said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

There's a sketch of the daily lineups up on the Bluesfest site:

[URL="http://www.bluesfest.com.au/pages/?ParentPageID=11&PageID=81"]Thursday 21st April 2010
Ben Harper and Relentless7
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Xavier Rudd
Ruthie Foster
CW Stoneking

Friday 22nd April 2010
BB King
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville
Fistful of Mercy
Xavier Rudd
Eric Bibb
Ruthie Foster
CW Stoneking
RocKwiz Live

Saturday 23rd April 2010
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Mavis Staples
Little Bushman
Tony Joe White
Indigo Girls
RocKwiz Live

Sunday 24th April 2010
The Cat Empire
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Mavis Staples
Trinity Roots
Washington
Ash Grunwald
Jeff Lang
Saltwater Band
RocKwiz Live

Monday 25th April 2010
Bob Dylan
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Saltwater Band
Tony Joe White
Trinity Roots
Kate-Miller Heidke
RocKwiz Live

"Stages & Playing times to be advised.
This schedule is subject to change without notification."

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



Wasn't there, but you're probably wrong.

knate

knate said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

trinity roots reformation is a big deal for me... i already had tickets but the chance to see them means i don't have to fly to NZ as it was rumoured they were doing a one off for a charity gig... and if you haven't heard robert randolph and the family band, they are a must. the highlight last time they toured for blues which was about 6 years ago i think

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



I know I can't control what a forum user does, but I'd prefer if you refrain from putting your opinions in my posts. Only 3 people in this thread have said they were there, two of whom say they were good. I trust the other person's opinion more than yours so I feel confident that what I saw was a good set.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

Still can't get over the fact you're a dude.

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

It's just weird that no one remembers this revelation from ages ago. About a year ago (I think?) it came to light that a few people on here thought I was a female, something to do with my name looking like Lauren.

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



I thought it was cause you looked like a woman

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 3rd Nov, 2010



Braveheart81: If you could be stranded on a desert island with any woman in the world, who would it be?
Morningafterboy: Lanesra23.
Jose Cuervo: Lanesra23 is a guy.
Morningafterboy: [Laughs] You guys are yankin' me. "Hey, let's put one over on Morningafterboy."
Braveheart81: No, he's actually a guy, Morningafterboy.
Morningafterboy: What? That's insane. That's impossible.
[Pause]
Morningafterboy: Oh God. Oh my God. I've got all these magazines. Oh God.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

AHAHAHAHAHA.

It was either gonna be that or The Crying Game - nice work!

humanracin

humanracin said on the 3rd Nov, 2010

There's a sketch of the daily lineups up on the Bluesfest site:

[URL="http://www.bluesfest.com.au/pages/?ParentPageID=11&PageID=81"]Thursday 21st April 2010
Ben Harper and Relentless7
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Xavier Rudd
Ruthie Foster
CW Stoneking

Friday 22nd April 2010
BB King
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville
Fistful of Mercy
Xavier Rudd
Eric Bibb
Ruthie Foster
CW Stoneking
RocKwiz Live

Saturday 23rd April 2010
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Mavis Staples
Little Bushman
Tony Joe White
Indigo Girls
RocKwiz Live

Sunday 24th April 2010
The Cat Empire
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Blind Boys of Alabama featuring Aaron Neville
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Mavis Staples
Trinity Roots
Washington
Ash Grunwald
Jeff Lang
Saltwater Band
RocKwiz Live

Monday 25th April 2010
Bob Dylan
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Saltwater Band
Tony Joe White
Trinity Roots
Kate-Miller Heidke
RocKwiz Live

"Stages & Playing times to be advised.
This schedule is subject to change without notification."

Bob is only playing on the Monday?
That's pretty cruel for all those 3 day weekend ticket holders...

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 4th Nov, 2010



That explains a lot about when we met. I thought those looks were for my friend, seems I was wrong.

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 4th Nov, 2010



Nah they were, she was the hot one, you, not so much

lanesra23

lanesra23 said on the 4th Nov, 2010

That's more comforting than you know. Haha

mondo22

mondo22 said on the 4th Nov, 2010

wow. Stellar lineup.
not gonna have the funds because of other festival commitments but jealous of those deciding to go.

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 4th Nov, 2010



I'm not saying you have to think they sucked dude, I'm jealous if you enjoyed their set cos I was really looking forward to them, but I thought they were terrible. Felt like Black Francis just wanted to show up get his cheque and leave. Was the disappointment of my Splendour, almost considered leaving for a Vines DJ set

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 4th Nov, 2010

in more relevant news to this thread- GOT TICKETS YAY

T15lee

T15lee said on the 5th Nov, 2010

I plan to go for the monday, but the note stating that times are subject to change worries me a little. Being interstate means flights, car rental, accom and a ticket to consider.
I've read the terms and condt and there’s always possibility of change etc, but at the moment it looks like the possibility of playing time changes are high?
I want to see Bob Dylan, I could hold out for a sideshow, but I would really prefer to see him at this venue, rather than a stadium somewhere else.

As for Pixies at splendour, I enjoyed their set. Great set list, and the preformance was what I expected from them. The crowd didn't give much, I guess it being the last show and there were lots of cold and tired campers.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 5th Nov, 2010

Bob is only playing on the Monday?
That's pretty cruel for all those 3 day weekend ticket holders...

dont the headliners usually only play once?

if they were only going for dylan, they shouldve got a one day pass, or waited for a sideshow...

humanracin

humanracin said on the 7th Nov, 2010

Dylan sideshow info (including Brisbane date) ASAP please!
Has anyone seen him live recently? I'm hoping he plays lots of tunes from 63-67 period...