Image for Bluesfest sideshows: Roger Daltrey, Earth Wind and Fire, Yes, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Guy and more

Bluesfest sideshows: RogerDaltrey, Earth Wind and Fire,Yes, Lucinda Williams, BuddyGuy and more

Roger Daltrey, the iconic lead singer of The Who, will perform The Who’s legendary rock opera Tommy from start to finish and other Who classics at Bluesfest and at headline sideshows in Melbourne, Sydney and in the capital city for all things deaf, dumb and blind – Canberra.

Although Pete Townshend won’t be windmilling his guitar on stage beside Daltrey, his younger brother Simon Townshend will be on hand to help tell the story of “that deaf, dumb and blind kid. [who] sure plays a mean pinball!”

Roger Daltrey sideshows:
Thursday 12th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Sunday 15th April – Royal Theatre, Canberra
Monday 16th April – Plenary Hall, Melbourne

Tickets on sale Friday 16th December

Promising to “transform the East Coast of Australia into a boogie wonderland” soul and R&B heroes, Earth, Wind & Fire have strangely decided to play their Bluesfest sideshows in seated venues. Get ready to annoy the old folk seated behind you by getting up to dance to September when the band plays in Sydney and Melbourne.

Earth, Wind & Fire sideshows:
Wednesday 4th April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Thursday 5th April – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney (Reserved Seating)

Tickets on sale Wednesday 14th December

Returning for the first time since 2005, prog-rock icons Yes will hit Melbourne and Sydney with more key changes, musical styles and abstract lyrics than a Mars Volta b-side at Bluesfest sideshows in April.

Yes sideshows:
Wednesday 11th April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Friday 13th April – State Theatre, Sydney

Tickets on sale Friday 16th December

Sideshows have also been announced for Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, G3, John Hiatt, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Seasick Steve, Trombone Shorty, Maceo Parker, Angelique Kidjo, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Yann Tiersen and Great Big Sea.

Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang sideshows:
Tuesday 3rd April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday 4th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Lucinda Williams sideshows:
Monday 2nd April – Palais Theatre
Tuesday 3rd April – State Theatre, Sydney

Steve Earle sideshows:
Friday 30th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tuesday 3rd April – The Gov, Adelaide
Wednesday 4th April – Lizzotte’s
Sunday 8th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney
Monday 9th April – Concourse Theatre, Perth

G3 (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather) sideshows:
Tuesday 27th March – Royal Theatre, Canberra
Friday 30th March – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Saturday 31st March – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tuesday 3rd April – Festival Theatre, Adelaide
Thursday 5th April – Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

John Hiatt sideshows:
Monday 2nd April – The Corner Hotel, Corner
Tuesday 3rd April – Metro Theatre, Sydney

The Fabulous Thunderbirds sideshows:
Saturday 7th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney
Sunday 8th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Seasick Steve sideshow:
Tuesday 10th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Thursday 12th April – Metro, Sydney

Trombone Shorty sideshow:
Saturday 7th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Maceo Parker sideshow:
Wednesday 11th April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Angelique Kidjo sideshows:
Wednesday 4th April – Festival Centre, Adelaide (with Keb Mo)
Thursday 5th April – Recital Centre, Melbourne

Yann Tiersen sideshows:
Wednesday 4th April – Recital Centre, Melbourne
Thursday 5th April – Metro, Sydney
Tuesday 10th April – Powerhouse, Brisbane

Great Big Sea sideshow:
Tuesday 3rd April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Kenny Wayne Shepherd sideshows:
Wednesday 4th April – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Thursday 5th April – Factory, Sydney

Sideshows for My Morning Jacket, The Specials and The Pogues have already been announced.

Comments arrow left

MorningAfterboy said on the 5th Dec, 2011

Seasick Steve in Sydney would be ace - Annandale, maybe?


Quicky said on the 5th Dec, 2011

Man there are some good Bluesfest sideshows this year but think I'm going to have to pass on Yes, My Morning Jacket and The Specials because of the cost of the shows and half-yearlies I have around that time.


MorningAfterboy said on the 5th Dec, 2011

What the fuck is a cost exam?


daveyac8881 said on the 5th Dec, 2011

Earth Wind and Fire SEATED?! What is this?!


MorningAfterboy said on the 5th Dec, 2011

It's mostly going to be old people.


FollowTheSmoke said on the 6th Dec, 2011

am i really gonna have to go to byron to see donovan? i'd see the pogues and mmj at melbourne sideshows, but oh fuck, they're on the same night!


chrisdsingh said on the 6th Dec, 2011

where are earth wind and fire playing in sydney?


grattan said on the 6th Dec, 2011

Hordern Pavilion (as it says in the article)


grattan said on the 6th Dec, 2011

Bunch of other sideshows added including

Thursday 12th April – Metro, Sydney


MorningAfterboy said on the 6th Dec, 2011

That works for me! Any chance of a Donovan show?


humanracin said on the 7th Dec, 2011

Bluesfest just posted this on facebook:

"Will you be around at 3pm this afternoon? We have a special artist announcement that we are very excited to share with you all! Watch this space!!!"


Braveheart81 said on the 7th Dec, 2011

$10 says they've added Chamillionaire to the Bluesfest lineup due to popular demand.


Quicky said on the 7th Dec, 2011

Cold Chisel is special? Pfft the reunion dates = a chance to make extra money.


MorningAfterboy said on the 7th Dec, 2011

Why would any of them need money? Barnesy and Mossy can fill out venues on their own just fine.


mondo22 said on the 8th Dec, 2011

sideshow threads are a curse.
obviously i have to check them each time they appear, just in case, but usually they just make me angry inside about living in brisbane


Quicky said on the 9th Dec, 2011

As if you wouldn't cash in on a reunion with a greatest hits CD, a country tour in numerous venues, special appearences, etc.


MorningAfterboy said on the 9th Dec, 2011

Not quite answering the original question there, sport.


daveyac8881 said on the 9th Dec, 2011

Cold Chisel fill arenas. No one gives a shit about Barnesy. He played my local synagogue the other day


Quicky said on the 11th Dec, 2011

Idk people always want more money I guess. Musicians and actors/actresses get greedy.


mondo22 said on the 23rd Jan, 2012

I'm heading to Melbourne to see Yes. It's a damn shame that Maceo Parker is playing the same night. Couldve done both in one trip


grattan said on the 23rd Feb, 2012

Yes have sacked their singer, Benoit David - they just forgot to tell him.

Here's a statement from him -
“The final three shows of last year’s European tour were cancelled due to my ill health. On my return to Canada I was advised to cease touring for the foreseeable future in order to avoid further damage to my voice.

“I had no alternative but to inform my fellow band members I was unable to confirm my ability for our forthcoming concerts in New Zealand, Australia and Japan.

“I did it with a heavy heart as I felt I was letting everyone down. The band members were very understanding and asked if I would mind being replaced for the April shows. I gave them my blessing. I was pleased to learn Jon would be my replacement – he is an accomplished musician with a fine voice.

“I subsequently learned from a band member’s interview that I had officially left Yes and that my departure was permanent."