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Bluesfest first lineup 2013:“It is going to be the bestBluesfest EVER"

Ben Harper can’t stay away from Bluesfest and they’ll be back in 2013 joining Iggy and The Stooges, Wilco, and Santana on the lineup.

The first of “many major announcements” for Bluesfest also includes the return of Glen Hansard, Dropkick Murphys, and Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls plus the chance to sing about Space Cowboys with the Steve Miller Band and Wicked Games with Chris Isaak.

In the lead up to the big announcement for the Byron Bay Bluesfest 2013 lineup, festival boss Peter Noble declared that he was thrilled with the lineup for the festival. “It is going to be the best Bluesfest EVER, hands down, no doubt,” Noble boasted. “I don’t think we have EVER had a year like it … The artists who have confirmed their appearances have surpassed my wildest dreams – almost everyone, who we have offered to come, has said yes! Bluesfest 2011 sold out so quickly – and next year is looking MUCH stronger in terms of artists we are presenting.”

Speaking with FL back in 2010 Noble spoke candidly about his passion for booking said ‘old favourites’, “Mike Franti we kinda do it every two years and Ben Harper ends up an average of every three years. Jack Johnson’s about once every 4 of 5 years…and certainly Xavier Rudd.” So it’s no surprise to find Ben Harper back on the bill, but can Bluesfest fill the bingo card by adding Johnson, Rudd, Franti and John Butler on the next announcement?

Bluesfest 2013 first lineup

Ben Harper
Iggy and The Stooges
Chris Isaak
Steve Miller Band
Dropkick Murphys
Glen Hansard with The Frames
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Newton Faulkner
William Elliott Whitmore
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Grace Potter
Playing For Change
Ben Caplan

Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay
Thursday, March 28 – Monday, April 1

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crob said on the 19th Sep, 2012

pretty awesome lineup


humanracin said on the 19th Sep, 2012

William Elliott Whitmore, you handsome devil!


redman300_bulldogs said on the 19th Sep, 2012

Wow. Did not expect that. Good Job Blues Fest.

Patrick Holmes

Patrick Holmes said on the 20th Sep, 2012

frank turner, iggy and wilco. not too bad!


DinkiDIDude said on the 20th Sep, 2012

......and SAN-F******-TANA!


CASK said on the 20th Sep, 2012

dropkick murphys!?! holy shit!! i'm there


MidniteRambler said on the 20th Sep, 2012

tedeschi trucks band. derek trucks is the best slide guitarist on the planet.

orange delight

orange delight said on the 21st Sep, 2012

i could of sworn i saw the michaels kiwanuka and franti on this the other night...

Full Throttle

Full Throttle said on the 21st Sep, 2012

i am so stoked iggy is gracing our shores! add santana and the drop kick murphy's to that and i am in for a weekend of absolute killer music!! hell yeah!!

Full Throttle

Full Throttle said on the 21st Sep, 2012

nice work bluesfest; even better than last year! you seem to be one of the only australian festivals getting better rather than worse!!


Pattonhawk said on the 22nd Sep, 2012

im guessing we'll be getting the same line up for blues and roots, looks good...


grattan said on the 3rd Oct, 2012

Our 2nd Artist Announcement will be coming to you on Thursday 11th of October.
More amazing Artists will be added for each day of the Festival.
As a Bluesfest member you will find out FIRST who is going to be on the 2nd line-up. So... make sure you check your inbox during the evening of Wednesday 10th of October to be the first to know.

It's going to be HUGE once again!
"This is our year. We are delivering one of our best artist line-ups ever, and the first announcement was only the beginning" says Peter Noble, Festival Director