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Bluesfest promise “thegreatest announcement" in itshistory

Bluesfest promoter Peter Noble has declared that the next announcement for the 2013 lineup is “possibly the greatest announcement in the history of Bluesfest”.

In an email sent to subscribers overnight, Noble has promised that this huge announcement will be revealed “very soon” and that he is confident that the festival will sell out quickly after it’s made. The lineup for Bluesfest 2013 already includes Iggy and The Stooges, Wilco, Ben Harper, Santana, Steve Miller Band, and Jimmy Cliff.

Considering that recent Bluesfest lineups have boasted the likes of Bob Dylan, BB King, Grace Jones, George Clinton and Elvis Costello (2011), and The Pogues, Buddy Guy, John Fogerty, The Specials and My Morning Jacket (2012) the “greatest announcement in the history of Bluesfest” promises to be something very special indeed. Is this just festival hype or are we set to see a visit from Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Robert Plant or Tom Waits in 2013?

Although it would be a massive stretch to call the announcement of British heritage acts like Supertramp singer Roger Hodgson or Status Quo “the greatest announcement” in the event’s history expect to see both bands when the third instalment is announced. Bluesfest has already announced sideshows for Roger Hodgson and local Byron Bay newspaper The Northern Star has revealed that Status Quo are down, down, down for the festival as well.

Bluesfest sideshows have also been announced for Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Newton Faulkner. Glen Hansard and The Frames and William Elliott Whitmore sideshows were announced earlier this month.

Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples sideshows

Tuesday, March 26 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Wednesday, March 27- State Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday, April 3- Enmore Theatre, Sydney

The Blind Boys of Alabama sideshows

Thursday, March 28 – Tivoli, Brisbane (with Mavis Staples)
Monday, April 1 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney (with Sweet Honey in the Rock)
Wednesday, April 3 – Hamer Hall, Melbourne (with Sweet Honey in the Rock)

Roger Hodgson sideshows

Thursday, March 28 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday, March 30 – Tivoli, Brisbane
Wednesday, April 3 – State Theatre, Sydney
Friday, April 5 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Sunday, April 7 – Riverside Theatre, Perth

Newton Faulkner sideshows

Monday, March 25- Fowler’s Live, Adelaide
Wednesday, March 27 – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Thursday, March 28 – The Abbey, Canberra
Tuesday, April 2 – The Tivoli, Brisbane
Friday, April 5- Lizottes, Kincumber
Sunday, April 7- Lizottes, Newcastle
Tuesday, April 9 – The Metro, Sydney
Thursday, April 11- The Prince, Melbourne
Sunday, April 14 – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne

Bluesfest 2013 playing schedule

Thursday, March 28
Ben Harper
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls
Chris Isaak
Rodriguez
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Joan Armatrading
Fred Wesley and The New JB’s
The Duke Robillard Band
Grace Potter
Shawn Colvin
William Elliot
Whitmore
Seth Lakeman

Friday, March 29
Santana
Steve Miller Band
Jimmy Cliff
Blind Boys of
Alabama
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Joan Armatrading
Rodriguez
Robert Cray
Fred Wesley and The New JB’s
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Glen Hansard with
The Frames
Playing for Change
Michael Kiwanuka
Ruthie Foster
William Elliot Whitmore
Shawn Colvin

Saturday, March 30
Iggy and The Stooges
Wilco
Grace Potter
Dropkick Murphys
Allen Toussaint
Bettye LaVette
Playing for Change
Ruthie Foster
Michael Kiwanuka
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Seth Lakeman
Ben Caplan

Sunday, March 31
Mavis Staples
Blind Boys of
Alabama
Wanda Jackson
Bettye LaVette
Allen Toussaint
Tony Joe White
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Luka Bloom
Ben Caplan

Monday, April 1
Wilco
Bonnie Raitt
Mavis Staples
Newton Faulkner
Tony Joe White
Ben Caplan

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mcloud

mcloud said on the 16th Oct, 2012

email as sent overnight - Neil young?


Hi to everyone in Bluesfest land.
We are about to announce very soon - possibly the greatest announcement in the history of Bluesfest.
I am confident of a quick sellout of the 2013 festival once we do so.
Please be sure to avail yourself of our ticket offers - before we begin marketing to the general public through newspaper ads etc.
Right now we are presenting exclusive opportunities to our members - so what are you waiting for?
I sincerely believe you won't regret it.
Thank you for your support.
Peter Noble
Bluesfest

humanracin

humanracin said on the 16th Oct, 2012

I can only think of a few artists that could live up to this hype for me:

Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell or Bill Withers?
Bruce and Neil maybe, but pretty sure they will tour here next year anyway.

Probably Jack Johnson though...

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Michael Franti and Ben Harper - together at last.

shazie

shazie said on the 17th Oct, 2012

With special guest Jack Johnson

BeShakey

BeShakey said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Has Bluesfest ever had a stadium sized act? All the ones I can think of have been smaller than that (Bob Dylan, Crowded House, John Fogerty) . If they stick to that level then Springsteen would be out. So far they don't have anyone on the level of the previous headliners so I'm guessing they will be past of the next (Legends) announcement. To meet the hype maybe they'll have two headliners at that level. Say Neil Young and Tom Waits?

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Probably some small cult act like The Rolling Stones

p1owz0r

p1owz0r said on the 17th Oct, 2012

come on Neil Young.

Plus wilco support in Sydney.

It's not too much to ask.

p1owz0r

p1owz0r said on the 17th Oct, 2012



You misspelled "c*nt'

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 17th Oct, 2012

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Music/Pix/pictures/2009/7/22/1248254666600/Tom-Waits-001.jpg

Australia is calling, sir.

Stefan Beck

Stefan Beck said on the 17th Oct, 2012

I would go to every Tom Waits show.

But if that ever happens it'll only be Sydney or Melbourne so that won't be hard.

BeShakey

BeShakey said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Why does Mavis Staples tour so often and play so few headline shows?

V Man

V Man said on the 17th Oct, 2012

didn't robet plant die years ago?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 17th Oct, 2012



Yes. He died way back in the late 2020s or was it the early 2030s. It was so long ago I've forgotten.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 17th Oct, 2012



Robet Plant, maybe; but not Robert Plant. Bonham is the Dead Zeppelin.

Arpeggi

Arpeggi said on the 17th Oct, 2012

aerosmith said they were touring 2013.......in which case mehhhhhh

monokhrome_nite

monokhrome_nite said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Is Tom Waits even touring at all?

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 17th Oct, 2012





Maybe he meant Robot Plant?

Still alive and kicking. I think he's playing bass in Robert Palmer's band now?

http://media.treehugger.com/assets/images/2011/10/robot-plants-mars.jpg

mcloud

mcloud said on the 17th Oct, 2012

unfair to say bluesfest does not get big bands - REM, Sigur Ros, John fogerty, Dave Matthews, David grey, the black keys, ray davies

BeShakey

BeShakey said on the 17th Oct, 2012

...Bob Dylan, the list goes on. But they haven't had an act that would play stadiums. Maybe this is the time they start having acts that big, but history suggests Bruce Springsteen is too big to appear at Bluesfest.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 17th Oct, 2012

I wouldn't say that at all. Bruce wouldn't play stadiums in Australia.

whatyoutalkingabout

whatyoutalkingabout said on the 17th Oct, 2012

am thinking definitely robert plant, also would be nice to see paul simon back on oz as well

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 17th Oct, 2012





I'd put him at the same level, popularity-wise, as REM, so if they can play Blues and entertainment centres, so can he.

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Bruce would be bigger than REM, maybe not way bigger but I'd say 1.5-2 times as big

p1owz0r

p1owz0r said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Braveheart - I think you are talking about Robot Robert Plant

sarcasm_mister

sarcasm_mister said on the 17th Oct, 2012



he played the SCG and Etihad Stadium last time he was here. how poorly did that tour sell? i've heard about the technical issues he had at those gigs but not so much about poor ticket sales.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Really? TWICE as big? As in, has twice as many fans, sold twice as many albums, has twice as many people who have at least heard of him?

The only reason that a Bruce tour might be bigger news than an REM tour (would have been) is because he hasn't been to Australia for so long...

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Bruce Springsteen - 1.77m

Micheal Stipe - 1.75m

the count

the count said on the 17th Oct, 2012

how about van morrison?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Really? TWICE as big? As in, has twice as many fans, sold twice as many albums, has twice as many people who have at least heard of him?

The only reason that a Bruce tour might be bigger news than an REM tour (would have been) is because he hasn't been to Australia for so long...

Springsteen is the Boss.

Michael Stipe is a Junior Vice President at best.

I'll see myself out.

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Really? TWICE as big? As in, has twice as many fans, sold twice as many albums, has twice as many people who have at least heard of him?

The only reason that a Bruce tour might be bigger news than an REM tour (would have been) is because he hasn't been to Australia for so long...

I meant it as twice as many people would buy tickets to his shows. Bruce Springsteen seems to have broader appeal into older pop music crowds, whereas R.E.M. would lean towards a more concentrated fan base for lack of a better englishes at this juncture.

daveyac8881

daveyac8881 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Somehow Braveheart said what I meant a lot better...

tyler07

tyler07 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Springsteen will surely be a headlining tour.

My money is on Neil Young.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

I will drink blood for a Tom Waits tour.

jacegalvin

jacegalvin said on the 17th Oct, 2012

I agree, the Wait has been too long.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 17th Oct, 2012

We're not getting any Younger. Promoters need to Spring into action.

Sorry about the puns, I'm just Planting seeds.

ZePpLiNs666

ZePpLiNs666 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

I'm still hoping for a Rush tour, seeing as their tour schedule has a suspicious gap between december and may. Then again, there is more hope for Springsteen than that happening.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Why the fuck would you need to see Rush live? If you want to watch three old men wanking, download a lemon party video.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 17th Oct, 2012

I want to see Rush. If there's a tour, I say "Geddy-up"...

Damn straight.

Nosyt

Nosyt said on the 17th Oct, 2012



Boo this man, boo him!

mcloud

mcloud said on the 17th Oct, 2012

from bluesfest website, in reference to the speculation

oh ye of so little faith
JUST WAIT - and see if you are saying the same things after the announcement
We love Jack Johnson around here - although he is NOT in the announce. - wished he was.

BBoard Admin

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Of course the Bluesfest people love Jack Johnson. There has to be some reason why they book him almost every year.

Evil_bob

Evil_bob said on the 17th Oct, 2012

i really hope its not waits or young. i can't afford to go and would have to sell my body if its either of them. i'm a delicate flower.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Can you buy single day tickets to bluesfest?

Because I would go to just the Tom Waits day.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 17th Oct, 2012

With the schedules they've posted, there are at least a handful of acts I'd want to see on each day. Goddammit.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 17th Oct, 2012

My wallet demands Waits or nothing.

humanracin

humanracin said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Can you buy single day tickets to bluesfest?

Because I would go to just the Tom Waits day.

Yep, single tickets available for each day
Looks like whoever the "big name" is will be headlining Sunday

mcloud

mcloud said on the 17th Oct, 2012

I am hoping Tom Petty or Neil young.

Stugalug

Stugalug said on the 17th Oct, 2012

Tom Petty would be sweet as sugar.

GleEso

GleEso said on the 18th Oct, 2012

Arcade Fire/ Bruce Springsteen double act.
There I said it.
Oh and yes, I indeed have predicted AF for every slightly alternative festival this year. Whotovit.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 18th Oct, 2012

Arcade Fire/ Bruce Springsteen double act.
There I said it.
Oh and yes, I indeed have predicted AF for every slightly alternative festival this year. Whotovit.

Well, I'm pretty sure you just jinxed them...

factotum

factotum said on the 18th Oct, 2012

what do you think? post your comment...

Oflick

Oflick said on the 18th Oct, 2012



Hey! Predicting Arcade Fire for every festival is my thing.

jacegalvin

jacegalvin said on the 18th Oct, 2012



http://deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/krustygetskancelled6_thumb.png?w=512&h=384

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 18th Oct, 2012

Pfft Oflick, you stole it from Steve Allen.

infinitelights

infinitelights said on the 18th Oct, 2012

fantastic - roger hodgson.. the guy's got as much fire now as his days in supertramp, maybe even more. saw him last time he was around as a duo with his sax guy - brilliant show with thumping music! nice to know he's got a full band this time. i'm real tempted to see all of his other shows. as far as i know there's one date still left to be announced on his official facebook page. anybody else here see him before or going to?

p1owz0r

p1owz0r said on the 18th Oct, 2012

One question though - does the girlfriend 'never get a lot' or 'never get along'?

Patrick Holmes

Patrick Holmes said on the 18th Oct, 2012

If they get Arcade Fire, people are going to be pissssed. Hadn't occured to me even, but who knows...

mcloud

mcloud said on the 18th Oct, 2012

tom waits has been ruled out on the basis of not doing festivals. confirmed by bluesfest

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 18th Oct, 2012

My interest has been ruled out due to Tom Waits not being there.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 18th Oct, 2012

Setting sights on Kerrazy Horse now.

humanracin

humanracin said on the 18th Oct, 2012

My favourites now:

Joni Mitchell: 1000 to 1
Neil Young: 5 to 1
Tom Waits: Scratched
Peter Gabriel: 10 to 1
Kate Bush: 1 000 000 to 1

Oflick

Oflick said on the 19th Oct, 2012

They should bring out Lou Reed. As with Mark Knopfler though, I assume I'm the only one who wants that.

In before someone "fixes" that to say "I assume I'm the only one who's an idiot" or something.

Pattonhawk

Pattonhawk said on the 20th Oct, 2012

its Paul McCartney, sorry to burst your bubble...

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 20th Oct, 2012

yeh old m8 insider

Did Patton tell you?

humanracin

humanracin said on the 20th Oct, 2012



Yoko Ono > Paul McCartney

monokhrome_nite

monokhrome_nite said on the 20th Oct, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4EVj76htYs

lineofbestfit

lineofbestfit said on the 21st Oct, 2012

but ben gibbard is supposedly doing a club tour and not festivals in march ;) probably ringo

BeShakey

BeShakey said on the 24th Oct, 2012

Announcement on Monday.

I'd throw Paul Simon and Van Morrison into the mix. Not sure how likely they are, but they're both touring and would fit with bluesfest, and the legends category

p1owz0r

p1owz0r said on the 24th Oct, 2012

Van Morrison lives locally to where I am from in England.

His reputation is as a massive c unit

BeShakey

BeShakey said on the 24th Oct, 2012

Been reading a biography of him that says the same thing. And prone to cancelling shows/tours because the audience don't show enough respect, so I won't believe he's going to play until he's actually onstage.

Oflick

Oflick said on the 24th Oct, 2012

So you won't believe he's going to play until he's playing? Does that mean you won't believe he is playing until after he stops? And I can't even think at what point you'll believe he's finished his set.

Feeder

Feeder said on the 26th Oct, 2012

i think either the rolling stones or eric clapton

humanracin

humanracin said on the 26th Oct, 2012

Neil Young & Patti Smith are touring together overseas, that would be a welcome double bill here.

p1owz0r

p1owz0r said on the 26th Oct, 2012

I saw Neil Young twice on his last tour, which is twice more than I thought I would get the chance to.

Anything else is a huge bonus.

I would certainly die a little happier if I'd heard a song from On The Beach live.

kaydee

kaydee said on the 26th Oct, 2012

I saw Patti Smith in Europe a few months ago. She was phenomenal, would love to see her at Bluesfest.