Iggy Pop, Norah Jones, Nathaniel Rateliff & more added to Bluesfest’s 30th Anniversary


Australia’s five-day music festival dedicated to showcasing some of the best live acts in the world, held in Byron Bay each Easter, today announced 14 new artists added to the line-up for the festivals 30th Anniversary Celebration from 18-22 April 2019.

Joining Jack Johnson (exclusive), Paul Kelly, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (exclusive), Kasey Chambers, Mavis Staples and George Clinton in Byron Bay this Easter will be:

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With just 148 days to go until Easter 2019, Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM comments on the announce saying:

With our third artist announcement for Easter 2019, featuring 14 great artists, it brings us to almost 60 artists announced to date – with plenty more to come! You can now start to see the great headliners and depth of talent that are joining us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, including the incredible Iggy Pop and nine-time Grammy winner Norah Jones!

Often considered the godfather of punk – IGGY POP is making a welcome return to Bluesfest this Easter! Widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time, Iggy Pop pre-figured both ‘70s punk and ‘90s grunge and has built a legendary career filled with both critical acclaim and fanatic cult success. After tearing the roof off the Bluesfest marquee in 2013, we are more than excited to have this iconic star back for our 30th Anniversary. Seeing Iggy Pop rock out is definitely a performance to put on every music lovers bucket list.  

Nine-time Grammy Award winner NORAH JONES is making her Bluesfest debut at our 30th Anniversary Celebration this Easter Long Weekend. Norah Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of “Come Away With Me”, her self-described ‘moody little record’ that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signalling a paradigm shift away from the prevailing pop music of the time. Since then, Norah has sold 50 million albums worldwide and won a string of accolades. Her incredible versatility in music is portrayed across her many albums and collaborations with artists of varying genres including Willie Nelson, OutKast, Ray Charles and Foo Fighters. Norah recently released “Wintertime”, the fourth in the series of eclectic singles that she has been releasing over recent months and the second offering from her collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. As one of the music world’s most consistently intriguing singer-songwriters, Norah has returned to her Jazz roots in her latest album while also proving to be the purveyor of an unmistakably unique sound that weaves together the threads of several bedrock styles of American music: Country, Folk, Rock, Soul, Jazz. We are super excited to see Norah perform in Byron Bay this April. 

We’re thrilled to say, travelling merchants of R&B blues NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS are joining the jam-packed Bluesfest 2019 line-up. The seven-piece Soul band will be gracing the stages of Bluesfest again but this time with a new album under their belt and an even larger Australian audience after a reinvention of his style in 2015 which is meant to be heard live. Known as a party animal on stage, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats offer a unique live performance with a front man who possesses a husky sixties styled voice with inflections of Gospel and a vibrant soulful band to support it.

** Please note, GreenSky Bluegrass have cancelled their performance due to unexpected circumstances. They sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to finding their way to Byron Bay Bluesfest as soon as they possibly can. Thanks in advance for your understanding.

More acts are still to come – stay tuned!