Australia’s Bluesfest announces phase 3 acts for 2024

Bluesfest Byron Bay 2024 Australia news

As Bluesfest, Australia’s most iconic festival, gears up for its milestone 35th anniversary, so comes its third artist announcement. Having already named headliners for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this artist announcement focuses on Thursday, the festival’s opening night.

Known for curating an exceptional roster of talent, Bluesfest is thrilled to reveal the latest wave of artists joining the celebration!

Bluefest Australia 2024 3rd wave poster

PORTUGAL. THE MAN: Headlining Thursday night is one of rock’s most prized possessions in Portugal. The Man. They soared to lofty heights in 2017 with the astounding success of their infectious single, “Feel It Still,” which earned the group a plethora of new accolades – including a GRAMMY award for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance,” a 5x RIAA platinum certified single certification, a mind-blowing 20-week residency at #1 alternative radio, and an inescapable presence on the Top 40 airwaves.

ZIGGY ALBERTS: An Australian singer-songwriter   and author who has established himself as one of Australia’s leading independent artists, selling out multiple theatres and amphitheatres. His genuine grassroots story has lifted his artistry into universal acclaim, captivating audiences across the globe – a testament to his songwriting ability and powerful live performance.

SNARKY PUPPY: is a jazz, funk fusion collective of sorts with as many as 20 members in regular rotation. At its core, the band represents the convergence of both black and white American music culture with various accents from around the world. Japan, Argentina, Canada, and the United Kingdom all have representation in the group’s membership. But more than the cultural diversity of the individual players, the defining characteristic of Snarky Puppy’s music is the joy of performing together in the perpetual push to grow creatively.

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA: A gospel music institution for over 80 years, Blind Boys of Alabama played their first Bluesfest back in 1992 and have played 8 times more since then. Blind Boys of Alabama will bring their harmonious and spiritually uplifting sounds to Bluesfest, showcasing the enduring power of gospel music. The Blind Boys’ live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to nearly every continent.

We hope you love our Third Artist Announcement!  This Announcement is all about Thursday, the Festival’s opening day and night. We have loaded some simply stunning headline artists onto Thursday’s bill, making it impossible to miss.

Peter Noble OAM, Festival Director

MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO: Jazz, soul, neo-soul, jazz artist and acclaimed GRAMMY™ winning multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello is an unassuming colossus whose body of work extends far beyond the early hits and virtuosic bass playing with which she is most associated. “If That’s Your Boyfriend (He Wasn’t Last Night),” her taunting and funky breakout single, immediately set her apart as an instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer.

FIONA BOYES & THE FORTUNE TELLERS: Known as Australia’s First Lady of the Blues, with eight USA Blues Music Award nominations and a recent induction into the Blues Victoria Hall of Fame. Fiona plays deep Blues and has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, bandleader, vocalist and songwriter. Winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA, she is also a Blues Blast Music Award winner and former Port Fairy Folk Festival Artist of the Year.

THE TURNER BROWN BAND: Experience what happens when southern US Church-based ‘Sacred Steel’ lap steel guitar music crashes head-on with blues-based slide guitar.  Merging southern US Gospel and Australian blues sounds, The Turner Brown Band is a joint project between Australian slide guitarist Dom Turner (of Backsliders) and USA-based lap-slide guitar and vocal sensation Nikki D Brown. Described by Guitar World as the “Jimi Hendrix of Sacred Steel”, Nikki D Brown offers a powerfully rich soul/gospel sound delivered with impeccable flare and energy.

PIERCE BROTHERS: Twin brothers Jack and Patrick Pierce’s high-energy duo have been a staple of the Australian indie-folk/ blues & roots scene for years. Bursting onto the global stage in 2014, Pierce Brothers embarked on their musical journey as street performers on Bourke Street, sharing the sidewalks with other remarkable talents such as Tash Sultana and Tones and I. Before long, their performances became an absolute must-see for anyone in the know.

VELVET TRIP: Velvet Trip is the psychedelic music project of Wiradjuri multi-instrumentalist Zeppelin Hamilton, who performed live with Nick Savvas (Charlie Gradon), Clayton Allen(Julia Jacklin), and Sinj Clarke (Horror Show). In the wake of three single releases in the past year, Velvet Trip was featured in the NY Times (T Mag) RUSSH, NME Aus, and selected to be part of Mushroom Groups ‘First Nations’ Pathway Program’.

ROSHANI: Hailed as the ‘Breakthrough Artist’ of Bluesfest 2022, ROSHANI is a star on the rise. Born into a musical family in Sri Lanka, at 6 weeks of age, she was adopted and grew up in Tamworth, where she had the opportunity to nurture her gift. She developed her one-woman show while living in her van, busking on the streets and travelling wherever the wind took her. A genre-blurring artist, ROSHANI moves seamlessly from blues powerhouse, soul-drenched torch singer, folk balladeer to electro house diva.

SWEET TALK is renowned for its high-energy live shows, readily whipping unsuspecting punters into frenzied states of boogie and unabashed song at the drop of a hat. Theall-singing, all-playing 6-piece band from Melbourne was founded over a bond of late nights, American music, classic songwriting, and improvised jams.

Bluesfest 2024 continues its tradition of providing an eclectic mix of musical genres, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy. These latest additions join an already impressive lineup that includes previously announced headliners and artists.

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