The First 2016 Blues Fest Artist Announcement


The very first Blues Fest 2016 artist announcement has landed, and we are stoked to be bringing you the first instalment of up to 8 announcements. It’s also the earliest announcement in the history of the event!

Bluesfest’s Round 1 brings to you a perfectly crafted blend of the Contemporary and the Classic, tailored to satisfy an eclectic mix of musical palates.

Headlining are Rock band The National (exclusive), Blues Rock/New Folk Band City and Colour, Reggae legends UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue (exclusive), the incredible Blues Rock maestro Joe Bonamassa (exclusive) and Grammy award winning Blues and Roots Rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band plus so many more.

There are 15 hugely talented artists & musicians gracing this first mighty 2016 Bluesfest announcement, covering a multitude of genres but with a huge focus on the Blues and Contemporary! True to Bluesfest fashion, there will be many more amazing artists joining this first incredible line up in the upcoming weeks.

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The First 2016 Bluesfest Artist Announcement:

The National – exclusive
City and Colour
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue – exclusive
Joe Bonamassa – exclusive
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Cat Empire
Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real
The Word – Rhiannon Giddens
Janiva Magness – St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Allen Stone – The Selecter
Shakey Graves – Songhoy Blues

and many more to come!

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