Bluesfest has lifted the lid on its second artist announcement for 2018, adding 16 more names to the already hefty lineup. Heading this latest stampede is Senegalese artist Youssou N'dour, who will be bringing his 20-piece band to the five-day Easter long weekend festival just outside of Byron Bay. If the name isn't ringing any bells, you'll probably be familiar with this '90s classic.
Other artists joining the lineup include greatest hit-bearers Jackson Browne and Seal, Bluesfest regular Michael Franti, and British band Gomez will return to the fest for their first tour in six years. They'll place alongside two huge headliners: Lionel Richie and Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, who will play with his band The Sensational Space Shifters. Plant's performance at Blues will mark 50 years since he first performed with Led Zeppelin, so the gravity of the performance is sure to be pretty huge.
Other acts taking to the stage Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over the weekend include Aussies Tash Sultana and John Butler Trio, Swedish duo First Aid Kit and what will be a captivating set by José González. Bluesfest returnees Joe Louis Walker, Dumpstaphunk and Eric Gales are on there too.
Anyway, here's the full lineup. Better start making Easter plans — and deciding what to eat — because tickets are already on sale.
BLUESFEST 2018 LINEUP
Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters
The John Butler Trio
The New Power Generation
Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers
First Aid Kit
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
The California Honeydrops
Joe Louis Walker
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Rag 'n' Bone Man
The Original Blues Brothers Band
Hurray for the Riff Raff
The Teskey Brothers
Image: Andy Fraser.