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25° & CLOUDY ON MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER IN BRISBANE
By Lauren Vadnjal
March 26, 2018
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Bluesfest 2018

The mammoth five-day Byron festival returns for another stacked Easter long weekend.
By Lauren Vadnjal
March 26, 2018
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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
Lionel Richie
The John Butler Trio
Tash Sultana
The New Power Generation
Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers
First Aid Kit
Jose Gonzalez
Morcheeba
Gov't Mule
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
The California Honeydrops
Eric Gales
Bobby Rush
Dumpstaphunk
Joe Louis Walker
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Youssou N'dour
Seal
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Jackson Browne
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Gomez
Rag 'n' Bone Man
The Original Blues Brothers Band
Jimmy Cliff
The Wailers
Benjamin Booker
Hurray for the Riff Raff
Canned Heat
Walter Trout
André Cymone
The Teskey Brothers

Image: Andy Fraser. 

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