Bluesfest Touring Pty Ltd

Past Tours 2016


GREGORY PORTER

September 2016 - Gregory Porter is coming to Australia with his band this September to perform two very special and intimate shows in support of his critically acclaimed fourth studio album, Take Me To The Alley (May 2016) released on the iconic Blue Note Records (Universal Music Australia). Read More...

MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD

September 2016 - Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally-conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows with his band, Spearhead, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change. Read More...

BRIAN WILSON PERFORMING PET SOUNDS

April 2016 - The legendary musician Brian Wilson, co-founder of The Beach Boys and the architect of the Californian sound, is coming to Australia to perform the resounding masterpiece Pet Sounds. Labelled as one of the most influential albums of all time, Brian Wilson will perform it live in its entirety including the hits;‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, ‘Sloop John B’, and ‘God Only Knows’ and his greatest hits. Read More...


JACKSON BROWNE

April 2016 - Live Nation and Bluesfest Touring are proud to present Jackson Browne’s first visit to Australia and New Zealand since 2009. Read More...

TAJ MAHAL (SOLO)

April 2016 - Famous for nearly singlehandedly reshaping the definition and scope of the Blues via the infusion of exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and South Pacific, the two-time Grammy Award winner from Massachusetts has been writing and performing for over fifty years. Read More...

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA

April 2016 - The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. They are not just Gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in the 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new Gospel sound for the 21st. Read More...


THE MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND FEATURING RICK VITO

April 2016 - At the front of the group is Rick Vito, veteran Bluesman and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and lead guitarist, Rick adds his personal touch while staying true to the styling of early Fleetwood Mac front man Peter Green, who along with Lenny Castellanos on bass and Mark Johnston on keyboard, will be delivering a world class blend of Blues and Rock to the Bluesfest audience. Read More...

MELISSA ETHERIDGE

April 2016 - An Academy Award and Grammy winning artist, Etheridge, will take the stage to perform songs from her new album, This is M.E., as well as some of her greatest hits like ‘Come to My Window’, ‘I’m The Only One’,‘Bring Me Some Water’, ‘Like the Way I Do’ and ‘I Want To Come Over’. Read More...

Allen Stone

March 2016 - Bluesfest Touring welcomes blue-eyed soul master, Allen Stone back to Australia.
With 3 albums under his belt, singer/songwriter Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention. Read More...


NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS

March 2016 - Prepare to be blown away when the Soul and Rock sensations Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats make their Australian touring debut in 2016. It is bound to be a foot tapping, hand clapping, raucous occasion with one of the best new live acts on the road. Read More...

SHAKEY GRAVES

March 2016 - Bluesfest Touring is excited to welcome Shakey Graves to the stage while his remarkable success story continues to unfold. Read More...

VINTAGE TROUBLE

March 2016 - Live-wired, straight-shootin, dirty-mouth'd, pelvis-pushing juke music. Vintage Trouble will be bringing this and a whole lot more to Australian audiences in 2016! Read More...


THE WAILERS

March 2016 - Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide, notching up over 20 chart hits, including 7 Top 10 entries. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have performed for an estimated 24 million people worldwide & performed with other greats such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Peter Tosh & Jason Mraz. Read More...

THE DECEMBERISTS

March 2016 - Since their earliest recordings more than a decade ago, The Decemberists have been known for their sense of scope and daring. Drawing on influences such as REM, The Shins and Death Cab for Cutie, they sway through upbeat pop to lush ballads to sea shanties, and employ a plethora of instruments including accordion, organ, and upright bass to orchestrate exciting, theatrical performances that have charmed audiences the world over. Read More...

NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE

March 2016 - After wowing Australian audiences in April this year at Bluesfest Byron Bay and in Sydney, Bluesfest Touring is bringing back Southern rocker JJ Grey and his band Mofro for a run of festival performances and headline shows this October. Read More...


THE WORD - CANCELLED

March 2016 - Bluesfest Touring welcomes improvisational gospel-jazz supergroup The Word for a special Australian tour!
Featuring pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph, keyboardist John Medeski and North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson and drummer Cody Dickinson, The Word plays the hymnal of the electric improvisational church. They don’t struggle with arrangements, and they leave room for each other to stretch out. Read More...

THE BROS. LANDRETH - SYDNEY

March 2016 - Canada’s exciting new Americana/Country group The Bros. Landreth are coming to Sydney to premier their debut album Let it Lie. Read More...

THE SELECTER

March 2016 - One of the biggest names in Ska 2-Tone, The Selecter, are coming to Bluesfest for the first time – so get your dancing shoes ready! Read More...


ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES

March 2016 - Bluesfest Touring is excited to present Alabama sextet St Paul & The Broken Bones for their first ever visit to Australia! Read More...

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES

March 2016 - Grammy award winning, prolific, and multi-skilled, Earle knocked the world on its head in 1986 with the ground-breaking Guitar Town, which shot to No. 1 on the Country charts and immediately established the term “New Country”. Read More...

ELLE KING

March 2016 - If you not already familiar with Elle King you soon will be. The sassy musician who loves both banjos and hobos, has just been nominated for two 2016 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for her hit ‘Ex’s & Oh’s’. The song also spent three weeks on the No.1 spot in the Billboard Alternative Charts and hit the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Elle King also made the No.2 spot on Billboard’s Top New Rock Artist of 2015 list. Read More...


THE RESIDENTS PRESENT SHADOWLAND

March 2016 - The Residents have managed to keep their identity a secret over their 40+ year career, hiding behind giant eyeball masks among other disguises and becoming one of the most enthralling and unusual bands in the history of music. They have recently and unexpectedly morphed into a power trio and are currently going by the names of Randy, Chuck and Bob. Read More...

RHIANNON GIDDENS

March 2016 - The Grammy Award–winning lead singer of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops, having stepped out on her own, brought the star-studded audience to its feet with her elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit. It was, as the As the New York Times put it, “the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues”. Read More...

LORD HURON

March 2016 - Originally a musical and visual solo project by Michigan-native- band leader Ben Schneider, Lord Huron has evolved into a band of epic proportions. Their most recent album Strange Trails (April 2015) debuted at #10 on Billboard’s Top Albums and received widespread critical acclaim. Read More...


BLACKBERRY SMOKE - SYDNEY

March 2016 - Bluesfest Touring welcomes American Southern Rock/Country band Blackberry Smoke for their Australian touring debut. Read More...

LUCKY PETERSON

March 2016 - Blues New Yorker and guitar maestro, Lucky Peterson, is set to amaze Australian audiences when he returns for the first time in decades. Read More...

SONGHOY BLUES

March 2016 - Following successful North American and African tours, Songhoy are bringing their debut release ‘Music in Exile’ to Australia, and Bluesfest Touring is proud to introduce you. This music will get in your bones. Read More...


TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND

March 2016 - The supergroup-come-meeting- of- the- minds of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi has soared to incredible heights since the amalgamation in 2011 with Revelator, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2011 studio debut, which cemented the promise of great things with a Best Blues Album Grammy and a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year. Read More...

D'ANGELO

March 2016 - D'Angelo is bringing his latest and universally acclaimed album, Black Messiah to Australia & New Zealand for the first time! Michael D’Angelo Archer was born in Richmond, Virginia the son of a Pentecostal minister. He began teaching himself piano as a very young child, and at age 18, he won the amateur talent competition at Harlem’s Apollo Theater three weeks in a row. In 1991, he signed a publishing deal with EMI. Read More...