Bluesfest Touring

Past Tours 2017


ANDREW BIRD

April 2017 - Music innovator Andrew Bird began to play the violin at age four, learning to play Bach and Mozart by ear as if they were folk tunes. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will be returning to Australia off the back of his most recent release Are You Serious (2016) featuring contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills. Read More...

Bonnie Raitt

April 2017 - Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bonnie Raitt is more than a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter…. She has become an institution in American Music. Read More...

BOOKER T PRESENTS THE STAX REVUE

April 2017 - A rare opportunity to enjoy the classic Stax Records repertoire as performed by the man who wrote so many of the songs; the one and only Booker T! Read More...


CORINNE BAILEY RAE

April 2017 - With over five million albums sold, two-time Grammy winner Bailey Rae released her self-titled debut album in 2006, reaching number one in the UK and number four in the U.S. The album featured the global hits ‘Put Your Records On’ and ‘Like A Star’. Read More...

GALLANT

April 2017 - Bluesfest is thrilled to announce Gallant will visit Melbourne and Sydney after making his Australian debut at the Byron Bay festival in 2017. Named by Billboard as the #1 performance of Coachella in 2016, Gallant has garnered accolades for his exceptional voice from artists like Elton John, John Legend, and Seal. Read More...

GREGORY PORTER 2017 TOUR

April 2017 - Gregory Porter, the Grammy winning Jazz, soul, and gospel singer, returns to Australia after a sell-out tour this September! Read More...


JAKE SHIMABUKURO

April 2017 - Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro’s performances incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangement to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’ and Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’. Read More...

JOAN OSBORNE

April 2017 - Joan Osborne is multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee. The soulful vocalist and noted song interpreter is a highly sought after collaborator and guest performer who has performed alongside many notable artists, including Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Patti Smith to name a few. Read More...

LAURA MVULA

April 2017 - As one of the most exciting musical talents to come out of the UK, Laura Mvula has been nominated for the Mercury Prize, BBC Sound poll, the BRITs Critics Choice Award, two BRIT Awards in 2014 (British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act); winning an incredible two MOBO’s in 2013 (Best Female and Best R&B/Soul). Read More...


MARY J BLIGE

April 2017 - Bluesfest Touring is delighted to announce that the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige will be visiting Sydney and Melbourne in April. The iconic Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist is a defining voice of contemporary music. Read More...

MILES ELECTRIC BAND

April 2017 - Visiting Australia for the first time Miles Electric Band is a ten member, all-star concert that has been created in association with Miles Davis Properties LLC to bring his music to new generations. The group features Miles Davis alumni including Grammy nominee Robert Irving III, legendary Parliament Funkadelic guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight, Munyungo Jackson and Grammy winner Vince Wilburn, Jr. (Davis’ nephew) on drums. Read More...

NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE

April 2017 - Nahko and Medicine for the People return to Australia with their worldly blend of rock, hip-hop, and alt-folk, as well as their highly awaited third album Hoka! Read More...


NIKKI HILL

April 2017 - Raised in the church choir and steeped in R&B and garage rock rumble, Nikki Hill is a spitfire with the soul-drenched voice of Etta James and the tattooed, beehived-hair aura of Cramps’ guitarist Poison Ivy. This blues shouter and growler is a bona-fide rock’n’roll diva that has audiences wrapped around her finger. Read More...

PATTI SMITH - LAST EVER SHOW IN AUSTRALIA

April 2017 - Bluesfest Touring is proud to announce a once in a lifetime event. Such is the demand and adoration for Patti Smith in Australia that six dates across two capital cities have all but sold out. The final ever Australian performance for Patti Smith and Her Band will be held at Festival Hall Melbourne on Thursday April 20th, featuring Patti’s repertoire of originals and selected covers from across eleven studio albums and forty-three years of defining rock music. Read More...

PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND PERFORM HORSES

April 2017 - It has been eight years since Patti Smith ‘the godmother of punk’ last toured Australia, and nearly 41 years since the release of her first and most celebrated recording Horses. Horses was conceived to be, in her description, “three chord rock merged with the power of the word.” Read More...


RHIANNON GIDDENS

April 2017 - “Giddens explores the frontiers of Americana on a solo debut of phenomenal vocal power, effortlessly jumping between gospel holler, tender folk song and lachrymose country ballad.” - The Guardian Read More...

RICKIE LEE JONES

April 2017 - Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1979 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. Read More...

ROY AYERS

April 2017 - Vibraphonist and vocalist Roy Ayers is known as the Godfather of Neo-Soul and is among the most respected jazz and R&B artists on the scene today. Read More...


SLIGHTLY STOOPID

April 2017 - Based in the Ocean Beach neighbourhood of San Diego, California, Slightly Stoopid are known for their slabs of dubby bass, meditative vocal harmonies, rock-steady guitar licks and tightly syncopated percussive rhythms. “Slightly Stoopid is known for its groovy blend of funk, reggae, punk, & other styles.” - Rolling Stone Read More...

SNARKY PUPPY

April 2017 - Snarky Puppy has gone from the best kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music; seamlessly fusing a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition, with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical or most carefree audience. Read More...

ST. PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES

April 2017 - The St Paul & The Broken Bones sound can be described as a blazing mating of ‘60s soul fire – daubed with latter-day influences like Sly Stone, David Bowie, and Prince, that is centered around vocalist Paul Janeway’s impassioned singing and writing, along with the band’s brawny horn-driven sound. Read More...


THE LUMINEERS

April 2017 - After a solid three years of touring six of the seven continents; including two Australian tours of sold-out performances; The Lumineers return with their eagerly anticipated second album Cleopatra. Read More...

THE RECORD COMPANY

April 2017 - Founded in Los Angeles in 2011 The Record Company immediately took their hometown by storm, hailed by LA Weekly for “making bluesy music that would sound more at home in a sweaty, backwoods Mississippi juke joint.” They are a band who prides themselves on writing and playing raw, sincere Rock ‘n’ Roll. Read More...

THE STRUMBELLAS

April 2017 - When a crowd is singing along with the last chorus after hearing the song for the first time, and Twitter lights up with those same lyrics in the days following a performance, you know it's a song that connects. Read More...


TREVOR HALL

April 2017 - With his eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting – Trevor Hall projects a refreshingly universal message. Read More...

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE 2017

April 2017 - Bluesfest favourite Trombone Shorty is bringing his energetic fusion of funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop to back to Australia. Read More...

TURIN BRAKES

April 2017 - Turin Brakes will celebrate their Bluesfest debut in 2017, showcasing the band’s latest work from their seventh studio album Lost Property released in January 2016. One of the finest indie bands of the last decade Turin Brakes are still going strong after 16 years. Read More...


VINTAGE TROUBLE

April 2017 - "The band is the real deal, playing old-school rhythm and blues mixed with a bit of rock, pulling off some amazing stage antics and some outfits lifted right from the fifties." – The Scene Magazine Read More...

THE SPECIALS

March 2017 - Chugg Entertainment and Bluesfest Touring are today thrilled to announce the return of legendary English ska band, THE SPECIALS, to Australia for a run of headline shows in 2017. Read More...

UB40 (Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue)

January 2017 - Chart-topping multiplatinum reggae-pop outfit UB40 today reveal national Australian tour dates for January 2017. With the band’s beloved original front-man ALI CAMPBELL at the helm, together with founding members ASTRO and MICKEY VIRTUE, UB40’s Australian return will be one of the most anticipated events of the year. Read More...