Crowded House heads Bluesfest bill
It will be the first time the band, formed by Neil Finn, has played at the festival.
Bluesfest 2010 will be held at Easter from Thursday, April 1 to Monday, April 5.
The first artist announcement was released last week and according to festival director Peter Noble includes an array of the best local and international blues, roots, folk, soul, and world artists with an emphasis on some of the best guitar players of all time.
“The Bluesfest team is extremely honoured to present Crowded House for the first time ever as the first announcement headliner, following knock-out performances over the years from both Neil Finn and Tim Finn,” he said.
“One of our region’s greatest bands, Crowded House is responsible for unforgettable songs such as ‘Weather With You’, ‘Four Seasons In One Day’, and ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ to name but a few.
“Get set for a dynamic musical journey that will draw from the band’s acclaimed 2007 platinum album ‘Time On Earth’ and their exceptionally deep catalogue of fantastic songs.”
Mr Noble said the festival team was so energised about the amazing artists in the first announcement.
“We promised a touch of classic rock and a guitar lover’s focus for this festival and to see how that’s played out, you just have to look at axe shredding maestros like Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Peter Green (original Fleetwood Mac founder and hero of BB King, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page), the Gipsy Kings who are the world’s best flamenco players, Bèla Fleck (stunning banjo virtuoso), and Joe Bonamassa a young blues guitarist who’s recently sold out London’s Royal Albert Hall,” he said.
“There’s also tonnes of local and global roots friendly artists too many to mention, Roger Hodgson the incredible singer and songwriter of all those timeless Supertramp hits; Jessica Mauboy who is such an outstanding and genuine artist verified by her recent four awards at the Deadlys and her record seven ARIA award nominations; Oumou Sangarè who joins Bèla Fleck’s new project and is one the greatest African singers you will ever hear.
“And all this is just the beginning - our second announcement is just around the corner and a stunner too.
“In fact, we know we have the best Bluesfest bill ever this year, which is a very satisfying way to celebrate our 21st birthday and move to our new home.”
The Bluesfest line-up includes Buddy Guy, Roger Hodgson from Supertramp, Gipsy Kings, Buena Vista Social Club, Jeff Beck and Lyle Lovett.