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First Bluesfest Sideshows Annouced

Crying in your coffee that you can’t make it to Byron Bay next year to party in the mud for Bluesfest? Wipe those tears away, and maybe get a new coffee, because the first sideshow announcements have been made!

It’s a close second to seeing your favourite artists in one place, but music lovers rejoice because sideshows will be coming to major cities as well as a number regional venues next March & April.

The first artists to be included on the Bluesfest touring side shows are Sturgill Simpson, Steve Earle and The Dukes, The Wailers and The Selecter.

First up is a star on the rise, American Alt-Country artist, Sturgill Simpson, who will be in Sydney and Melbourne before making his Bluesfest debut next March. Simpson has been heralded as the next Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash all rolled into one and cleaned up at the recent 2015 Americana Awards, taking out artist of the year and song of the year for Turtles All The Way Down.

Steve Earle and his long-time backing band, The Dukes will be returning to Australia for Bluesfest and a huge run of shows! The long-celebrated storyteller has had a huge year this year, with his newest release ‘Terraplane’ charting higher than his trademark ‘Copperhead Road’, reaching top ten spots on the Blues, Folk and Country albums charts.

Also included in this first announcement are Jamaican Reggae icons The Wailers. The band will be performing one of their classic albums in entirety at each show including; ‘Exodus’, ‘Survival’, ‘Uprising’ and ‘Legend’, which is the best-selling Reggae album of all time. Fans can be sure that big hits like No Woman No Cry, Redemption Song and Is This Love will be included on their setlists.

The Selecter will be bringing their legendary live shows to Sydney and Melbourne as well as Bluesfest next March. The iconic Ska group recently dropped their newest record, the highly acclaimed, ‘Subculture’ mixed by UK dub-master Prince Fatty.

Many more official sideshow announcements are still to come in the lead up to Bluesfest, held in Byron Bay 24th- 28th March 2016.

STURGILL SIMPSON TOUR DATES:

THE METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY NSW - TUE 22 MAR 2016

www.ticketek.com.au ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE VIC - WED 23 MAR 2016

www.bluesfesttouring.com.au

**TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE** ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

 

STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES TOUR DATES:

ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH WA - FRI 11 MAR 2016 www.astortheatreperth.com

with Special Guests The Mastersons ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

ROOTY HILL RSL, SYDNEY NSW - WED 16 MAR 2016 www.rootyhillrsl.com.au

with Special Guests The Mastersons ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

THE METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY NSW - THURS 17 MAR 2016 www.ticketek.com.au

with Special Guests The Mastersons ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE, MELBOURNE VIC - FRI 18 & SAT 19 MAR 2016

www.melbournerecital.com.au

with Special Guests The Mastersons ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

MACKAY ENTERTAINMENT & CONVENTION CENTRE, MACKAY QLD TUE 22 MAR 2016

www.mackaytix.com.au with Special Guests The Mastersons ONSALE; 15

Oct 2015 10am AEDT

TANKS, CAIRNS QLD - THURS 24 MAR 2016 www.ticketlink.com.au

ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

-- Also appearing at Bluesfest 2016 & Port Fairy Folk Festival 2016 --

 

THE SELECTER TOUR DATES:

THE FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY NSW - WED 23 MAR 2016

www.bluesfesttouring.com.au **TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE**

ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC - FRI 25 MAR 2016

www.bluesfesttouring.com.au **TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE**

ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

-- Also appearing at Bluesfest 2016 –

 

THE WAILERS TOUR DATES:

TANKS, CAIRNS QLD - THURS 17 MAR 2016 www.ticketlink.com.au

ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

THE PLAYHOUSE, DARWIN ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE NT – SAT 19 MAR 2016

www.yourcentre.com.au ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH WA - MON 21 MAR 2016 www.astortheatreperth.com

ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

ROOTY HILL RSL, SYDNEY NSW - WED 23 MAR 2016 www.rootyhillrsl.com.au

ONSALE; 15 Oct 2015 10am AEDT

-- Performing all 4 albums Exodus, Survival, Uprising & Legend

in entirety over 4 nights + all the hits at Bluesfest 2016 --

 

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