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BLUESFEST Dave Matthews Band, Crowded House heading to Byron Bay in 2020


The initial lineup for the 2020 Byron Bay Bluesfest has just been released and it’s a goodie! Some of the best local and international bands and artists are set to perform at the 31st installment of Australia’s most popular Blues & Roots music festival. Among the big names appearing on the lineup is none other than iconic Kiwi band Crowded House who announced on Twitter on August 13 that they are reuniting and excited to headline a night at the Byron Bay Bluesfest on Sunday, 12 April, 12 2020. The festival will also feature other headlining acts such as Dave Matthews Band and Patti Smith, as well as a host of respected supporting bands and artists.

Welcoming a mere 6,000 in their first year, Bluesfest now attracts more than 100,000 festival-goers on a regular basis. Although the festival found its permanent home at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just north of Byron Bay in 2010, there was speculation in February this year that the festival could move out of New South Wales after being slapped with enormous licensing fees by the government. Festival director Peter Noble stated that there was no way that the festival could afford to pay additional hundreds of thousands of dollars unless the government backed down. The matter has seemingly been resolved as the festival will be held again in Byron Bay next year as planned featuring some of the best talents from Australia and abroad.
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Back in 2017 Patti Smith and her band delivered what has become known as one of the most memorable sets in the history of the festival. Next year, the Godmother of Punk will return to the festival to bless attendees with her mesmerizing vocals and formidable stage presence. Dave Matthews Band is also returning to the festival (for a third time) which is great news for all the 90’s kids who spent half their lives in their rooms with headphones on listening to the music of one of the coolest bands of the decade. The festival lineup also includes the likes of Brandi Carlile, Jenny Lewis, Frank Turner, Greensky Bluegrass, and Larkin Poe.
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In total, more than 200 performances will take place across multiple stages for the duration of the festival.Although the festival is still months away, tickets are bound to sell fast with such an impressive lineup beckoning festival-goers. Most tickets are already available on MoshTix and festival organisers urge the public to not wait till the last minute to secure theirs as they may find themselves terribly disappointed when they are sold out.

Bluesfest hits Byron Bay on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

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