New licensing policy will “decimate our industry” says Bluesfest founder Peter Noble, following the cancellation of several NSW festivals
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Young and his band, Promise of the Real, will play a three-hour set on Friday, "fulfill[ing] the wish of many Bluesfesters", says promoter Peter Noble
By IQ on 04 Oct 2016
Neil Young has confirmed his first festival date for 2017.
Young and his current touring band, Promise of the Real, will play a three-hour set on Friday 14 April at Byron Bay Bluesfest, joining other new additions Santana and The Doobie Brothers on the bill of the long-running Australian festival.
“Bluesfest is proud to announce our headliner for 2017,” says founder and promoter Peter Noble OAM. “This is the third Bluesfest announcement in three weeks, with Santana being the headliner of last week’s, Mary J. Blige the week before and the Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, The Lumineers, Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy in previous announcements.
“We ask fans yearly in questionnaires who is the most requested artist to play a future Bluesfest, and hands down, Neil comes in first on every poll we do”
“Can you guess who will be in the [next] announcement this Sunday…? It’s another beauty!”
He adds that “we ask fans yearly in questionnaires who is the most requested artist to play a future Bluesfest” and “hands down, Neil [Young] comes in first on every poll we do, [so] we have fulfilled the wish of many Bluesfesters.”
“A tad over” 100,000 visitors attended Bluesfest 2016, at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, near Byron Bay in New South Wales, over five days.
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