BLUESFEST 2022 OPENING NIGHT – THURSDAY 14th APRIL
A ‘NIGHT OF NIGHTS’ DEFINITELY NOT TO BE MISSED
THE CAT EMPIRE
THE FINAL EVER PERFORMANCE OF THE ORIGINAL LINEUP AFTER 20 YEARS
JOE CAMILLERI PRESENTS THE HONEYDRIPPER’S DYLAN PARTY
FEAT. HANDPICKED BLUESFEST FAVOURITE ARTISTS
TAMAM SHUD | SPECTRUM60’s PSYCHEDELIC LIQUID LIGHTSHOW BY THE LEGENDARY ELLIS D FOGG
FEAT. MARLIYA CHOIR, FELIX RIEBL, OLLIE MCGILL, EMMA DONOVANLYN WILLIAMS AM (CHOIR DIRECTOR), DEBORAH BROWN (CHOREOGRAPHER)
ZEVON – ACCIDENTALLY LIKE A MARTYR STARRING HENRY WAGONS KEVIN BORICH EXPRESSCARAVANA SUN | TIJUANA CARTEL
BLUE EMPRESS ALL-STARS
FEAT. FIONA BOYES, CARA ROBINSON, LEESA GENTZ, JULZ PARKER, ALISON PENNEY, KERRI SIMPSON, & SWEET FELICIA
MINNIE MARKS | JUZZIE SMITH
Last week we announced THE CAT EMPIRE would play their final show after 20 years with the original lineup with their ‘Opening Night at Bluesfest 2022’ headline performance. A wonderful and fitting end to their 20 years’ association with Bluesfest – and a chance for us all to say ‘Goodbye Goodbye’ for the last time before we say ‘Hello Hello’ to Felix and Ollie and their plans for The Cat
Empire II. We also announced that warming up the audience for THE CAT EMPIRE would be the awesomeness of TIJUANA CARTEL and CARAVANA SUN. Epic?!… you bet it will be!
‘Opening Night at Bluesfest 2022’ just got BIGGER!
Today, Bluesfest announces that their ‘Opening Night at Bluesfest 2022’ set for Thursday, 14th of April next Easter Long Weekend just got a whole lot BIGGER, with some very special appearances and collaborations!
It’s a one–off ‘Night Of Nights’ that should not be missed!
Starting with a special performance curated especially for Bluesfest, Australian legend JOE CAMILLERI – aka THE HONEYDRIPPER and handpicked Bluesfest favourites share their favourite Dylan songs celebrating the 80th birthday of Bob Dylan.
The music and song-writing genius of Dylan has endured the decades, and even his protest songs of the early ‘60s bear relevance to the state of the world today. Everyone has a favourite Dylan song – and on Bluesfest 2022’s Opening Night THE HONEYDRIPPER himself will unleash a set full of Dylan classics, sharing the stage with some of the weekend’s most loved performers yet to be announced – FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! Bluesfest will be announcing who is going to be a part of this special evening in the coming weeks.
Next, Bluesfest is proud to present a complete ‘60s retro spectacular!
‘s “But That’s Alright” and “Play a Song That I Know”; The Indelible Murtceps’ “Indelible Shuffle” and “Esmeralda”; Ariel’s “Jamaican Farewell” and “Disco Dilemma”… Not to mention the legendary song that started it all, SPECTRUM‘s “I’ll Be Gone (Someday I’ll have
money)” of course!
We’ll see TAMAM SHUD’s “Lady Sunshine”, “Too Many Life” and “Bali Shores”, plus “First Things” from the ‘Morning Of The Earth’ Triple Gold soundtrack, as well as much more music from their newer albums.
Both of these special guests still love creating, recording and performing together in the spirit in which they have always made music, and
remember the 60’s – then you weren’t really there!” – it was an explosion of music, art, culture,
There’s a saying, “If you counterculture, youth, psychedelia, and rebellion. Reforming especially for Bluesfest are two of Australia’s legendary progressive rock bands: TAMAM SHUD and SPECTRUM.
have been giving us exceptional music since the ‘60s and
‘70s… BUT! On ‘Opening Night at Bluesfest 2022’, you won’t just hear the music you will see the
music as well.
At the forefront of Australia’s psychedelic revolution was ELLIS D FOGG’s legendary lightshows –
lighting up arts, performances, music, festivals with his ground-breaking lightshows. Bluesfest are
thrilled to welcome ROGER FOLEY-FOGG to re-create these incredible visuals bringing his 60’S
PSYCHEDELIC LIQUID LIGHTSHOW to the Bluesfest 2022 stage, with the iconic legendary bands
SPECTRUM and TAMAM SHUD generating the music. It will be a one-of-a-kind experience.
Building on Bluesfest 2022’s eclectic ‘Opening Night’, they are equally proud to present the
bringing together the sound of Marliya – a 16-strong choir of talented young Indigenous female singers from Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, led by Lyn
Williams, along with the music of Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill (THE CAT EMPIRE) and choreography by Deborah Brown.
magnificent SPINIFEX GUM,
HENRY WAGONS together with his music director, LACHLAN BRYAN, have collaborated on a musical journey like no other. They will celebrate the song-writing genius of Warren Zevon, who gave us “Werewolves of London”, “Lawyers, Guns & Money”, “Carmelita” and “Poor Poor Pitiful Me”… plus so much more to Warren Zevon – so get front and centre for this deep dive as HENRY WAGONS and his band perform ZEVON – ACCIDENTALLY LIKE A MARTYR.
Keeping the Blues alive and setting the bar high for the weekend are the BLUES EMPRESS ALL-STARS – a sensational collaboration between some of the greatest vocalists and musicians around, including FIONA BOYES, KERRI SIMPSON, CARA ROBINSON, LEESA GENTZ, JULZ PARKER, ALISON PENNEY, AND SWEET FELICIA. There’s to be no prisoners taken as these shredders and wailers let loose on the Bluesfest stage. There’s no telling when a performance like this will come along again – SO DON’T MISS IT!
Kicking it all off on Thursday is MINNIE MARKS and JUZZIE SMITH. MINNIE, the Bluesfest Busking Competition winner from 2011, is bringing her insanely powerful voice and dynamic guitar wizardry after too many absent years. JUZZIE is a ridiculously talented one-man band based in Byron who has amassed over 200 million views on social media. Wanna know why?… then be front and centre Thursday 14th of April at Bluesfest 2022 when LIVE MUSIC RETURNS TO BLUESFEST.
This is BIGGER and BETTER than any other ‘Opening Night’ at Bluesfest, giving us all the well- deserved live music treat we need after the last few years without a Bluesfest!
For those who already have their tickets to the event, Bluesfest have made single-day add-on tickets available. For everyone else, 5-Day season, 3-day Thu-Fri-Sat, and single-day tickets are all ON SALE NOW! Visit www.bluesfest.com.au for the full lineup, festival information, tickets and more!
SNAPSHOT ARTIST BIOS
JOE CAMILLERI PRESENTS THE HONEYDRIPPER’S DYLAN PARTY
Curated especially for Bluesfest, Australian legend JOE CAMILLERI – aka THE HONEYDRIPPER and handpicked Bluesfest favourites share their favourite Dylan songs celebrating the 80th birthday of Bob Dylan. The music and song-writing genius of Dylan has endured the decades, and even his protest songs of the early ‘60s bear relevance to the state of the world today. Everyone has a favourite Dylan song – and on Bluesfest 2022’s Opening Night THE HONEYDRIPPER himself will unleash a set full of Dylan classics, sharing the stage with some of the weekend’s most loved performers yet to be announced – FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! Bluesfest will be announcing who is going to be a part of this social evening in the coming weeks.
Tamam Shud played an important part as pioneers of progressive music in the late sixties and early seventies. The members of the band have stayed in touch quite regularly in the five decades since the early 1970’s. This has led to some memorable recordings and select live performances over the years. Iconic songs such as ‘Lady Sunshine’, ‘Too Many Life’ and ‘Bali Shores’ and ‘First Things’ from the “Morning of the Earth” film and soundtrack album, which were a huge success both in Australia and internationally. The LP charted in May 1972, and eventually went triple gold.
Tamam Shud reformed in 1994. They recorded an album of all-new material “Permanent Culture” with songs by Bjerre and Gaze and featuring the single “Stay”.In 2002 Tamam Shud performed in the original “Long Way to the Top” national concert tour and “Live in Concert” recording and in 2006 were part of the “Delightful Rain” project. In 2016 the first
all new Tamam Shud recording in over twenty years was released. The LP “Eight years of Moonlight”. The most recent Tamam Shud release is 2018’s CD “Resonate” featuring the current band Lindsay Bjerre, Tim Gaze, John Cobbin, Paul “DC” Di Giacomo and Nigel Macara.Tamam Shud still love creating, recording and performing together in the spirit in which they have always made music.
Spectrum today is, conceptually at least, similar to the original band launched way back in 1969, but the loss in 2013 of bassist and fellow founding member Bill Putt leaves NZ-born singer/songwriter Mike Rudd as the sole original member in the current line-up. The recent addition of Madder Lake guitarist Brenden Mason(pic)however has added a very positive dimension to the band, especially in the live performance arena-a recording would seem to be inevitable. Spectrum and Madder Lake played a very successful series of double bill shows during 2019 celebrating Spectrum’s 50th anniversary and as 2020 marked the Madders’ 50thanniversary there had been another series of double bill shows planned throughout the year, another good intention scuttled by COVID-19. Today’s Spectrum plays a batch of retrospective songs from the various Spectrum, Murtceps and Ariel albums, including as election from their many singles released over the decades. Like Spectrum’s ‘But That’s Alright’ and ‘Play a Song That I Know’, The Indelible Murtceps’ ‘Indelible Shuffle’ and ‘Esmeralda’ and Ariel’s ‘Jamaican Farewell’ and ‘Disco Dilemma’ -and never forgetting the legendary song that started it all, ‘I’ll Be Gone (Someday I’ll have money)’ of course!
Roger Foley-FOGG aka ELLIS D FOGG
was an early proponent of the Australian Counterculture movement, ELLIS D FOGG LIGHTSHOWS becoming a popular 1960s phenomena inspiring a Global Village of young people connected through Rock and Roll and Lightshows designed to produce a total worldwide experience, an expanded awareness, ‘the oneness of the world’ and the start of the Symbioscene, the Age of Aquarius. Foley-FOGG was also a founding member of Martin Sharp and Albie Thoms’ Yellow House artist collective in Kings Cross, Sydney. Over five decades, Fogg’s impressive body of work has evolved the medium of Lightshow Art, redefining the context of Performance Art, ‘happenings’, unusual theatre, dance parties and real Australian History with the Gija mob of Bow River, WA as well as facilitating the birth of the Australian Event Industry .
He is described by the Music Director of Vivid Sydney 2021 as the ‘Father of Lumino Kinetics’ in Australia, and the ‘VIVID Sydney of his day‘, Foley FOGG loves The Northern Rivers of NSW, producing a Lightshow Concert in Lismore City Hall and Mullumbimby in 1969 and filming the Aquarius Festival in 1973. He has exhibited his Lumino Kinetic Light Sculptures and photographs in New York, Kununurra, WA , Melbourne, Sydney and New Delhi.
SPINIFEX GUM feat. MARLIYA CHOIR, FELIX RIEBL, OLLIE MCGILL, EMMA DONOVAN, LYN WILLIAMS AM (CHOIR DIRECTOR), DEBORAH BROWN (CHOREOGRAPHER)Spinifex Gum has disarmed and uplifted audiences across Australia, bringing together the sound of Marliya, a 16- strong choir of talented young Indigenous female singers from Far North Queensland and the Torres Strait, led by Lyn Williams, with the music of Felix Riebl and Ollie McGill (The Cat Empire) and choreography by Deborah Brown. Born out of a collaborative trip to the Pilbara and a relationship with the Yindjibarndi community, Spinifex Gum began in 2015 when Marliya of Gondwana Choirs, Riebl and McGill came together to create new music. Since then, Spinifex Gum has toured national festivals with acclaimed singer Emma Donovan and guest appearances by Peter Garrett and Briggs. Part political and part aspirational, Spinifex Gum explores hard-hitting issues of our time, themes of friendship and female empowerment, and celebrates what can be achieved when we come together as one.
KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS
Kevin Borich, a man with 57 years of professional experience behind him, a man who was invited
onstage to jam with Santana twice, has shared the stage with Bo Diddley, Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple), Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), Joe Walsh, John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Living Colour, Canned Heat, and has opened shows for Elton John, Status Quo, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Peter Frampton, plus two AC/DC shows in the USA. He topped the Australian Rock Music Guitar Awards twice in the 70’s and is always mentioned in the Top 10.
His crowds are a mixture of generations and attitudes. Older rockers, with their long hair, see his relaxed stance to be the epitome of cool. Younger musicians are left pondering just how 3 performers can create such inescapable sounds, mixing Rock, Blues & Funk. Some fans know the words to his songs, dancing manically enjoying themselves. Indie people are curious to see if it is true what they have heard that a guitarist song writer with a career spanning close to 60 years can transcend his rock-based funk ‘n’ blues boundaries into the realms of their world.
The KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS is Kevin Borich (guitar, vocals), Jon Carson (drums, vocals) and Chris Gilbert (bass, vocals).
ZEVON – ACCIDENTALLY LIKE A MARTYR STARRING HENRY WAGONS
Warren Zevon- the songwriter’s songwriter. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt and so many more have covered his songs. His visible hits ‘Werewolves Of London’ and ‘Lawyers, Guns & Money’ and ‘Excitable Boy’ barely scratched the surface of the lyric genius found on his albums. So it makes perfect sense that Henry Wagons, in his own right a brilliant songwriter, has dug deep into Zevon’s genius, and alongside musical director Lachlan Bryan, embodies his work in Zevon – Accidently like a Martyr.
BLUE EMPRESS ALL-STARS feat. FIONA BOYES, KERRI SIMPSON, CARA ROBINSON, LEESA GENTZ, JULZ PARKER, ALISON PENNNEY & SWEET FELICIABlue Empress Artists is proud to present Australia’s finest Blues and Roots Artists in the spectacular nine-piece Blue Empress All-Stars. Fronted by seven Blues sisters, Fiona Boyes, Kerri Simpson, Cara Robinson, Leesa Gentz, Julz Parker, Alison Penney, and Sweet Felicia, they are joined by Hammond B3 and sax maestro, Tim Neal, and drummer/percussionist Mark Grunden. With more than 120 national and international awards between them for their individual performances and recordings, they are a force to be reckoned with! From the Classic Era of the great 1920s Blues women they will take you on a road trip from New Orleans, up the Delta and through the Mississippi Hills, to Memphis and Chicago via Appalachia and the Piedmont, with a swing out to the West Coast and down into Texas. Whatever your style of Blues is, you’ll hear it from these artists. But don’t get fooled into thinking this is a Blues cover band. While these various Blues styles are apparent, from vintage to contemporary, they are clothed in the original songwriting and virtuoso performances of these celebrated Aussie artists. They’ve often shared the stage with each other, sitting in, guest appearances, and through their bands. Now, they bring their combined talents to the bandstand as the Blue Empress All-Stars.
Minnie Marks is not just some blazingly electrified guitar playing freak of nature. She is also a rare
and triple threat: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Winner of the Byron Bay Bluesfest
Busking Competition in 2011, she has since been found relentlessly gigging across the globe.
Equipped with an old Goldtop in her hands and a revolutionary Farmer Foot Drum at her feet; Marks
consistently pushes musical limits with her mind-blowing, dynamic guitar wizardry and her insanely
powerful voice, that roars out her truth through song as if her own life depended on it. And, if that’s
not enough, simultaneously, creates jaw-dropping grooves with spare limbs on her Foot Drum kit.
Finally, all three beasts are married together to forge a mammoth sized wall of sound.
Over the past twelve years, Marks has paved her musical journey around the world with three studio
albums and one live album recorded in Stuttgart, Germany. The award-winning troubadour shows
no sign of slowing down. Now in 2021, for the very first time producing her new album will be out
for release in early 2022.
You have been warned. This absolute powerhouse is ready for any battlefield, be it a festival
audience or a bar room packed like a can of sardines. Her monstrous show DOES NOT disappoint.
Juzzie Smith is a ridiculously talented One-man band, based in Byron Bay Australia. Juzzie’s unique style is bluesy/folk mixed into a groove of its own. Marked by an amazing ability to play up to six instruments at once combining the Guitar, harmonica and juggling percussion.Juzzie has had the honour of performing to both international and national crowds from Byron Bay Bluesfest to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, sharing his raw warm vocals with a simple message of loving life. With over 200 million views on social media and topping the blues iTunes charts around the world Juzzie Smith is an act you won’t want to miss.
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Bluesfest will take place over 5 days from Thursday 14th April to Monday 18th April 2022 at the Byron Events Farm, Tyagarah, NSW, AUSTRALIA.All ticket options plus camping, parking and VIP are on sale now via the Bluesfest website.
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About Bluesfest Byron Bay Showcasing an All-Aussie (with some special guests from NZ) music bill in Byron Bay, Bluesfest is Australia’s most awarded music festival, and was recently nominated as ‘Best festival of the Decade’ by industry bible, Pollstar. From the humble beginnings in 1990 the festival now takes place at the beautiful Byron Events Farm (formerly the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm), regularly attracting an audience of over 100,000. Located just 10 minutes north of Byron Bay, NSW, Australia, Bluesfest is well situated and surrounded by the charming village of Mullumbimby and the beach towns of Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. Best festival vibes ever!
MIDNIGHT OIL PAUL KELLYAMY SHARK THE TESKEY BROTHERS SIX60
FAT FREDDY’S DROP L.A.B JOHN BUTLER XAVIER RUDD MISSY HIGGINS KASEY CHAMBERS
ALL-AUSSIE (with special guests from NZ)
Bluesfest 2022 lineup:
HOODOO GURUS IAN MOSS THE LIVING END PETE MURRAY THE WAIFS JON STEVENS KATE CEBERANO JOHN WILLIAMSON
ROSS WILSON and THE PEACENIKS THE ANGELS THE CHURCH RENEE GEYER TEX PERKINS THE MAN IN BLACK VIKA & LINDA STAN WALKER BAKER BOY TROY CASSAR-DALEYHIATUS KAIYOTE WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING THE BLACK SORROWS KATE MILLER-HEIDKE BRIGGS MARK SEYMOUR & THE UNDERTOW CASEY BARNES DIESEL RUSSELL MORRIS KEVIN BORICH EXPRESS CHAIN THE BAMBOOS BACKSLIDERS CW STONEKING JOSH TESKEY & ASH GRUNWALD LACHY DOLEY & THE HORNS OF CONVICTION
MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS 19-TWENTY ASH GRUNWALD HENRY WAGONS SAM TESKEY JEFF LANG FIONA BOYES & THE FORTUNE TELLERS KARA GRAINGER JEFF MARTIN -PLAYS THE SONGS OF LED ZEPPELIN
RAY BEADLE PACEY, KING & DOLEY NATHAN CAVALERI KIM CHURCHILL FOOLS MAMA KIN SPENDER DAMI IM PIERCE BROTHERS EMILY WURRAMARA THE BUCKLEYS MICK THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION LISA HUNT’S FOREVER SOUL
GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOULDIGGERS DANIEL CHAMPAGNE JK-47 THE REGIME HAT FITZ & CARA GARRETT KATO HUSSY HICKS ROSHANI LITTLE GEORGIA ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS ELECTRIK LEMONADE LAMBROS. PALM VALLEY
BYRON BUSKING COMPETITION ROCKWIZ LIVE