If you’re at Bluesfest Byron Bay on the night of Monday 17th April, then you should be dancing! In their fourth major announcement in just three weeks, Bluesfest is proud to announce that equal headliner BARRY GIBB joins Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Santana, Zac Brown Band, Patti Smith, Mary J. Blige and Buddy Guy (exclusive) on what is promising to be the biggest Bluesfest line up to date.
Gibb will also tour nationally as part of his In The Now tour.
Born on the Isle of Man, Gibb immigrated to Redcliffe a beach suburb north of Brisbane when he was 12. It was here that the Bee Gees, who would become one of the most successful groups of all time, were born. Sadly, Gibb is the only surviving member of the band he formed with his brothers Robin and Maurice. Along with Andy, their solo singer brother, the Gibbs achieved 19 number one records on the Billboard charts. As their principle songwriter Gibb co-wrote many Bee Gees hits including ‘To Love Somebody’, ‘Spicks and Specks’, ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart’, ‘I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You’, ‘How Deep Is Your Love,’ ‘Stayin’ Alive,’ ‘Night Fever,’ and ‘Tragedy’. The Bee Gees had a record six No. 1 singles in a row from 1977 to 1979, equalling The Beatles record. In total the band sold over 220 million records worldwide making them the 12th highest selling artists of all time.
Peter Noble OAM, Festival Director, comments on Barry Gibb joining the Bluesfest 2017 line up:
“I am beyond pleased to be adding Barry Gibb to our 2017 Bluesfest line up! Barry Gibb – the lead songwriter of The Bee Gees – a band we can be so proud to call an Australian Legend!
Over the 2017 Easter long weekend (Thursday 13th to Monday 17th of April) Bluesfest will present its biggest festival to date at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside Byron Bay. With back to back performances for 12 hours a day on multiple stages, a gourmet variety of food stalls, markets, on site campaign and free parking it will be a haven for music lovers of all ages this April.
JOINS 2017 ARTISTS ALREADY ANNOUNCED:
PROMISE OF THE REAL
ZAC BROWN BAND
PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND PERFORM HORSES
MARY J. BLIGE
BUDDY GUY EXCLUSIVE
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
MAVIS STAPLES EXCLUSIVE
TROMBONE SHORTY AND ORLEANS AVENUE
RICKIE LEE JONES
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
CORINNE BAILEY RAE
NAHKO AND MEDICENE FOR THE PEOPLE
BETH HART EXCLUSIVE
BOOKER T. PRESENTS THE STAX RECORDS REVIEW
Gibb’s Bluesfest gig will be just one of an extensive ‘In The Now’ Australian tour, which includes the following dates:
BARRY GIBB’S ‘IN THE NOW’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
WEDNESDAY APRIL 5
HOPE ESTATE, HUNTER VALLEY
SATURDAY APRIL 8
ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
THURSDAY APRIL 20
SUNDAY APRIL 23
ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE
WEDNESDAY APRIL 26
QUDOS BANK ARENA, SYDNEY
SATURDAY APRIL 29