Byron Bay Bluesfest doesn't kick off for another six months, but that's not stopping them from rolling out the sideshows, with two big-name acts announcing headline dates while in the country for the festival.
One of the most important jazz guitarists to have ever lived, George Benson, will be taking his distinctive guitar chops to Sydney's State Theatre and Melbourne's Palais in early April. Despite turning 77 next year, Benson shows absolutely no signs of slowing down, and is renowned for his fretboard mastery even to this day. If you're a budding guitarist or jazz fanatic, these gigs will be unmissable.
Bluesfest Touring are also sending alt-country star Brandi Carlile off for a jaunt down the East Coast in April before taking the trek up to conquer Byron. Carlile is the absolute epitome of an American success story - she was nominated for six Grammy Awards at this year's ceremony and ended up taking home three - so it's fair to assume that tickets for these shows won't last long.
Check out the dates and details for both artists below.
George Benson Bluesfest 2020 Sideshows
Saturday April 4 - State Theatre, Sydney NSW
Wednesday April 8 - Palais Theatre, Melbourne VIC
Tickets available via Ticketmaster
Brandi Carlile Bluesfest 2020 Sideshows
Monday April 6 - Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC
Wednesday April 8 - Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW
Tickets available via Ticketek
Head to Bluesfest for more details.