Byron Bay Bluesfest has shared details of a female-led second lineup announcement featuring the likes of Julia Stone, Mavis Staples, Mojo Juju and Ruthie Foster.
Paul Kelly, Gary Clark Jr, and Hozier also join the lineup alongside the first announcement's Kurt Vile, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Snarky Puppy and more.
Of the second announcement's 19 acts, ten are female, two contain both male and female members, and seven are all male, whereas the first announcement featured four acts with female members, drawing sharp criticism from activist group LISTEN and the Twittersphere.
In a statement today, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble said, “This truly is an all killer, no filler announcement from top to bottom with many more to come, and we are very proud of it.”
2019 will also mark Byron Bay Bluesfest's 30th anniversary, with more lineup announcements to come.
Bluesfest 2019 Second Announcement:
Gary Clark Jr.
Mavis Staples (exclusive)
Ruthie Foster (exclusive)
Anderson East (exclusive)
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Samantha Fish (exclusive)
The War And Treaty (exclusive)
Deva Mahal (exclusive)
2019 Bluesfest First Announcement:
Jack Johnson (Exclusive)
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals (Exclusive)
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Exclusive)
St Paul & The Broken Bones (Exclusive)
Nahko And Medicine For The People
Kurt Vile & The Violators
The Black Sorrows
The California Honeydrops
I’m With Her
Tickets for the 2019 Byron Bay Bluesfest, going down from Thursday April 18 - Monday April 22 at Tygarah Tree Farm, are available here.
Image via Bluesfest.