The Wailers sign on for Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020

Celebrating Bob Marley's 75th Birthday

Legendary reggae ensemble The Wailers have joined on for another run at Byron Bay Bluesfest this April.

With today being OG wailer and reggae icon Bob Marley's 75th birthday, it's a boss move from Bluesfest to drop this announcement today. The band, featuring longtime guitarist Donald Kinsey on guitar, will be performing a set of songs from the Marley record Legend, the second longest charting record on the Billboard Album Chart with a whopping 992 weeks, second only to Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.

 

Peter Noble OAM, the director of Bluesfest, celebrated the iconic act in a statement released today, saying “When Bob Marley was on his deathbed, he enshrined The Wailers to make a solemn oath to keep playing his music live for as long as they were physically able. Bob Marley’s Wailers, as they were known have continued to do just that for over 30 years honouring their leader. They continue to do that faithfully to this day, and still have three members in the band, and on stage nightly who were there with Bob, who faithfully direct newer members in the way Bob would have wanted his music to be played. Come experience a night of magic at Bluesfest. To release this news on what would have been this great legend’s 75th birthday is a bit of magic in and of itself and portends a great performance that will become a Bluesfest legendary show for years to come”. 

 

 

Check out the full Byron Bay​ Bluesfest lineup below. We're almost certain that these guys aren't done announcing acts yet, so make sure you keep your eyes and ears peeled for more news shortly. 

 

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2020 

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - CROWDED HOUSE – ALANIS MORISSETTE

LENNY KRAVITZ - PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND

GEORGE BENSON -KOOL & THE GANG – THE GIPSY KINGS

GUY SEBASTIAN - BRANDI CARLILE - JOHN BUTLER – XAVIER RUDD

THE CAT EMPIRE – ALLEN STONE – MORCHEEBA – DWEEZIL ZAPPA – TORI KELLY

ANI DIFRANCO - JENNY LEWIS

JOHN PRINE – BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE

TROY CASSAR-DALEY – THE WAIFS – YOLA – LP

THE WATERBOYS - EAGLES OF DEATH METAL – ZUCCHERO

JIMMIE VAUGHAN - JOHN MAYALL – CHAIN 

LARKIN POE- THE MARCUS KING BAND

CHRISTONE ‘KINGFISH’ INGRAM – FRANK TURNER

CORY HENRY & THE FUNK APOSTLES – ASH GRUNWALD

THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND – WALTER TROUT

THE WAR & TREATY – AMADOU & MARIAM

ERJA LYYTINEN – TAL WILKENFELD

GREENSKY BLUEGRASS

JOACHIM COODER

STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS

 

Head to the Bluesfest website for more details today. 

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