Blues Fest taking shape Frontline artists announced for 2006
THE FIRST round of artists to perform at the 17th Annual International East Coast Blues and Roots Music Festival ? possibly the last at the present site ? was announced yesterday.
With a strong serving of vintage blues, reggae, latin and world pop music, the 2006 bill next Easter is diverse.
Festival director Peter Noble said he believed the line-up was the best, most well rounded event he had ever staged.
"When I promoted my first tour at the end of the 70s in the USA with BB King and James Cotton, I never would have dreamed that 25 years later I'd be putting together the festival line-up of my dreams," he said.
"There really is the core blues heart plus the diversity here to deliver something special for everyone ? from the Skatal- ites and The Animals through to Beth Orton and Sigur Ros.
"This may well be the last event held at Red Devil Park as we're looking at other options in Byron Bay to handle the growing festival in- terest and support more unsigned Australian talent."
The line-up includes: Beth Orton, Los Lobos, Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Juan de Marcos' Afro Cuban All Stars, The Cat Empire, Keb' Mo', Pete Murray, Sigur Ros, Bob Geldof, Yothu Yindi, Jamie Cullum, Skatalites, Donavon Frankenreiter, Hot House Flowers, Amadou & Mariam, Eddi Reader, Backsliders, The Green- cards, Music Maker Foundation Presents Beverly 'Guitar' Watkins, Adolphus Bell and Macavine Hayes, Cornerstone Roots, Kevin Borich, Harry Manx, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Batucada Sound Mach- ine, Blue King Brown, Rodrigo y Gabriela, New Orleans Band Aid featuring Marva Wright, The Wild Magnolias, Rockin' Dopsie Jnr, ?? and more to come.