IT SEEMS apt that iconic Australian band Crowded House has been named one of the first headline acts for next year's East Coast Blues and Roots Festival.

After all, their classic hit Weather With You will fit perfectly with a music festival that is renowned for its weather - its deplorable wet weather.

Crowded House is the big name among the first announcement of 32 artists and bands released yesterday.

“We are so energised about the amazing artists in this first announcement - it's easily our best-ever first announcement just looking at the depth across the entire list,” festival director Peter Noble said.

“We promised a touch of classic rock and a guitar lover's focus for this festival and to see how that's played out, you just have to look at axe shredding maestros like Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Al Di Meola, Peter Green, the Gipsy Kings, who are the world's best flamenco players, BEla Fleck and Joe Bonamassa, a young blues guitarist who's recently sold out London's Royal Albert Hall.”

Other favourites announced in the line-up include the Buena Vista Social Club, Lyle Lovett and Jimmy Barnes.

Mr Noble promised further notable artists in the second round of announcements, which he said would be 'just around the corner' for the festival, which is moving from the Belongil Fields site to the Tyagarah Tea Tree farm, 10 minutes from Byron Bay.

Next year's Bluesfest, the 21st, will run from April 1 to April 5 over the Easter long weekend.



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