Paul Simon will perform at Bluesfest.
Paul Simon will perform at Bluesfest. Contributed

Paul Simon heading to Byron for Bluesfest

THE bridge over troubled waters won't bring Simon and Garfunkel back together, but it reaches far enough to get one half of the duo, Paul Simon, to Bluesfest.

And, American-Canadian musician Rufus Wainwright will also be on next year's bill.

Simon, who celebrates the 25th anniversary of his controversial, yet highly acclaimed, album Graceland this year, is set to perform solo at next year's Easter weekend event.

The album, which has been re-released to celebrate the milestone, has sold 14 million copies, sparked a five-year tour and won the singer a Grammy award for best album in 1987.

Simon and Garfunkel last toured together in 2010, however Garfunkel's vocal issues prevent them from touring together now.

Wainwright, who was in the country on a string of dates in September, follows up the tour with the Bluesfest slot.

His most recent release puts the otherwise rock-friendly artist into the pop realm thanks to the help of close friend and producer Mark Ronson.

The two artists top the festival's fourth announcement, which already includes Robert Plant, Santana, Chris Isaak and Ben Harper.

More artists, including a list of Australian acts, are expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

The rumour-mill for this year's festival has included Ringo Starr, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple and Neil Young.

All, bar The Stones, have announced Australian tours in late February/ early March, ruling them out of any Bluesfest appearances.

The Rolling Stones have announced four shows in London and Newark in November.

What are the chances the other tours will continue into March and into Byron Bay for Bluesfest?



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