OUTSPOKEN: Bluesfest supremo Peter Noble with the 2014 Helpmann Award.
OUTSPOKEN: Bluesfest supremo Peter Noble with the 2014 Helpmann Award. Contributed

Bluesfest boss asks: Who are the 'Reubens'?

BLUESFEST Director and new OAM Peter Noble has dismissed The Rubens' topping Kendrick Lamar on Triple J Hottest 100.

Mr Noble had a frank and candid Q&A session with the public earlier today via the Bluesfest Facebook page, using the hashtag #askpeter.

Andre Oman asked: "Hi Peter, a lot of people have been talking about kendrick being edged out at number 2 on the triple j top 100 with alot of people saying King Kunta should have been number 1 over The Rubens Hoops. What did you think of Hoops being number 1? (sic)"

Mr Noble did not mince his words with the answer:

"Who are The Reubens (sic)??? Kendrick's #2's will be more solid than anything that can be described by The Reubens as their #1's," he said.


During the Q&A, Ms Noble also spoke about The Black Keys and Lenny Kravitz cancelling their Bluesfest 2015 shows.

Phil Steuart asked: "Hi Peter, just wondering if Black Keys might show up this year (or maybe 2017?). I guess drummers cant help but bodysurf, but very disappointed last year. Also any chance our lovely Beth Hart will join with Mr Bonamassa to perform their special magic???"

Peter Noble's answer was direct: "If The Black Keys had been more forthcoming when their drummer had his accident in the surf and actually let their fans know that he had shattered the bones in his shoulder, then perhaps we all would have not had an expectation that they would have been able to tour and play Bluesfest 2015. We would have had more time to have replaced them and their fans would not have been so disappointed. We note this is not the first time The Black Keys have cancelled Australian tours at short notice. We agree with you - we were very disappointed and I will go further and say ... we were misled".

Michael D'Aprano asked about the chances of Lenny Kravitz returning to Bluesfest in the near future.

Peter Noble was very candid about the issues around Kravitz's cancellation.

"Hi Michael D'Aprano - it seems Lenny Kravitz concert ticket sales in 2015 were low. As a festival, we MUST have confidence that the artists who contract with us to perform will actually show up! We believe should have came, and meet his contractual obligations. the fact that he didn't, it is highly unlikely that we will have an interest in him in the future," Mr Noble answered.

D'Angelo announces second show

Bluesfest also announced Grammy-nominated D'Angelo has added a second performance during Bluesfest 2016.

"With three 2016 Grammy nominations, fans of D'Angelo will be over the moon to hear he is playing an additional show at Bluesfest on Saturday 26th March," Mr Noble announced earlier today.

D'Angelo will be going on stage for the second time on Easter Saturday.

"Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real , St. Paul and The Broken Bones, The Word and Janiva Magness have all announced additional performances" said Peter Noble.



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