There’s some old favourites – the John Butler Trio for example, there’s a new headliner – Lionel Ritchie – and there’s a line-up of amazing performers for this year’s 2018 Bluesfest. Including Lauryn Hill, Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow – so if you like the female this is your lucky year!
Melissa Etheridge is making a welcome comeback to Bluesfest this year. Byron Bay embraced the singer/songwriter on her previous visit, who some years ago survived a battle with cancer. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, the singer unerwent a particularly brutal form of chemo. “My work had always been a drug-free zone,” she’s said, “but the chemotherapy that was prescribed was called “dose dense”: a harsher, stronger chemo than the usual because I had the benefit of not having to work during the treatment. My close friends told me that, as an alternative, medical marijuana was a natural way to help with the excruciating side effects of chemo.”
After leaving the band she released her iconic solo album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” which changed the face of popular music when it was released in 1998. The album’s innovative mix of traditional soul, hip-hop beats and politically charged rap was a revelation. It won five Grammys the year it was released and has gone on to be included in dozens of “Greatest Albums Ever” lists such as Mojo’s 100 Greatest Albums of Our Lifetime, Q’s Top 100 Albums Ever, Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and it came in at number 2 on NPR’s 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women.
Etheridge and Crow are both set to perform their own solo spots at Bluesfest before teaming up to hit Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in early April. Now that will be an outstanding gig.
For more info on the 29th annual Byron Bay Bluesfest go here: https://www.bluesfest.com.au/