THE first Bluesfest announcement is in.
Bluesfest 2012 features The Pogues (pictured below, right), Earth Wind & Fire, The Who's Roger Daltrey, My Morning Jacket, John Butler Trio and Yes.
Soul funk outfit Earth Wind & Fire will be heading to Australia for the first time, while London celtic punksters The Pogues, and their wild frontman Shane MacGowan return for the first time in 23 years.
Roger Daltrey will perform The Who's complete rock opera Tommy as well as the band's hits in a once only, two-hour set.
Festival director Peter Noble said his acts may not be "cool", but that's not what the festival is about.
"At Bluesfest we try to blend the really established acts with the up and coming," he said. "It's the established acts that most people want to see."
Noble admits he worries every year whether or not his acts are going to hit the mark.
"It's like the artist who's not sweating and shaking before they head on stage," he said. "They're probably not going to be the best act.
"You live and die by your festival."
Noble is confident, however, once all is revealed, Bluesfest 2012 will mirror the success of last year's event.
This week Big Day Out music festival promoters Vivian Lees and Ken West announced their split as Lees stepped down from his position after 30 years. Poor sales for next year's BDO are said to have contributed to Lees departure.
Bluesfest 2012 is held at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm during the Easter long weekend (Thursday, April 5 to Monday, April 9). Tickets available from www.bluesfest.com.au.
The first announcement: Roger Daltrey, Earth Wind & Fire, My Morning Jacket, John Butler Trio, Yes, G3 featuring Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Steve Lukather, Buddy Guy (pictured below), Maceo Parker, Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot!, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Yann Tiersen, Bettye Lavette, Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle, Trombone Shorty, Great Big Sea and The Jayhawks.
Date: Easter weekend, Thursday, April 5 to Monday, April 9
First line-up and tickets available now from www.bluesfest.com.au
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