12/12/2013

KCSB to Appear At 2014 Bluesfest At Byron Bay in Australia!

How many Australian music festivals could make five line-up announcements and still keep its punters interested? Answer: one Bluesfest.

The Byron Bay event's latest line-up announcement should please the purists and the pop fans, led by lauded guitar innovator Jeff Beck fifth-best guitarist of all-time according to Rolling Stone and twice Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and disco greats KC and the Sunshine Band. 

Headliners previously announced for Bluesfest, which is on between April 17 and 21, 2014, include John Mayer, Jack Johnson, The Dave Matthews Band, Buddy Guy, Erykah Badu, Michael Franti and Elvis Costello.

Guitar legend Jeff Beck leads the latest line-up announcement for the 2014 Bluesfest at Byron Bay.

KC and the Sunshine Band are often considered one the 1970s' fluffiest but favourite disco acts, producing classic songs that still fill dancefloors decades later, such as That's The Way I Like It, Boogie Shoes, Get Down Tonight and (Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty. KC and the Sunshine Band sold over 75 million albums. 

Jeff Beck made his name in The Yardbirds in the mid-sixties, alongside Jimmy Page, before forming The Jeff Beck Group with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart.

Throughout his long and distinguished career Beck has been hailed a virtuoso, whether playing jazz, hard rock or metal. Mike Campbell, guitarist with Tom Petty's Heartbreakers said of Beck he didn't need a singer to excel because his guitar playing was so lyrical. "There is a spirituality and confidence in him, a commitment to being great," Campbell wrote.

Beck was considered reclusive and difficult to work with, but that didn't affect his legacy he won seven Grammy awards and in 2011 Rolling Stone named him fifth on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists. Beck has also had several successful singles during his career, including People Get Ready (with Rod Stewart), For Your Love (with The Yardbirds) but was best known for classic albums such as Blow by Blow (1975), Guitar Shop (1989) and Emotion & Commotion (2010).

Iconic funk group WAR best known for the enduring hit Low Rider were also announced, as was Nigerian "Afrobeat" star Seun Kuti, who will play with his late father Fela Kuti's band Egypt 80. Iconic Jamaican rhythm section Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, and British singer Delroy 'Bitty' McLean also play, with "The Taxi Gang". The trio were previously announced as part of a "Jamaican Legends" show with Ernest Ranglin, but Ranglin withdrew claiming he didn't know he was on the bill.

Other new names on the bill include rapper Chali 2na (aka Charles Stewart), voice of the reformed Los Angeles alternative hip hop act Jurassic 5; Alabaman singer-songwriter Jason Isbell; Brisbane's opera-turned-pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke; English fiddler and folk singer Seth Lakeman; and southern US blues-rock band Gov't Mule.

Bluesfest promoter Peter Noble called it the festival's best-ever dance announcement: "For all you festival goers who love to shake, shimmy, bop and groove, this one is for you."

The 25th Bluesfest will be held at Byron Bay from April 17-21, 2014. Adult tickets cost between $169-$625. Go to bluesfest.com.au