Confirming the news that Festival Director Peter Noble shared with the Face The Music Conference in Melbourne last week, Bluesfest has added two time Grammy Award winner D’Angelo (touring with his current band, The Vanguard) to the Thursday night festival line-up, joining Kendrick Lamar. D’Angelo’s acclaimed album Black Messiah was released late last year, too late for most Best Of lists which means it is appearing in many 2015 selections.
“When Bluesfest confirmed Kendrick Lamar we had the guy who produced the best record in Hip Hop this year, and now we have the guy who recorded the best current record in R&B: D’Angelo,” Said Peter Noble. “We now have playing at Bluesfest, on the same stage and on the same night (Thursday March 24), the two most important innovators in Rap and R&B today.”
Noble promised at least one more artist announcement prior to Christmas.
The tally of Grammy Winners performing at Bluesfest 2016 has now risen to 10 artists, sharing a total of 22 Grammys between them.
Also added to the Bluesfest are the Cold War Kids, Americana group Houndmouth, Oakland’s Black Roots star Fantastic Negrito, San Francisco Funk stars Con Brio, Hawaiian roots reggae act Mike Love (not the Beach Boy), Iceland’s Kaleo and Canada’s Juno Award winning group The Brothers Landreth.
This announcement also includes the first round of Australian artists added to the bill: Hiatus Kaiyote, Melbourne’s Harts, Mojo Juju, Kim Churchill, Pierce Brothers and Steve Smyth.