The Teskey Brothers are part of a massive 50 acts announced to play 2021 Bluesfest.
Bluesfest is pressing on from the carnage of 2020, revealing 50 acts on their first artist announcement (their largest ever in the festival's history) for the 2021 line-up.
2020 headliners Patti Smith And Her Band and George Benson as well as local royalty John Butler, Xaiver Rudd and The Cat Empire in 2021 will be joined by indie-folk legends Bon Iver and perennial festival favourites Michael Franti & Spearhead.
Australia's fastest-rising country stars The Teskey Brothers (whose record 'Live At The Forum' debuted at #1 on the ARIA album chart in May) as well as an icon of Aussie rock, Jimmy Barnes join the party.
There'll also be an exclusive performance from '80-'90s folk-rock lords and '93 ARIA Song Of The Year winners Weddings, Parties, Anything – led by Mick Thomas, this will be their first performance since 2012.
The Black Sorrows, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Kool & The Gang, The Gipsy Kings, Kasey Chambers, The Waifs, Troy Cassar-Daley and The Wailers performing songs from 'LEGEND' are other highlights of the 2021 line-up.
"We want to present another great event, one that is safe and with best-practice protocols implemented on every level," Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM says.
"We need it, the music industry needs it and the greater community needs it. Together we will find the most prudent pathway to revive the live music industry, an industry that is aching to get back to work ASAP.
"Bluesfest 2021 will be much more than the music on stage and the wonderful audience along with all those who present it. It will be an integral part of the return of the live music industry.
"Many of 2020s line-up want to return, so we fulfilled that and included some surprises like Bon Iver, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jimmy Barnes and The Teskey Brothers to name a few.
"It's a long way to next Easter and by that time travel restrictions are sure to be different. In the case of no international travel, I've programmed a damn-good line-up of locals and a vibrant festival experience so people can come out and play.
"Yes, the future is uncertain for everyone, but humans need enjoyment, a place they can feel comfortable and trust they are in good hands, and Bluesfest is, and has always been that."
Stay tuned for a second artist announcement, which is expected to follow in spring.
Bon Iver Patti Smith And Her Band Jimmy Barnes George Benson The Teskey Brothers John Butler Xaiver Rudd The Cat Empire Kool & The Gang The Gipsy Kings Kasey Chambers The Waifs Troy Cassar-Daley Michael Franti & Spearhead The Wailers perform songs from 'LEGEND' LP Morcheeba The Black Sorrows Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Tori Kelly Buffy Sainte-Marie Themarcus King Band Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram Jimmie Vaughan John Mayall Melbourne Ska Orchestra Chain Larkin Poe Weddings, Parties, Anything (exclusive show) Backsliders Harts Plays Hendrix Ash Grunwald The War & Treaty Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles Walter Trout The Bamboos Mick Thomas' Roving Commission Dami Im Pierce Brothers Emily Wurramara Roshani Ray Beadle Henry Wagons Hussy Hicks Pacey, King & Doley Daniel Champagne Nathan Cavaleri Little Georgia Bluesfest Busking Competition & Winners The Australian Americana Music Honours