Melissa Etheridge - This Is M.E. - A unique Bluesfest show and three special sideshow performances announced!

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 to Mon 28
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 of March 2016) and its touring company Bluesfest Touring are incredibly proud to welcome the iconic superstar rocker, singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge for her This Is M.E. Australian tour, including her long-awaited Bluesfest debut on Sunday 27
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 March 2016.

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 March, the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on Wednesday 30
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 March and the Riverside Theatre in Perth on Friday 1
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 April 2016.

 
This is M.E.,
 as well as some of her greatest hits like \ufffd Come to My Window\ufffd \ufffd\ufffd The Only One\ufffd  \ufffd Bring Me Some Water\ufffd \ufffdike the Way I Do\ufffdspan class="ecxApple-converted-space"> and
 \ufffd Want To Come Over\ufffd/i>.  Known for her iconic raspy, smoky vocals, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence; Melissa will share personal stories about her remarkable journey through life and the inspiration behind some of her most beloved songs.
I Need to Wake Up\ufffd/i>
 from Al Gore\ufffd renowned documentary
 
An Inconvenient Truth.
 
Etheridge even has her own star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame among her many accolades.
Piece of My Heart\ufffdspan class="ecxApple-converted-space"> in tribute to Janis Joplin. By doing so she gave hope to many women afflicted with the disease.
Melissa\ufffd latest album This is M.E. is her 12th collection of new material. The powerful lyrics, incomparable voice, indelible melodies, and blazing guitars could be from no one else. The opening track titled \ufffd Won\ufffd Be Alone Tonight\ufffdspan class="ecxApple-converted-space"> holds some new meaning.  Melissa collaborated with some of the most creative, inventive figures on the music scene on the album including Jerrod Bettis (Adele), Jon Levine (Nelly Furtado, K\ufffdaan, Selena Gomez), Jerry Wonda (Grammy Award winning producer of the Fugees, Mary J. Blige, Akon) and Roccstar (Usher) at the forefront. She even enlisted the help of Neyla Pakarek, cellist from the folk rock band and Bluesfest alumni, The Lumineers, to contribute to a couple of songs.

Not only a blues rock megastar, song writing hit maker, and phenomenal guitarist, but tireless advocate for human rights and social change, Melissa Etheridge is a force and a talent, we are honoured to have at Bluesfest and on tour around Australia.
Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble comments on the new addition to the line-up:
\ufffdelissa Etheridge is coming to Bluesfest. She is a legend - an inspiration to so many - a simply brilliant live performer - just watch the cheers when she walks on the Bluesfest stage. She has won two Grammy awards and received 17 nominations - She has won an Academy Award - for Best Original Song for the Documentary - An Inconvenient Truth. Melissa Etheridge's set at Bluesfest will be remembered as one of the great performances.  Melissa Etheridge is a leader - she is a great musician, a great campaigner for human rights, an environmentalist, a cancer survivor, it is simply an honour to present her at Bluesfest and on her Australian tour.\ufffd/span>

<33 of the approximately 100+ artists have now been announced so far for Bluesfest, held annually over Easter just north of Byron Bay (EVENT DATES: Thu 24
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 March to Mon 28
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 March 2016). Tickets are reported to be selling fast.  True to Bluesfest tradition, the announcements will continue to roll out in the lead up to the 2016 festival.

BLUESFEST 2016 ARTISTS ALREADY ANNOUNCED:

KENDRICK LAMAR

        TOM JONES 
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 THE NATIONAL - 
exclusive

NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
UB40
 
feat.
 
ALI CAMPBELL, ASTRO
 
&
  
MICKEY VIRTUE 
- 
exclusive

JOE BONAMASSA 
- 
exclusive
 

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND 
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JACKSON
 
BROWNE

CITY AND COLOUR \ufffdTHE DECEMBERISTS

THE CAT EMPIRE \ufffdJASON ISBELL \ufffdnbsp;TWEEDY

STURGILL SIMPSON \ufffdSTEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES THE WORD \ufffdGRACE POTTER \ufffdLORD HURON 
BLACKBERRY SMOKE \ufffdVINTAGE TROUBLE 

NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE \ufffdSONGHOY BLUES 
SHAKEY GRAVES \ufffdALLEN STONE \ufffdST PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES \ufffd/span>
 
LUKAS NELSON AND PROMISE OF THE REAL \ufffdTHE SELECTER \ufffdRHIANNON GIDDENS \ufffdJANIVA MAGNESS \ufffdUCKY PETERSON \ufffdnbsp;EMDEE 

THE WAILERS 
PRESENT BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS 4 ALBUMS IN ENTIRETY

EXODUS, SURVIVAL, UPRISING & LEGEND OVER 4 NIGHTS

*** and so many more artists to be announced ***
 
All 5 & 3 & 1 day festival and camping tickets are on sale through 
www.bluesfest.com.au
 or phone the office on 02 6685 8310.
Tickets are also available through Moshtix 
www.moshtix.com.au
 
and Ticketmaster 
www.ticketmaster.com.au.

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