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The first round of acts that will be appearing on the special Bluesfest 25th Anniversary lineup have been announced earlier than usual. Having hinted that 2014 will be bigger than 2013's massive lineup, fans have been eagerly awaiting which artists the festival will lock in, which aims to deliver an eclectic mix of returning favourites and cutting-edge contemporary acts.

Festival Director Peter Noble says of the first lineup announcement:

“It’s our 25th Birthday! We are going to be celebrating this one as never before and will deliver you one hell of a line up and mark my words: This is only the beginning”!

Peter Noble adds:

John Mayer is finally coming back after 7 years to play at Bluesfest again. When it comes to guitar he is undoubtedly to me the most talented of all performing today, simply untouchable and I say that with all humility. I predict his new album 'Paradise Valley' - released last week, is going to be at the top of the charts worldwide this week - this is such a coup for us - and I am so proud to be presenting John on our big celebration year.

We are not stopping there - I have attempted to bring back Dave Matthews Band every year since they last played Bluesfest in 2005. They are one of the top grossing, most in demand bands in the world - as well as up there with the best of the best. Finally, they are coming back to Bluesfest, for not one, but two full length performances, and each night will be completely different as this super band never plays the same set twice! These performances are going to be magical and unmissable .

I know their fans will be celebrating - and flying in from all over the world for these incredibly special performances.

FIRST LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT:

John Mayer

Dave Matthews Band

The John Butler Trio

Erykah Badu

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero

Iron & Wine

Devendra Banhart

Morcheeba

Gary Clark Jr

KT Tunstall

Allen Stone

Valerie June

Nikki Hill

More acts to be announced

BLUESFEST 2014 DATES:

EASTER LONG WEEKEND 2014

Thursday 17 April -  Monday 18 April at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Byron Bay.

FOR INFORMATION: http://www.bluesfest.com.au

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FROM: http://www.bluesfest.com.au and http://www.ticketmaster.com.au