We all know that for the last 25 years, Bluesfest has been one of the best things to happen live music to Australia. We also know that one of the best things about Bluesfest is all the stuff we don’t yet know – it’s a goldmine for music lovers nationwide. This year, Australian Guitar Magazine is going to take you on a journey through the best that the festival has to offer – and all of the undiscovered musical gems hidden within. Get your Bluesfest knowledge up to date right here. Class is now in session!

It has been 8 years since Denver born India.Arie last graced the Bluesfest stage, this time she returns with a new album ‘SongVersation’ which marks her luminous return after a self-imposed four-year hiatus. The album is a compelling snapshot of her hard-won breakthrough to simultaneous personal and artistic growth. Highly-acclaimed, ‘SongVersation’ reached #5 on the Billboard 200 album chart, almost copying her previous release, which held down the coveted #1 spot.

“Grammy Award-Winning India.Arie weighs in with what may be one of the best releases of her career.” - BILLBOARD

A Bluesfest favourite, the minute India.Arie comes on stage she owns it with her spiritual and empowering presence, heartfelt and engaging lyrics and smooth as silk voice. It doesn’t take more than one song to become an instant fan and Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble is no exception:

“There is no other performer today, to my ears, who moves me as India.Arie does. She has greatness stamped all over her & transcends music genres to achieve true crossover in everything she does. India.Arie writes songs that empower people – they are both moving & memorable. I believe she is one of the greats. Her music stands favourably beside the great artists Nina Simone, Billie Holiday... she is up there with them all. An absolute DO NOT MISS artist!”

From the moment that her very first single “Video,” and her multi–platinum debut album Acoustic Soul were released in 2001, India's music established an extraordinary bond of trust, affection and communication with lovers of music throughout the world. India.Arie has sold over 10 million albums, been nominated for a massive 21 Grammy Awards, of which she has won four.

Come and join us and be inspired by the reborn, revitalized India.Arie at the 25th Anniversary Bluesfest.