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Breaking News: Kendrick Lamar added to the Bluesfest line-up!


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Special Announcement! 2 Time Grammy Award Winning Artist KENDRICK LAMAR Will Headline Thursday At Bluesfest!

Kendrick Lamar
Thursday at Bluesfest just got a whole lot bigger!!

Hi Mick,

We have been counting down the hours until we could share this mammoth addition to the line-up with you!

Bluesfest is excited to announce that Compton born, Platinum selling, Grammy-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar will be headlining the opening night of the festival! His Bluesfest appearance will be one of only three shows in Australia!

Kendrick Lamar is a highly respected and successful artist, considered by many as the No. 1 Rapper and Hip Hop artist in the world right now. An exceptional storyteller and lyricist and known for his compelling and poetic albums, Kendrick Lamar has even been likened to Bob Dylan by fellow Industry heavyweight, Pharrell Williams.

Kendrick Lamar was nominated in seven categories, including Best New Artist andAlbum of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2014. In 2015, at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Kendrick won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his track “I”.

Kendrick Lamar’s third and most recent album, To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, #1 on the Billboard R&B and Hip Hop Albums Chart, #1 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart among topping other charts worldwide. It even features Bluesfest alumni George Clinton on the opening track’Wesley’s Theory’ and has received rave reviews across the globe such as;

“The Compton MC’s second major-label album is a masterpiece of fiery outrage, deep jazz and ruthless self-critique…” ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE

“Kendrick Lamar could be the greatest rapper of all time.” THE VERGE

“Lamar wants nothing less than greatness, and To Pimp a Butterfly is yet another step forward on that path.” TIME

With 32 artists already announced so far, Bluesfest shows no signs of slowing down, so make sure you stay tuned for the roll out of announcements coming your way!



Bluesfest ticket update:

With the addition of Thursday headliner Kendrick Lamar to the ever growing Bluesfest line-up, tickets are set to sell at lightning speed.

Kendrick Lamar will perform on the opening night of Bluesfest (Thursday 24 March) and right now a single Thursday adult ticket is priced at $159 p/p only. This is set to increase once the allocation sells out. Single day tickets to Bluesfest are available from $159 – $179 p/p

Don’t forget that Bluesfest is a 5 day event with camping on site and it’s simply said:a festival for everyone!

Bluesfest covers so many musical genres and to really get all of the festival experience, a 5 day ticket is the key. A 5 day ticket is currently only $525 p/p – which makes it a mere $105 per day.

Of course there are also 3 day tickets available if your time over Easter is limited or 3 days of Bluesfest is all you desire! You can pick between a Thu/Fri/Sat orFri/Sat/Sun or Sat/Sun/Mon ticket!

3 day tickets range between $380p/p – $420p/p

There are packages to further reduce the costs and if you feel like something extra special you can add a VIP ticket to your festival ticket. Click here to read more about the VIP experience.

There are so many different ticket options tailor made to your liking. Just click on the big blue box below to check it out.

Please note: At this time some of our ticket prices for the 2016 Festival are MUCH lower than they were at the same time last year leading into our 2015 Bluesfest. We suggest you buy your tickets now, if have not already done so!

Bluesfest 2016 is going to be one of the best ever – you gotta be there!


All ticket prices here

Artist Bio

Kendrick Lamar

Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar is one of the rare artists who has achieved critical and commercial success while earning the respect and support of those who inspired him.

A native of Compton, California, Lamar originally rapped as K. Dot and released a series of mixtapes under that name. Youngest Head Nigga in Charge (2003), issued when he was only 16 years old, caught the attention of CEO Anthony “TopDawg” Tiffith who immediately signed a young Lamar to his label, Top Dawg Entertainment.

Training Day (2005) and C4 (2009) also preceded his decision to go by his birth name. The latter was issued the same year he became part of Black Hippy-beside fellow Top Dawg artists Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, and ScHoolboy Q-a group whose members, for the most part, appeared on one another’s mixtapes and albums. Overly Dedicated (2010) was the first Kendrick Lamar mixtape and fared well enough to enter Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart that October.

His first official album, Section.80 (2011), was released as a digital download the following year and entered the Billboard 200 at number 113. By that point in his career, Lamar’s reputation had been strengthened through guest appearances on dozens of tracks, and he had the support of veteran West Coast stars as well. During a 2011 concert, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg dubbed him “The New King of the West Coast,” a notion Dre endorsed more significantly by signing Lamar to the Aftermath label.

Lamar’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D City was released in October 2012 and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. Three of its singles-“Swimming Pools (Drank),” “Poetic Justice,” and “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”-reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, with each one enjoying lengthy stays on playlists of urban U.S. radio stations.

More significantly, the album showcased Lamar as an exceptional storyteller capable of making compelling concept albums. When the nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced, Lamar was listed in seven categories, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year. Lamar remained active during 2013-2014, with touring as well as being sought after for several guest appearances by industry heavyweights worldwide.

In early 2015, he announced that his third album, To Pimp a Butterfly, was due in March with tracks featuring Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Thundercat, and George Clinton. A technical accident caused the digital album to be released eight days early, but it immediately earned rave reviews and topped the Billboard 200 with sales of 325,000 copies within its first week. To Pimp a Butterfly debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart, #1 on the Billboard R&B and Hip Hop Albums Chart, #1 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart among topping other charts worldwide. At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Kendrick won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his track “I”.


Kendrick Lamar will perform at Bluesfest on Thursday 24th March.




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