If you’ve washed your hands clean of the notion of trekking to Byron Bay for Bluesfest this Easter, you oughta know that there’s some information that might change your plans – especially if you were an angsty youth of the '90s.
The one and only Alanis Morissette has joined the line-up and will be playing Jagged Little Pill in its entirety to celebrate 25 years since her breakthrough album was released and the world fell head over feet. The album sold over 33 million copies globally and remains her most critically acclaimed work to date, even inspiring a Broadway musical that made its debut in 2019, and cemented the Canadian-American Morissette’s place as one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music.
Dubbed the “queen of alt-rock angst” by Rolling Stone, the ‘Ironic’ and ‘Hands Clean’ singer has an enduring legacy for her deeply emotive lyrics and post-grunge style. She has released nine albums since Jagged Little Pill dropped in 1995, and she is currently working on an album scheduled for release in spring. For those not in know, Morissette also started a podcast in 2016, Conversation with Alanis, where she explores her passions for female empowerment and spiritual, psychological and physical wellness through interviews.
Also just announced, Grammy-winning singer Tori Kelly will be joining the already stacked Bluesfest line-up, which also features guitar great George Benson, alternative country star Brandi Carlile, the godmother of punk Patti Smith, and more – with many hitting the road with Bluesfest Touring for Sydney sideshows.
Bluesfest will be donating part of the profits from this year’s event to the Australian Red Cross to assist with recovery from the ongoing bushfire crisis, and the festival is continuing with ongoing work in koala management. The 2020 Byron Bay Bluesfest will run from Thursday, April 9 to Monday, April 13, and Morissette will be playing on the Friday. Adult tickets start at $195.74 for single day tickets to $639.23 for five-day passes. Head to the Bluesfest website for more info, tickets are on sale through Moshtix.