Robert Plant and Madness for Bluesfest

Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will play Byron's Bluesfest 2013.
Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant will play Byron's Bluesfest 2013. Andreea Balaurea

THERE will be a whole lotta loving when Robert Plant performs at Bluesfest next year.

Plant tops the list in the Byron Bay festival's third announcement, alongside Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson, Status Quo, Madness and Yes frontman Jon Anderson.

HEADED OUR WAY: Suggs and Mike Barson of Madness perform during the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
HEADED OUR WAY: Suggs and Mike Barson of Madness perform during the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games. Julian Finney


Best known as the frontman in Led Zeppelin, Plant has been touring his show, Robert Plant Presents Sensational Space Shifters, a fusion of rock, blues and folk since earlier this year.

If recent set lists are anything to go by there will be a few classic Zeppelin songs among the slower burning newbies, including Whole Lotta Love, Gallows Pole, Black Dog, Friends and Going To California.

Plant is headlining Saturday night of the Easter event at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm with bandmates Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara among others.

Hodgson, who was announced in a list of sideshows last week before he was officially listed as an artist, returns to Bluesfest for the second time, however he brings his whole band for the first time.

Status Quo was another act leaked before today's official announcement.

Having released their 10th studio album today, English band Madness will bring a fresh dose of ska to the event, continuing in the tradition set by The Specials at this year's festival.

Anderson appeared with band Yes at this year's event, but ditches the band moniker on next year's entry to the list.

There are still more acts to be announced in the next few weeks.

The acts so far:

Jimmy Cliff

Joan Armatrading


Robert Cray

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Blind Boys of Alabama - Mavis Staples

Allen Toussaint - Fred Wesley

Michael Kiwanuka - Bettye Lavette

Luka Bloom - Ruthie Foster

Tony Joe White - Sweet Honey In The Rock

Ben Harper


Iggy & The Stooges

Chris Isaak

Bonnie Raitt


Dropkick Murphy's

Steve Miller Band

Glen Hansard/The Frames

Tedeschi Trucks Band

William Elliott Whitmore

Newton Faulkner

Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls

Grace Potter

Playing For Change

Ben Caplan

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