Seasick Steve and more for Bluesfest

Seasick Steve, John Butler Trio, Eric Bibb and Alabama 3 are among the first names for Bluesfest 2009.

The festival will be Ben Harper's only Australian appearance with his new band Relentless Seven. Songstress Missy Higgins, Michael Franti and Spearhead and Lucinda Williams are also set to perform.

Zappa Plays Zappa, Angelique Kidjo and Tinariwen have also been confirmed for the New South Wales event which has moved to Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Byron Bay for next April.

The festival is set will celebrate its 20th anniversary in the spring and Taj Mahal, Tony Joe White, Ruthie Foster and The Blind Boys Of Alabama have also been confirmed to help commemorate its birthday.

Watermelon Slim And The Workers, Toni Childs, Luka Bloom, Alpha Blondy and reggae supremos Easy Star All Stars will also perform at the five-day event.

Other names announced today include Special Beat, Augie March, Blue King Brown, Saltwater Band, Sonny Landreth, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Benny Gallagher.

Bob Log III, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, The Bamboos, Watussi, Lowrider and Nu Yorican Heights have also been confirmed.

Bluesfest 2009 will run from 9-13 April and early bird tickets are already on sale at $340 for five days or $255 for a three-day consecutive pass.

Camping is strictly limited and festival-goers are encouraged to book in advance. Click HERE to book and buy.