“It has taken over three years to get the very in demand Patti Smith confirmed,” admits Peter Noble, director of Bluesfest Byron Bay. But Smith and her band – Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty, Tony Shanahan and Jack Petruzzelli – make their Bluesfest debut with something to give the 100,000 who attend the event each year something to whoop about – the performance of the Horses album in its entirety.
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Gurtenfestival, Bern, Switzerland
Smith’s last visit eight years ago was a sellout. The 28th edition of the festival (April 13-17 at its 120-hectare site) is also bringing back Zac Brown Band, which brought the place down with its debut last year.