Bluesfest Shuts Down Speculation That JAY-Z Will Headline In 2018

Written by Tom Williams on 13th July, 2017

Bluesfest Shuts Down Speculation That JAY-Z Will Headline In 2018

Bluesfest has shut down speculation that JAY-Z might headline the beloved Byron Bay event in 2018, after recent comments from the festival’s head honcho had some Hova fans peaking.

Last month, Bluesfest Director Peter Noble revealed that the “first headliner” for Bluesfest 2018 had been confirmed, and his comment that the booking “leaves around 99 artists to go” led some to think he was referencing JAY-Z’s track ’99 Problems’.

Now, in a new message sent to followers of the festival, Noble says he doesn’t know what all the fuss is about.

“I’m not sure what the big rumour about JAY-Z playing Bluesfest was about,” he says. “He is a great artist, and we love him… but that’s as far as it goes.”

Noble says Bluesfest 2018 is “coming together nicely, with some wonderful artists making the right noises about playing”, and reckons organisers will be “confirming more artists this week”.

Bluesfest 2017 was headlined by the likes of Nas, Santana, Mary J. Blige and Patti Smith. Each year, the first Bluesfest lineup announcement is typically made between July and August.

JAY-Z released his latest album 4:44 last month. Watch the video for album cut ‘The Story of O.J.’, below.


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