patti smith is coming to australia for bluesfest in 2017

She's going to perform he debut album, Horses, start to finish.

by Isabelle Hellyer
25 August 2016, 1:45am

Photography Donna Santisi

Patti Smith has been announced as the headliner of Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2017. The songwriter, poet—and most recently, TV star—will be in good company, considering the festival has played host to icons like Grace Jones and Bob Dylan in previous years.

Of course, getting Patti Smith was no easy feat: in fact, it took years to secure her for the Easter event. "It must be hard to believe, but it is very true, that months, and in a few cases, years of work have gone into this artist announcement," festival director Peter Noble told the Sydney Morning Herald, confessing, "It has taken over three years to get the very in-demand Patti Smith confirmed." It sounds as if all those negotiations were worth it, given the special nature of Patti's performance: She'll play the entirely of her debut album Horses, first released in 1975. 

Of course, that's not all that's happening for Patti in 2017. Two separate projects based on her life are due to wrap filming—the first, a serialised adaptation of her memoir, and the second, a feature-length film about her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe.

See the full lineup here.

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