ON STAGE: American rock singer Iggy Pop fronting the Stooges performing on Australia Day at the Big Day Out concert at the Sydney Show Grounds, Homebush, Sydney, on January 26, 2006.
ON STAGE: American rock singer Iggy Pop fronting the Stooges performing on Australia Day at the Big Day Out concert at the Sydney Show Grounds, Homebush, Sydney, on January 26, 2006. DEAN LEWINS

Iggy pops for Bluesfest 2019

JAMES Newell Osterberg Jr, also known by his stage name Iggy Pop, the 'Godfather of Punk', will grace the Bluesfest stage in 2019.

The American singer will be about to turn 72 by the time he goes on stage at the 30th Bluesfest Byron Bay, but age has never been a problem for the energetic performer.

Considered by many to be one of the pioneers of punk and metal rock music, Iggy Pop is known for his wild stage antics and as the front man for the band The Stooges, a group that had a major influence on the punk scene of the 1970s.

Iggy Pop's music has encompassed a number of styles over the course of his career, including garage rock, punk rock, hard rock, art rock, new wave, jazz, blues, and electronic.

Some of Iggy Pop's most popular songs with The Stooges are Search and Destroy and I Wanna Be Your Dog, plus his solo hits Lust for Life, The Passenger, and Real Wild Child (Wild One).

In 2010, The Stooges were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Lately, Iggy Pop has been busy on Instagram making his pet cockatoo, called Biggy Pop, insta-famous.

Last October, the artist also launched a new version of Christmas song Silent Night as part of actor William Shatner's new holiday album.

The artist will be coming back solo to Byron Bay after playing with The Stooges in 2013.

Other artists announced today by the music festival are Nine-time Grammy Award winner Norah Jones, R&B blues Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Irish singer Imelda May, popular big band Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Archie Roach, Melbourne Folk-Pop duo Pierce Brothers, Aussie Blues band Backsliders and Grammy Award-winner Fantastic Negrito.

Also added to the line up are South Carolina Blues rockers The Marcus King Band, Zimbabwean born and Melbourne based singer-songwriter Thando, Australian Alt Country-Rock duo Little Georgia, Yorta Yorta singer-songwriter Benny Walker, and 24-year-old Noongar man Dallas Woods.

The artists join the previously announced line ups, including Jack Johnson, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Paul Kelly, Hozier, Ray La Montagne, Julia Stone, Gary Clark Jr, Mavis Staples, Kasey Chambers, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Keb' Mo' and others.

  • The 30th Bluesfest Byron Bay will be held from Thursday, April 18 to Monday, April 22, 2019. Visit bluesfest.com.au for details.

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