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Elvis Costello & The Imposters Confirm 2023 Bluesfest Sideshows

14 September 2022 | 8:00 am | Dan Cribb

‘We are ready and look forward to seeing you there.’

(Pic by Mark Seliger)

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After being confirmed as part of the epic 2023 Bluesfest line-up, Elvis Costello & The Imposters have today unveiled three massive headline shows for April.

Following their appearance at the highly anticipated Byron Bay festival over the Easter long weekend, Costello and co will treat fans at Sydney Opera House on April 9 & 10 before venturing to Melbourne to play another iconic venue, Palais Theatre, on April 13.

“It’s been twelve years since our first appearance at the Byron Bay Bluesfest - when we shared an evening bill with Bob Dylan, and I got to sit in with Mavis Staples,” Costello said. 

“I see a number of friends and favourites are on this year’s bill, so who knows what thrills, spills and encounters may take place.

“There is nothing that jolts a show alive so much as a stack of strong new songs but we recorded The Boy Named If while locked away in our lairs and hideaways, so bringing those songs to the stage has made the hits and highlights of the songbook ring out anew.

“The Imposters will make their Sydney Opera House bow 39 years after I made my solo debut at that legendary venue.

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“We are bringing guest guitarist, Charlie Sexton with us, along for all our works and wonders for two nights at the Sydney ‘Work’ House before heading to Melbourne to play the Palais on this long overdue but all too brief visit to Australian shores.

“The very name of the venue probably should have got my attention when I first arrived in Melbourne in 1978, pursued by a press posse after a slight dust-up in Sydney. After all, the ‘Hammersmith Palais’ was my dad’s place of work for most of my childhood. It seems I am destined and disposed to return to venues called the ‘Palais’, like a homing pigeon or some other more tuneful bird. The proximity to the seaside and a fun-fair only adds the thrill.  

“The Imposters and I are not bringing any vaudevillian contraptions with us on this occasion, but we will be joined by our guest guitarist, Charlie Sexton and a stack strong recently recorded songs that have caused the hits and headlines of the repertoire to either ring out anew or fight for their place in the show. 

“We are ready as anybody can be and look forward to seeing you there.”

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Earlier this month, Elvis Costello & The Imposters were announced alongside Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Gang Of Youths and more for Bluesfest 2023.