Bluesfest 2018  got us ridiculously excited for with its first lineup announcement for next year, featuring iconic Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant playing solo and Led Zeppelin classics with his band The Sensational Space Shifters, along with other big names like Lionel Richie and Prince’s band The New Power Generation.

Now, Bluesfest Touring has announced that Plant will be playing a run of Bluesfest 2016 sideshows in Melbourne and Perth in April next year, alongside shows at the Sydney Opera House in March, while a range of other acts have revealed they’ll be touring as well.

Robert Plant brings his killer new solo work to Bluesfest 2018 sideshows

The New Power Generation, who played alongside the legendary Prince on his earlier releases before returning to record his final album, Hit n Run: Phase Two, are also heading to Australia for Melbourne and Sydney gigs in March, playing Prince’s hits from throughout his entire career.

Downtempo U.K. electronic outfit Morcheeba will be making their way to Sydney and Melbourne for Bluesfest 2018 sideshows too, as will Gov’t Mule, the Southern rock jam band originally formed as a side-project of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, who will be accompanied by fellow rockers Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Pre-sale for all shows begins this Wednesday October 18 at 10am, with the general sale tickets available from 10am on Friday October 20.

Prince’s own New Power Generation will pay tribute to the legend

Check out the full list of Bluesfest 2018 sideshows below, and keep an ear to the ground for more announcements from this year’s stacked Bluesfest lineup, which already includes a host of great local names like John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana along with other big internationals including Chic with Nile Rodgers and First Aid Kit – you can find the entire first lineup right here.

The first Bluesfest 2018 sideshows

Pre-sale from 10am AEDT Wednesday 18 October / General sale from 10am AEDT Friday October 20

The Palais’ Optus Perks presale begins now, and runs until 9am Wed October 18.

Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters

Sun 1st & Mon 2nd April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

ticketmaster.com.au (136 100)

Sun 8th April – Riverside Theatre, Perth

ticketek.com.au (13 28 49)

Mon 26th & Tue 27th March – Sydney Opera House

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Also playing Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018 on Friday 30 March

The New Power Generation – celebrating Prince

Mon 26th & Tue 27th March 2018 – 170 Russell, Melbourne 7pm

bluesfesttouring.com.au (02 6639 9800)

Wed 28th March 2018 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney 7pm

ticketek.com.au (13 28 49)

Also playing Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018 on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March

Morcheeba

Thu 29th March 2018 – Metro Theatre, Sydney 7pm

ticketek.com.au (13 28 49)

Fri 30th March 2018 – 170 Russell, Melbourne 8pm

bluesfesttouring.com.au (02 6639 9800)

Also playing Bluesfest Byron Bay 2018 on Sunday April 1st and Monday April 2nd April

Gov’t Mule with Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real

Mon 26th March 2018 – Metro Theatre, Sydney 7pm

ticketek.com.au (13 28 49)

Tue 27th March 2018 – The Corner, Melbourne 7pm

bluesfesttouring.com.au (02 6639 9800)

Gov’t Mule are also playing Bluesfest Byron Bay on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 March

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real also play Bluesfest Byron Bay on Thursday 29 March, Saturday 31 March, Sunday 1 April and Monday 2 April