Words: Matt Innes
Elvis Costello & The Imposters will play sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne as part of their highly anticipated Bluesfest 2023 appearance.
Along with taking the stage for the 34th annual Bluesfest, Elvis Costello & The Imposters will perform at Sydney Opera House and Melbourne’s Palais Theatre in April next year, joined by guest guitarist Charlie Sexton.
It will be a victory lap of sorts for Elvis, who first performed live in Australia with the Attractions in 1978. The legendary singer-songwriter relays his deep fondness for Australia and the place it hold sin his heart after nearly four decades of touring here.
“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,” Elvis says.
“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.
“The Imposters will make their Sydney Opera House bow 39 years after I made my solo debut at that legendary venue.”
Among the most prolific songwriters of the 20th and 21st centuries, Elvis Costello has more than 600 published titles, including beloved hits like ‘Alison, ‘Pump It Up’ and ‘Everyday I Write The Book’.
2022 marks 45 years since the release of Elvis Costello’s first 45rpm record and his debut album, My Aim Is True.
“The Imposters and I are not bringing any vaudevillian contraptions with us on this occasion,” Elvis remarks.
“But we will be joined by our guest guitarist, Charlie Sexton and a stack of 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.”
Elvis Costello & The Imposters Bluesfest 2023 Sideshows
Sun 9 & Mon 10 April – Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Thu 13 April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Bluesfest takes place at Byron Events Farm (Tyagarah, NSW) 6-10 April 2023.
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