Following the recent news about The Black Keys dropping out of Byron Bay’s annual Blues and Roots Festival – due to drummer Pat Carney suffering a serious shoulder injury – the festival has been left in dire straits finding a replacement. Thankfully Australia’s rock ‘n’ roll heroes British India are game enough to fill their boots and are now set to play the main stage on Friday night. What legends.
The show will be their first at Bluesfest and will follow the release of their fifth album Nothing Touches Me, which dropped mid-March. Festival director Peter Noble has made a statement saying: “Whilst I attempted initially to get an international artist to replace The Black Keys, who pulled out due to issues with drummer Patrick Carney’s shoulder injury less than 2 weeks before the festival, we weren’t able to get a suitable replacement in time and have the visas issued.”
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Thankfully British India are a killer band live and are more than capable of filling the void of The Black Keys and the massive hole that they have left on the rock ‘n’ roll front of the festival. Following their performance British India will embark on a massive national tour in support of Nothing Touches Me, so if you don’t have Bluesfest tickets, be sure to catch them at a show. Tickets and details are here.