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REAL THING: Lauryn Hill will return to Australia for the first time since 2014 to perform at Bluesfest this Good Friday.SOUL INJECTION Byron Bay’s Bluesfest strengthened their line-up again on Thursday by adding ‘90s R’n’B icon Lauryn Hill to theEasterfestival. The USartistis famous for her time with The Fugees, that spawned hits like Killing Me Softy and her neo-soul classic solo recordThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.Hill performs on Good Friday and joins a line-up ofRobert Plant, Lionel Richie, Kesha, John Butler TrioandSheryl Crowe.

GUITAR MAESTRO Phil Emmanuel will introduce his new band to Newcastle audiences when he performs at the Wickham Park Hotel on February 9. The guitar legend’s latest band featuresChontia (vocals), ParrisMacleod (keyboards), Garry Ward (bass) and Tom De Voss (drums) and will perform songs from Emmanuel’slatest album, The Best So Far. Sydney blue-rockers Bounty Hunters will provide support.

LEARNING TOURCanberra indie-folk band The Gypsy Scholarsreleased new singleCold Handson Friday from their forthcoming debut EPand to celebrate they willplay the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel on February 2.

ROCK EXPERIMENT Blues-rocker The Amanda Emblem Experiment playsthe Stag and Hunter Hotel on Saturday to support her debut EPBitten By Love.All the tracks are linked by a similar lyrical theme.

CELTIC CABARETSpiegeltent Newcastle will feature a Celtic-folk make-over after Scotland’s Breabach were announced for the three-week cultural showcase.Traditionally Speigeltent has featured mostlycabaretacts, such as this year’s headliner Blanc de Blanc, who was the creative mind behind Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour.Breabach play at Spiegeltent on April 3.