Bluesfest Byron Bay

Bluesfest have added six more acts to their 2023 bill and they don’t disappoint

October 8, 2022

As is tradition, more acts have already been added to the Bluesfest lineup and you can be sure it won’t be the last announcement before the festival kicks off over Easter in 2023. In a big name drop that will surely stir the attention of many a dad-rocker, The Doobie Brothers will be heading to […]

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A Spectacular Journey: Bluesfest finally returns to Byron Bay

April 21, 2022

The excitement was palpable as we crunched our way through mud and pebbles towards the 33rd annual Byron Bay Bluesfest. After two years of cancellations, the 2022 festival was not just a celebration of music but a true celebration of life and the joy of human connection. I’d had my first Bluesfest experience back in […]

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Dave Matthews Band: Why every Australian needs to see these Bluesfest headliners live

February 6, 2020

Whenever a Dave Matthews Band tour is announced in Australia – which has only been four times now in the band’s illustrious 29 year career – it’s often met with moments of confusion. A “Wait… Who?” response is vocalised, especially when the tour coincides with a headline spot on a festival like Bluesfest (which they’ll […]

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Tash Sultana joins Bluesfest’s Thursday night programming this Easter

March 9, 2018

Tash Sultana has been here, there, everywhere over the last year in particular and going by this news, the Melbourne muso isn’t slowing down. Sultana can now add Bluesfest headliner to her belt, today being added to the festival’s Main Stage to close it on Thursday, March 29th. She joins a special line up of […]

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Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters & José González bound for the Sydney Opera House

October 15, 2017

The Sydney Opera House is set to host two incredible vocalists next March, with Robert Plant and José González each stopping by for unmissable headline performances alongside their Bluesfest festival appearances. Bringing his band The Sensational Space Shifters to the Concert Hall, Plant will be treading the stage twice, taking the crowd through his extensive career with Led Zeppelin […]

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A handy playlist to guide you through the first official Bluesfest 2018 announcement

September 19, 2017

The first Bluesfest announcement dropped today, with some impressive names from Australia and abroad named as being Byron Bay bound next Easter. Leading the roster is Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters, while the likes of Lionel Richie, Tash Sultana, The John Butler Trio and more all set to appear. Bluesfest will once again be taking place at the Tyagarah […]

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Bluesfest Byron Bay celebrates 28 years in style at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over Easter Weekend

April 21, 2017

Bluesfest Byron Bay had such a variety of performances in five tents over five days that it can be difficult to catch it all. With five stages running between 11am and midnight so there is a lot going on. John Goodridge lists a few highlights from his visit. Patti Smith and her band perform Horses Patti Smith […]

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Devon Allman (St. Louis) chats about latest album, Ride or Die, and Bluesfest

April 20, 2017

Devon Allman is in Australia playing for Bluesfest with a couple of sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne. John Goodridge caught up with him backstage to chat about music making and recording his latest album Ride or Die”. How have you been enjoying Bluesfest? I say it on the mic and I really do mean it, […]

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Remi talks creative development and making music primed for an artistic revolution

March 18, 2017

The next few months are going to prove exciting and fruitful for Remi and Sensible J. The duo are heading to Adelaide for a show – literally – on the river for the Adelaide Festival, before continuing preparations for Bluesfest and then on from that, their UK return for the Brighton Festival with Kate Tempest. A new musical chapter also beckons, with […]

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Interview: Inside the mind of Bluesfest director Peter Noble

March 13, 2017

Bluesfest has been a staple on the Australian music scene for well over twenty years and director Peter Noble has been involved for most of that time. We had a chat with Peter on what motivates him and some of the reasons behind the success of the event. Let me start by asking how does your […]

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NAS added to Bluesfest line up alongside Busby Marou and more

March 8, 2017

A hip hop pioneer, an Australian country music legend and more have been added to the 2017 Bluesfest line up, while the full playing schedule has now also been made available! Joining on for the Easter Weekend festival is Nas, who will be joining up with New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels for an exclusive Australian […]

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Neil Finn added to Bluesfest line up alongside Remi, Playing for Change and more

February 22, 2017

As the countdown for Bluesfest continues to to wind down, the festival organisers have added a new round of names to the Easter Weekend event. In the wake of the various cancellations Bluesfest have suffered this year, headliner-wise, they’ve been making it up to punters with the addition of the likes of Neil Finn, Remi and more […]

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Courtney Barnett joins Bluesfest’s Easter Thursday line up

January 22, 2017

Following on from the announcement that Courtney Barnett will be performing her only scheduled theatre show for the year in support of Patti Smith and Her Band in Melbourne, Bluesfest has now revealed that the Melbourne songwriter and performer will be heading to Byron Bay for a special festival show on Easter Thursday this year. 2016 was […]

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Barry Gibb cancels 2017 Australian tour dates, including Bluesfest headline spot

December 20, 2016

Bluesfest takes another hit with Barry Gibb becoming the latest artist to cancel his trip to Australia for the festival. Following on after Neil Young‘s cancellation, the iconic Bee Gee has today announced that due to ‘international commitments’, he has had to cancel his entire Australian and New Zealand tour. Rescheduling of the tour isn’t possible at the moment, so […]

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Mary J. Blige confirms headline shows for Melbourne and Sydney in 2017

November 24, 2016

Mary J. Blige – absolute queen. With a career that has been littered with successes and an influence on R&B and hip hop that is well known and well respected, to have this icon heading out our way for Bluesfest next year is a tour we’re incredibly excited for. Today, Bluesfest Tour has confirmed that Mary […]

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Madness, Rhiannon Giddens, Miles Electric Band amongst latest Bluesfest additions

November 8, 2016

There’s a few more surprises in store for Bluesfest Byron Bay fans yet, with more announcements still on the way but this morning, the organisers have doled out a few more names to keep it all pushin’. On today’s bill, Bluesfest welcomes the likes of Madness,  Rhiannon Giddens and the Miles Electric Band to the party, while Patti Smith and her […]

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Barry Gibb confirmed as equal Bluesfest Byron Bay headliner for 2017

October 9, 2016

Adding some more flavour to the 2017 Bluesfest Byron Bay line up is the addition of Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb as an equal headliner on the bill alongside Neil Young + Promise of the Real. The only surviving member of the band, Gibb will be in Australia performing for the first time in a decent while, with his new […]

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Neil Young + Promise of the Real join Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017

October 4, 2016

A huge reveal for Bluesfest Byron Bay this morning with the iconic Neil Young + Promise of the Real set to join the line up next April, playing an epic three hour set out in Byron Bay. Joining an already stacked line up of international players, this addition has made the idea of spending Easter Weekend out at the Tyagarah Tea […]

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Santana and The Doobie Brothers join the 2017 Bluesfest line up!

September 29, 2016

Bluesfest Byron Bay has dropped another lil artist announcement on us this morning, with the confirmation that the legendary Santana (with full band) and The Doobie Brothers will both be on the festival line up over Easter weekend 2017. More announcements are still to come, but as Bluesfest continues to roll on towards its next, this one is a […]

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Music Video of the Day: Gallant ft. Jhene Aiko “Skipping Stones” (2016)

September 29, 2016

One of our favourite songs of this year now has a film clip, yes. Gallant and Jhene Aiko‘s gorgeous “Skipping Stones”, produced by Adrian Younge and Stint for Red Bull Sound Select, sees the former locked up in the boot of a car by Aiko in this slick music video directed by American Millennial. Switching between the perspectives of both vocalists, the clip […]

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The Zac Brown Band confirms Australian headline dates for April 2017

September 23, 2016

It’s been two years since we last saw them, but boy are we glad that the Zac Brown Band will be returning to our shores! Not only are they confirmed as one of the headliners for the 28th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest next year, but they will be having two special shows in Sydney and Melbourne. With […]

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Mary J. Blige and Corinne Bailey Rae lead strong second artist reveal for Bluesfest 2017

September 22, 2016

Thank you, Bluesfest lords. The second announcement for the 2017 event is here, with some of our favourite internationals set to come through Byron Bay for some special shows over the Easter weekend. Mary J. Blige, Michael Kiwanuka, Corinne Bailey Rae and more have been announced today on the Bluesfest bill, as tickets for the multi-day festival continue to […]

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Patti Smith, The Lumineers, Bonnie Raitt, Snarky Puppy & Andrew Bird lead first Bluesfest sideshow announcement!

September 19, 2016

New week, new tours. The 2017 Byron Bay Bluesfest has come out with their first round of sideshows and as far as initial touring announcements go, they’ve done pretty well, with the likes of Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt and The Lumineers locking down some impressive Australian headline shows. South Australians and Queenslanders miss out on this round of announcements unfortunately, with the artists […]

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Patti Smith, The Zac Brown Brand & Buddy Guy lead Bluesfest Byron Bay 2017 announcement!

August 23, 2016

Talk about a way to wake up on a Wednesday morning: for another year, the Byron Bay Bluesfest has delivered its first artist announcement and it’s another big’n. Confirmed to perform at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over the Easter long weekend next April are some of the most important names in contemporary music, including Patti Smith, who […]

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9 Unmissable Acts at this year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest!

March 24, 2016

We’re stoked to be spending Easter weekend out at Bluesfest, a return to the amazing Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm for another five day series of live music spanning a diverse array of genres. Featured artists represent for hip hop, jazz, blues, experimental and more, and below are just some of the fantastic talent we can’t wait to […]

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