Byron Bay Bluesfest

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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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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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 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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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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Festival Review: The 27th Annual Byron Bay Bluesfest – Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm (24-28.03.16)

April 1, 2016

Five full days of music will wear even the most vehement live music fanatic thin. Byron Bay Bluesfest is always a big ask for those who are up to the task, but the ones who stick it out for the entire Easter Weekend are rewarded with some of the best, most profoundly satisfying live music […]

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Live Review: The Decemberists – Sydney Opera House (29.03.16)

April 1, 2016

To say I’ve been anticipating the return of The Decemberists for some time is an understatement. Since first seeing the Portland, Oregon group in Canada almost ten years ago, I’ve jumped at every chance to see the band live. When first in Australia for Big Day Out in 2010, I was lucky enough to catch […]

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Shakey Graves on returning to Australia, the effect LA has on his songwriting & more!

March 31, 2016

Shakey Graves. Easily a performer you must see live if you ever get the opportunity. With a tight band behind him, the Austin bred musician is becoming a name more and more people are switching on to when they want their Americana music delivered via a fusion of rich blues, rock n roll and folk. The […]

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Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real discuss growing as a live band, Something Real & more at Bluesfest!

March 31, 2016

Since 2009, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real have been touring and releasing music to an ever-growing fan base around the globe. For Nelson, music has been in his blood ever since a young age, touring with his father Willie Nelson early on, developing his own style along the way. The band, notable for performing […]

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Live Review: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Adelaide Entertainment Centre (30.03.16)

March 31, 2016

You know you’re getting older when the prospect of a punctual show beginning at 8:30pm sharp is actually as endearing as the artist themselves. I could be home by 11pm on a weeknight? Sign me up. Noel Gallagher returned to Adelaide last night with his band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, for possibly the only Bluesfest […]

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The Best of Bluesfest 2016 – our team names their picks of this year’s festival!

March 31, 2016

With this year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest in the bag, our team has returned back to Sydney and Brisbane full of highlights from the epic Easter Weekend of live music that brought together everything from hip hop to jazz, blues to country and almost everything in between. Larry, Andrew and Chris give us their picks of […]

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Grace Potter talks new album Midnight, fusing a pop element into new material & more!

March 30, 2016

Grace Potter returned to Byron Bay triumphant, bringing her new album Midnight to Bluesfest crowds and bringing it hard. Rocking out on stage throughout the Easter Weekend, the American musician came out swinging with this new material, showcasing more development within her musicianship and a brilliant new live show. Potter caught up with Larry backstage during the […]

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Eugene Hideaway Bridges on his love for Australia, Kasey Chambers & more at Bluesfest!

March 30, 2016

Legendary blues musician Eugene Hideaway Bridges sat down with us at Bluesfest this year to give us the lowdown on how this trip to Australia had been treating him so far! A favourite out this way, Bridges’ endearing and charming live presence brought rave reviews from punters who were able to catch him both at the […]

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Tom Jones and Brian Wilson headline as Bluesfest comes to a close for 2016

March 29, 2016

The fifth and final day of Bluesfest 2016 played heavy on nostalgia, with a double-bill headliner in Brian Wilson and Tom Jones, while some of the festival’s favourite returning acts kept the quality consistent throughout the day in the lead-up to a site-closing blues extravaganza by supergroup The Original Blues Brothers Band, who brought an […]

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Kamasi Washington (US) on the relationship between jazz & hip hop and more at Bluesfest!

March 29, 2016

Kamasi Washington‘s run of Australian shows recently, both headline, festival (for Bluesfest) and supporting Kendrick Lamar have earned rave reviews and have won the Cali jazz maestro a legion of new fans. His album The Epic demonstrated a music talent that took contemporary music fans by storm last year and with these live shows continuing to highlight […]

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Allen Stone on his return to Australia for Bluesfest and new album, Radius!

March 29, 2016

Bluesfest favourite Allen Stone enjoyed another successful run of shows out in Byron Bay over the Easter Weekend; an incredible live performer and a general great dude to deal with on and off stage, the AU caught up with the US artist to see what’s been happening since we last saw him. With a new album […]

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Ben Schneider of Lord Huron talks new material, advice for upcoming bands & more at Bluesfest!

March 28, 2016

Lord Huron have stuck out as one of the highlights of this year’s Bluesfest line up down in Byron Bay and it’s no wonder – a blistering live show littered with stage charm and an endearing presence that can only really be learned through years of honing their craft, the band won many new fans on […]

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Live Review: Cold War Kids + Mere Women – Metro Theatre, Sydney (26.03.16)

March 28, 2016

If you were to judge the success of a band solely on their name, it would be safe to say a Cold War Kids gig would probably be quite a drawn out, relatively uneventful experience. Luckily you tend to judge a band on their music and live capabilities, so in this case, Cold War Kids […]

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Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids talks new music, new members & the Blues at Bluesfest 2016!

March 24, 2016

Cold War Kids are back in Australia, hitting our festival scene once again with a killer live show at Bluesfest in Byron Bay overnight. Larry sat down with vocalist Nathan Willett on site at the festival to catch up on what’s been happening with the band since we last saw them out this way a few Falls Festivals ago […]

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Live Review: St. Paul & The Broken Bones + Alice Terry – Metro Theatre, Sydney (21.03.16)

March 22, 2016

Maybe I’m just a real music nerd but when I walk into a room, or in this case Sydney’s Metro Theatre, and see a full brass section, I know I’m going to be frothing later on in the night. Walking into the Metro and seeing the full stage set up of St. Paul & The […]

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Win a double pass to the biggest Australian festival of the year: Bluesfest Byron Bay!

February 16, 2016

Every year, Easter in Australia means one thing for music fans: Bluesfest. The annual Byron Bay festival bringing some of the finest acts from around Australia and the world to the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside of Byron – and this year the lineup is without question their finest in years. From the contemporary […]

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“The greatest strength this record has is also its greatest weakness…” – Noel Gallagher on High Flying Birds’ album three, challenging himself as a songwriter & more!

February 10, 2016

Noel Gallagher is roughly halfway through making his third Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album and so far, he’s fairly satisfied with the material that’s been flourishing in recent studio sessions. As a songwriter, Gallagher is approaching the creation of this new album in a way he’s not done before – entering the process empty […]

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Eagles of Death Metal, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band & more added to Bluesfest line up!

February 3, 2016

Once again, the team behind Byron Bay Bluesfest have gone and delivered. With only seven weeks to go before their 2016 event kicks off at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Bluesfest have named yet more artists to their expansive and impressive line up. Joining the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tom […]

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Peter Noble on the upcoming 27th Byron Bay Bluesfest & the formation of a diverse festival bill

January 19, 2016

Bluesfest celebrates 27 years on the Australian festival calendar in 2016 and this year, the Byron Bay affair has brought together possibly one of its strongest and diverse line ups yet. Featuring the likes of Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo, The National, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and more, the festival ignited conversation in 2015 surrounding the […]

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Modest Mouse lead latest Bluesfest artist announcement!

December 16, 2015

Bluesfest have continued to prove that they’re the festival that keeps on giving, today announcing their latest artist additions! 2016 is already going to be seeing the festival branch out and explore more genres outside the traditional blues and roots genre and this latest round of names is only a further testament to the fact […]

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D’Angelo set for Sydney Opera House show in March!

December 7, 2015

Easily one of the must-see artists of Bluesfest 2016, D’Angelo has now locked down a Sydney Opera House headline show for March that will be an unmissable event. With The Vanguard, D’Angelo will bring acclaimed record Black Messiah to the Concert Hall – an album that was long awaited and hell, did it live up […]

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The 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay lines up The “Original” Blues Brothers Band, Don McLean and more in latest announcement

December 3, 2015

The 27th Bluesfest Byron Bay has gotten bigger… again! Held over Easter (Thursday 24th March – Monday 28th March 2016), the festival has released another lineup chock full of artists that give precedence to its name: they are here to help represent the Blues! Added to the line-up is The “Original” Blues Brothers Band, Don […]

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Jackson Browne set for Bluesfest sideshows in Sydney, Melbourne & Auckland

October 14, 2015

2016 Bluesfest artist Jackson Browne has announced three headline shows to accompany his much anticipated festival appearance in Byron Bay, taking him to venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland next March and April. The trip out to this area of the world is Browne’s first since 2009 and set to join him on the tour will […]

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