19.9 C
Byron Shire
January 24, 2022

All-Australian announcement from Bluesfest

Latest News


Mick woke up this morning to a great epiphany. So, we’ve decided to forget all our activism, we’re going...

Other News

Can you volunteer to help Friends of the Koala in Lismore?

Lismore’s Friends of the Koala have been on the frontline of saving koalas for many long years and are looking for volunteers to help them keep the species alive.

Spice Palace: Fresh, local and made from scratch

Rob Cullinan and Duska Jefed are the couple behind Spice Palace. They lovingly make dips, tapenade, dukkah, harissa, chilli...

1,114 cases of COVID-19 in the Northern Rivers in last 24 hours

The Northern NSW Local Health District say that to 8pm yesterday, January 17, there were confirmed 1,114 new PCR cases of COVID-19.

Ocean Shores DA threat to biodiversity, say residents

A proposal to subdivide one lot (2,097m2) into three lots, and build two dwellings and three secondary dwellings, in densly forested riparian land in North Ocean Shores would create ‘Gold-Coast-style overdevelopment’, say residents.

SES issues Minor Flood warning for Lismore

Moderate rainfall across the Wilsons River catchment since Wednesday has caused significant river level rises along the Wilsons River and its tributaries, which has the potential to cause minor flooding along the Wilsons River at Lismore late Friday morning.

Boat people we are

We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’. The...

Tash Sultana performing at Bluefest. Photo Tree Faerie.

Byron Bay Bluesfest’s second artist announcement for 2021 is their first ever All-Australian announcement, and something to sing about.

Adding to the already impressive line up are some of Australia’s greatest artists including Tash Sultana and Ziggy Alberts, who are both playing on Easter Saturday, as well as National Treasure Kev Carmody.

Other artists just announced are Ian Moss, Hiatus Kaiyote, Russell Morris, Briggs, Kim Churchill, Mama Kin Spender and All Our Exes Live in Texas.

Bluesfest describes the line-up as a ‘top-shelf’ reflection of Australia’s best.


Bluesfest will be Tash Sultana’s only East Coast festival in 2021, and this time she’s bringing a band.

‘I’ve got to a point where the music I’ve written is beyond the capabilities of looping so I’ve decided to get a backing band to play the written parts live and I’m looking forward to performing them at Bluesfest next Easter,’ she said.

Ziggy Alberts. Photo supplied.

Ziggy Alberts will be playing all new material he has been creating in lockdown.

‘Stoked to be back at Bluesfest 2021! I love this festival and we had such a great time back in 2018.

‘I’m looking forward to coming out strong after some time away from touring,’ said Ziggy. ‘See ya’ll there!’

Kev Carmody’s new album, ‘Cannot Buy My Soul’ features guest appearances by Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers, John Butler, The Waifs, Tex Perkins, Troy Cassar-Daley and lots more – this could quite a jam!

Blues legends Ian Moss and Russel Morris are set to get the Bluesfest crowd roaring.

Ian Moss is best known as a founding member of Cold Chisel and is now also regarded as one of the best blues guitarists in Australia. He’s scheduled to perform directly before Jimmy Barnes on Easter Sunday.

‘We are going to tear the place apart,’ said Jimmy Barnes. ‘They’ll be a lot of great Australian bands and artists hitting those stages.’

Rock veteran and the original ‘real thing’ Russell Morris spectacularly re-launched his career when he released a trilogy of blues albums. Russell will play tracks from these and his latest album ‘Black and Blue Heart’.

Also on the bill is Yorta Yorta man Briggs, perhaps the most powerful rapper in the country.

Kim Churchill is not only a current triple j favourite, he’s also a Bluesfest Busking competition winner who went on to achieve national recognition.

A different kind of Bluesfest

Bluesfest director Peter Noble OAM.

Festival Director Peter Noble OAM said there are more exciting announcements to come.

‘We are setting ourselves up to put on another great Bluesfest albeit in a brand new way.

‘There will be challenges, and we expect to be presenting a festival with a lower capacity and potentially outdoors in order to have a safe event.

‘It is sad for us to see that a number of festivals will not go ahead,’ said Mr Noble. ‘However, we are working with government to present a safe event and be part of the return of live music in this country.

‘Whilst it is disheartening to hear that Woodford and Port Fairy Folk Festivals feel that the challenge of presenting is something they don’t want to take on right now, and which is totally understandable, it doesn’t mean that events cannot return, and I believe it is important for Bluesfest to be a part of that return and to help lead the way.’

Bluesfest is in regular communications with Government regarding the Bluesfest COVID-19 Safety Plan that has been lodged. The festival looks forward to updating everyone very soon with more information regarding their Safety Plan for a COVID-19 safe Bluesfest experience.

Bluesfest 2021 is being held from 1–5 April 2021. Tickets are on sale now.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Is it fair to ask what their ticket/stallholder refund policy for 2021 is ?

    We read that they (almost inadvertently) had insurance for pandemics in 2020; and this allowed people (ticket holders at least) to get refunds.

    What is the approach to refunds for the 2021 festival currently being promoted ?


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Boat people we are

We here in this country, now called Australia, need to be reminded that we started off as ‘boat people’. The First Fleet arrived (including my...

Israel and Palestine

As an apologist for Israel, Michael Burd (Letters, 12 January) conveniently ignores the harsh truth of Israel’s brutal oppression, while claiming there are two...

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

NSW COVID update on COVID deaths – vax stats and comorbidities

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet again opened his COVID update with condolences to families who have lost loved ones, and thanks to the  ‘inspirational work of our health workers'.