You can’t keep a good festival down.
Just seven weeks after Byron Bluesfest was cancelled at the eleventh hour owing to a COVID scare, the event has bounced back with a new line-up featuring some of Australia’s most revered musical talent.
The October long weekend will see music legends Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly and Jimmy Barnes grace the stages at the Tyagarah site, alongside emerging legend Tash Sultana, and local favourites Ocean Alley (see full lineup below).
‘Who would have thought that just six weeks after the cancellation of Bluesfest last Easter by a Public Health Order less than 24 hours before our gates were due to open we would be announcing our re-scheduled festival, and a week later, today, our artists,’ festival director, Peter Noble said.
Midnight Oil are making their first appearance at Bluesfest in 19 years.
‘This is so special for me to announce – a moment I have been waiting years to happen,’ Mr Noble said.
‘Midnight Oil headlined Bluesfest in 2002, just before their extended hiatus.
‘It has always been my ambition to once again present the ‘holy grail of Australian artists’ at Bluesfest and I have approached them every year, redoubling my efforts since their reformation in 2017.
‘And now, to have Midnight Oil headline our opening night and launch their new album – it’s a dream come true.’
Coming off the back of a COVID-related cancellation in 2020, the last minute scratching of the festival by Public Order in April left tens of thousands of music fans across the country crying into their Easter bunnies.
It also had a devastating impact on thousands of people in the music and hospitality industries, who had signed up to help bring the festival to life.
Since then organisers have been flat-out behind the scenes to bring the event back to life.
For further information and to purchase a ticket, go to https://www.bluesfest.com.au
The Full Lineup
MIDNIGHT OIL PAUL KELLY TASH SULTANA JIMMY BARNES
OCEAN ALLEY ZIGGY ALBERTS
JOHN BUTLER XAVIER RUDD THE CAT EMPIRE
PETE MURRAY MARK SEYMOUR & THE UNDERTOW
KATE CEBERANO KASEY CHAMBERS THE WAIFS
THE CHURCH JON STEVENS
IAN MOSS THE LIVING END THE ANGELS
ROSS WILSON and THE PEACENIKS RUSSELL MORRIS
TROY CASSAR-DALEY BRIGGS
TEX PERKINS THE MAN IN BLACK
HIATUS KAIYOTE KATE MILLER-HEIDKE
WEDDINGS PARTIES ANYTHING
THE BLACK SORROWS THE BAMBOOS
CHAIN BACKSLIDERS ASH GRUNWALD
MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
VIKA & LINDA
JEFF LANG NATHAN CAVALERI
MICK THOMAS’ ROVING COMMISSION
KIM CHURCHILL HENRY WAGONS JK-47
GARRETT KATO MAMA KIN SPENDER DAMI IM
PIERCE BROTHERS EMILY WURRAMARA THE BUCKLEYS
FIONA BOYES & THE FORTUNE TELLERS
RAY BEADLE PACEY, KING & DOLEY
ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS
HUSSY HICKS ROSHANI DECLAN KELLY
DANIEL CHAMPAGNE LITTLE GEORGIA
LAMBROS. ROUND MOUNTAIN GIRLS
ELECTRIC LEMONADE PALM VALLEY
BYRON BUSKING COMPETITION