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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

THE REGIME

ELECTRIC LEMONADE     PALM VALLEY
BYRON BUSKING COMPETITION

 

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