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Some of the finest contemporary and legendary Blues, Roots, Soul, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, World and Americana music artists are confirmed to appear for the first original style Bluesfest since the world’s borders re-opened.

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM.

‘For the first time since 2019, Bluesfest is presenting a fully international festival experience like the legendary ones we did before the COVID-era,’ said Festival Director Peter Noble OAM. 

‘Whilst there are still plenty of Aussie artists listed in this first and upcoming announcements it is wonderful to once again in 2023, after four long years be able to bring back some of the greatest Blues, Roots, Soul, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, World and Americana artists (and so much more) back to our shores after so long. As well as, of course, the stars of tomorrow.

‘We have our largest number of artists ever listed in our first Bluesfest artist announcement… check it out, there’s more than 40 of them. It is such a stunning list for every Bluesfester.

Michael Franti

‘More good news is we’ve made the call to NOT increase our ticket prices. As always there’s a large allocation of tickets so everyone can experience the whole musical enchilada we are proud to be bringing to our shores,’ said Mr Nobel. 

‘A five-day season ticket at Bluesfest can be a life changing experience, and I promise you I will do my utmost best to present the greatest gathering of artists I can for our 34th Annual Bluesfest at Byron Events Farm over the Easter Long Weekend from April 6–10 next year. 

‘For those of you who’d prefer to ‘day trip’ or purchase a 3 day ‘long weekend’ ticket, we are currently working on scheduling the artists’ play dates, and we will be releasing these, as well as the 1 and 3-day tickets soon. Watch this space! It may just be a few short weeks away…

‘To all Bluesfest fans, artists, suppliers, contractors, volunteers and to my dedicated team – thank you so much for your belief and your support. Together we’ve endured a few hard years. It’s time to get excited… time to come out and play, and to enjoy an experience like no other.’

Beth Hart.

Line up so far

19-Twenty | The Barnestormers | Beth Hart [Exclusive] | The Black Sorrows | Bonnie Raitt | Buddy Guy | The Cat Empire | Chain | Christone ‘kingfish’ Ingram | Elvis Costello & The Imposters | Eric Gales [Exclusive] | Femi Kuti & The Positive Force | Gang Of Youths | Greensky Bluegrass [Exclusive] | Jackson Browne | Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit | Joe Bonamassa [Exclusive] | Joe Camilleri Presents A Star-Studded Tribute To The Greats Of The Blues | Jon Stevens | Kaleo [Exclusive] | Keb’ Mo’ | King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard | Lachy Doley And The Horns Of Conviction | Larkin Poe | Lp | Lucinda Williams | Marcus King | Mavis Staples | Michael Franti & Spearhead | Nikki Hill [Exclusive] | Robert Glasper | Rockwiz Live | The Soul Rebels & Friends With Special Guests Talib Kweli • Gza • Big Freedia | Southern Avenue [Exclusive] | Spinifex Gum Feat. Marliya | Steve Earle & The Dukes | Tash Sultana | Xavier Rudd

Elvis Costello

Satellite events

In the coming weeks Bluesfest will release more of the line-up, along with the artist play dates so that both day-trippers and 3-day ticket holders can make an informed choice.

Tickets are available now through Moshtix www.bluesfest.com.au/tickets.

Stand by for further announcements on two special satellite events happening in Melbourne and Perth, as well as side shows from some of this amazing line up. 


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