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With an eclectic mix of legendary performers and rising stars, the 35th anniversary of Bluesfest is gearing up to deliver an unforgettable showcase of artists.
‘It’s Bluesfest Byron Bay’s 35th Birthday next Easter, and as usual, we’ll be rolling out multiple artist announcements over the coming months, and our first one is today!’ said Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM.

Today has seen the announcement of Jack Johnson, Tom Jones, The Teskey Brothers, Matt Corby, L.A.B, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos, Tommy Emmanuel, The Dead South, The Paper Kites, Drive-by Truckers, Newton Faulkner, Steve Poltz, 19-Twenty, Taj Farrant, Erja Lyytinen, Harry Manx, Here Come The Mummies, Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong, Little Quirks, Hussy Hicks, Blues Arcadia, and RocKwiz Live. 

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‘Surfer, artist, filmmaker, humanitarian, and environmentalist Jack Johnson, who first played Bluesfest in 2001 as a virtually unknown artist, will return for one exclusive performance, the only one he is scheduled to play in Australia in 2024,’ said Mr Noble. 

‘Jack is one of the most loved artists to play Bluesfest, and with over 24,000,000 album sales since we first toured him, we can’t wait to welcome him back. Jack last played Bluesfest in 2019 on our 30th Birthday. 

‘Welsh national treasure Tom Jones has had over 100 million album sales, and 36 top 40 hits, including It’s Not Unusual, Delilah, Sex Bomb, Green, Green, Grass of Home, and so many more. The last time Tom Jones played Bluesfest was in 2016, and he had his manager personally contact Bluesfest to ask to return in 2024. We can’t wait!

‘There are so many other great Australian and International artists coming to perform, including the most requested artist to return to Bluesfest after their show-stopping 2022 performance: The Teskey Brothers.

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‘We also have favourites L.A.B., Elvis Costello, Peter Garrett, Tommy Emmanuel, first-timers and internet sensations The Dead South. Drive-by Truckers are returning after a 15-year absence from our stages. Returning by popular demand is 19-Twenty and so many more.

‘Special mention to wunderkind blues guitarist and singer Taj Farrant, who, at the age of 14 years, has almost one million Facebook followers and just secured the number one single on the iTunes Blues chart worldwide; he is going to be a superstar.

‘This is only our first announcement, with so many more to come. We have 3 and 5-day tickets that are now on sale; one-day tickets will be announced soon.

‘Please come and join us on our 35th Birthday for another memorable edition of Bluesfest Byron Bay.’

Bluesfest, held for five days in Byron Bay over the Easter Long Weekend, has been recognised as one of the Top 10 Festivals of the Decade by the industry bible, Pollstar. Pollstar has also nominated Bluesfest ten times in the Best International Festival category. 

Bluesfest has also recently been awarded gold for NSW North Coast Tourism Awards and won Gold for Best Festival or Event at the NSW Tourism Awards in 2022. 

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Bluesfest Festival Director Peter Noble said today, ‘These incredible artists are just the beginning: there is much more to come! Bluesfest 2024 will continue to announce exceptional artists throughout the year and in the lead-up to the festival.’

‘Those attending can look forward to fantastic music, stellar performances, and memories that will last a lifetime”. 

‘So, mark your calendars and join us for Bluesfest 2024, where we celebrate the spirit of live music.’. 

Bluesfest will occur over the Easter Long Weekend from 28 March to 1 April 2024. Tickets for Bluesfest 2024 are for sale via Moshtix on www.bluesfest.com.au/tickets/.

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