Byron Bay Bluesfest

EVEN MORE ARTISTS ADDED + Extra travel options

14 March 2018

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Bluesfest is only 14 short days away, but we're still not done announcing artists...

Check out the amazing acts we’ve just added to the Bluesfest 2018 line up!

Citizen Cope  Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong  Hussy Hicks  Hayley Grace & The Bay Collective  Little Georgia  Miss Renee Simone  Bali Blues Brothers

Plus additional bus services to Tweed Coast including Cabarita and Kingscliff announced!
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Words from the Director

We love announcing more artists at Bluesfest! After 7 announcements for Bluesfest 2018, here is the last one and it’s a beauty.  It includes two international artists, one great Aussie Soul Blues Band, plus a whole bunch of Byron region artists who are showing the world we have a truly amazing music scene in the Northern Rivers. Artists like Hussy Hicks and Hayley Grace already tour internationally, and Miss Renee Simone and Little Georgia nationally, we are so proud of them... go locals.

The fun never stops, as we are already working on the very special 30th Anniversary Bluesfest for next year… let me tell you it’s going to be our biggest party ever!

The site is being built, the Buskers Competition has started and the buzz is palpable. Australia’s most highly awarded festival is about to roll into Byron Bay, I can’t wait.

Peter Noble OAM

Bluesfest Director
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Citizen Cope (Clarence Greenwood) is an American songwriter, producer and performer whose music is commonly described as a mix of Blues, Soul, Folk and Rock. Known as a gifted songwriter, Citizen Cope’s compositions have been recorded by artists as varied as Carlos Santana, Dido, Pharoahe Monch and Richie Havens.

He first made his mark with his single “Let the Drummer Kick” from his 2002 album Citizen Cope went Gold in the USA. In 2004 he released The Clarence Greenwood Recordings, which he also produced. Every Waking Moment followed in 2006 (also self-produced), which debuted at #69 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Citizen Cope plays Bluesfest on Thurs 29th, Fri 30th, Sat 31st March & Mon 2nd April

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all our exes live in texasThe most unique and sophisticated voice in contemporary retro soul today, Clayton Doley cut his teeth with legendary Sydney band, The Mighty Reapers and going on to form his own bands The Hands and The Organ Donors. Over the last fifteen years Clayton has played with a who's who of international artists such as Joe Bonamassa, The Divinyls, Dan Aykroyd, and Jackie Orszaczky - to name a few. A master musician, a killer boogie woogie piano player, a super funky Hammond player, and a remarkable singer/songwriter with a passion for creating new works that could have been recorded by the R&B greats from the 50’s and 60’s.

Clayton Doley’s Bayou Billabong play Bluesfest on Sun 1st & Mon 2nd April

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chainA band of accomplished and powerful women, Hussy Hicks have made a name for themselves locally and on the international stage the old fashioned way – by playing their music and connecting with audiences one passionate performance at a time.

Julz Parker is widely recognised amongst her peers as one of Australia's finest guitar players, with a tone and approach that sits stylistically between Jimmy Page, Peter Green, Django Reinhardt and Tom Morello. Leesa Gentz's powerhouse stage presence, soaring vocals and massive smile will steal your heart, have you hanging on every note and leave a tingle dancing down your spine.

Hussy Hicks play Bluesfest on Sat 31st March & Sun 1st April

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con brioHayley Grace is one of Byron Bay’s most exciting musicians. Joining her onstage for her first Bluesfest appearance is her energetic seven piece band, The Bay Collective.

Hayley has spent the last 15 years touring regularly up and down the East Coast of Australia, playing at festivals such as Splendour in the Grass and also supporting both national and international artists such as UB40, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger) & Phil Emmanuel.  Her soulful vibe and enigmatic on stage presence, make for an incredibly dynamic and powerful live show.

Together with some of Byron’s most talented musicians, she weaves true tales from a life on the road… an explosion of funk, reggae, soul and much more. Hayley's sets with The Bay Collective are going to be joyous celebrations of everything that is great about Byron music, don’t miss them. 

Hayley Grace & The Bay Collective play Bluesfest on Mon 2nd April

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mia dysonBluesfest is delighted to welcome Little Georgia back in 2018. Amongst a sea of rhythmic and raw guitar tones collaborators Ashleigh Mannix and Justin Carter deliver both beautiful harmonies and compelling lyrics which reveal the honesty in their own style of Folk/Rock music.  

Little Georgia are no strangers to touring and have spent the last 3 years on the road performing between Australia and North America including sets at AmericanaFest, Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, and Queenscliff Music Festival as well as a national tour support with American Grammy award winning artist Ryan Bingham.
Their lush voices and evocative lyrics will win them many hearts once again at Bluesfest this year.

Little Georgia play Bluesfest on Fri 30th & Sat 31st March

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shaun kirkMiss Renee Simone (MRS) will bring her luscious vocals to Bluesfest in 2018. MRS radiates the essence of her musical upbringing. Born of Jamaican parents in the UK, MRS was raised singing along to the family vinyl collection - vintage soul and jazz. Her teenage years were infused with the iconic beats of 90s RnB and the sultry tones UK electronica. After finding her tropical home in Byron Bay Australia, MRS brings all of the above with a twist of relaxation and sunshine.
Her songs are about what it means to be a woman and a mother. They are written based on a collection of interviews with women of all ages across the world and she sings the most common themes, like the drunken tricks of a manipulative man, the fire in the belly that motherhood brings, the sadness of our parent's generation who worked so hard for ‘the man’ they forgot to live, the art of letting a prospective lover know how to treat you and the stance that 'we get what we put up with.' 

Miss Renee Simone plays Bluesfest on Mon 2nd April

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caiti bakerBluesfest welcomes The Bali Blues Brothers to the festival in 2018. Their inimitable combination of Balinese music and traditional Blues through their original songs and unique take on classics are sure to leave you smiling.

Bali Blues Brothers play Bluesfest on Thurs 29th March & Mon 2nd April

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Bus service to Tweed Coast and Gold Coast announced for Bluesfest 2018!

An extended bus service has been announced for Bluesfest 2018! In addition to the buses that run each year from Ballina to Ocean Shores, JB Buses have added an additional service that will run from Pottsville to Chinderah stopping in Hastings Point, Cabarita, Casuarina, Kingscliff and Chinderah.
A bus service will also connect Bluesfest to the Gold Coast for the first time!
Click here for bus service info & timetables

Getting your tickets to Bluesfest 2018 has become even easier with the introduction of zipPay! Now you can immediately get tickets and add-ons including camping, tent motels, camping and VIP lounge access and pay for them later. We hope this makes it easy to get those last minute Christmas presents sorted. Also don't forget, you can print tickets at home, instead of waiting for them in the post.


Get your tickets now, fix it up later with zipPay

Front Row Seats will be set front and centre of our main stages in an intimate viewing area of only two rows, giving you unimpeded views of artists. 

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with the world’s most renowned musicians including Robert Plant, Lionel Richie, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and Michael Franti.
Forget camping out all day, with Front Row Seats you’re guaranteed the best vantage point in the house, all throughout the day! Beat the crowds as you groove to the Bluesfest beats in the ultimate comfort and style.

Front Row Seats are available for $300 per stage/per day
Numbers are extremely limited and will sell out quickly
Secure your Front Row seats while they last
How Front Row Seats Work

1. Check out our Playing Schedule above and decide which day stage (Mojo or Crossroads) you need to be front and centre at. If you already have your tickets you can go directly to the ticket buying portal and add on Front Row seats. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, you will need to purchase them for the relevant day before adding on Front Row Seats. 
2. Click here and select the state and day you can’t miss! For example: 


3. Show up on your chosen day and find your stage and enjoy the intimate viewing area of only a few rows. 
4. You will be given access from the time the gates open, we close, to the Front Row area on your pre-chosen stage.
Secure Front Row seats while they last
Have you organised your transport? Hire a car with Thrifty and save 10%

Thrifty are offering Bluesfest customers an exclusive offer of 10% off their SUV range.

Getting to the festival is half the fun, so why not make a road trip up to Byron with friends?

Book from one of Thrifty's many locations and enjoy the extra room, comfortable seats and experience the ultimate drive.
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Powering Bluesfest with Square

Heading to Bluesfest? This year you can pay via tap-and-go with cards, as all of the Bluesfest outlets are powered by Square. No more ATM lines.

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