We can’t wipe the smiles off our faces here at Bluesfest central, not only have we just delivered the earliest announcement in the history of the festival, we have been inundated with positive responses from the media, facebookers, tweeters and our loyal Bluesfest members.
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The verdict is in!

& Why you should buy your tickets NOW!

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We can’t wipe the smiles off our faces here at Bluesfest central, not only have we just delivered the earliest announcement in the history of the festival, we have been inundated with positive responses from media, facebookers, tweeters and our loyal Bluesfest members.

It makes us so happy to share our love of music with you all and we can’t wait to keep rolling out the announcements! Keep reading to find out just some of the feedback from our first artist announcement for 2016.

Also keep on reading for an update on when Single Day Tickets will become available and more information on our great Time to Pay payment plan which is on offer NOW! We are all about giving you options here at Bluesfest!



Media Moments:

“The First Bluesfest 2016 Line-up Is Here, And It’s Incredible.” TONEDEAF

“True to his word, Noble has provided an eclectic mix which includes exclusive appearances from The National, Joe Bonamassa and UB40, alongside big names such as City and Colour and The Cat Empire.” ROLLING STONE AUSTRALIA

“Best of all, these 15 hugely talented artists and musicians gracing the first mighty Bluesfest 2016 announcement are just the first wave of what will ultimately be a veritable army of talented musos, who’ll be wowing and rocking crowds in Byron Bay next Easter.” TONEDEAF

“They promised they would shake things up in 2016, and by gum, they have. The first Bluesfest lineup has just landed, revealing that next year’s festival will be led by none other than The National. Joining The National on the monster bill for the 27th annual Byron Bay event will be legends UB40 and City And Colour, as well as a selection of some of the other hottest acts in blues, folk, soul, jazz, and roots music around today like The Cat Empire, Allen Stone, Joe Bonamassa, Shakey Graves and more.” MUSIC FEEDS

“It only wrapped up its 2015 event a few months ago and the organisers of Byron Bay's annual music festival Bluesfest have bounced back bigger than ever by releasing the massive first round of artists set to hit the stage in March 2016.” THE MUSIC

“Bluesfest Release Star-Studded First Line-Up For 2016.” THE MUSIC

“It’s like Christmas in July. Bluesfest today has made its first lineup announcement – the earliest announcement in the history of the event. BLANK GC

“Byron Bay’s annual Bluesfest has just revealed the first release of artists that will feature on the 2016 lineup, and it looks like it’s setting up to be a killer!” NOTEY

Following Facebook:


100,000's of people worldwide are talking about our first artist announcement on Facebook - see what just some of them have to say:

“Thank you thank you for putting on two of my requests - Janiva Magness and St Paul and the Broken Bones!!!" Cath Butler - President of Blues Association of South East Queensland.  

“Perfect first announcement!” 


“First announcement, and I am there! (Tedeschi Trucks and Joe Bonamassa)” 


"we have to go!!! City and Colour!!!!"

“A lot of goodness right there and it's only the first announce!!!!” 

“Love the artwork... Splendid. Awesome to get a 1st announcement this early. It's always nice to be festing it come Easter time...”

“Shakey! Fantastic!” 

"Omfg city and colour buying a ticket right now"

"The National are awesome. Their show at the Sydney Opera House forecourt was amazing. One on my wishlist ticked."

"St. Paul & The Broken Bones are gonna bring it Byron Bay!!"  

“TTB coming out again. Worth the trip just for Derek, Susan and the band ... Locking this in!!!!!!!

“looks like another trip to Byron”


“You've hit it out of the ballpark with TTB AND Bonamassa!! Well done.

“I will go with you. Bluesfest is one of my favourite festivals. And City and Colour is one of my favourite bands.”

“Woohoo! Tedeschi Trucks band and Cat Empire! So glad I bought early bird ticket as usual!

“Nice one Bluesfest!!”

“Holy Crap! This is shaping up to be freaking amazing! Joe Bonamassa and Tedeschi Trucks Band! I'll be in guitar heaven!”

“AND CITY AND COLOUR MY HEART CANT HANDLE THIS!!!!!!! The Cat Empire and Tedeschi Trucks Band! THIS IS GREAT!!!!!”

“ma man Allen is playing... I have no choice but to go” 

Source: Bluesfest Facebook Page

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Our Twitter feed has also been alive since the first announcement, here is just a snippet:

allen stone AND UB40 in the same place? why not MY continent? (Twitter follower from New York)

So @The_National have been announced for @BluesfestByron and I think I am going to cry.

So both @cityandcolour and The National at @BluesfestByron 2016? Count me in!

 @DerekAndSusan @JBONAMASSA @BluesfestByron I am one happy girl this morning!!! #Bluesfest2016 is off to a good start, keep 'em coming!

Pumped like a blow up mattress for the first release @BluesfestByron luuuuuuurve me some superb @thecatempire #gods

Can't wait to see Songhoy Blues. Music On Exile is one of this year's best guitar records.

@DerekAndSusan @BluesfestByron That has made my day, week and year all rolled into one, bring on Easter Whooo Hooo


@timberandsteel The best thing about the @BluesfestByron first artist announcement? @RhiannonGiddens is coming to Australia!

The National at @BluesfestByron!!? I HAVE to go!

@rollingstoneaus Going out early and going out big... @BluesfestByron have just announced the first run of artists for 2016!

Source: Twitter

Forum Feedback


 'Great first announcement for me. Joe & Derek returning for the fest is sublime & Robert Randolph with the Dickinson boys will be something not to miss. Also fantastic selection of bluesfest first timers. Thanks Peter & the team'

'Very excited by Rhiannon Giddens inclusion.'

'Great first announcement, especially as it includes music I have discovered in the last year like Rhiannon Giddens. St Paul & The Broken Bones & Songhoy Blues. The Word has been on my bucket list for ages...and the welcome return of Joe, Tedeschi Trucks  Thanks Bluesfest'

Source: Bluesfest Forum

Update from Bluesfest Ticketing


Have your heard of our Time to Pay option?

We like to give you options here at Bluesfest and that is why we have brought back the ever so popular time to pay payment plan. If you cannot afford to purchase your tickets in one go, the Time to Pay option means you don’t have to miss out!

Actually it gets even better, by the time you have paid off your Time to Pay tickets more artists for 2016 will be announced and prices will also be significantly higher, but you will have avoided any price rises- winning!!!

Time to Pay gives you the freedom to pay your tickets off over 3 months and 4 easy payments. Time to Pay is available for a limited time only, so make sure you get in now!

Find out more about Time to Pay here

Single Day Tickets available from Tuesday 4th of August 9am AEST 

Since our first artist announcement, many of you have been asking when we will be going back on sale with Single Day Tickets and the good news is, they will be on sale from Tuesday 4th of August from 9am AEST.

Single Day Tickets will start off between $159 and $179 p/p. Single day Buddy packs and Four Packs will also be available.

Buy tickets now!

5 Day & 3 Day Tickets:


You may think that going to Bluesfest for the entire 5 days is too long for you, that you get too exhausted, that the fantastic music and wonderful people around you will get too much, but one thing you can’t take away from the 5 day ticket is the value for money.

There is nothing better than the 5 dayer. It does not only reduce the daily price to $105 per day ($525 total), but it gives you the opportunity to really chose who you want to see and also allows for you to have some time out (without feeling guilty that you are missing out).

Even if you don’t arrive until Thursday evening or decide to leave on Monday – you are still getting the best value for your dollars!


More INCREDIBLE (yes, incredible) Artists will be announced over the coming weeks and securing your ticket now will also secure the best rate available. 5 day tickets will continue to rise in price as will the 3 days and when the single day tickets go on sale they will be upwards from $159 p/p .


It’s almost as good as the 5 dayer and it’s perfect for those of you who cannot get away from work or home life more than 3 days. You will get to see major headliners perform and certainly will get into the real Festival groove over that period. A 3 day ticket (Thu/Fri/Sat or Fri/Sat/Sun or Sat/Sun/Mon) sets you back only $127 per day right now ($380 total), but will not be at that price for a long time. Fri/Sat/Sun tickets are very popular, so if you know you can only come on those 3 days (or the others for that matter) lock in your 3 day festival experience now. You won’t regret it.

Check all ticket prices here!

We look forward to welcoming you to Bluesfest in 2016