A musical feast awaits you at Bluesfest and whether your preferred flavour are the legends, blues and roots, contemporary or blue-eyed soul, we can’t wait to share this delicious musical gumbo with you next Easter, which is only 4 ½ months away. Wow!
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A musical feast awaits you at Bluesfest and whether your preferred flavour is the legends, blues and roots, contemporary or blue-eyed soul, we can’t wait to share this delicious musical gumbo with you next Easter, which is only 4 ½ months away. Wow!

Check out our new look poster above, which shows the artists we have announced so far, grouped into their main genres which make Bluesfest what it is: A unique festival of great choice!

As you can see by the below comment we received on our Facebook page this week, we are already exciting people worldwide with our line-up for Bluesfest 2016!

"Congratulations to the organisers of Bluesfest which is now one of the most prestigious music Festivals in the world . I have friends travelling from the UK and the USA to attend 2016 Bluesfest - They have been to Glastonbury and some of the biggest in Nth America - they are stunned by the quality of the lineup you offer - can't wait for the next announcements“ Robert Gregg

Of course our new look poster will continue to grow, as we still have plenty of announcements to come but as Bluesfest fastly approaches, ticket allocations continue to sell out and are replaced with more expensive allocations. Get in now and don't miss out!

Bluesfest Tickets for Christmas


Lay-by option still available but hurry!

The Christmas Ticket lay-by option is running hot! Purchase your tickets by Thursday 19th of November and with 3 easy payments, have them all paid off in time for Christmas. Bluesfest Tickets make the most wonderful Christmas presents and you don’t have to go into busy shopping malls to buy them. Bluesfest Tickets are available 24/7 from the luxury of your own home.



A musical feast awaits at Bluesfest, so pick your flavour, or have them all!


Bluesfest is very proud to be bringing some of the biggest names of the Soul revival scene making a mark in the US and UK to Australia next March. These artists are rediscovering the classic southern soul and stax music of the 60's and 70's and making it their own.

Allen Stone

Fun fact: Allen Stone started singing at the age of 3 in his father’s church!

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Fun fact: S.O.B is the song these guys performed on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and went viral not long after! 

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Fun fact: There are whispers of a new album for these Southern Soul dynamos in 2016!


There is no shortage of legends on the Bluesfest bill announced so far for 2016 including Jackson Browne, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue in a Bluesfest exclusive, the one and only Melissa Etheridge, Taj Mahal coming to Australia solo for the first in over 20 years and Americana artist Steve Earle with The Dukes. Not to mention The Residents bringing their quirky avant – garde performance of Shadowland to Bluesfest and these absolute legends below!!!

Brian Wilson performs Pet Sounds & His Greatest Hits at Bluesfest

Fun fact: In 1995 MOJO Magazine declared Pet Sounds the No. 1 Greatest Album ever.

Tom Jones

Fun fact: Sir Tom Jones has just released an autobiography; Over The Top And Back.

The Wailers

Fun Fact: The Wailers will be performing four classic albums in entirety over four nights at Bluesfest; Exodus, Survival, Uprising and Legend!


Joe Bonamassa

Fun Fact: It has been six years since we have seen Joe Bonamassa at Bluesfest and he is performing exclusively at the festival!

Rhiannon Giddens

Fun Fact: Rhiannon Giddens is a founding member and lead singer of Grammy winning band, Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Sturgill Simpson

Fun Fact: Sturgill Simpson won  Artist of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2015 Americana Music Association Awards.

There are many other Blues and Roots stars making their way to Bluesfest next year not to mention a dash of Americana, Ska and Rock including The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jason Isbell, The Word, Grace Potter, The Selecter, Shakey Graves, Lucky Peterson, Tweedy, Janiva Magness, Songhoy Blues, Lord Huron, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Shooglenifty & Emdee!


Kendrick Lamar

Fun Fact: According to Billboard, Kendrick Lamar is a top contender for Album Of The Year at the 2016 Grammys for his latest album; To Pimp a Butterfly!

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Fun Fact: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds took out the ‘Best Album’ at the recent UK Q Awards for their latest album Chasing Yesterday!

City and Colour

Fun Fact: City and Colour, is the recording/ performing alias for Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green.

That isn’t all the contemporary artists we have announced so far for Bluesfest! Make sure you also check out The National, The Decemberists, The Cat Empire, Nahko and Medicine For The People, Vintage Trouble and Blackberry Smoke, and remember we still have more artist announcements coming your way!

Find out which day each of these awesome artists perform at Bluesfest right here with our new look playing schedule: