No images? Click here!

What you have all been waiting for:
Plus more news not to be missed!


Hello [Name,fallback=Friend],

Can you believe it? It’s now only 23 days to go until we open our festival gates and begin our 27th Bluesfest celebration.

Today, it's all about the Bluesfest app, which we are thrilled to announce will be free of charge this year! We have also added more artists to the lineup, so it's great news all around!

Tickets are flying out the door and we simply can't wait to welcome you!




Bluesfest is happy to launch the app for 2016.

Yes, you heard right -  ít's free and it’s available right now to be downloaded to your android and / or iphone.

You will be able to make the most of your Bluesfest experience with the free app which allows you to browse through all Bluesfest and Boomerang artists, learn more about this incredible lineup with bios and links to their socials pages for all the details!

App features will include (with more exciting additions to come so stay tuned!):

  • Daily Playing Schedule including a personal program creator with ALERTS (so you know to be where you want to be on time)
  • An event map, travel options and FAQs to help you navigate your way through your festival experience
  • Artist bios for each artist plus YouTube links
  • Live updates and special promos
  • PLUS SO MUCH MORE - you are gonna love it!



For Apple users you can download the app from the iTunes App Store here 

For Android users you can download the app from Google Play here 

If you already have the app downloaded on your device from the 2015 event, make sure you open it before this year's event to update to the latest version and start planning your 2016 festival experience! 

Please note that we will be also handing out complimentary programs and pocket playing schedules!


Artist Announcement!

Brotherhood of the Blues are coming to Bluesfest!

The Brotherhood of the Blues will be sharing their story and their love of the Blues with you this Easter.

The band is fronted by three talented young Aboriginal men with various disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism. Luke Murray, John Cieslak and Zac Paden started writing songs together as part of a music program held at RED Inc., a Lismore based disability support provider.

In late 2014, Brotherhood of the Blues caught the interest of renowned producer Anthony Lycenko who went on to record the Brotherhood of the Blues self-titled EP at the legendary Studio 301 in Byron Bay in early 2015. 

Since the successful launch of this EP later that year, the Brotherhood of the Blues have been going from strength to strength with their unique and authentic brand of raw Australian Blues music.

Brotherhood of the Blues feature powerful and inspired vocals over a killer rhythm section featuring Harley Bodenham (guitar) and Vincent Bashford (drums) with keyboard and backing vocals performed by renowned music industry veteran Taya Oxley. The band’s tastes are drawn from Hip-Hop and Soul through to Delta Blues and beyond, therefore they have an inspired and eclectic sound.

Brotherhood of the Blues is all about heart and soul. Their friendship with each other and their passion for the Blues provide an amazing insight into the life of a person living with a disability and sharing their story through song writing, music and performance.

2016 is looking to be a big year for the band and it is an honour to have them perform at Bluesfest for the very first time this March.

Brotherhood of the Blues perform at Bluesfest on Friday 25th of March and Saturday 26th of March.

View Artist Profile


Also added to the Playing Schedule…

Grizzlee Train!

Also coming to Bluesfest in a matter of weeks is the 2015 Bluesfest Busking comp winners Grizzlee Train who hail from the NSW central coast and will be performing on the Juke Joint Stage at Bluesfest on Sunday 27th March.

Since officially launching in late 2013, this energetic pair have already won a stack of awards, shared the stage with some of Australia's finest blues and rock acts (The Angels, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly), and toured both nationally and internationally as part of the Kasey Chambers band – playing to sold out stadiums and theatres supporting the likes of Kenny Rogers and The Eagles.

In January 2016, they unveiled their second EP ‘Burned Him Again’, under the vision and guidance of award-winning producer Nash Chambers.

Grizzlee Train blend an old school core with sharp new-age kicks - a stripped back firing of raw energy and honest music. We welcome back one of Australia’s most exciting and energetic young acts!

View Artist Profile 


Last but not least don’t miss the Local Area High School Showcase at Bluesfest on Monday 28th March at the Delta Stage!



Check out the daily Bluesfest playing schedule! It sure is smoking hot!

View Playing Schedule including TIMES and STAGES!


Bluesfest is around the corner, get in the mood with this year’s amazing lineup on our Bluesfest mixtape sponsored by ING Direct.

Whether you are going to see a legend or a legend in the making, the Bluesfest Mixtape has them ready to inspire you before they go on stage in Byron Bay in March. 

From Modest MouseCity and Colour and The National, to Mick FleetwoodMelissa Etheridge and Lucky Peterson, Pandora has them and more ready to play to you for free. Just go to pandora.com, or download the Pandora app on your phone; put in any song, artist or genre, and start your unique music journey. 

Listen now!