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Bluesfest has certainly kicked it up a notch since we revealed the first round of artists who will be performing in 2017 last week!

The response from Bluesfest members, our online followers and the media has been nothing short of magnificent! We couldn’t be prouder to see all of the positive comments and the excitement for next year’s festival, you can keep reading to see just some of the highlights below!

And remember everyone, last week’s announcement was just the first of a series of spectacular artist announcements, so hold on to your hats and keep an eye on your inbox!!



Haven't purchased your tickets for Bluesfest yet?

We advise you to hop to it!

Ever since we unveiled the first round of artists coming to Bluesfest, tickets sales have been flying out the door!

We have set aside a limited allocation of tickets at the current price and once these have sold out, ticket prices will be significantly higher!

Remember: If a certain three day ticket takes your fancy, by all means buy it now, because should you wish to change the days later, you can still do so for no extra cost or upgrade fee- how flexible is that!

Already purchased tickets but want to upgrade to a Five Day Pass?

For those of you who have already locked in a three day ticket but have now seen the incredible line-up and want to go everyday (why wouldn’t you!) it is absolutely fine to upgrade to a five day ticket! You will just have to pay the price difference between a three day and five day ticket! Call our friendly team on 02 6685 8310 who can help you with this!

Would you like some ‘Time to Pay’ & Layby your tickets?

The very popular ‘Time to Pay’ Ticket purchase option is back! Pay off your tickets over the next 3 months, with 4 easy payments and make it a little easier on the finances. Plus, how good is this? By the time you have paid off your tickets, the majority of artists will be announced, and you will have avoided significant price rises. Click here for more info on how 'Time to Pay' works for you!


Check out some of the incredible feedback we have received since we announced the first round of artists coming to Bluesfest!!!


“Bluesfest 2017 Has Strongest First Announcement Ever” – Noise11

“Bluesfest has successfully blended its bill of veteran architects of the genre with a younger breed of artists who fuse everything from rock to hip-hop.” – News.com.au

Buddy Guy's exclusive performance is also a major win for BluesfestSydney Morning Herald

“Giddy up: Bluesfest has unveiled a huge first lineup for 2017” – Faster Louder

“One of the most highly anticipated dates on the Aussie festival calendar is the first Bluesfest artist announcement, and the fan favourite has come out all guns blazing with a massive 2017 line-up” – The Music

“And so it begins, blues, roots, rock, folk, and soul fans, the first round Byron Bay Bluesfest 2017 lineup announcement has arrived, bringing with it names as diverse and legendary as Zac Brown Band and Patti Smith.” – Tone Deaf

“absolute pearler” – fortemag

“The first Bluesfest 2017 announcement is an absolute ripper.” – doublej.net.au

“…kicked it off with one of their biggest announcements to date. And by big, we mean BIG! – mixdownmag.com.au


“Probably the strongest first line up announcement ever” 

“Buddy Guy Billy Bragg Trombone Shorty Mavis Staples and St Paul again!!!!! This is a HUUUUUUGE lineup already!” 

“!!!! Patti Smith!!! And the Lumineers!! AND St Paul and the broken bones!!! It's gonna be a big one!!” 

“Dumstaphunk........worth going just for them. Best live show I have seen.” 

“and I just saw Rickie Lee Jones too! Yeah baby. Great female acts coming along Bluesfest. Thanks” 

“wow what a lineup !!! Its going to be great !!!!!”



“A bloody totally staggering first announcement......one of the strongest in the history of this festival. Very strong female line-up already which bodes well. So excited and glad I bought my tix at this years festival.Thick as a Brick is my ringtone say no more. Congrats Peter and team on a magnificent first announcement. Well done can't wait for the next installments you have really wet my appetite” 

“I reckon this is a cracker of a first announcement. It's got a bit of everything for me but most importantly Trombone Shorty is back!!!!!! 

“Sep 1, 1998 Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane Dec 30, 2002 Bowery Ballroom, New York Apr 13, 2017 BLUESFEST!!!! PATTI SMITH!!! 

“This announcement brings a massive thumbs up from me. I look forward to catching Snarky Puppy in particular.  

“For me this is one of the best first announcements in years. Patti Smith and Jethro Tull along with buddy guy, mavis and Booker T.... top stuff  



A BIG Bluesfest congratulations to all of our competition winners below and thank you to everyone who entered the biggest Bluesfest competition ever!



The lucky winners will get to go on a backstage tour at Bluesfest and find out what happens behind the scenes!

Backstage tours will be held in a small group and go for 30 glorious minutes. We will advise the lucky winners of the time and meeting place for the backstage tour closer to the festival, approximately mid March.

Congratulations to our backstage tour winners!

Hannah Rebelo, John Roach, Rob Blatchford, Lorrice Stayte, Patrick Murphy



The 20 lucky winners of the VIP UPGRADE will get to enjoy the ambience of Bluesfest from the VIP Lounge Bar, relax on comfortable lounges, purchase premium drinks straight over the counter (no drink tickets necessary) and have access to extra restrooms. It's the ultimate chill out area, the perfect place to hang out with your friends and also enjoy the secluded garden area.

Congratulations to our VIP upgrade winners!

Dale Cumming, Brett Hay, David Moses, Therese Agren, Luke Hayward, Leigh Munnings, Fiona Ettles, Megan Sturges, Jodie Liddell, Patricia Lemos, Simon Maltby, Amanda Stuart, Deb Kloeden, Denise Forbes

Missed out on a VIP upgrade prize? VIP add on tickets are available to purchase!
Check out prices here.



Here are our 30 lucky winners of the $40 Bluesfest merchandise vouchers! Your vouchers will be emailed to you by late January and can be redeemed at the merchandise tent at Bluesfest 2017!

Congratulations to our merch voucher winners!

Christine Stores, Dell Johnson, Richard Smith, Ryan Wright, Caroline Peet, Pam Barrett, Colin Livesey, Paul Hobkirk, Loretta Sist, Robert Lawrence, Jacqueline Pritchard, Robert Cooper, Kate Brooks, Brigitte Zaghloul, Bridgitte Halton, Janette Grierson, Valerie Ericson, Lara Mitchell, Mark Southwell, Tijn Agerbeek, Stephen Lampard, Nerine Brimfield, Nicole Williamson, Suzie Kapeller, Amy Taylor, Terry O’Hagan, Vanessa Tokatly, John Philistin, Elio Rossi, Dean Parsons

Your friendly Bluesfest Team, who is always happy to take your call.

Ph. 02 6685 8310