As you are all aware - at Bluesfest we never sleep - and always have NEWS for you we wish to share, about our artists, announcements and of course up to the minute ticking info (hint they are selling VERY FAST!).
17 November 2016
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Bluesfest News + so much more!


Dear [Name,fallback=Friend],

We hope you had a wonderful weekend!

As you are aware - at Bluesfest we never sleep - and always have NEWS to share, about our artists, announcements and of course, up to the minute ticket info (here's a hint - they are selling VERY FAST!).

Our last 2 announcements have garnered a huge response from all Music lovers and here is a snippet.


Media moments

Music feeds – “The 2017 Bluesfest Line up just got even bigger, somehow”

Beat – “Bluesfest just keeps getting bigger and bigger”

Australian Guitar magazine – “Bluesfest adds bunch of guitar heroes.”

Following Facebook


Boab Glen - Eric Gales! That is incredible! Easily one of the finest axe men around today

Lindsey Thompson - OMG!... DAVY KNOWLES, this is incredible, I can not believe what a line up this it wrong to be more excited about this artist announcement than The Legendary Neil Young or Barry Gibb? I think not.....this announcement is top notch Blues. Now I'm pumped.

Garry Jacobson - You we talkin the blues . Great to see our best home grown guitar player Jeff Lang added. Excellent group of additions Bluesfest.

Ian Anderson Maybe.. just maybe the best line up ever..."Just saying,,”

Bluesfest Forum Feedback


tedhadson - Rhiannon Giddens was my highlight of 2016.

Space5279 - Really excellent announcement. Madness, Slightly Stoopid, California Honeydrops, Mountain Goats, The Record Company, Billy Bragg & Joe Henry....complete icing on the top!!! And of course the perennial return of TJW. And really looking forward to Miles Electric Band. How good will that be??? Along with Snarky Puppy, we can really get our jazz fusion fix!!!

madameshawshank - OK, now that announcement has put icing on the cake of the day....Glenn (Cardier) at Bluesfest was something else he returns...You know those stories you hear after a Bluesfest...oh I hear they/she/he were fabulous meant I missed out on..or I simply didn't get around to it...or or or or or....Now listen carefully dear reader.....get yourself to one (or both) of Glenn's gigs...your socks will be rocked off...superb musician, stunning band, and a delight on stage....What a treat of an announcement...thanks a zillion Bluesfest...

Playing schedule

No wonder, with a line up like below, so many music lovers will be coming to Bluesfest in 2017


Ticket update


Have you got your tickets in the bag? Then you can fly right past this paragraph BUT just in case you have not booked your accommodation yet and are tempted to camp at Bluesfest (the only place to be), we still have the famous and much loved Tent Motels available, since we were able to increase the allocation. Tent Motels (available to 5 day Festival and Camping ticket holders only) are the best place to stay! They are hassle and stress free. You arrive on site to a pre-set up tent, complete with an awning, carpet, 12v light and stretcher beds plus roll up windows. It's your home away from home, all you need to do is bring bedding.

2 Bed Tent Motel: $375 (one price for the entire time)
3 Bed Tent Motel: $415 (one price for the entire time)

*You will need to have a 5 day Festival and Camping ticket to purchase a Tent Motel

If camping is not for you, there are plenty of other options for accommodation in the local area and please check out our accommodation tips on our website here!


Time to pay/Layby

Our much sought after Ticket 'Time to Pay / Layby' option is still available. Paying off your tickets in 4 easy payments over 3 months, makes it easier on the budget. However, this option will run out very soon folks, as the Festival is fast approaching. Read more about ‘Time to Pay’ here!

To say we are looking forward to spending the next Festival with you, is an understatement – we are beyond excited to be celebrating our 28th Bluesfest with you, and are already counting down the days to Thursday 17th of April! It’s only 146 to go!


Bluesfest Artist Profile – Barry Gibb


We are so excited to be welcoming one of Australia’s most successful artists EVER to Bluesfest. Barry Gibb’s career is mind boggling - As a songwriter he’s has had No. 1 songs in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s 1990s and 2000s!

His band The Bee Gees has some famous fans including Michael Jackson who said I cried listening to their music. I knew every note, every instrument" and Beyonce who remarked “The Bee Gees were an early inspiration…We loved their songwriting and beautiful harmonies” as well as Brian May from Queen  who says "Of course I was, and am a huge fan of the Bee Gees' creations in music. Undoubtedly at the pinnacle of song-writing considered over the last—30 years”.

We can’t wait to see him perform hits like this one on Easter Monday! Join us won’t you?

How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
Live at the Grand Ole Opry


Boomerang Festival


Boomerang Festival needs you!

The much loved Boomerang Festival has been hit with cuts to funding for both arts and Indigenous programming. Why does it always happen to indigenous arts & cuture, whilst film and sport always seem to be supported by the current government?. Whilst Boomerang has a temporary home at Bluesfest, it needs upwards of $800,000 to become a stand-alone festival once again and a minimum of $200,000 to present at Bluesfest.


The ultimate goal for Festival Directors Rhoda Roberts AO and Peter Noble OAM is to make Boomerang Festival the foremost Indigenous arts and culture Festival in the world. The ambition is huge, but Peter, Rhoda and their team believe the time is right and Australia is ready to step out on the world stage and become known as the destination for authentic and quality Indigenous cultural exchanges.

This is where you come in, when you buy tickets to Bluesfest you can opt to make a donation to keep Boomerang Festival going. If you alredy have your tickets, but still want to make a contribution you can do so via the Boomerang website


Bluesfest Touring update:


Miles Electric Band, Nahko, Rhiannon Giddens and more added to the touring line up!

Bluesfest Touring adds another six highly acclaimed international artists to their already massive touring roster for 2017. We are thrilled to share what makes Easter weekend in Byron Bay so special with music fans in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.



Visiting Australia for the first time Miles Electric Band is a ten member, all-star concert that has been created in association with the Miles Davis Estate to bring his music to new generations. The group features Miles Davis alumni including Grammy nominee Robert Irving III, legendary Parliament Funkadelic guitarist Blackbyrd McKnight, Munyungo Jackson and Grammy winner Vince Wilburn, Jr. (Davis’ nephew) on drums. Darryl Jones, recognised for his recordings with Davis, Sting and decades long tour duty for the Rolling Stones provides the bass backbone. Davis’ long time keyboardist John Beasley also plays with the band. Finding a trumpeter to join this illustrious group was no small task, but when the Davis Estate heard Grammy winner Christian Scott play, they knew he was worthy.

Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW - THU 13 APRIL 2017
On sale now!

Hamer Hall, Melbourne VIC - SAT 15 APRIL 2017
On sale now!




The people have spoken and they can’t get enough of Nahko and Medicine for the People! Bluesfest Touring is delighted to announce they will be bringing their joyful live concerts back to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in 2017.

170 Russell, Melbourne VIC - WED 12 APRIL 2017
On sale now!

Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW - THU 13 APRIL 2017
On sale now!

The Triffid, Brisbane QLD - SUN 16 APRIL 2017
On sale now!




She wowed audiences with her emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess at Bluesfest last year, with many calling her the best act at the festival. Bluesfest Touring is thrilled to have Rhiannon Giddens touring to Sydney and Melbourne in 2017.

Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW - SAT 8 APRIL 2017
On sale now!

The Corner, Melbourne VIC - TUE 11 APRIL 2017
On sale now!




Making his Australian debut, Max Jury comes on like the missing link between Gram Parsons and George Harrison, shot through with the grace of James Blake. An impeccable song-crafter, he’s got one foot in the cornfields and the other in the nearest dive bar whilst his fingers skip across the keys of his Fender Rhodes. One to watch, this is an artist you will be bragging about seeing in years to come.

The Basement, Sydney NSW - THU 13 APRIL 2017
On sale now!





The Record Company are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, they have taken their hometown by storm, and now they are here to take on Australia! Bluesfest Touring can’t wait for Sydney and Melbourne to discover their raw and sincere sound. They are going to be huge, a real discovery that are the talk of the Blues and Roots community around the world.

Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW - WED 19 APRIL 2017
On sale now!

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC - THU 20 APRIL 2017
On sale now!




Trevor Hall’s music is an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, reggae and Sanskrit chanting – it echoes with the names and teachings of divinities, while maintaining a refreshingly universal message. Fans in Sydney and Melbourne will have the chance to fall under his spell.

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC - TUE 11 APRIL 2017
On sale now!

Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW - WED 12 APRIL 2017
On sale now!



Your friendly Bluesfest Team, who are always happy to take your call on:

(02) 6639 9800

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