Today, we come to you with great sadness as we announce that Neil Young has cancelled his Bluesfest performance for Good Friday at Bluesfest (April 14).
2 December 2016
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Neil Young cancels Bluesfest 2017 date!


Today, we come to you with great sadness as we announce that Neil Young has cancelled his Bluesfest performance for Good Friday at Bluesfest. (April 14).

This comes as a big disappointment to us, as well as all the Neil Young fans, who were looking forward to his performance.

We are currently working on replacing Neil with a new headliner for the Friday night.

There will be a new artist announcement very soon!

Please take a moment to also read what our Festival Director Peter Noble has to say about the cancellation further down.


Friday Single Day Tickets are available for refund from Friday 2nd of December.

However we urge all you Friday Single Day Ticket holders to hold on to your Tickets until the new artist announcement is released soon. Once the new artist announcement for Friday has been made, Single Day Friday Ticket refunds will still be available for 7 days after that.

3 Day Ticket holders who wish to change their 3 Day Ticket configuration are advised to stand by for further artist announcements.

More headlining artists will be added and there will be some nice surprises coming your way.

For any further enquiries please call the friendly Bluesfest Team on 02 6685 8310 or email 

And yes, Bluesfest is a 5 Day Festival presenting over 100 individual Bands/Musicians. Coming to Bluesfest means you get to enjoy up to 12 hours of amazing music each day (for 5 entire days, if you are game and most of you are!), across 5 undercover stages, offering an abundance of Food & Market stalls, as well as several fully licenced Bars. Camping on site and Car parking are also available.

The upcoming 2017 Festival will mark the 28th Anniversary of Bluesfest!


Statement from Peter Noble, Festival Director


It is with a heavy heart I announce this morning that Neil Young has cancelled his performance at Bluesfest 2017. Although I have been aware of this as a possibility for a couple of weeks now, I have been appealing to Neil's management for him to play the confirmed concert. Unfortunately, this is now not going to happen. Whilst details for the cancellation remain sketchy, from what I can gather Neil has decided to take 2017 off from touring.

At the moment, there isn't an official statement from Neil's management regarding the cancellation. I have no reason to believe this is due to any illness, I have been advised he is tired from recent touring, and I surmise wants to have some down time.

Bluesfest had its own contract with Neil's representatives for the performance, paid the required deposit, and had full permission to announce the Bluesfest performance.

I note, that an announcement saying Neil would not be touring, occurred recently by Frontier Touring. I do want to say again, that the Bluesfest contracted performance occurred directly with Neil Young's representatives.

Bluesfest is a major Festival with one of the best line-ups in our history scheduled for 2017. The Zac Brown Band, Santana, Patti Smith, The Lumineers, Mary J Blige, The Doobie Brothers, Madness, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Bragg, and scores of other artists, including the King of the Blues, Buddy Guy are all performing at Bluesfest 2017, as well as the hits of Bluesfest 2016, St Paul & the Broken Bones and Rhiannon Giddens.


Of course, we are in negotiations with other great artists to play, and we will be releasing a new artist announcement soon. I understand that no one can replace Neil Young, and that there will be disappointment as a result of his cancelling.

Refunds are now available for Single Day Ticket buyers for the day of Neil's performance. They will be available until a week after the new artist announcement.
We ask Ticket buyers to hold their Single Day Friday Tickets until the new announcement has been made!
The Bluesfest Ticketing Team can handle any enquiries you may have.
The office is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and can be reached on 02 6685 8310.

I would like to say in closing, that we are very disappointed at making this announcement.

I feel I have done everything I can, to cause the concert to be performed.

We value our audience, and their assumption, that when buying their Ticket, they should have an expectation the advertised performance will occur. In this case, that has not happened, and I apologise, even though the events were out of my control.

I want to wish Neil Young the very best and appreciate what he is doing for First Nations People at Standing Rock. We look forward to presenting him soon at Bluesfest.

Peter Noble
OAM Director
Byron Bay Bluesfest


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