We hope you’ve been keeping cool, and enjoying the first few weeks the New Year. It’s hard to believe but Bluesfest 2017 is only 83 days away! The response to last week’s announcement that Jimmy Buffett will be playing on Friday evening was amazing.
19 January 2017
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Only 83 days until Bluesfest 2017!



We hope you’ve been keeping cool, and enjoying the first few weeks of the New Year. It’s hard to believe but Bluesfest 2017 is only 83 days away! The response to last week’s announcement that Jimmy Buffett will be playing on Friday evening was amazing.  This e-card to you is truly jam-packed with so much interesting information; please do read all of it right to the bottom, where we announce the winner of the ‘Favourite Bluesfest Picture' competition and of course don't miss what our Festival Director Peter Noble has to say. Enjoy!

Some of our favourite Jimmy Buffett reviews are: 

From Facebook:


Paul Squires - Well done blues fest. Was raised a parrot head by my old man and thought the opera house was the last time we would see him in oz. yewwww can't wait

Maya Seale-Michel - Best best best best news! I've waited 27 years for him to come to the Bluesfest. I've seen him so many times and his shows are the most fun of all. Thank you Bluesfest Byron Bay !

Belle Donald - Good score! Jimmy Buffett 70 going on 17. His Chrissy gig on USTV "Today" beat all the other performers hands down. So still got it and doubtless still raucously hilarious. You lucky audience dudes

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

From The Bluesfest Forum:


rexrose - 2 of my favorite places on the planet are Byron at Easter and Margaritaville anytime. So getting them both together I couldn't be happier.

Flegal08 - Fantastic announcement, I have been a fan since the 80's, haven't been able to see him, so will be in the audience wearing my Hawaiian shirt and flip flops. Thank you everyone at Bluesfest.

Marie5 - He has been on my Buffett list (ha!ha!) for such a long time. Friends of mine saw him in the States not too long ago and said one of the best ever performances they have seen. Great work Bluesfest team. Can't wait

Your Bluesfest team are working on another announcement ... watch this space!


Some wise words from your Festival Director Peter Noble

Happy Blue(s) Year!


This E-card will update you with more information for Bluesfest 2017.

We currently have our highest ticket sales ever, and with more announcements to come, are looking at perhaps, our biggest year yet.

Our VIP area is basically sold out, the campgrounds are filling, and our allocation of 3 day tickets for the Friday / Saturday / Sunday is all but ’almost’ sold out.

Also going strong are the 3 day tickets for the two other allocations beginning Thursday and Saturday, as well as one day tickets and season Five day tickets.

I am in Africa currently (Ghana at the moment), the music coming from here is just AMAZING, an incredible mix of West African styles, from Highlife to Afro Beat, combined with US Rap / R&B and Hip Hop influences plus Jamaican styles. I hope to be bringing artists from here to future Bluesfests. I will be in London next week, meeting with agents, then Glasgow for the world's biggest Celtic Music Festival, Celtic Connections. Then it’s over to Los Angeles for the Pollstar Convention and Awards.

Bluesfest has been nominated for 'Worlds Best International Music Festival' at the Pollstar Awards for an incredible fifth time in a row. We are deeply honoured to be nominated for the seventh time all up for an award where the nominations and votes come from our peers around the world in the live music industry. We are the only Australian festival to be nominated in a decade now! We are up against big guns such as The Glastonbury Festival, it's going to be hard to win, but we will never say die and one day we will win this prestigious award! Considering all the other events are SO MUCH bigger than ours, with so much more buying power, I am humbled by how the international live music industry rates Bluesfest.

Our Jimmy Buffett exclusive announcement last week, has enthused his fans, many of whom have bought tickets from around Australia, and indeed the world, and the large jump in our ticket sales shows us that we have made a good pick in a difficult situation. No one artist can replace another, in the mind of a true fan when they cancel. We understand that here at Bluesfest. We STILL don't know why Neil Young cancelled his confirmed appearance at Bluesfest. We realise this is a source of frustration and even anger for a number of his fans.

Bluesfest didn't cancel the performance; I need to remind you of that.

So please don't insult Jimmy Buffett’s fans for rejoicing about his appearance, maybe you should post on Neil Young's socials and you can vent your feelings there. An artist has a responsibility to his fans in my opinion, and should hold them in the highest regard.

We look forward to presenting Neil one day in the future.

We will offer a refund for one day Friday ticket buyers until Wednesday the 25th of January 5pm AEDT, as long as you bought your ticket after we announced Neil.

There are so many other artists coming this year. It's one of our best bills yet in my opinion.

So many legends, so many next big things, so many discoveries.

Can't wait to see you there.


Peter Noble
Accra, Ghana

Friday Single Day refund deadline!


There has been a lot of back and forth about Jimmy Buffett being the replacement artist for Friday Night and the answer is yes.

Although, the real question is, can you ever really replace any artist on our Bluesfest line-up?

We know now - more than ever before - that no artist can actually replace another. They are all irreplaceable and Jimmy Buffett is a wonderful addition to our already incredible line-up. We apologise for any misunderstanding caused.

Note: any single day Friday tickets purchased after the 5th October, 2016 to 2nd December, 2016 will only be eligible for a refund or exchange until Wednesday 25th of January.

Please contact the office on (02) 6685 8310 or tickets@bluesfest.com.au to apply for a refund, should you wish to refund or change your single day Friday ticket to another day.

Please know that there are further artist announcements coming and some nice surprises will be added - rest assured of that.


Friday / Saturday / Sunday 3 Day tickets going off sale!

It’s getting closer to the pointy end of the festival time which means we’re getting to the pointy end of ticket allocations. So please note all 3 day Friday / Saturday / Sunday Festival tickets will be going off sale very soon! 

Other hot contenders to the Fri/Sat/Sun 3 day ticket are the 5 day ticket and the Friday & Sunday single day tickets. Click on the link below to check out all tickets prices and if you have not already joined the Bluesfest 2017 celebrations but you know you are coming, lock your tickets in now. 



2017 Volunteer Applications Open

We love our vollies, their energy and excitement is a huge part of what makes Bluesfest so much fun. If you would like to become a volunteer for this year’s festival we have great news … volunteer applications for 2017 are now open.

READ more info or applY HERE

Artist Applications:

Our music elves have come back from Christmas ready to take the 2017 festival by the reigns. Every year we get THOUSANDS of artist applications.   They come from near and far and it's a MASSIVE but FUN job to listen and discover all new talent. In the coming weeks we will be going over the applications again and shortlisting our faves, with one lucky group or solo performer getting the chance to appear at the 2017 Bluesfest. We will keep you updated on social media and via our weekly ecards. Join us on our discovery.

Please note: artist applications are closed and only successful applicants will be contacted.

Friday at Bluesfest is looking HOT!

Joining Jimmy Buffett on Friday at Bluesfest are Rock n Roll icons, the undisputed Queen of RnB, Soul legends and so much more. Only at Bluesfest can you see artists at the top of so many musical genres playing in one place. Friday is going to be one for the history books, don’t miss it! Below are only some of the incredible musicians performing on that day!


Patti Smith – Acoustic Set

Bluesfest audiences are in for a rare treat when punk-poet genius Patti Smith and her band play an Australian exclusive acoustic set. Smith’s acoustic sets are powerful, engrossing and mesmeric, giving fans the opportunity to enjoy some of her more poetic and tender songs along with some surprising covers.



Mary J. Blige

Global R&B superstar Mary J. Blige will be making her Bluesfest debut in 2017. The iconic Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist is a defining voice of the contemporary music era.



The Lumineers

Their international hit ‘Ho Hey’ made them household names, and album Cleopatra has gone gangbusters as well, reaching number 1 on the Billboard charts.



Bonnie Raitt

Bluesfest is proud to announce another Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on the Bluesfest line-up, the inimitable Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie Raitt is more than a best-selling artist, respected guitarist, expressive singer and accomplished songwriter….Bonnie Raitt has become an institution in American Music.



Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples, one of the greatest gospel, soul and blues singers of all time, is returning in 2017 for four exclusive Bluesfest performances.



Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka makes his highly anticipated return to Bluesfest in 2017. His 2013 performances created a huge buzz around the festival, and his career has continued to go from strength to strength since.



New Bluesfest Touring announcement:

Bluesfest Touring has added another three artists to their touring roster for 2017!


Slightly Stoopid

Slightly Stoopid are a much loved band from the Ocean Beach neighbourhood of San Diego, California. Known for their party friendly fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk, they are an exceptionally fun band to see live.



Mud Morganfield

True Blues royalty is heading to Sydney and Melbourne when Mud Morganfield visits in April. Mud is the son of legendary Bluesman Muddy Waters, and has become a respected artist in his own right.



Davy Knowles

All the way from the Isle of Man, Davy Knowles makes his Australian touring debut in 2017. He has enjoyed success with his band Back Door Slam, having played festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. You know you have someone special on your hands when Peter Frampton raves: “He’s definitely the gunslinger guitarist of the 21st century’’.


Winner of 5 nights at Elements of Byron Resort announced!


We have a winner for the favourite picture taken of yourself at Bluesfest.

Congrats to Kyle O’Hare from Sydney who sent in this great picture!

The 5 nights at Elements of Byron Resort from 13th of April to 18th of April are yours!

Here is what Kyle said about the picture:

Hi Bluesfest Team!
Here's a picture of our little gang from Bluesfest 2007 chaining our bikes up at the entrance to Red Devil Park at Byron Bay. We called ourselves the "Rusta Riders", notice the bikes painted in rusta colours.
This was my introduction to Bluesfest and i've been to many since, see you in 2017!
Kyle O'Hare


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