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Bluesfest reschedule to Easter 2022, announce opening night headliner

Bluesfest is back for your Easter weekend in 2022!

The Bluesfest 2022 lineup just keeps on growing, adding another stack of topnotch Aussie talent to their already heaving Easter Weekend lineup – including a huge opening night addition.

That’s right, in HUGE news,

The Cat Empire will be performing their final ever show with their original lineup this Easter Thursday alongside Caravãna Sun and Tijuana Cartel.

Other acts joining the Thursday acts across the mammoth weekend include Amy Shark, Casey Barnes, Midnight OilPaul Kelly, Jimmy BarnesSIX60, Fat Freddy’s DropThe Teskey Brothers, Missy Higgins, and L.A.B.

They’ll be joined by ARIA Hall of Famers Hoodoo Gurus and Renee Geyer, Yolngu hip hop artist and 2019 Young Australian of the Year Baker Boy, The Teskey Brothers’ frontman in solo mode Sam Teskey, blues & roots musician Kara Grainger, and guitarist and frontman of Canada’s The Tea Party Jeff Martin, who will be celebrating the music of Led Zepplin.

The Cat Empire – Sparrow (Official Lyric Video)

Due to ongoing health and safety concerns, the 2021 edition of Bluesfest – originally locked in for October – has been rescheduled, returning to its regular annual dates across the Easter Long Weekend in 2022. 

We have worked so hard since May 2019 to make Bluesfest happen and, guess what, we are not giving up. We are immensely proud of who we are: we are proud of the Bluesfest name and what that represents, immensely proud, and we are already looking forward to Easter. I thought this decision would be hard to make, but it was the reverse. The safety and protection of our loyal Bluesfesters, our festival staff, our performers, our volunteers, stallholders and suppliers is paramount, and I will not put anyone at risk right now. So the decision to re-schedule was a ‘no-brainer’.

Peter Noble OAM, Bluesfest Festival Director

The 33rd edition of Bluesfest will take place over four days from Friday 15 April until Monday 18 April, and it will feature an absolutely heaving lineup of Australian and New Zealand favourites.

Midnight Oil – Change The Date (feat. Gurrumul Yunupingu & Dan Sultan) [Official Video]

Bluesfest 2021 Lineup:

Just added:
THE CAT EMPIRE
THE FINAL SHOW OF THE ORIGINAL LINE-UP AFTER 20 YEARS

CARÃVANA SUN | TIJUANA CARTEL

Previously announced acts:

Midnight Oil | Paul Kelly | Jimmy Barnes
Amy Shark | The Teskey Brothers | Six60 | Fat Freddy’s Drop | L.A.B | John Butler
Xavier Rudd | Missy Higgins | Kasey Chambers | Hoodoo Gurus | Ian Moss
The Living End | Pete Murray | The Waifs | Jon Stevens | Kate Ceberano
John Williamson | The Church | Renee Geyer | Tex Perkins The Man In Black
Vika & Linda | Hiatus Kaiyote | The Black Sorrows | The Angels | Russell Morris
Casey Barnes | Diesel | Kate Miller-Heidke | Baker Boy | Mark Seymour & The Undertow
Stan Walker | Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald | All Our Exes Live In Texas
Ross Wilson and the Peaceniks | Jeff Martin Plays The Songs Of Led Zeppelin
Troy Cassar-Daley | Briggs | Kara Grainger | Weddings, Parties, Anything | CW Stoneking The Bamboos | Chain | Backsliders | 19-Twenty | Ash Grunwald
Melbourne Ska Orchestra | Jeff Lang | Sam Teskey | Nathan Cavaleri | Kim Churchill Henry Wagons | JK-47 | Garrett Kato | Fools | Mama Kin Spender | Dami Im
Pierce Brothers | Emily Wurramara | The Buckleys | Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers Ray Beadle | Pacey, King & Doley | Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission | Hussy Hicks Roshani | Daniel Champagne | Little Georgia | Lambros | Round Mountain Girls
The Regime | Electrik Lemonade | Palm Valley | Kevin Borich | Express
Lachy Doley & The Horns of Conviction | Lisa Hunt’s Forever Soul | Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers | Hat Fitz & Cara | Bluesfest Busking Competition & Winners | Rockwiz Live

Paul Kelly – How To Make Gravy (Official Video)

For Bluesfest fans who already have their hands on a ticket, you’ll be pleased to know that a stack of the 2021 lineup will be returning for the new Easter weekend dates in 2022 including the likes of Midnight OilPaul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Pete MurrayKasey ChambersJohn Butler, Xavier Rudd, and more.

Adding to the already stacked lineup are a handful of new additions including Fat Freddy’s DropJohn WilliamsonC.W. Stoneking, and the return of Rockwiz LIVE, with more incredible artists set to be announced in the coming months.

2021 tickets will be automatically valid for the new dates, with Bluesfest expected to advise on the refund process shortly for those unable to attend. Rest assured, Bluesfest will continue to offer refunds after the additional artist announcement.

Byron Bay Bluesfest 2022 will transform Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm from Friday 15 April until Monday 18 April 2022. Tickets are on sale now.